Governors

Governors “Governors are highly effective in facilitating the work of the school, and in giving senior staff wise counsel and every encouragement in their endeavours. Financial planning is astute.”  Independent Schools Inspection 2011 The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the School Office, 94, Packhorse Road, Gerrards Cross, SL9 8JQ or by phone on 01753 883370.

Derek Wilson Derek has been Chairman of the Board of Governors  of St Mary’s since 2007. He first became a Governor in 1995 whilst his daughter was at the School. He trained as a Chartered Accountant with Deloittes in London and Geneva and held various financial appointments in several industries including senior positions in Wilkinson Match and Cadbury Schweppes. He became Finance Director of Slough Estates in 1986 and its Chief Executive in 1995, retiring from business in 2002. He was a Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of The National Society for Epilepsy from 2003 until 2014.

Christine Bayliss Christine trained and taught as a Primary School teacher in the UK before moving to Germany with her husband and two small daughters. She worked for the Frankfurt International School there for 25 years, initially teaching Year 4 but then as Head of a new satellite campus in Wiesbaden, overseeing its growth to an enrolment of 300 students. As A member of the Senior Management team, Christine’s responsibilities included strategic planning, curriculum development and assessment, appointment and appraisal of faculty as well as community and public relations and management of buildings and grounds. She has carried out many evaluations of other schools across the world for the Council of International Schools (CIS). On her return to the UK, whilst no longer working full time, Christine is still involved in school evaluation for CIS and works as an independent educational consultant in the UK and overseas.

David Campkin David is a Chartered Accountant and Head of Tax at the BBC where he is responsible for the global tax affairs of the Group. Originally from Birmingham, David has lived in London since 1990.  He has worked in professional practice for both KPMG and PwC, and is a regular speaker at specialist tax seminars in the UK and overseas. David lives in the village, is married and has two children. Danielle studied at St Mary’s, and Ryan is now at Durham University. His wife, Laraine, was a Parish Councillor and works part-time in the City. When time and children permit, David enjoys golf, squash and travel. He is currently Chair of the F&GP Committee.

Carin Eilerts de Haan After graduating as a Chemical Engineer in The Netherlands, Carin started her working life as a lecturer in Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria. In 1977 her family moved to the UK and her long and happy relationship with St Mary’s started in 1980, when she was appointed as part-time Chemistry and Mathematics teacher. Carin went on to be Head of Science and later Deputy Head for 17 years. Her daughter spent her whole school life at St Mary’s as well, before going on to Birmingham University, graduating in Material Science & Metallurgy. After her retirement in 2005, Carin renewed her contacts with St Mary’s School as a Governor in January 2007

Marina Hall Marina graduated from Cambridge University in 1988, where she studied Natural Sciences. She obtained a post graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and European Competition Law from Queen Mary and Westfield College and trained and qualified as a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney, becoming a Partner in Elkington and Fife in 1995. Among her clients were Takeda Chemical Industries and Dow Corning. After her son William was born in 2002 Marina joined the in house Intellectual Property department at Reckitt Benckiser managing their healthcare patent portfolio until 2005 when she left to set up PR Agency, PHA Media, with her husband Phil, representing corporations, sporting franchises and specialising in crisis management.  Her role covers finance, legal, HR and business strategy. The agency has won awards for its innovative work on staff development, training and wellbeing and Marina has implemented a number of initiatives including partnerships with charities to provide work-ready skills to disadvantaged young people and encourage diversity across the industry.
Marina has three children. Her daughter Alice spent nine very happy years at St Mary’s moving on to university in the summer of 2017; her daughter Poppy is currently enjoying St Mary’s Prep school and her son William is at Thorpe House School in Gerrards Cross. She became a governor of St Mary’s in 2016 and lives in Gerrards Cross.

Nick Hallchurch Nick graduated from Hull University in 1979 and qualified as a solicitor in 1983. He worked for Pinsent Curtis and a well-known firm in Berkeley Street, London W1. Nick joined B P Collins in 1987 and became a partner in 1991 and worked for the firm for over 31 years. Nick currently works for Charsley Harrison LLP in Windsor. Nick has more than 34 years’ experience of heavyweight commercial litigation cases across a broad range of sectors and has a strong reputation for winning claims for contract disputes, professional negligence claims, corporate disputes, commercial property disputes, fraud claims, construction disputes and insolvency disputes. With a successful track record for winning high profile cases, Nick acts for national and international clients as well as established businesses in the South East. Legal bible Chambers UK has named him as a ‘Leading Individual’ consistently since 2005 and recently described him as a “highly intellectual and accomplished” lawyer who, according to clients, “always understands commercial realities and practicalities”. Nick is well regarded for providing commercially focused and practical guidance to businesses and to individuals and winning favourable terms of settlement wherever appropriate in order to save unnecessary costs being incurred. Aside from his main areas of work Nick is a also a CEDR accredited and experienced mediator, having acted as the mediator in over 50 mediations, with a very high rate of success, and as a mediation advocate for clients at mediations. Chambers UK has identified him as a ‘Named Mediator” nationally for the last six years, with clients describing him as “firm but appropriately sensitive”. Outside the office, Nick is a committee member of a branch of the Institute of Directors, and a member of a Rotary group.  Nick enjoys walking and has completed the 3 Peaks Mountain Challenge 3 times for charity, and climbed Trolltunga mountain in Norway. Nick is married with 2 children and lives in Coleshill.

Rosemary Martin Rosemary has 40 years experience teaching in both maintained and independent schools and has been in the Headship of three schools, most recently Headmistress of St Albans High School for Girls. Rosemary has experience as an Independent Schools’ Inspector and was the former Chair of IStip (Independent Schools teacher induction panel) and is now a Governor for two schools. Rosemary is married with two adult sons and one granddaughter.

Nicholas Moss Nicholas has lived and worked in and around Gerrards Cross for most of his life and has been involved with St Mary’s School as a Governor since 2005. He has two daughters who have attended the school since joining the Nursery and he sits on the Finance & General Purposes Committee. He is also the Governor who oversees the School’s health and safety policies. Nicholas is a Director of his own business which he founded in 1994. He is also a Parish Councillor and is involved with various other local organisations.

Helen Phillips Helen is a returning Governor.  She left the Board after twelve years to offer her services to the Local Authority.  She joined the Board of Beaconsfield High to help on the finance side and also a small Primary school in High Wycombe. During that time, she was Chair of Governors.   After several years with those schools she was invited to return to St Mary’s. Helen lived in Gerrards Cross since the early 1980s, where she owned and ran an Accountancy Practice, until 2010 when she sold the practice and retired to live in Marlow.  She now spends her time in retirement researching and writing the histories of various members of her family tree which extends from the UK to the USA and into South Africa.  She is a member of two Reading Groups: in Marlow and Gerrards Cross which keep her occupied and thinking.  She plays Mahjong, and is hoping to improve.  She trains a couple of times a week and has been a Rotarian with Misbourne Matins for over twenty years. Helen has three daughters. She was widowed over 25 years ago and is therefore fully aware of the interesting life of being a Single Parent.  The eldest daughter, who lives in Marlow, was at St Mary’s briefly; the second is an English Teacher, currently living in Alexandria, teaching Key Stage 3 at an International School and the third  daughter lives in East London and is a Corporate Administrator in the Charitable sector.  Helen lives with an elderly Labrador and two newly adopted “sausage dogs”.

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