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Governors

Chairman of Governors

MR B CARTLEDGE

Having gained professional and financial experience as a lawyer and in investment management in the City of London, Ben moved to the not for profit sector, where he has had responsibility in national charities across all areas of operations, property, governance and fundraising. Most recently Ben’s roles have involved growing digital and face-to-face education programmes providing young people across the UK with cross-curricula learning experiences and opportunities to realise their potential.

As a charity trustee, Ben has helped to set up several charities working across education and health as well as providing input on the finance committee of a large RAF charity. Ben and his wife Jane have three children, the youngest of whom currently attends Chesham Preparatory School.

Ben chairs the termly full governor meetings and supports the Headmaster to deliver the school’s current strategic aims.

Board of Governors

DR A HAYCOCK MBBS BSc (Hons) MD FRCP FHEA

Dr Adam Haycock is a consultant gastroenterologist at St Mark’s Hospital in Harrow. He trained at St Mary’s Hospital (Imperial College) in London and was appointed as a consultant in 2011. He specialises in gastrointestinal endoscopy and is the lead for the National Endoscopy Training Centre at St Mark’s.

Adam is married to Sarah, a past pupil of Chesham Preparatory School, and has three daughters, the youngest of whom is currently a pupil at the School.

Adam became a governor in 2019 and is a member of the Educational and Pastoral Committee, with a focus on the medical aspects of care.

MR J MATTHEWS

John studied Agricultural Economics at the University of Reading.  He worked for British Airways Pension Fund for 23 years specialising in investing in UK quoted equities and Asset Allocation.

All four of John’s elder children attended Chesham Preparatory School, and his youngest joined the nursery in Autumn 2020.

John is the Chair of the Finance and General Purpose Committee.

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 attended Chesham Preparatory School.

MRS F NIJKAMP-LYELL

Fiona currently works as a Maths teacher at a local secondary school. Previously she enjoyed an international career, working in various engineering and commercial roles for Shell in Europe and the Middle East, and later as an energy consultant in the UK and Denmark. Fiona is keen to promote STEM subjects within schools.

Fiona has an MA in Engineering Science from Oxford University, in addition to an MSc in Occupational Psychology and a PGCE. In her free time, Fiona enjoys travelling and outdoor pursuits with her husband and teenage children. She especially enjoys running and has completed several half marathons.

Fiona is the governor responsible for Health and Safety and sits on the Finance and General Purpose Committee and is responsible for sustainability at the school.

MRS J O'GORMAN

Jane O’Gorman is currently a Director of Ten2Two Ltd, local experts in flexible and part-time recruitment, having joined when the Company launched in 2007, motivated by desire to introduce a previously untapped and overlooked talent pool to local businesses. She is a qualified accountant and previous roles have included senior finance positions in the City at the well-known auctioneers Christies and time overseas in Paris for TDG plc. During her children’s secondary years she managed the role of Treasurer for Chesham Grammar school PTA. Jane has been involved in volunteer career and business mentoring in local schools and she currently sits on the steering committee for Connect Dacorum, helping bring businesses and charities together. Jane has a love of languages, fluent in French and Spanish, and she has a keen interest in education and wellbeing.

Jane’s son attended Chesham Prep in 2008-2010

MRS N SHEPHERD - EYFS

Nikki 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 who attended Chesham Preparatory School and she was also an active member of the School’s PTA for several years.

Nikki is the governor responsible for EYFS and sits on the Educational and Pastoral Committee.

MR M WALKER

Martin Walker has been Headteacher of Berkhamsted Sixth Form since September 2017, where he is responsible for 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. Martin is married to Liz, a clinical immunologist in the NHS, and has two young daughters.

Martin is the governor responsible for safeguarding and sits on the Educational and Pastoral Committee.