Governors

Eamonn Barrett – Chair of Governors

I have been a member of the Governing board for the last ten years, first as a parent governor and now as the governor appointed by the local authority. I am in my third year as the Chair of Governors, and I also chair the Finance Committee and serve as the child protection governor. My original profession was as a wildlife biologist, but I have for over 25 years worked for an international Environmental and Sustainability Consultancy, where I am a Senior Partner responsible for securing and delivering work in many developing countries around the world, currently with a strong focus on Africa. I have one daughter, Imogen, who has lived all her life in Speen and started her education at Speen School before continuing her education locally and most recently in Oxford, where she is approaching her final GCSE year. My wife, Vicky, went through the traditional Speen School mum’s routine of being a midday supervisor, as well as other roles such as being the school’s travel plan coordinator. I have lived in Speen for almost twenty years, and am a governor because I want to contribute to making Speen School a sustainable and important part of the community. My other interests include music, walking, mountain biking and sport.

Julie Cooper – Vice Chair of Governors

I have been a Governor of Speen School since 2005 and am currently Vice Chair, PSHE governor, Chair of the Pastoral Committee and Chair of Performance Management. I have worked as a freelance market researcher in the healthcare industry since 1999 with particular focus on cancer and chronic illnesses, which are my particular areas of interest and expertise. Prior to that I worked for a local computer company, running their HR department and managing their international corporate office. I have two daughters, both of whom went to Speen School and both of whom are currently at University, one in her final year studying for a BSc in Children’s Nursing and the other in her first year of a BSc in Environmental Science. I believe Speen School was the best start they could have had and has contributed to their well-rounded characters and their interest in the world. Because my own children have been fortunate enough to receive this very good start in this community, I am committed to Speen School continuing to thrive and provide the same opportunity to other children.

Reverend Tony Bundock – Ex-Officio and SEND Governor

My wife Pat and I moved to the Parish of Lacey Green, Loosley Row and Speen in October 2014 when I became “House for Duty” Vicar of St. John’s Church. Pat is a fairly recently retired Early Years teacher. We have a son and a daughter, who are both married; and four grandchildren. In secular employment, I worked in Fire Insurance, and then for 13 years as a Civil Servant. I was ordained in 1983 to serve my curacy in Stansted Mountfitchet in North Essex. I then served as Team Vicar of Holy Cross Church, Borehamwood, in Hertfordshire for 9 years; and as Team Rector of the Seacroft Team Ministry in East Leeds for 11 years. I was appointed Area Dean of Whitkirk Deanery in July 2000; and I became Rector of Leeds in May 2005. I was an Honorary Tutor for the Yorkshire Ministry Course since its inception in 2008 until becoming Vicar of St. John’s. I have been involved in work with children and young people in a range of contexts over the years in such varied ways as being Manager of a Cubs’ Football Team; being a “Fourth Hand” with the Cirdan Trust Christian Sail Training Project, and at various times Chair of Governors of three Primary School and a Church of England (Aided) High School. I have had a number of children’s stories and playlets published in Together RE magazine; and a short booklet on the origins of Celtic spirituality published by the Leeds Church Institute. In my spare time, my interests include Jazz, Blues and Folk Music, football, vintage transport, and reading.

Denise Nayna – Head Teacher

I began my teaching career in Buckinghamshire, moved to the London Borough of Harrow and then returned to the Chilterns many years ago. Although my initial training was in the arts, I undertook further study in Mathematics, educational management and Special Educational Needs. It is privilege to be part of a supportive community of families, governors and staff. As head teacher I serve on all the main committees. I have 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren and enjoy watching rugby in my spare time.

Amanda Cleaver – Equality and Diversity governor

I have been a resident of Speen for more than 25 years. I am a foundation governor appointed by the Diocese of Oxford and a previous Chair of governors. My current responsibilities include equality and diversity and health and safety. I sit on the following committees: admissions (chair), communications and premises. My background is in journalism and I currently head up the communications team of a national charity. My four children all attended Speen School. My interests include current affairs and health.

Helen Lidington – Teacher Governor

I have been teaching at Speen since 2008. Prior to Speen School I taught at a number of schools in Buckinghamshire and London. I have experience of teaching years R through to year 6. This is my second term of office on the governing body! I serve on the curriculum and pastoral committees. I have 4 children and have lived in the area for over 20 years. My outside interests include being involved with several local groups for children and young people, walking, standing on the touchline (sometimes in the wind and the rain or worse!) watching my sons play their sports and family history.

Christine Rooney – Literacy, RE and worship governor

As a member of St John’s Church, I am a Foundation Governor for Speen CE School. I serve on the Foundation, Pastoral and Curriculum Committees. My particular interests are in RE, Collective Worship and English. We have lived in Speen for some years, since my husband retired from the RAF. We have two grown-­‐up sons and three grandchildren. I gave up teaching when our older son was born and returned on a supply basis when the younger went to secondary school. We experienced frequent moves. I then taught full-­‐time at Monks Risborough CE Primary School for 17 years and remain on the supply list there. I also work as a voluntary classroom assistant whenever possible. There are increasingly huge changes in Education. I hope that my small contribution to the terrific work being achieved at Speen CE School may help Mrs Nayna and the wonderful staff to continue to their outstanding provision for all the children.

Debbie O’Brien – Development Governor

I have served on the board of Governors as a foundation governor since September 2011 and have been chair of the Curriculum committee since September 2013. I have 3 children, William is a former pupil of Speen and now attends Waddesdon C of E School, Emily, also a former Pupil attends Pipers Corner School and Reuben is currently in year 2 at Speen. I attend St Michael and All Angels Church in Hughenden and also have strong links with our local village Baptist church. A retail buyer by profession, I worked for Harrods and The great Little Trading Company, where I was Head of Buying and Merchandising. I am now working part time for a small wool company called Appletons. I am able to utilise the experience gained in my professional life in my various roles as a governor. When I’m not working or ferrying my children from A to B I enjoy reading, meeting up with friends, cooking and family holidays.

Katherine Matthews – Parent Governor

I have served on the board of Governors as a Parent Governor since June 2013 and have been chair of the Communications committee since September 2013. I am also the EYFS governor working closely with Mrs Hayman’s class and in addition serve on the pastoral committee. I have 3 children, Jonathon and Hadley who both attended Speen School and are now at Claires Court senior boys school in Maidenhead and Daniel who is a current year 2 pupil. I have lived in Speen for over 10 years and enjoy being part of the community as a parent and a governor with our thriving village school. I spent many years working in various roles within the Travel Industry, latterly in product management and marketing with a luxury cruise specialist. I also worked in between having children for my husband’s software company Clubwise based locally in Princes Risborough and remain a director. I also help on a regular basis within the school as a mid-­‐day supervisor and with the library. I am able to utilise the experiences gained in my professional life in the various roles within the governing board. In my spare time I enjoy theatre, reading, cooking, cheering on my sons from various touchlines and walking our dog.

Alistair Scott – Numeracy and Pupil Premium governor

I have been a member of the Governing body at Speen School since 2013. I serve on the Finance committee and the Curriculum committee. I am also the Numeracy Governor and Pupil Premium Governor. My eldest son Henry started at Speen School in 2012 and his younger brother Edward joined him in 2014. Through my role as a Numeracy Governor, I visit the school at least once per term during the school day, to better understand how the School is progressing in the delivery of one of the pupils’ core subjects. Away from the School I am a serving officer in the Royal Air Force where I have been fortunate enough to fly the venerable VC10; in other assignments I have undertaken roles in Human Resources, Air Safety and teaching the next generation of pilots Basic Flying Training on the Tucano.

Simon Floyd – Associate governor, Chair of health and safety committee

I joined the Governing body in February 2015. I am a member of the Communications Committee and also Chair the Premises/Health & Safety committee. I have two children, Owain & Saranna. My son is in attendance at the School, and my daughter attends Speen pre-­‐school. Born in Birmingham, I moved to High Wycombe in 1997, where I studied a degree course at the local university, and worked at Tesco where I met my future wife who grew up in the nearby village of Naphill. We continued a long serving family tradition by marrying at St Michael and All Angels Church, Hughenden in 2004. By profession my background is within procurement, supply and support of IT & Telecom products and services, where I have developed a strong technical understanding of the industry over the last 16 years. I am a Director at an outsourced purchasing company in Welwyn Garden City. My role includes responsibility of the IT & Telecom Departments and Account Direction for a number of our key customers. I have begun to apply some of my industry knowledge and experience to identify solutions that will provide benefit to the school’s operational performance. In my spare time you will find me at Gosling Tennis Academy, attempting to play the sport at an intermediary level, playing darts with friends or watching movies with my family at the local cinema.