Chairman of Governors (from September 2016)
Mrs Pip Wood (Parent Governor)
Committee Membership: Personnel, PremisesLink Governor: English, Drama
I was born and went to school in Hemel Hempstead before heading to the University of Kent at Canterbury where I gained a degree in English and American Literature. I had an early interest in language and the written word so it’s no surprise that I have spent the last 25 years in various communications roles, primarily corporate media relations for well-known names in the retail sector. I also have a deep interest in people and organisation development, am an accredited coach and have a pragmatic approach to life. I hope to be able to apply all of this to the role of DCHS Governor.
After living in London for several years we moved to Amersham in 2006 and I now work part-time. My husband and I place an emphasis on family life – spending lots of time together and supporting each other. We have a son, a daughter (who joined DCHS in September 2013) and a dog who helps keep us all fit. I enjoy running and have played netball (very seriously in my teens and early twenties) for nearly 40 years. Playing in the local Amersham league I have come up against the DCHS team on several occasions. Experience sometimes prevails but the girls are very talented so youth has also triumphed!I’m a keen sports spectator, whether on the sideline at school matches or watching the professionals. I also enjoy cooking, reading, needlework and am attempting to learn the piano for the second time.
Mr Jeremy Rhodes (Vice Chairman) (from September 2015)
Committee Membership: Audit, Health, Safety, Security and Premises (Chairman), Admissions, Chairmen's, Finance, Development.
Link Governor: Physics
I have lived in the catchment area of DCHS since 1988 and was a DCHS parent between 2001 and 2013. Both of my daughters benefited greatly from their time at DCHS and I am happy to extend our family's participation in school life.
I studied Chemical Engineering at university and have followed a career in the oil industry. I currently work for a Canadian subsidiary of a Chinese oil company based in Uxbridge, where I work with a team of geologists, geophysicists and engineers engaged in the development of North Sea oil fields.
I have served as a trustee of two company pension funds, as a director of a residents association (in Latimer) and I am currently a member of the Buckinghamshire Independent Appeals Panel that hears school allocation appeals. My main relaxation is golf and I am a member of Gerrards Cross Golf Club.
Mr Nick Canney (Parent Governor)
Committee Membership: Personnel, Premises
I grew up and went to school in Reading, before heading to the University of York where I gained a degree in Chemistry. With a passion for the sciences, I decided to join Cadbury Schweppes on their graduate supply chain scheme and pursue a career in business at an organisation that I really admired because of their wonderful heritage and strong values – 24 years later, I have worked in nearly all the supply chain and commercial functions in various locations across the UK with Cadbury, Coca-Cola and I am now the UK&I Managing Director of innocent drinks – we make healthy drinks and give 10% of our profits to charity.
Having settled in Chalfont St Peter with my wife and 3 children 10 years ago, I was really keen to get involved with Dr Challoner’s High School as a Parent Governor when my eldest daughter joined the school in 2015 – the school has an outstanding academic record and the vision for the school’s future development really inspired me to get involved because I believe we all have a role to play in making it a reality for the benefit of future generations of Challoner’s Girls.
Mrs Alyson Coates (Appointed Governor)
Committee Membership: Audit, C&P, Finance
I grew up in Amersham and am a proud alumnus of DCHS. I studied Biochemistry at Oxford and worked in the biotechnology industry; as a science policy advisor at the cabinet office and as management consultant. The majority of my career was spent as an equity analyst at an international investment bank specialising in the healthcare sector. Since moving back to Little Chalfont thirteen years ago I have held a variety of governance roles in the public sector including as an advisor to the Olympic ‘s Audit committee and as a member of an operating board of the Financial Regulatory Council.
I am currently an independent Governor of Oxford Brookes University where I Chair their Finance Committee and a Non Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.
I have a son at DCGS about to enter the sixth form.
Mrs Karen Cross (Staff Governor)
Committee Membership: Admissions, C & P
Having graduated from University with a BSc Hons in Mathematics, I spent most of my working life in industry, specialising in Databases and Marketing and specialised in Product Marketing and Management. I took a career break in 2006 to give my family the time and support they needed. I have subsequently taken on various voluntary roles in my own time to keep my skills up-to-date and took the opportunity to join the school in April 2013 in the role of Data Manager, a role which ideally suited both my skills and family commitments.
I hope to bring my wealth of IT, Database and Marketing skills both to my role as a governor and also to my role as a member of staff.
Mrs Khorshed Dinshaw (Appointed Governor)
Committee Membership: Audit, Finance, Personnel
Community Cohesion, Diversity and Equality Governor
Link Governor: Pastoral and PSHE
After graduating with a degree in English Literature and Psychology, I worked for a large international NGO in the field of demography, population policy and women's reproductive health rights. Having added a son and a daughter to the global population, I became involved in education. I was a governor at a primary school in Chalfont St Peter for 12 years, and then followed my daughter to DCHS, where I have been a governor since 2001.
I have lived in Gerrards Cross for 25 years. I enjoy any kind of word games and puzzles, love music and cooking, and am passionate about cricket.
Being a governor has been challenging at times, but always interesting and rewarding.
Mr Simon Eggleton (Parent Governor)
Committee Membership: Chairman's, Personnel Committee
Link Governor: ICT, Economics and Business Studies
I am married with 3 children and live in Chalfont St Peter. My daughter joined DCHS in 2012.
My career centred on the IT and telecommunications industries, primarily in the mobile communications sector. In 2001 I completed an MBA and developed my career into general management, holding various leadership positions in multi-national organisations. In 2011, I took the step into self-employment and started a consulting business, helping organisations unlock hidden profits by lowering costs and delivering efficiencies.
In 2012, I become involved with Wycombe Youth Action, a charity that provides unique services to reduce social exclusion.
As with many parents of young children, there isn’t a huge amount of spare time available. However, I try to use those rare occasions to go cycling or sailing.
Mrs Janet John
Committee Membership: Premises, Personnel
Link Governor: Languages
A degree in Physics from Imperial College led me first of all into a Research Physicist role at ICI Fibres near Heidelberg, Germany, and then on returning to the UK, a career in teaching initially at Blackheath High School and more recently Dr Challoner’s Grammar School. I was Science College Director and then Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Developing Technologies and ICT Infrastructure. I project managed and designed new cookery facilities, new IT and Graphics suites, and also the refurbishment of eleven science laboratories.
My daughter, who is now a GP, attended DCHS and my son DCGS.
I hope my experience will be of value in helping ensure the school continues to offer an environment that encourages the students to achieve their potential and make their school days rewarding and memorable. The future for DCHS is exciting.
Mrs Tamsin Kelly (Staff Governor)
Commitee Membership: Premises
Having graduated from Nottingham University with a BA in Theology, I moved into information services within an R&D environment, managing a team of information, legal and marketing specialists for a number of years. Then, following a long-held interest in teaching, I studied for a PGCE and spent several years teaching IT to GCE, GCSE and KS3 students in a Hertfordshire comprehensive school. I left teaching to take up a role back in industry, where I managed projects producing bespoke IT services for international food manufacturers and retailers. Having had enough of the M25 commute, I moved to DCHS where I am now in my 6th year as Exams Officer, a role which brings me into contact with staff across all departments and draws on my IT skills as well as my knowledge of school systems.
I therefore bring a wide range of experience to the role of staff governor and I hope to contribute a staff perspective to discussion and debate. I have lived in Amersham with my husband for over 10 years. In my spare time I enjoy walking, reading, photography and cooking, and our latest interest is canoeing (fair weather only).
Mrs Jenny McFadyen (Staff Governor)
Committee Membership: Admissions, Curriculum and Pastoral
Following a B.A Honours in modern foreign languages at Bristol, and a PGCE at Nottingham University, I gained extensive teaching experience in French and German in a range of schools in the UK, before taking up my post at DCHS. I have also worked abroad in both the international school and TEFL areas.
I have international sales and marketing experience in the pharmaceutical/retail sector (Boots Graduate Training Scheme), and an interest in media and journalism, music and drama.
Having been persuaded by my husband to move to Bavaria in 1992 for two years, our family ended up growing and developing in Munich for quite some time longer. We retain a strong attachment to that city and the beautiful mountainous area beyond, also to many friends still sprinkled across Europe. Our children benefitted enormously from the bilingual input, though only one could be persuaded to seriously pursue languages in the UK later, in Sixth Form. We often return to the mountains and love exploring the many hiking routes.
Living here within a couple of miles of school has been a bonus, as I have enjoyed being so involved with Governors and many other school activities, and have never before had the luxury of residing so near to my workplace! We moved to Bucks with our three boys in 2006, and have loved discovering the Chilterns.
I was for several years Head of Year Seven, managing the transition process for the new girls, from all our partner primary schools. Currently I am Head of Faculty, Languages and Classics.
As a staff governor I am pleased to be able to offer teaching experience and insights through my membership of the Curriculum and Pastoral Committee.
Mr Tony Nolan (Parent Governor)
Committee Membership: Admissions (Chairman), Chairmen's, C&P
Child Protection and Anti-bullying Governor
Link Governor: Government , Politics and Citizenship
I am a parent governor with 2 daughters, the eldest of whom has been at DCHS since 2010.
Having initially trained and practiced as an engineer, I studied for an MBA at INSEAD in France and have spent most of the last 18 years working internationally in management consulting, finance and marketing. I currently work full time for a telecom operator and additionally act as a non executive board member at Milton Keynes hospital. Other than a 3 year spell in Romania, we have lived in our Great Missenden home since 1998.
I do a fair bit of long distance running, some cycling and skiing and enjoy reading, beekeeping and most types of music. DCHS is a great school with wonderful staff and amazing, talented students. There’s a lot to be proud of and I’m very happy to be involved in helping its development.
Ms Christine Preston
Committee Membership: Chair, Curriculum & Pastoral, Personnel
Link Governor: Geography
Having graduated in Geography from the LSE and obtained a PGCE, I began my teaching career at Dr. Challoner’s High School in the 1970s and later became Head of Geography at the school. I then moved to Wycombe High School as a Deputy Head before becoming the Headteacher of Heathfield School in Pinner, a member of the GDST group of schools. In my time, it became the first school in Britain to become an accredited centre for Sixth Form leadership courses accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management. After 14 years as a Head, I took early retirement in 2010. I am currently working part time at The Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith. My long experience in education in general, and in leadership and management in particular, are strengths which I hope will complement the skills of the DCHS Governing Body.
I am married with two stepchildren and three grandchildren. I have lived in Rickmansworth since 2009. My husband is a secondary Headteacher in Bucks. Together, we enjoy travelling, theatre and ballet, gardening and visiting National Trust properties.
Mr Anu Ssekhri (Parent Governor)
Committee Membership: Curriculum and Pastoral
Mr Graham Stubbs (Appointed Governor)
Committee Membership: Finance, Audit
I live in Gerrards Cross and am married with three children. My daughter joined DCHS this Autumn and has thrown herself into school life – orchestra, netball, hockey and a variety of other clubs.
I trained as a Management Accountant (CIMA) at the London Stock Exchange and after a couple of years moved into banking with Schroders.
I got married, went travelling around the world for 9 months and on return to London, joined Barclays. At Barclays I have worked in a variety of roles within Investment and Corporate Banking over the past 14 years and currently manage a significant public sector corporate loan portfolio for the bank.
Interests are mainly sporting – golf, cycling (mountain and road), squash, watching and coaching football, watching rugby. I also chair a local football club which runs 12 teams (from U6 to U16).
Mr Neale Watson (Parent Governor)
Commitee Membership: Admissions, Premises
I was born and brought up in Kenya, my initially schooling was in Kenya, then at the age of 13 I was sent to Cheltenham Boys school as a boarder. I went to medical school in London and once qualified, I trained to become an Obstetrician Gynaecologist in Birmingham London and Oxford. I became a Consultant at Hillingdon Hospital in 1996.
I have lived with my wife Tracy in Gerrards Cross since our daughter was born who is now in Year 8 at DCHS. In my spare time I enjoy the Theatre and Sport including swimming and Golf.
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