Welcome to the Governors page of our school website.
The link below sets out who the Governors are and their roles of responsibility. If you wish to contact any of the Governors please do so via the school office.
Charlotte Beadle (Chair of Governors)
Charlotte Beadle has been a parent governor since July 2014 and, in February 2019, was elected as Chair of Governors. Her children have been attending Whitchurch Combined School since 2012 when she and the Beadle family moved to the Aylesbury area, and Charlotte became a governor when her youngest started at the school in September 2014. Charlotte runs her own company providing compliance consultancy to the pharmaceutical industry, and as there are similarities in the governance of all organisations Charlotte felt she could help provide her experience to the school. The key role that all governors provide is to be a ‘critical friend’ to the school and given this is about the welfare and education of children Charlotte wanted to contribute her support to this. Charlotte is a member of the Finance and Management Committee and has governor responsibilities for Early Years Foundations Stage (EYFS).
Michael has been a parent governor since June 2019. He and his wife have lived happily in Whitchurch since 2011, and both their children attend the school. Michael has worked on behalf of business for 30 years on a range of public policy and reputational issues, most recently as Chief Executive of two trade associations. He enjoys sport and is interested in architecture, history and the environment. As governor, he aims to work with his fellow governors, the highly dedicated team at WCS and the wider community to promote the continuous improvement of the school.
Janet Sampson has been a Local Authority/co-opted governor for 7 years and is Chair of the Curriculum Committee. She is also currently responsible for safeguarding, SEN and gifted/talented provision. Her two children attended Whitchurch Combined School from 2003 to 2013. Why did she become a governor? Having been an active member of the Whitchurch School Association and a parent volunteer when her own children were at Whitchurch, becoming involved on the governing body was another practical way to support and 'give something back' to the school and all its students - a worthwhile and hugely rewarding experience. All schools face significant challenge and change in the current climate: being a governor helps you appreciate and understand the key role of education. Janet lives in Whitchurch and works full time as a Teacher of English at Aylesbury Grammar School.
Jane joined the Board of Governors in November 2019. Jane lives in the village and both her children previously attended Whitchurch School in the late 1990s. At that time Jane worked full time and had little involvement with the School and, now that she has retired (early!), she saw the vacancy for a Governor as the opportunity to contribute back into the school. In Jane’s former career she was an HR Director for a global fmcg business and also ran her own consultancy for a number of years, and so she brings a knowledge of general management and a commercial perspective to her new role. Jane is a member of the Finance and Management Committee and her first impression of being a Governor is just how much reporting and data is involved in running a school!
Simon has been a parent governor since 2016 and is the vice chair of the finance committee. Simon is a Chartered Surveyor specialising in commercial property and has two children, Rory and Maisie, who are both at Whitchurch Combined School.
Simon became a school governor to help support the school, to understand the education system better and to assist in making the school a better place for our children.
Outside of his day to day work, Simon is involved in the Bucks County Show and enjoys spending time with his family and his dog, Betsy.
James has been a governor for 6 years having joined when his eldest son was in year 3. James now has his youngest son at the school in year 5. With children at the school, the understanding of how the school operated, the educations system and challenges faced was not clear and so the opportunity to become a school governor, has filled this knowledge gap, and provided a platform to be able to make a difference to the children in the school as they learn and grow to secondary education.
Having lived locally in Hardwick for a number of years, James and the family moved to Mursley in 2014 but has continued to be a school governor becoming Chair of Finance and Management committee in 2014. During the day James is a client Director at Barclays Bank Plc, where he runs a portfolio of international clients building lending proposals and financial solutions to a number of FTSE 250 companies. This skill set has ensured that the school has a balanced challenge on the financial performance of the school, and setting of the annual budget process which are under continual pressure. Over the last 3 years some very difficult decisions have had to be made to maintain the financial standing of the school. This is only possible through the collaborative approach from the school leadership to openly discuss and share issues and challenges they face. This is the more rewarding side to my role on the governing body as without this collaboration, many schools fail to reach the right decisions for the wider school. Whitchurch is certainly not in that camp and use their various stakeholders to good effect to help governors feel a core part of the school management and ensure all are delivering a high educational output.
My name is Nathalie Nutbrown and I am very pleased to be one of the governors of this wonderful school. I’m originally from Hong Kong and have now lived in the UK for over 20 years. In my role as governor I feel I can positively contribute to the school’s continued improvement. I will work with the parents, teachers, leadership team and other governors to help achieve and meet the objectives set, which will provide our children with the best platform to be successful. I have 2 children who attend the school and I’m passionate about their education.
I have a science background and have many years working within the pharmaceutical industry where I will look to apply this knowledge and skill set to my role as a governor.
Mark is the Deputy Head at Whitchurch Combined School and has been a Governor here since September 2017 upon his arrival at the school. He has worked as a teacher and governor across Buckinghamshire for the last 15 years. As part of his role as Governor, he enjoys supporting other colleagues in developing a strategic vision for the school. Outside of school, Mark runs a local Junior football team and enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.