John Hampden Grammar School


If you would like to contact any of the Governors (listed below) please email the Headteacher's PA, who will forward your correspondence, via

Phil Maskell - Chairman of the Governing Body

Chairman of the Finance Committee

Parent Governor

Appointed 06/06/2011

Philip Maskell has been a Parent Governor since 2009 and was Chair of the PA from 2008 to 2012. His son was a student at the School from 2007 to 2014.

Philip is a Chartered Accountant and works as part time CFO (full time overall!) for 5 SMEs. Previously he worked in the private equity industry in London.

Faraz Baber – Co-Vice Governor

Chair of the Estates Committee

Community Governor

Appointed 05/09/2016

Faraz Baber is a Board Director at Terence O'Rourke which is an inter disciplinary architecture and planning practice. By profession, Faraz is a dual qualified chartered surveyor (FRICS) and chartered town planner (MRTPI). 

He is a national government advisor on planning and development policy and was appointed as a Visiting Professor at The Bartlett School of Planning at UCL in May 2014. He is also a serving member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) P&D Professional Group and the RICS Planning Policy Panel.

Kate Box

Parent Governor

Appointed 12/12/2016

Kate studied Biology with Management at Imperial College, London, and has spent her 20+ year career within the HR profession. Originally from Somerset, she has lived in Flackwell Heath with her family for over 10 years and her son is currently in year 8 at the school.

Kate is CIPD qualified and her HR experience has been gained working both in large corporate retail environments and delivering HR director support to small and growth stage organisations through her own HR consultancy. She has extensive experience of building full spectrum HR capability and working with business owners and CEO’s to lead cultural change programmes. Working across a range of sectors Kate also practices as a coach for senior executives.

Kate has been active in providing HR support for philanthropic causes and this is her first Governor appointment. 

Tony Burne - Vice Chair of Governors

Chairman of the Education Committee

Appointed 06/06/2011

Tony studied Chemistry at Oxford then gained a PhD at London, joining the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (now Defra), working on a range of policy roles during his career, including a 5 year stint with the FCO at the Embassy in Washington. On retirement, he took on the role of Company Secretary at Ofgem and adviser to its Chairman. He governed at the Royal Agricultural University for 10 years and is a Non-Executive Director for a Yorkshire-based consultancy company. He has governed at the School for a number of years.

Tony lives in Northwood with his wife who is the former head of St Helens and the City of London School for Girls.

Barry Clarke OBE - Chairman of the Audit Committee

Co-opted Governor

Appointed 06/06/2011

Barry was educated at the Universities of Bristol and Paris and works as a sustainability consultant after a successful career in marketing.  He served two terms as Chair of Save the Children UK and later Save the Children International and was appointed OBE in 1999.


Barry lives in Farnham Common and is Vice Chair of Community Impact Bucks and a director of Healthwatch Bucks. He has served as a governor since 2007 with a special interest in Modern Foreign Languages. His son was a student at the school for seven years and later graduated from the University of Warwick.

Professor Andrew George 

Co-opted Governor

Appointed 09/02/2013

Andrew joined the governing body in 2014. He is Deputy Vice Chancellor responsible for education and international collaborations at Brunel University London. He is an immunologist, and his research has focussed on developing biological therapies for cancer and preventing transplant rejection. Following his first degree at Cambridge, he has worked in Southampton, the USA and the Hammersmith Hospital/Imperial College London where he was based for 21 years and served as Director of the Graduate School.

In addition to his academic job, Andrew also is interested in the ethics of medical research, and chairs a national panel that provides on these issues. He is also governor of Richmond Adult Community College. 

Barbara Harrison

Staff Governor (Support Staff)

Appointed 12/12/2016

Barbara has worked as the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) Manager and Careers Coordinator since March 2007. The LRC is a key facility within the school which support students’ independent study.  It contains the school library and Barbara is dedicated to promoting the benefits of reading to all students and supervises the Accelerated Reader Programme for Years 7 and 8. In addition she coordinates career advice and guidance for all years and the work experience programme for Year 12 students. In addition to her role at JHGS, Barbara has been a Magistrate since 2002.

Tracey Hartley - Headteacher

Miss Hartley was appointed Headteacher of JHGS on 1 September 2016. She was previously Acting Head at Nonsuch High School for Girls in Surrey.

Shivaun Mason

Community Governor

Appointed 05/09/2016

Shivaun attended Wycombe High School and London University where she read English Literature.  After her PGCE year at Oxford University, she started teaching at the Royal Latin School in Buckingham where she became Key Stage 3 Manager.  She then moved to Beaconsfield High School where she was Head of English.  She is now teaching at Wycombe Abbey School and is particularly involved in university applications, including those to overseas universities.  Her interest in this area was prompted by the scholarship she won while at London University which allowed her to study at the University of California, Los Angeles as part of her degree.

Shivaun is a very keen musician and remembers her time at the High Wycombe Music Centre with great fondness.  She sings regularly, most recently with the Wycombe Abbey jazz band at a fundraising event.  She and her family live in Hughenden Valley.

Mark Phillips QC

Co-opted Governor

Appointed 24/03/2014

Mark was a pupil of the school between 1972 and 1979.  He went to Bristol University where he studied law (LLB 1982, LLM 1983).  He was a member of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain between 1976 and 1982.  He won several national debating competitions and debated in the US for Great Britain in 1983.  Mark was called to the Bar (Inner Temple) in 1984.  He was appointed an Assistant Recorder in 1998 and a Recorder in 2000.  Mark was made a QC in 1999.  He is a past President of the Insolvency Lawyers' Association, a member of the International Insolvency Institute and a Fellow of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals.  Mark's practice is in Insolvency and Banking law, and Sports Law.  His clients have included the Bank of England, Arsenal FC and Lewis Hamilton.

Peter Phippen

Parent Governor

Appointed 12/12/2016

Peter attended Churston Grammar School in Devon, and Cambridge. He has a son at JHGS and three other children who attended Dr Challoner’s Grammar School and Beaconsfield High School where Peter was previously a Governor. Peter has spent 30 years in the media industry. For many years, he was a Board Director of BBC Worldwide. He’s now a ‘portfolio’ person, on the board of a large magazine and digital company called Immediate Media, Chairman of another media business in the science and medical markets and Chairman of Bell Educational Services, one of the longest established British-owned providers of English language and academic programmes. He’s also on the board of The National Archives and chairs a media-related conservation charity, Wildscreen. His hobbies include cycling, the arts and history.

Nick Rogers

Staff Governor (Teaching)

Appointed 17/07/2017

Nick started teaching at John Hampden in 2002 and is Director of Music. He has been responsible for a string of exceptional school productions, the most recent being Miss Saigon in 2016.

Carl Rycroft

Community Governor

Appointed 05/09/2016

Carl was educated at Richmond School, North Yorkshire and St Paul’s College, Cheltenham where he studied for his Bachelor of Education degree. Having qualified as a teacher he taught Physical Education and Religious Studies at The Thomas Alleyne School, a large secondary school in Stevenage where he was also Head of Year 7. Following this Carl spent three years working for the RFU as a Youth Development Officer before returning to education at Aysgarth School where he was Director of Sport and a senior teacher on the SMT responsible for pastoral care and boarding. Following six years at Witham Hall School as Deputy Head and six years at Barnard Castle Preparatory School as Head, Carl is now Headmaster at Davenies School in Beaconsfield; he is a member of IAPS and the NAHT.

Greg Stevenson

Community Governor

Appointed 27/03/2017

Greg was educated at Downside School and studied Archaeology at The University of Southampton, prior to qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1992. In 2000 he became a Partner in Knox Cropper, a city firm of chartered accountants, specialising in charities and other ‘not for profit’ clients.

Greg was born and brought up in Beaconsfield and now lives in Wooburn Common. He is also a Governor at High March School in Beaconsfield. All three of his children benefitted from the grammar school system, with his elder son being a student at the school from 2003 to 2010, going on to become a primary school teacher.

Full details of the governance arrangements of the school may be found on pages 11 to 15 of the 2017 Financial Statements.