The Board of Governors
ANDREW BROWN, CHAIR OF GOVERNORS, CO-OPTED GOVERNOR, FINANCE
Andrew grew up in Redbridge on the edge of London but has lived in Buckinghamshire for the last 30 years. He studied Computer Science at City University in London and initially he worked in the design and development of computer systems mainly for the banking industry including a stint based in Singapore. Andrew changed in the mid-90s to marketing, but still in the software industry, and he has undertaken a wide range of business marketing roles for global organisations. Until his retirement he was Marketing Director for the payments business within NCR.
Andrew first became a Governor in the mid 90s at his children’s Primary School. As they moved to Secondary he too moved and joined the Governing Board at Chesham Park Community College and later led it through the transition to Chiltern Hills Academy where he is currently Chair of the Trustees. He is also on the Local Governing Board at Dovery Academy (another schools in Knowledge Schools Trust) and is a committee member of the Buckinghamshire Association of School Governors.
Term of office, four years. Appointed May 2021.
Roger Cumming, Governor
Roger was born and grew up in Kent. After school he won a commission in the Royal Marines and served for 10 years at home and abroad from a base in Devon. Then, as a mature student he studied computer science at Exeter University and worked for a short while as a software engineer. He and his young family moved from Exeter to his current home in Pitstone in the mid 80s when he joined the civil service. He worked in a variety of roles in government until just after the London Olympics. After a few years working for a global design and engineering company he left to establish his own consultancy specialising in infrastructure protection strategies.
Roger was a parent-governor at Brookmead School in Pitstone in the 90s which his son and daughter attended. Now, with two young grandchildren (and more on the way), he knows the vital importance of a sound start to a child’s education and is keen to find opportunities to apply his knowledge and skills to the advantage of Edlesborough School, its pupils and staff.
Roger is an enthusiastic, but not particularly talented, golfer.
Term of office, four years. Appointed November 2022.
IAN HAYNES, GOVERNOR
Ian grew up in the Peak District, where he attended the local state schools. He studied a B.S.c (Hons) in Forestry at The National School of Forestry, based at Newton Rigg College near Penrith, before working in total land management, from designing and planting national afforestation schemes to caring for some of the rarest SSSIs in the UK. He passed a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from Birkbeck College and is a Professional member of the Arboricultural Association, a full member of the Royal Society of Biology and the Chartered Institute for Horticulture.
Currently, he is the Head of Grounds and Environmental Services for his local Town Council, where he is responsible for parks, open spaces, facilities, premises, and cemetery operations and acts as the Council’s Responsible Health and Safety Officer.
His eldest son is in his last year at Dovery Academy, and his youngest son has recently joined Edlesborough Primary Academy.
He is passionate about being a Governor and his role in effectively contributing to the school’s improvement journey.
Term of office, three years. Appointed October 2022.
Adam Webb, GOVERNOR
Adam grew up in Swindon, where he attended the local state secondary school and college. He studied for a BSc in Biochemistry at the University of Southampton, followed by a PhD at the University of Bath. Since then, he has worked in a variety of roles related to fundraising; supporting scientists to undertake research and development. He currently works for a company headquartered in the North East, which performs contract research in areas ranging from batteries and novel foods to RNA vaccines and medical devices. He has a wealth of experience relating to the life science and research.
Adam is a parent governor at Edlesborough Primary Academy, where he has two children at the School. He was previously a Trust-appointed Governor at another Trust with several schools in the Milton Keynes area. In his spare time, Adam is a keen hiker, and has recently started to share his love of mountains with his children!
The Edlesborough Primary Academy's local governing body is responsible for the quality of education at the school. The governing body is a committee of the Knowledge Schools Trust Board.
Governors focus on ensuring the schools have a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction. We hold our headteacher to account for the educational performance of the schools, and we oversee the financial performance of the schools including ensuring that their budgets are well spent.
We currently have seven governor positions on the team including parent governors and a staff governors. We've recruited a governance team to bring the skills and experience that we need to perform the functions described above. As such, we have governors with experience of working in education, finance, the local community and business.
Our governing body will evolve as the school grows and develops. However, in line with both Lord Nash and Sir Michael Wilshaw’s comments about the excessive size of some governing bodies, we intend to keep our team small to ensure it is effective.
Governors exercise their responsibilities and powers in partnership with the headteacher and staff. We do not make day to day decisions on the operational running of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when governors then have a duty to investigate and take action. Instead, governors focus on longer-term strategic issues and on checking that the daily operations are taking place in line with the school’s vision, aims and strategic plan.
The Chair of Governors can be contacted directly at EPAchair@epa-primary.org