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.

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

Vice Chair

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.

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! 



Barbara Harrison

Support Staff Governor

Appointed 26/9/2022

Barbara joined JHGS in March 2008, as the Learning Resource Centre Manager, in 2012 she took on the additional role as Career coordinator.

Barbara supports the English department in respect of the KS3 & KS4 reading programme, promoting reading and maintaining an exciting stock of challenging books in the Library.

In respect of the Careers Programme Barbara is passionate in ensuring that every student is aware of all their pathway options post Year 11 & Year 13 and organises events and activities for Year 7 – Year 13 students in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks, resulting in students having the experience and knowledge to make informed choices about their futures.  

Barbara has been Magistrate for 20 years and is a Presiding Justice on the Wycombe Bench.

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.

Matt Hill

Staff Governor (Teaching Staff)

Appointed 26/9/2022

Matt joined JHGS as a Teacher of Mathematics in 2019 and has also taught computer science as well as coaching some of the school hockey squads. Additionally, Matt has taken on the role of House Coordinator since 2021 and has helped bring a wide variety of exciting house events to the students.

He completed a Computer Science and Maths degree at the University of Exeter before  his PGCE there and returning to High Wycombe, having grown up in the local area and attended RGS. 

Sarfaraz Khan

Finance Committee

Appointed:14th March 2022

Saf is a local businessman and is Group Purchasing Manager for a Wycombe based company. He was the Mayor of High Wycombe in 2019 and is an elected member of Bucks Council and has regularly visited and shown interest in the school in recent years in an official capacity. He is involved with a number of local charities including the One Can Trust, the British Legion and the Wycombe Environment Centre and is a Parent Governor at Hamilton Academy which is one of our local feeder primaries.

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 KC

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.

Alan Reed

Appointed: 20th March 2023

Alan joined the staff of JHGS in 1987 as a teacher of Geography, becoming Head of Department in 1990. During his time at JHGS he was also appointed as “Head of Middle School”, leading the pastoral teams in years 10 and 11. He also ran “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme” within the school during the 1990’s as well as leading expeditions to Bolivia and Nepal. In his later years he also acted as temporary Head of the Religious Studies department.

Before JHGS Alan worked in retail management, as well as playing drums in a number of very poor rock bands.

He is now retired, leaving JHGS in 2021.

Giles Roberts

Estates Committee
Appointed: 14th March 2022
Giles was educated at Ealing College, West London after which he joined consultancy firm CMG, from where he started his long and broad career within the IT industry encompassing programming, senior IT management, infrastructure, digital services and cyber security. Most recently he spent 15 years working as the Head of Information Security for a stockbroker, where he held the Certificate of Information Security Management (CISM) and sat on multiple Financial Services industry Cyber Security committees. His career also included running an IT consultancy offering outsourced IT services to local schools and businesses.
Giles has lived in the area since the early 1990s with his wife and three sons who all attended local grammar schools. He is recently retired, and his hobbies include flying, shooting and home-brewing.


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

Safeguarding Governor

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.

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 and Deputy Head of Sixth Form (Year 12) - 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.