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

    Vice Chair 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.

  • 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 Daniya Stewart

    Parent Governor

    Daniya lives in Wendover and has three children; a son who is now at the Junior School, a daughter currently at JHS and a son who is due to join Early Years in 2020. With the prospect of spending 10 years with children at JHS, Daniya was keen to support the school and so joined the Governing Body in September 2014 as a Parent Governor. Daniya is currently the subject link for Literacy. After graduating with a degree in Business Management, Daniya has spent the last 15 years working in the City. Daniya’s career focus has been on the financing of large scale Renewable Energy Projects across Europe and with her job has gained skills in Financial Analysis, Project Management and Due Diligence.

  • Mr Simon Ward

    Parent Governor

    Simon joined the Governing Board in February 2016 as a parent governor and is currently the vice chair of the Teaching & Learning Committee. He has two daughters, the eldest has already been through three very enjoyable years at John Hampden and the youngest is currently in Foundation Stage. Simon has lived in Wendover since 2009 and wanted to volunteer some time in the local community and holds John Hampden School in high esteem, so supporting the development of the school as a governor was an obvious choice. Simon is the subject link for Religious Education and Educational Visits and brings experience of over 20 years in the public sector in frontline and management roles.

  • Mr Matthew Glanville

    Co-opted Governor

    Matt joined the Governing Body in February 2016 as a co-opted Governor. He lives in Berryfields, Aylesbury, and has one daughter who currently attends the school and another who has now moved up to the junior school. Matt joined the Governing Body to give something back to the school after seeing what an amazing experience his daughters have had during their time there, and to strengthen the relationship between the school and RAF Halton. Matt is the Chairman of the Finance, Buildings and H&S Committee, and is currently the subject link for Pupil Premium funding. Matt’s education includes a Masters degree in Business Administration, building on a degree, an A-level and a GCSE in the same subject. He has spent the last 18 years in the Royal Air Force (RAF), firstly as a Tornado Navigator for 12 years and more recently as a programme and project manager. This period has included managing multi-million pound projects procuring state of the art defence equipment. He is now a Defence Consultant providing technical advice back to the RAF. The skills Matt’s work and life experience bring to the Governing Body include: communication and leadership skills honed in demanding situations, project and programme management, and strategic planning.

  • 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.

  • Ms Angie Daly

    Parent Governor

    Angie joined the Governing Body in September 2017. She lives in Wendover and her two daughters currently attend the school. Angie‘s educational background includes degrees in Psychology and Community Safety. She worked in hospitality in the private sector for several years before joining Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service in 2003. Angie’s current role involves educating young people in all aspects of fire safety, working with families where children/young people are involved in firesetting behaviour and supporting the community work of local fire stations.

    Angie brings the following skills to her role as a governor; project management, communication, problem solving and team work.

    Angie sits on the Personnel & Pay Review Committee, the Curriculum, Teaching & Learning Committee, and she is the subject lead for Music.

  • Ms Robyn Asprey

    Parent Governor

    Robyn joined the governing body in September 2017 as a parent governor, she lives in Wendover and currently has a son attending the school. Robyn has worked with children and young people for the past 8 years currently working for a charity supporting those with learning disabilities through self advocacy.

    Robyn has worked locally in a range of positions involving children, at the local children’s centre and having set up and run an outdoor nursery. These positions have led Robyn to explore education delivery and pedagogy in depth, as well as holding safeguarding leads and SENCO roles.

    Robyn currently sits on the curriculum, teaching and learning committee and the personnel committee as well as holding the role of Safeguarding governor. The skills Robyn brings to the governing board are: communication, listening and team work skills, project and performance management, extensive knowledge on safeguarding and SEN and the ability to originate ideas.

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.