Chairman of Governors
MR A KINNIER QC, MA (Cantab)
Andrew read history and law at Cambridge University (BA 1st class honours; MA). He is a barrister who, over the past two decades, has specialised in mass tort actions (national and international); public inquiries; product liability law; public procurement law, local government law and regulatory law.
Board of Governors
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. Kate is the Governor responsible for Safeguarding and SEND, and sits on the Educational and Pastoral Committee.
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 working for national cancer charity, Maggie’s, where he oversaw all areas of operations, property and governance and well as supporting fundraising. Ben now leads an education and sports charity, the 1851 Trust, which provides young people across the UK with unique opportunities linked to professional sport.
As a trustee, Ben has helped to establish several charities working across education and health. Ben and his wife Jane have three children, two of whom currently attend Chesham Preparatory School.
Ben sits on the Finance and General Purpose Committee.
MR A GROUNDS
Andrew Grounds has been a Boarding Housemaster at St Edward’s Oxford since September 2017, where he is responsible for the academic and pastoral welfare of 65 boys. He has previously been Head of Middle School, Head of Rugby as well as teaching Mathematics at St Edward’s and before that, he was Head of House and 2nd Department at Bedford Modern School. Andrew has experience in coaching rugby, including Wasps age groups, football, squash and cricket as well as playing rugby for Oxford University 1st XV. He has a MSc in Learning and Teaching from Oxford University along with a BA Hons from Brunel University in Mathematics and Management and a PGCE from De Montfort University.
Andrew volunteers at the local homeless charity in Oxford, the Gatehouse, as well as being a Trustee at Multi Academy Trust in London. Andrew is married to Emma, who works in the Development Department at St Edward’s. Andrew and Emma have two young sons.
Andrew sits on the Educational and Pastoral Committee.
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, two of whom are currently pupils 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 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.
Patrick has three children, one of whom 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 son six years ago.
Patrick became a governor in 2010 and is a member of the Finance and General Purpose Committee.
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.
The youngest of John’s five children joined the nursery of CPS in Autumn 2020. The elder four all having attended the school.
John sits on 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.
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 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.
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.