Chairman of Governors
MR NICK BAKER BA(HONS), PGCE, CHAIR OF GOVERNORS
Nick Baker has been Chair of Governors for the past four years. He is currently Headmaster of Wetherby Preparatory School in Marylebone, London, having worked in both state and independent education for the past twenty years. Nick is a past pupil of Chesham Preparatory School and worked at the school as Head of Geography from 2000 to 2004. He is also a current parent with a boy in Year 6.
Nick attends all Committees and Chairs the termly Full Governor Meetings.
Board of Governors
MR M HURD BA (HONS)
Patrick is recently retired, having been a solicitor in London for many years, specialising in taxation and commercial work in his own practice and latterly with a large London and Reading firm.
He became a Governor in 2010 and is a member of the Finance and General Purpose committee. One of his 3 children attended Chesham Preparatory School, leaving in 2002.
Patrick extends his charitable work to being a trustee of a charity which finances and manages an educational project in India set up by his Chesham Preparatory School son 6 years ago.
MR PJ JOHNSON BA (HONS) (MRICS)
Paul Johnson is a Chartered Surveyor and runs a number of small property-related businesses. He was educated at Merchant Taylor’s School, studied English and German at Southampton University and then completed a post-graduate course at the College of Estate Management. He spent the first 9 years of his career at a West End commercial practice, Grant & Partners before leaving to set up his own business. He is married to Kate, a local GP, and has three sons, all of whom attended Chesham Preparatory School and subsequently Berkhamsted School. Paul became a Governor in 2010 and sits on three committees – Finance and General Purpose, Health & Safety, and Estates.
MS A MCNANEY BA (HONS) PGCE NPQH
Annmarie is Vice-Chair of the Governing Body and Chair of the Education and Pastoral Committee.
Annmarie has been Headteacher of Chesham Grammar School since September 2015. Prior to that, she spent eight years there as Deputy Head and five as Head of Sixth Form. She started her teaching career at Backwell School just outside Bristol where she was Assistant Head of Sixth Form. Annmarie attended Bristol University where she read Theology and Sociology, staying for a further year to complete her Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Annmarie has also completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship.
Annmarie has two sons, both of whom joined Chesham Preparatory School in Reception. Her elder son left Year 6 in 2014 and is now in Year 9 at Chesham Grammar. Her younger son is currently in Year 6 and is also moving on to CGS.
MR W TURNER (BA)
Will is Deputy Head (Academic) at St. John’s School, Leatherhead. Prior to that he worked at Harrow School where he was Head of Modern Languages and an Assistant House Master, after having been Head of Universities there. He began his teaching career at Sherborne School in Dorset after completing a degree in French and Italian at the University of Exeter.
He sits on the Educational Committee but does attend the Financial and General Purposes Committee on an ad hoc basis.
MRS C ALMOND MA (CANTAB), DIP.CLIN.COMM - SEND
Kate started work as a speech and language therapist in Stockwell, London. She worked in two specialist units within schools, one for children with autism and one for children with language and behaviour difficulties. Three of Kate’s four children went to Chesham Preparatory School. Her eldest child has cerebral palsy so Kate gave up work to care for him.
Kate has an MA in law from Cambridge university and a Diploma in clinical communication studies from City University London. Her interests include reading, gardening, walking and her family.
Kate became a governor at Chesham Preparatory School in 2015. She has a particular interest in the special educational needs provision within the school and she sits on the Educational and Pastoral Committee of the Governors.
MRS S PECK BA (HONS)– MARKETING
Suzie is a consultant in Fundraising and Development having previously held the position of Director of Marketing and External Relations at The Royal Masonic School for Girls, and prior to that, Director of Development at Berkhamsted School. Her background is buying and marketing in retail having joined Tesco in their first graduate intake. She spent nearly 8 years as an expatriate in Europe and Asia. Both her children enjoyed a happy education at Chesham Preparatory School on their return from Seoul in South Korea.
Suzie joined the Governing Board in 2015 and is Governor for Marketing and also Staff Liaison. She sits on the Finance and General Purposes Committee.
MR M WALKER
Martin Walker has been Head Teacher of Berkhamsted Sixth since September 2017 where he is responsible for the overseeing the academic achievement and pastoral care of 400 Sixth Formers. He was previously a Head of Department and a House Master at Harrow School and the Deputy Head of the Lower School at the Perse School. He coached rugby, hockey and cricket at Harrow and the Perse and led Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. Martin has a degree in French and German from Nottingham University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Cambridge University. Martin has volunteered for Children’s charities such as CHICKS (Country Holidays for Inner City Kids) and Kids Company. He has qualifications in counselling skills, an interest in educational psychology and a desire to help children to realise their full potential. He was introduced to Chesham Preparatory School by Will Turner and Nick Baker with whom he had worked when he was at Harrow School. Martin is married to Liz, a Clinical Immunologist in the NHS, and has two young daughters.
MRS N SHEPHERD - EYFS
Nikki is our EYFS governor and is currently employed as a one to one support in the pre-prep department at The Beacon School in Chesham Bois. She achieved a Business Studies Diploma at College and has worked in various industries including banking, advertising, surveying, financial services and property development and has offered PA and administrative support to managing directors and senior management. She is an ex-parent with two boys presently at Berkhamsted Boys School and has known Chesham Preparatory School for 12 years. She was also an active member of the school’s PTA for several years.
Nikki is a member of the Educational and Pastoral Committee.
MR ANDREW JORDAN
Andrew Jordan is a barrister, having been called to the Bar in The Inner Temple in 2006. He previously was a partner at the accounting firm PWC, specializing in corporate finance, privatization and out-sourcing.
Andrew has also been a non-executive director of a technology company, advisor to the shareholders of a large engineering company, and chairman of a medical charity. He is currently involved in a start-up company in global sustainable agricultural investment.
Andrew has a degree in mathematics from Queen’s University, Belfast, a Diploma in Mathematical Statistics from Darwin College, Cambridge, and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.
Andrew was introduced to Chesham Preparatory School by His Honour Judge Francis Sheridan, former Chairman of Governors and a parent of five pupils at Chesham Preparatory School. Andrew is Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee of Governors. He has been a governor since 2010 and has enjoyed every moment of his association with the school.