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  Alternatively, letters to the Chair of the Governing Body can be marked for his attention and sent to John Hampden Grammar School, Marlow Hill, High Wycombe, HP11 1SZ.

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.

Alan Armstrong


Education Committee

Appointed 01/08/2019


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. 

Adrian Brown

Estates Committee

New Build Committee

Appointed 26/03/2019

Adrian is a Chartered Town Planner and is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Adrian is Managing Director of Berkeley Strategic, a member of the Berkeley Group plc. He has worked for Berkeley for 22 years and is responsible for the acquisition of development land and the promotion of major residential and mixed use development schemes through the planning process. He deals with all aspects of the development process.

Prior to joining Berkeley, Adrian spent periods in both the private and public sectors in various planning and development roles. He holds a BA (Hons) Degree from Southbank University and a MSc from the University of Reading.

Adrian is married with two children and lives in Buckinghamshire. In his spare time, Adrian is a keen cyclist and runner. 

Ian Cooksey

Education Committee

Appointed 01/08/2019


Nick Jones


Finance Committee

New Build Committee

Appointed: 01/08/2019

Nick joined Wates in March 2006 as Head of Group Business Reporting. He then went on to become Finance Director of Wates Living Space and led the successful acquisitions of Linbrook and the Purchase Group creating the £100m Wates Responsive Maintenance business. In 2015, Nick led the acquisition and integration of Shepherd Engineering Services (SES), Shepherd Facilities Management (SFM) and a significant number of contracts and strategic frameworks from Shepherd Construction (SCL) adding £300m of turnover and 1,200 colleagues to the Wates Group. Nick now sits as Finance Director of the Wates Construction Group taking charge of finance and IT for both Wates Construction and SES Engineering Services

Prior to joining Wates, Nick worked for 10 years at KPMG specialising in Property and Construction with clients including Kier, Skanska, Gleeson’s and Bovis Homes. Nick also spent 3 years on secondment in Sydney, Australia leading the global audit of Bovis Lendlease and running a number of consultancy projects for Multiplex.

Nick is a member of the ICAEW, a main board Director of both Wates Construction and SES, sits on the boards of a number of Wates investment companies and is a Trustee and Director of the Wates Group Pension Scheme.

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.

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 Scrooge! in 2018.

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.

Ian Stubbs

Education Committee

Appointed: 01/08/2019


Susanna Venn

Staff Governor



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