Meet our Governors

  • Mr James Edley

    Chair of Governors

    James joined the Governing Body in February 2016 as a parent Governor. James lives in Wendover and has two boys currently attending the school. Having leant an incredible amount about the school, education and being a governor, James jumped at chance to become Chair of Governors when the opportunity presented itself in September 2017. James currently sits on the Personnel and Pay Review and the Finance, Buildings and H&S Committees, and is currently the subject link for P4C and Science.

    James’s education includes degrees in Genetics and Environmental Science. James is now a company Director for an geo-environmental consultancy in Stoke Mandeville, carrying out ground investigations and remediation services for a range of clients, including small private developers, major oil companies, local authorities and supermarkets. The skills James’s work and life experience bring to the Governing Body include: project and performance management, strategic planning and data analysis.

  • Mr David Wheeler

    Co-opted Governor

    David Wheeler is a Co-opted Governor. He has a son and a daughter who went through John Hampden recently and who are now in Wendover Junior School. David has worked in the private sector in IT for 20 years. He is currently a Service Manager for a leading European IT company, responsible for delivering large scale projects and support for the public and private sector. Davis is responsible for managing teams in multiple locations in the UK and also a team in India. He has experience of project management, financial reporting and performance management. David joined the Governing Body in April 2012.

  • Mr Mike Boyle

    Associate Governor

    Mike joined the Governing Board in 2008 and has served in a variety of capacities over the years, acting as chair of the finance committee, personnel committee and currently the teaching and learning committee. All 3 of his children have attended John Hampden School in recent years, with his youngest daughter currently in Year 2.
    Mike came to the Governing Body as a Community Governor, during his regular RAF service and he has a background in HR, finance, project management and infrastructure management. He is currently employed in a Programme Management role.

  • Dr Gordon Wong

    Co-opted Governor

    Having been a governor at the school since 2011, initially as a Parent Governor and now as a Co-Opted Governor, Gordon currently sits on the Personnel and Pay Review Committee and has joint responsibilities for the Diversity, Equalities and Community Cohesion and Pupil Premium aspects of the school. His children came through John Hampden School Wendover very happily, and still miss it. He is also a governor at the Wendover CE Junior School. Gordon was educated originally in Scotland and latterly in Southampton. After a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry, he worked as a journalist and magazine editor in the UK and Asia, and now runs a PR company with his wife Claire, specialising in technology and Greater China.

  • Mrs Elna Joseph

    Community Governor

    Elna Joseph has been involved in local education and government for over twenty years. She is a long-standing co-opted governor of the John Hampden School. She has an arts degree specialising in literature and has experienced working in the finance sector. She has also served as a governor of the John Colet Academy.

  • Mrs Michelle Russell

    Co-opted Governor

    Michelle Russell joined the Governing Body as a Co-opted Governor in June 2015. Michelle has two children who both went through the schools on the Wendover campus, the youngest child has just left the John Colet School.
    Michelle is currently the Manager at Little Acorns Kindergarten, prior to this Michelle was employed within HR. Her responsibilities as Governor include the Early Years Foundation Stage as well as sitting on the Personnel Committee and Vice Chair of the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Committee.

  • Mrs Suzanne Pim

    Co-opted Governor

    Suzanne Pim joined the Governing body in 2017, with both her children having recently attended John Hampden. Having been Chair of the Friends of John Hampden and heavily involved with fund raising for the school over previous years becoming a Governor seemed a natural progression and a good opportunity to continue to be involved with and support a school that her children enjoyed attending so much.

    Suzanne’s background is in Television Production Management, predominantly at the BBC in genres including Sport, Childrens and Factual and she is currently managing and scheduling Production Accounting teams working across all BBC in-house programmes.

    Suzanne has experience in project management, financial management and people management.

The governing board of The John Hampden School Wendover is absolutely key to the effectiveness of the school. Governors have a term of office which lasts for four years. Governing board decisions are taken at a strategic level by governors who know our school well, see the wider picture and work in effective partnership with the school leadership team and all its stakeholders. 

Its key functions are to:

  • Set the school’s visions and strategic aims - agreeing plans and policies and making creative use of resources;
  • Set the policies for achieving those aims;
  • Set targets for achieving those aims;
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress that the school is making towards achievement of its aims, objectives and targets;
  • Be a source of support and challenge to the headteacher (i.e. a ‘critical friend’);
  • Ensure that the school is accountable to the pupils and parents in the community it serves, to its local community and to those who fund and maintain it, as well as to the staff it employs.

The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework which is established by the governing body.

Statutory Duties of The Governing Board

Governors understand and meet their statutory duty to ensure that the school is financially stable .The clerk to the governors (Jo Cayless) assists in ensuring that other statutory duties are met, meetings are well organised and governors receive the information they need in good time. Governors ensure that the procedures for safeguarding pupils and staff are robust and have regard for pupil and staff well-being.

Operating as an Effective Governing Board

The governing board of The John Hampden School Wendover have clear structures and processes in place to carry out its functions effectively. The different roles and responsibilities of the headteacher and the governors are clear and underpin the effectiveness of the governance of our school. Protocols, specific duties and terms of reference are made explicit in written documents. The governing board plans its work  across the year ahead, dovetailing into the school annual cycles e.g. school improvement planning, budget setting, performance management and target setting. There is an open and trusting relationship between governors and the senior leadership of the school.

Governors take their individual responsibilities seriously by preparing well for and contributing to meetings with pertinent questions.  There is a code of conduct that all governors sign up to.  There is a clear induction procedure for new governors and individual governors continue to take their own training needs seriously. Our Strategic Leadership involves thinking ahead about succession planning, both for the school and for the governing body itself.

The Governing Board  are always willing to listen to parental queries and to explain in more detail what the Governing Board does. They do realise, however, that it may not always be appropriate to speak to them at the school gate so please feel free to email the Chair of Governors, James Edley, on if you would like to raise a matter for discussion. If you are interested in becoming a governor at the school please approach Mr Edley or Mrs Barnes who can provide further information.