Governors and Trustees

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.

Philip Maskell - Chairman of the Governing Body

Co-opted 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 – Vice Chair Governor

Chair of the Estates Committee

New Build Committee

Community Governor

Reappointed 08/09/2020

Faraz 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.

Khawar Asif

Appointed 29/06/2020

Khawar Asif joined the Governing Body as a co-opted governor in June 2020. He was a student at the school from 2010 to 2017 and was deputy head boy in the Upper Sixth.

Since leaving school, Khawar took some time out of education to gain some professional work experience and is currently undertaking his undergraduate degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies with International Relations at King’s College London. He has undertaken various professional work placements at local primary schools, the NHS, a global accountancy firm and the banking industry.

Khawar currently works for the newly formed Buckinghamshire Council, a position he has held since 2017, but is now working towards a professional qualification as part of the National Graduate Development Programme. His specialisms lie in urban planning and development. He is an associate member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Languages. Khawar also works for the local library service.

In addition to the above, Khawar runs his own business which aims to help disadvantaged people navigate immigration, housing and legal matters.

Outside of work and study, Khawar enjoys travelling, running and reading.

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

Co-opted Governor

Education Committee

People, Performance and Remuneration Committee

Appointed 01/08/2019

Ian Cooksey is the Headmaster of Watford Grammar School for Boys, which is a partially-selective comprehensive school. During his career to date, he has led a great variety of schools, including single sex (boys and girls), mixed, comprehensive and selective, representing schools in every Ofsted category. He joined a comprehensive school in Special Measures in 2010 as Head of School and helped to lift it out of that category in one year.

Ian has led CPD in several different schools to support the development of exceptional teaching and learning across the educational system. He has also supported schools seeking to enhance their self-evaluation frameworks and their approach to strategic planning. Having led one of the most financially efficient schools in the country, he has also developed some expertise in managing financial constraints, without adversely affecting outcomes – a challenge that many schools are being required to engage with in the current climate.

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.

Tracey Hartley

All committees member

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

Dominique Kent

Co-opted Governor

People Performance and Remuneration Committee Chair

Appointed 09/12/2019

Dominique is the Managing Director of The Good Care Group, a Live-In Home Care provider specialising in the care of older people, enabling them to stay living in their own home and community.

With a passion for professionalising the care sector, Dominique enjoys Chairing the Board of the UKHCA (UK Home Care Association), where she supports influencing an improved social care system. She also sits on The Board of The Live-In Care Hub, is a NED on the Board of L&Q Living and she also sits on the steering group of the Young Dementia Network.

Mark Phillips QC

Co-opted Governor

Finance Committee

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

Estates Committee

New Build Committee

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.

Greg Stevenson

Community Governor

Chair of Finance Committee

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

Ian Stubbs joined the BBC in 1974 as a Trainee Camera Assistant at BBC Television Centre in west London and spent nine years learning and practising the craft of TV Cameraman on shows as diverse as The Good Life, Question Time, Top of the Pops, Parkinson, The Morcambe and Wise Show, The Two Ronnies and I, Claudius. Over a 35 year career in broadcasting he launched ‘in-vision’ presentation of CBBC (on BBC One) with Phillip Schofield in the ‘Broom Cupboard’, managed the immediate response on air to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales and moved over 50 TV channels from BBC TV Centre to the new Broadcast Centre at White City.

Ian's two boys were educated at John Hampden and, as a Senior Tutor at the National Film and Television School since 2012, he has worked with JHGS on joint TV exercises to the benefit of both NFTS and JHGS students.

Susanna Venn

Staff Governor (Teaching)

Finance Committee

Appointed Dec 2018

Susanna joined the Governing Body in December 2018 as a Teacher Governor having been a member of the biology department since 2008 and became Head of Department in September 2020. 

In her spare time she enjoys running, coxing and archaeology. 

Mark Till

Staff Governor (Teaching Staff)

Appointed 7th December 2020

Mark joined JHGS as a Teacher of English in 2015. Since then he has been a Head of Year, Assistant Safeguarding Lead and is now Head of English and Drama - on a mission to promote a love of language and literature and to raise attainment.

Before JHGS Mark worked for the Everyman and Playhouse theatres in Liverpool and sometimes wrote short plays and jokes for the radio.

Nick Townsend

Staff Governor (Support Staff)

Appointed 7th December 2020

Nick was a student in the Sixth Form at JHGS from 2008-2010 before studying for a BA Degree in Human Geography at Swansea University. Nick returned to JHGS as a member of staff in 2014 and is responsible for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award and holds the position of Educational Visits Coordinator. In his spare time Nick enjoys camping, hiking and travelling. 

Gareth Davies

Education Committee

Appointed: 20/04/2021

Current Headmaster of Gayhurst School



Emily Davis

Appointed 24/06/2021

Emily was a commercial property solicitor in the City for over 20 years, but recently took early retirement in order to help out elderly relatives.  Her son has been at JHGS for the last 6 years and started sixth form in September 2021.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys going to the cinema with friends, cooking and running as well as a growing podcast obsession!


Jane Godfrey

Appointed 24/06/2021

Jane lives in Maidenhead and she has a son in Year 8 at JHGS and a daughter in Year 10 in another local grammar school.

For the past ten years Jane has worked for Waitrose, managing a team of  ecommerce partners at the Head Office. She believes her skills lie in organisation,  prioritisation and collaboration - useful as a parent as well as in the workplace!