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Holmer Green Senior School

Holmer Green Senior School

Governor Profiles

Tony Green - Chair of Governors (Community Governor)

Tony Green - Chair of Governors (Community Governor)

Committees: Chair of Finance, Premises and Health & Safety
Term: March 2020 to March 2024

 

 

 

I initially qualified and worked as a microbiologist. I then retrained as a computer programmer and worked in the I.T. industry for 25 years.

My family and I moved to High Wycombe in 1997 and both our daughters attended Holmer Green Senior School. I was elected to the then Wycombe District Council in 1999 and in 2003-04 I was Mayor of High Wycombe. Following the merging of the different councils, I am now a member of Buckinghamshire Council. I am a director of High Wycombe BID Co and a trustee of the Wycombe Heritage and Arts Trust, which manages Wycombe Museum. I am chairman of the High Wycombe branch of the Royal British Legion and of the High Wycombe Town Twinning Association.

 

Paul Davies (Community Governor)

 

Paul Davies (Community Governor)

Committees: Finance, Premises and Health & Safety

Term: October 2018 to October 2022

 

 

 

I am a supply chain professional with career experience in both the Public and Private Sectors. In recent years this has meant working with a number of local authorities, and the emergency services.  My strengths relate to commercial project delivery, this has included transition management, organisation and process redesign, business process outsourcing, supply chain and contract relationship management, project recovery, corporate governance and change management. 

I’m married to Esther, my long-suffering best friend, and we are the proud parents of Henry, who has recently completed his degree in Aerospace Engineering at Nottingham. I am passionate about equality of educational opportunity and interested to understand the impact of pastoral efforts in mentoring children and young adults, hence I’m the link Governor for SEND at HGSS. 

My interests include motorsports, horse riding, antiques, hill walking and sailing, the latter including three transatlantic crossings, I have managed several sailing projects and have been involved with youth sailing development. 

I was appointed as a Community Governor at HGSS in October 2018 having volunteered for the position. This year I have taken on the additional role of Vice Chair of Governors.

Steve Pilgrim (Parent Governor)

Steve Pilgrim (Parent Governor)

Committees: Finance, Premises and Health & Safety

Term: April 2019 to April 2023

 

 

 

I have been a school Governor since 1990 in both Primary and Special school before becoming a Parent Governor at HGSS in 2015. I am currently the Safeguarding Governor for HGSS.

I have 3 children, 2 grown-up boys who have both now "flown the nest" and a daughter who has just finished her time at HGSS and started University in September 2021.

I have a passion for sport and played Rugby Union for many years, until my knees decided it was time to stop.  

I have a background in Physics and have worked in the Electronic Component industry for over 30 years.

Lisa Swain (Parent Governor)

Lisa Swain (Parent Governor)

Committees: 

Term: March 2021 to March 2025

I have been a Governor of Holmer Green Senior School since March 2017 and am currently Development Governor responsible for supporting governor induction training and development. 

I have two children currently attending HGSS and one who has recently completed her final year here.

I am also a Volunteer Dog Trainer for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People based at their local training centre in Princes Risborough.  I previously worked in the theatre and events marketing industries and as PA to the Chairman of Everton FC. 

 

Jacqui Kirkpatrick (Staff Governor)

Jacqui Kirkpatrick (Staff Governor)

Committees: 

Term: May 2020 to May 2024

 

 

 

I am Head of the Humanities Faculty at Holmer Green Senior School with a specialism in Religious Studies.  I have been teaching for 16 years and using my skills as an examiner have a track record of raising standards for learners.  I am a big believer that education is not just about learning the course in school but creating well rounded individuals who are inquisitive about the world around them.  It is for these reasons I joined the Governors at HGSS, to create well rounded individuals and help them to achieve their goals.

In my spare time I am a qualified Dance teacher and have a great passion for the arts' 

Sarah Stewart (Community Governor)

Sarah Stewart (Community Governor)

Committees: Finance, Premises and Health & Safety

Term: October 2018 to October 2022

 

 

 

Having been a member of the local community for five years, with three children at various stages in the education system, I volunteered to become a governor.

Professionally I am a Chartered Surveyor, currently working in the public sector for the County Council, as a Project Manager in the major property projects team. I help get things built that the County needs (like schools and care homes.)

I am a member of the RICS and help assess young surveyors for membership.

If there is ever any spare time, I put on my trainers and head out for a run.

Emma Starling (Parent Governor)

Emma Starling (Parent Governor)

Committees: 

Term:  October 2018 to October 2022

I was appointed as a Parent Governor of Holmer Green Senior in 2018 and became a Member in 2021.  I have been a governor at Highworth Combined School since 2012.  I have two children who attend HGSS and I work at a local school.

Anna Thomas - Community Governor

Anna Thomas - (Community Governor)

Committees@ tbc
Term: June 2019 - 2023

 

 

 

I am a HR Business Partner with 22 years’ experience, which includes the Not-for-Profit Sector as well as private companies in the IT Industry and manufacturing.  Our housing/care and support business works closely with local councils and is subject to regulation from the Care Quality Commission and the Audit Commission.  My strengths lie in Employee Relations and Change Management, having been involved in a large number of restructures, TUPE transfers, change management and complex ER cases.   I currently chair the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Network which has given me the opportunity to work with a diverse group of staff from a variety of professions in housing.  I also have experience in the Supply Chain in Purchasing, New Product Management and as a Materials Planner in the cosmetics industry, working for some time in France at a European Logistics Centre.

I have 2 children at HGSS and enjoy working with the school and being part of the plans to expand the school. I am proud to support the variety of interventions aimed at developing each of our children to the best of their ability.

My interests include reading, travel and languages. I have taught English to Speakers of Other Languages at Amersham & Wycombe College, enjoyed French and German and am currently learning Spanish independently.  

Anna Lee - Staff Governor

Anna Lee - Staff Governor

Committees - tbc
Term February 2020 - 2024

 

I am a Learning Support Assistant at Holmer Green Senior School working in the classroom to assist our SEN children with accessing the learning and achieving the best possible outcomes.  As a mother of two young sons, I am keen to offer both educational and parental experience to support my role.  Having previously worked for a major airline for over 15 years in a variety of commercial roles, I love to travel and also use the languages studied for my degree in French and Hispanic Studies at the University of Birmingham.  I am looking forward to using all of these key skills in the exciting new plans for the school.

Gareth Davies - Community Governor

 

Gareth Davies - Community Governor

Committees - tbc

Term: March 2020 - 2024

 

 

As Head of an independent prep school for the last 13 years, I was delighted to volunteer as a Community Governor of HGSS, to broaden my own experience in the state sector and at secondary level. With a vested interest as the father of two daughters at the school, I am keen to contribute to the school’s ongoing development and importance within the local community. I share many of the school’s values and am committed to offering a broad and enriching education, where children’s personal and social development is just as important as their academic development.

With a Masters in Educational Leadership and School Improvement, I have a wide range of educational experience to offer having served on Southend LSCB, as a compliance and team inspector for ISI and chaired the IAPS Finance Committee and sat on Council. I am also a governor of a local boys only grammar school and a board member of iTrust charity.

When time allows, I enjoy spending time with my family, walking my dog, watching Swansea City and rugby, as well as occasionally playing cricket or hacking my way around a golf course.

Mike Salem - Member

Mike Salem - Member

Term:  March 2021 to March 2025

Perhaps the youngest of the Governing Body, I gladly accepted the invitation to continue my support to our community in 2020.

I completed my education at HGSS in 2019 and currently read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the London School of Economics. My key mission is to maintain, and more importantly build on, the strong foundation that the school created in the last couple of years, having seen first-hand the excellent progress the school has made. I also would like to see students challenging themselves and pursuing the pathway they wish to thrive in. I am a deep enthusiast when it comes to the importance of community spirit and the role of the individual in their community and I look forward to strengthening the school’s role and relationship in Holmer Green as a key institution of education.

Outside academia and my work, some of my interests include: exploring the British countryside and its history, tennis, sailing, and playing the bassoon.

Jim Leftwich - Member

Jim Leftwich - Member

Term:  March 2021 to March 2025

 

 

W E Jim Leftwich OBE.

Trained initially as an engineer with Rolls-Royce before progressing across a wide range of manufacturing industry in the UK and USA and retiring as a CEO in 2000. Involved in numerous charities in the UK and Africa for the past 40 years, for which I received the OBE in 2013.  I have been Chair of Governors at Widmer End Community School and a Governor at Holmer Green Senior School.

David Greenwood - Member