Governors

Full Governing Board

The Full Governing Board and each of its committees, Education, Marketing and Finance & General Purposes, meet termly but more frequently if required.   Additional committees such as a Development Committee, are established as necessary.  Additional non-voting members can be co-opted onto committees where specific skill sets are required for projects. The aim of the Full Governing Board of Gayhurst is to give each pupil an opportunity to achieve their potential in academic, cultural and sporting pursuits. The three committees support these aims and work towards the success of the school. The Full Board ratifies all decisions and policies reviewed by the three committees and considers all matters which do not fit within a specific committees terms of reference.

Education Committee

The remit of the Education Committee is to provide oversight, input and direction as required to all education matters at the school. Decisions or recommendations are made on behalf of the entire Governing Body.

Membership of the Education Committee is, at a minimum, four Governors including the Chair of the Governing Body acting as an ex-officio member. In addition, the Headmaster, Deputy Head Teacher and Bursar attend, providing valuable, professional insight into matters discussed.

All relevant aspects of the education of our pupils is considered, under the guiding principle of providing the best start in life for our students within a happy and caring environment.

There is a regular programme of Teacher presentations covering all educational departments which are open to all Governors.  The committee also considers issues covering:

  • Staffing – appointments, departures, issues
  • Pupils – admissions and year numbers, issues and achievements
  • Curriculum – intra and extra
  • Development – plans and progress of the school, including the physical site of the school
  • Education related policies / procedures – ongoing reviews, maintenance of school policies and ensuring compliance of statutory government requirements.
  • Education risk management in all areas of the school, including school trips
  • Inspection – planning for and responding to recommendations

Marketing Committee

The membership of the Committee includes a minimum of 3 governors, the Headmaster, Deputy Head teacher, Bursar and the Admissions & Marketing Director. The Chair of Governors is an ex-officio member. Acting on behalf of the entire Governing Body the Marketing Committee focuses on all the relevant aspects of marketing and admissions including:

  • In conjunction with the Headmaster, the appointment and management of the Marketing and Admissions Director.
  • Overseeing the development of a long term marketing strategy.
  • Overseeing the development and monitoring of an annual marketing plan.
  • The monitoring of the admissions system.
  • Setting and agreeing with the General Purposes and Finance Committee an annual marketing budget and monitoring it.
  • Assisting with all the various communications and publications of the School, ensuring their appropriateness, depending on audience
  • Planning for and responding to outside inspection.
  • Reviewing all marketing an admissions related school policies.

Finance and General Purposes Committee

The membership of the Finance & General Purposes Committee includes a minimum of three Governors, the Headmaster, Deputy head teacher, Bursar, and Chair of Governors. The committee focuses on all aspects of finance and general matters including:

  • Staffing levels, appointments, salaries and other terms
  • Accounting compliance including compliance with Charities Acts and Companies Acts
  • Setting and monitoring Annual Budgets, cash flow projections and financial performance
  • Setting Strategic Financial Targets including, but not limited to, funding, borrowing, reserves, surplus levels, fee setting, investments
  • Managing fee concessions, bursaries etc. as well as fee debtors and fee recovery procedures.
  • Delegating financial powers to the Bursar and other staff e.g. cheque signing limits, expenditure approval limits, power to sign contracts etc.
  • Building maintenance, insurances and general expenditure
  • Monitoring and advising on the school’s management systems and mitigation of risk, including conducting a rolling risk management survey.
  • Monitoring and advising on the school’s health and safety arrangements, its buildings, plant and vehicles, grounds, gardens, roadways, and security.
  • Receiving reports, reviewing, monitoring implementation, considering changes, and where required making recommendations on the: planned Maintenance Programme; Revenue and capital budgets to maintain the buildings and estate to the required standard and school development plan.
  • Having regard to the regulations and receiving reports, reviewing, monitoring compliance and making recommendations on all school policies covering risk, health and safety and finance.
    • Considering reports from the other committees and their financial implications.

Mr W. Gibbs

(Patron)

Curriculum Vitae

William Gibbs

He is the grandson of Stormont Gibbs who bought the school in 1927 and moved it to its present site. He is married with two children and was educated at the school. His father was a previous Chairman of Governors. He currently lives in Ireland which he has represented at cricket.

Mr D. Harrod

(Founding Governor)

Curriculum Vitae

David Harrod BA (Hons) Associate of Chartered Institute of Insurance & Associate of Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters, (F&GP)

Mr Harrod is a grandson of Stormont Gibbs and is a representative of the Gibbs Family Trust on the Governing Body. He has been active in the London Insurance Market for over 30years.

Mrs C. Shorten Conn (Chair)

Curriculum Vitae

Caroline Shorten Conn, BSc (Jt Hons.) Bristol University (Chair of Governors, Education, F&GP, Marketing)

Mrs Shorten Conn was educated at Millfield School and Bristol University. Travelling with her husband she has had various jobs at home and abroad but now lives in Gerrards Cross and is a Magistrate in Buckinghamshire. She has three children and her son attended Gayhurst when it was an all-boys School.

Mrs F. Cunningham

Curriculum Vitae

Frances Cunningham, BSc Hons Bristol University in Biochemistry. (Marketing)

Mrs Cunningham’s career has been in marketing. Her husband’s career in the RAF has meant many moves so she has experience of several schools in both the independent and state sector. Her two boys were at the school where she was actively involved in the Parents Association.

Mr J. Gilbert

Curriculum Vitae

Jonathan Gilbert, MS FRCS

Mr Gilbert is a consultant general surgeon and was the lead clinician at Wexham Park Hospital. He is a published medical author. His three sons all attended the school before moving on to the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe. He chairs the School’s Health and Safety Committee.

Mrs A. Hatton

Curriculum Vitae

Anne Hatton (Education, Chairman and Marketing)

Mrs Hatton runs her own interior design practice as well as teaching interior design through Bucks Adult Learning. She is a Member of the British Interior Design Association and of the Institute for Learning. Before moving to Buckinghamshire she was a Governor of a primary school in London. She has had two sons at the school and is involved in a number of local charities. She is the Lead Governor for Child Protection.

Mr H. Machin

Curriculum Vitae

Howard Machin, FCA (F&GP, Chairman)

Is a chartered accountant with thirty years’ experience practising from home and working with a range of clients in London and the Thames Valley. He lives locally and has had two sons at Gayhurst both of whom went on to Dr Challoner’s Grammar School and Oxford University and Exeter University.

Mr T. Pinchess

Curriculum Vitae

Tony Pinchess BSc

With 30 years’ experience in property and construction Mr Pinchess has held senior executive positions in major consulting businesses as well as managing his own property consulting company for 18 years. Mr Pinchess is married with two children who both attended local preparatory schools his son a pupil of Gayhurst. Mr Pinchess continues to play golf and tennis along with extending his experience in seamanship.

Mrs S. Porter

Curriculum Vitae

Sally Porter

Mrs Porter, BEd (Hons) Kingston University, has worked locally, in both state and independent schools, for over 25 years.  She is currently Director of Studies and Year 6 teacher at a girls school in Hertfordshire. Both her children are teachers and her husband works for a local health care business.

Mr C. Pugh

Curriculum Vitae

Charles Pugh.

Charles Pugh is a solicitor and partner in the London law firm, Oury Clark.  He has two children, one of whom Matthew attended Gayhurst School.  His outside interests include hockey for Gerrards Cross Hockey Club and sport generally.

Mrs C. Robson

Curriculum Vitae

BSc (Hons) Birmingham University, Chemical Engineering.  Diploma  Marketing.

After working as a Brand Manager in the UK, Mrs Robson spent 14 years living in South Africa, India and Germany with her husband and young family and experienced several different types of school during this time. Whilst living in Johannesburg, South Africa she worked for Save the Children. Mrs Robson has 3 children, her son attended Gayhurst School and her older daughters are at university.

Mr R. Thompson

Curriculum Vitae

Richard Thompson BA (Education)

Having been Director of Sport, a Head of House and Deputy Head, Mr Thompson is now Head of Berkhamsted Boys.  He is married to Laura who teaches in Berkhamsted Pre-Prep and has a son who attends Berkhamsted Boys.  Mr Thompson’s passion outside education lies with sport.

Mr D. Waldron

Curriculum Vitae

David Waldron MA (Education)

Mr Waldron is a solicitor and a partner in the international law firm, Morgan Lewis and Bockius.  Outside his work his main interests are rugby and rowing.  He has three children and his two sons attended Gayhurst School.

Governors contact details are available via Claire Dixon in the main school office on 01753 882690 or on bursar@gayhurstschool.co.uk