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 learnt an incredible amount about the school, education and being a governor, James jumped at the 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’ 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’ work and life experience bring to the Governing Body include: project and performance management, strategic planning and data analysis.

  • Mr David Wheeler

    Associate Governor

    David Wheeler is a Co-opted Governor. He has a daughter and son who went through John Hampden and who are now in The John Colet School and Wendover Junior School respectively. 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. Dave 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.

  • 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 has two daughters, one of whom currently attends 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.

  • Mrs Alison Duggan

    Co-opted Governor

    Alison was co-opted as a Governor in June 2018, having retired in 2016, having taught at John Hampden School for many years in a variety of capacities. She has lived in Wendover since 1982 and has been involved in various aspects of village life in different ways. Alison has 2 sons ( who are now parents themselves) who were taught at John Hampden School, Wendover Junior School and The John Colet school, before going onto university and then employment. With the eldest of her grandchildren now at school, Alison once again is seeing education from both sides and is being kept up-to-date with current practices and thinking.

    Whilst a teacher, one of her roles was as PE co-ordinator, and Alison is now the PE Governor, in addition to being the Early Years Governor and having governor responsibility for Able, Gifted and Talented children. She is also part of the Teaching and Learning Committee.

  • Mr Peter Hooper

    Parent Governor

    Peter joined the Governing Board in November 2018. He has lived in Wendover for 10 years and has two sons - the eldest is currently attending John Hampden. He joined the Governing Board to contribute to the local community and help ensure its children continue to have a happy and safe learning environment.

    Peter developed his interest in learning and education through his 15 years working in textbook publishing, currently specialising in books for people training to become Social Workers, Nurses and Counsellors; he’s also worked as a publisher in the charity sector. He brings to the role communication, management and organisation skills.

  • Mr Martin Whitthread

    Co-opted Governor

    Martin joined the Governing Board in January 2020. He has lived in Wendover for over 35 years and has two daughters both of whom attended John Hampden School. The eldest is a primary school teacher herself with a son at pre-school at their local infant school as Martin joins the Governing Body at John Hampden.
    A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and with a postgraduate qualification in Management, he is now largely retired after a long career in Human Resources and Organisation Development having worked in management board roles with a number of blue-chip corporations and as a Consultant, Coach & Mentor in support of smaller and mid-sized businesses. His working experience started in HR roles in the NHS.
    With that background, Martin brings strategic planning, communication and both team & organisation development skills to his role as a governor.

  • Mr John Wilkinson

    Co-opted Governor

    John joined the Governing Board in January 2020. He has two sons, in their early twenties, both of whom attended
    John Hampden School. For many years John was an active member of the Parent Teachers Association at Aylesbury
    Grammar School and was interested in continuing an involvement within the education sector.
    Living in Wendover for more than twenty years, John is currently the Finance Director for a company that design,
    manufacture and market Toys and Games. The experience and skills gained during his career and that John brings to
    the Governing Body include Financial, Project and Change 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 board.

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 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 has 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 board itself.

The Governing Board  is 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.