Board of Trustees
Chesham Grammar School is an academy and the founding school of Red Kite Schools Trust. The Trust Board meets twice per term. Trustees are linked to specific areas of focus within the School's Development Plan and also have roles and responsibilities such as Safeguarding and SEND.
Trustees also meet as members of two committees, the 'Finance, Audit and Premises' and 'Curriculum and Standards' Committees. These meet termly and report directly to the Board.
We are a board of 12 Trustees bringing a wide range of experience and skills to support the strategic development of Chesham Grammar School.
Full details about trustees can be found below.
Linda Cannon Clegg BEd (Hons), MA (Ed), NPQH
Chair of RKST (CGS) Board of Trustees
Linda has over 25 years of educational and leadership experience, serving as a headteacher for 9 years and Ofsted inspectorate trained. She is currently a Trustee of the Buckinghamshire Community Foundation ‘Heart of Bucks’, Board Director of Kop Hill Climb (KHC), a national car event held in Buckinghamshire which raises money for the local community and is the former Chair of Risborough Area Residents Association. Linda is also a governor at a non-selective secondary school within Bucks. KHC was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2021. She is interested in maintaining and supporting school improvement and believes that a successful school cares deeply about student and staff wellbeing for learning to be enjoyed and mastered in preparation for adult life. Linda is married and lives in the Chilterns.
After going through the Bucks grammar school system herself, Mallory studied law and sociology at university before going into publishing. She has worked across books, magazines and journals in London and Sydney in editorial and management roles and in recent years decided to work freelance to better accommodate family life. She's excited to be able to give time to the trustee role and engage with pupils, staff, parents and the school community to understand the views of all and to work with CGS to help achieve its ambitious vision. She firmly believes you get just one chance at your school years and we all have a responsibility to make them count. Hope for the future lies in what we teach and instil in our children. These are precious, formative times and should be as rewarding as possible in every way for both the young people and those there to inspire and teach them.
In her spare time Mallory loves to cook and garden as well as enjoying a game of tennis or squash - usually being beaten by the younger generation!
Tom Grant Tom has lived in Buckinghamshire all his life and has strong connections to Chesham and the surrounding area. He was drawn to school governance upon realising how much of a positive impact his secondary education had on his career prospects and so wanted to be part of ensuring future generations had the same encouragement and opportunities for self-realisation of potential, as he did. With over 13 years in business management, freelance consultancy and private investment in businesses spanning various sectors including live events, IT, technology development and security – he felt his operational and strategic planning experience would be of value to a board of governors as transferable skills, but also as foundations for further personal development in a new environment. Outside of his professional life, Tom’s hobbies and interests include shooting, climbing and swimming, most of which he never gets to do as much of as he would like!
Anthony Ogden MA (Cantab), MA (Lancaster)
Having completed a post-graduate business degree, for many years Anthony worked in various commercial roles with Shell International both in the UK and overseas, before moving into the not-for-profit sector with The Cancer Research Campaign. He also served as a Non-executive Director in the Chiltern & South Bucks Primary Care Trust where he chaired the audit committee, and he served the maximum two terms as a trustee of the Hospice of St Francis. He became a governor of Chesham High School (as it then was) in 2005 and was elected chairman of the Finance committee soon afterwards. He served two terms on the Bucks Schools Forum and now sits on the Bucks Schools appeal panels. When the School became part of Red Kite Schools Trust, he became a Trustee. He now chairs the finance and audit committee of the Trust.
In his personal life he is a keen golfer and singer. He has also been a member of Chesham Musical Theatre Company for 12 years, appearing in many productions at the Elgiva Theatre, where he is a member of the advisory board.
Nicky Runeckles MA (Cantab)
Nicky has been a Governor and then Trustee since 2017. She is Mum to two teenagers, one of whom has attended Chesham Grammar School from Year 7 through to sixth form, leaving in 2023. Nicky has 25 years’ experience working in mental health and substance misuse services; in senior operational and business development roles. She currently works freelance with many leading organisations helping advance the impact of digital solutions in healthcare - particularly for children and young people’s mental health. Nicky brings her experience as a parent and from her work in young people’s mental health to her role as Trustee. She understands the importance of the role schools play in promoting and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of students and staff, and she cares about the voices of pupils and parents being heard. Nicky lives in Chalfont St Peter with her family and many animals and loves running trails and swimming in open water.
Mark Simpson BSc
Mark was elected Parent Governor in November 2018, and appointed Trustee in 2022. He took a close interest in fundraising and schools’ development when his children were at Boxmoor Primary School in Hemel Hempstead, and went on to Chair the Parent Teachers’ Association for two years. Mark has two teenage children. One attended CGS for seven years, leaving in 2023 and he other is still a student at the school. Mark is Deputy Chair of the Finance, Audit & Premises Sub-committee, and SEND Link Trustee.
Mark has almost 30 years’ experience in the IT and Business Services sector, working for large multi-nationals supporting some of the biggest brands in the UK, leading teams across the UK, US, India and Europe. Currently running a business unit with clients across the Commercial Real Estate and Facilities Management sector, Mark has a special interest in maximising the value of investment made in the services, infrastructure and fabric of CGS to the benefit of students and staff alike. He also has a strong interest in student mental wellbeing and physical health.
Mark is a keen cyclist, golfer, gardener and musician, and lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and children.
Gurdeep Singh BSc
Gurdeep has been involved in secondary education for 25 years. He studied Mathematics at the University of East Anglia and then decided to pursue a career in Maths teaching. He worked in three different secondary comprehensive schools in Hertfordshire, taking on leadership roles within the Maths department, before moving to his current school - Aylesbury Grammar School. He became a Head of Year before being promoted to his current position as an Assistant Headteacher. His key responsibilities are leading Learning & Teaching, Digital Literacy, Character and Key Stage 2-3 transition. He is passionate about supporting those new to the teaching profession and has spoken at conferences for trainee teachers. He also works with other schools to support their approach to Character Education. He has previously been a Governor at his local Primary School.
He is keen to help with school football and cricket teams and outside of school, he coaches his son's football team. He is a keen golfer as well as an avid reader of historical books.
Following a career in Intensive Care nursing & a cardiac surgery tutor, she lived for several years in Spain & Holland. When the family returned to the UK, she moved into the education sector, working in administration, health & welfare in a local primary school for 25 years. As both of her sons attended Chesham Grammar School, she joined the PTA & then the governors, serving as Chair of Governors for 6 years.
Although Kris is now retired, she is still involved with primary age children needing pastoral and counselling help. She is also a governor at a local combined school.
She still travels extensively when she has time, having family in Sweden, Holland & Andorra.
Simon Winchester BA (Hons), PGCE
Vice Chair of RKST (CGS) Board of Trustees
Simon has spent sixteen years working in secondary education. After studying English Literature at University, he worked at two large co-educational London schools, before going on to spend seven years as Head of English at Wycombe Abbey School. He is now Deputy Head (Academic) at St Margaret’s School in Hertfordshire, an independent coeducational 2-18 school. Simon is an examiner for A-level English Literature and visits other schools to offer training on the delivery of A-level English. He is passionate about the development of broad academic and co-curricular opportunities for pupils, and a strong advocate of dynamic ongoing professional development for teachers.
A keen marathon runner and skier, Simon is married and lives in Chesham. Simon has been a governor of Chesham Grammar School since 2019.
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Lucy is committed to ensuring student wellbeing and academic achievement are delivered at CGS. She firmly believes that CGS should be a school where students can be ‘themselves at their best’ and those who work at the school feel supported and valued.
Lucy volunteered for the role as parent Governor and latterly Trustee as she believes it is critical that children are happy, safe, supported and well educated. She feels that these fundamental things enable children to unlock their true potential and achieve great things in life. Lucy also wanted to ensure that parents views are well represented on the governing committee
Lucy is the Chief Constable of the British Transport Police and prior to this, she served for 29 years in the Metropolitan Police Service. She has a breadth and depth of experience in public sector leadership roles, stakeholder engagement, budget management and delivering better outcomes for policing and the public.
Her family is exceptionally important to her and she tries to ensure a good work-life balance.
Kathryn Taylor BA (Hons), BSc (Hons), PGCE, MEd
Kathryn is a passionate classroom practitioner in Secondary Religious Studies, with consistently strong student outcomes at KS3, GCSE and A Level. Kathryn harnesses in-depth knowledge of education and evidence base for effective learning to synthesise research for application in her practice. She is committed to improving the life chances of young people through promotion of research informed practice in schools while promoting and embedding cultures of continuous improvement. Her teaching highlights are complemented by previous experience leading and empowering large and complex teams; sensitively navigating ambiguity while empathetically managing difficult conversations. Kathryn continues to build awareness of philosophical, organisational, political, social, managerial, interpersonal, and technical dimensions of schools and educational institutions as an ongoing Doctor of Education (EdD) candidate. Her thesis is entitled ‘Exploring relationships between school cultures and teacher professional development and learning’. Kathryn also facilitates on the National Professional Qualification: Leading Teacher Development.
Governance Professional (Clerk)
Finance, Audit and Premises Sub-Committee
Anthony Ogden (Chair)
Linda Cannon Clegg
Mark Simpson (Vice Chair)
The Board is supported by:
Annmarie McNaney - Chief Executive Officer, Executive Headteacher and Accounting Officer
Sarah Hammond - Chief Financial Officer
The Members of the Trust are responsible for appointing up to 5 Trustees to the Trust Board and also receive the annual accounts each autumn. They meet at least once per year.