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Sri Akunuri

We moved to the local area in February 2020 just before lockdown when both my children joined the school. Since then, not only have they enjoyed the school and have developed in more aspects than just academic, we the parents, have grown to like and enjoy the community we are now part of. I’d like to contribute and give back a bit through this role.

Having spent the majority of the initial part of my career in optimising processes for corporate customers, many of them household names, I now work on various aspects of corporate governance and in recent years specialise in building high performance teams with an emphasis on coaching both teams and individuals to achieve a cultural transformation.

I have experience of leading organisations having set up and run my company for a while and also been on the board of ISACA’s London Chapter, a professional body related to information security, audit and governance. As a director on this board, I had to fulfil both executive and non-executive responsibilities. I currently head internal governance for a global unit in Tata Consultancy Services.  I’d like to bring my broad and in-depth experience to guide the school and the local community.  I serve on the Infrastructure Committee and am curriculum governor for ICT.


Bob Albery, Chair of the Communications Committee

I became a parent governor in October 2014 in order to help the school develop and improve. My son, now at secondary school, progressed through the Infants and Juniors, and both he and his parents believe that it is an excellent school, nurturing and developing our children’s performance in the critical early stages of their academic careers. The school has a vital role to play, not only in educating our children, but also providing a focal point for the village community, and my aspiration to become a parent governor stemmed from a desire to ensure that the school continues to promote high standards, both academically and socially.  I have recently retired from a career in retail buying, which gave me extensive experience in the commercial world as a decision maker and people manager, in an environment where listening and influencing were critical attributes to success, and I believe these are ideal qualities to bring to the parent governor role.  I have worked previously as a parent governor at a primary school for children with severe learning difficulties in Lewisham, where I sat on the Personnel and Finance sub-committees.   I am Curriculum governor for the History and SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education), serve on the Infrastructure Committee and chair the Communication committee.


Ann Alderson, Chair of the Infrastructure Committee

I became a Community Governor of the Infant School in summer 2010, and have continued as a Governor for the Federated Schools. I am an architect by profession and a consultant, advisor and author of good practice guidance in accessible environments and sustainability in the healthcare sector. I became a Governor to have more contact with young children as my own grand-children lived a long way away, I wanted to learn more about the current education system and to contribute to the local community now that I have more spare time. I am Chair of the Infrastructure Committee, Governor responsible for Health and Safety and Sustainability, and also serve on the Finance Committee. My particular interests are making both schools sustainable and accessible to all, and teaching children about contributing to a sustainable environment.  I am also curriculum governor for Science.


Laura Bell

My husband and I moved from London to CSG in 2019 with our two young children. Having grown up only a few miles I was aware of the excellent reputation of the schools in Bucks and it felt like an obvious move for us as a family. 

Following completion of a Business Management degree in 2005, I have spent the bulk of my corporate life  working in Sales, HR, People Operations and Change with a large percentage of that time spent in financial services. Following a sabbatical in 2022 I decided on a change of direction and have more recently been working in technology based startups with a focus on wellbeing and mental health. 

I am delighted to join the team of Governors at CSG and look forward to contributing to both the school and local community in this capacity. 


Gill Brown

When my children started at Chalfont St Giles Infant School over thirty years ago, I became involved as a parent helper. I was a staff member for nearly 30 years, working in both schools and finally in the nursery. I joined the governing body as a staff governor in the 1990s and continued to work alongside staff, governors and parents to maintain our ethos as an excellent caring school. Since retiring I have moved to become an associate governor.  I serve on the Curriculum and Standards Committee and am Outdoor Learning governor.


Patricia English

I have worked at the school since January 1995 based at the Infant site until 2013. In September 2013 I became Deputy Headteacher based at the Junior Site. I was a Staff Governor from 2003 and I was very pleased to be part of the federation process which has resulted in the formation of Chalfont St Giles Village School. I serve on the Curriculum and Standards, Finance and Infrastructure Committees.


Lisa Higgin

I became a Governor in 2020 as I felt I wanted to give something back, as both of my children are really thriving at the schools, and I strongly believe from previous observations since
2016, that both schools are very good.

I am grateful both of my children have been able to obtain places. They thoroughly enjoy school and all the teachers have a “can do” attitude but in a caring and nurturing way, which I feel is extremely important.  What happens during a child’s childhood, affects them for the rest of their lives.

I have over 25 years experience in administration and managerial positions ranging from retail to legal. I wanted to contribute my administration background, support the teachers and also be able to give input from a parent's perspective. I am currently PSHE/Pupil Voice Governor and serve on the Communication and Community Committee.


Elaine Hoare

I have lived in the village since 1970 and our two daughters attended the village schools, happy memories.  I taught mathematics to A level at Dr Challoner’s High School for 23 years and then at Beaconsfield High School and lastly at Wycombe High School. I also helped with the 3rd CSG Guide company for many years. I am closely involved with the running of the Community Library since its opening in 2007 and also with fund raising events for the Memorial Hall. I was delighted at becoming a governor and enjoy supporting the school.  I am Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee and Numeracy governor.


Clive Jones

My wife and I love the village community spirit and the always looking for ways to get more involved.  My personal values are integrity, honesty and adventure and I aim to make a positive and memorable difference in everything I do.  I've had a varied career working in manufacturing and aviation operational roles.  I now work on securing future business for a smart infrastructure company.  This involves a lot of creative thinking, building relationships and delivering change.  I'm lucky to be able to work a lot from home which allows me the flexibility to balance work, home and life commitments.  I'm passionate about the future of all our children and see the role of parent governor as integral to helping the school and our children to be fulfilled, happy and prepared for the future to come.  I serve on the Communications and Personnel Committees and am curriculum governor for Geography and Art & DT.


Katherine Mannion

I have worked at the school since January 1999. I have been mostly based at the Infant School as a class teacher and the SENDCo. For the last three years I extended the latter role to work as SENDCo across both Junior and Infant sites. I am now the Deputy Headteacher at the Infant Site and very much enjoying this position. I also live in the village and my son attended the school. Being part of the community is very important to me and I am very proud to work at Chalfont St Giles Village School both as a staff member and governor. I serve on the Communications, Infrastructure and Finance committees.


Becky Spencer

I have been a teacher at the junior school for several years and I became a staff governor in November 2018. I trained at St Mary’s University in Twickenham and I have been at the school since I graduated. I am currently a Literacy curriculum leader. I am committed to ensuring that our school offers all pupils the very best start in life, to achieve the best outcomes in the wider curriculum, whilst at the same time maintaining a secure, safe, nurturing and happy environment. I became a governor to get a broader view of how the school works from different perspectives and understand what drives key SLT decisions and helps the school move in the right direction. I will have access to greater training opportunities to further my understanding of school processes and better myself as an educator. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working at CSG, I am passionate about teaching and ensuring children enjoy their experience at school and I enjoy working with the governing board.  I serve on the Communications and Curriculum and Standards committees.


Eleanor O’Connor, Vice-Chair of Governors

I became a governor in 2003 because I wanted to make a contribution to my children’s school. My working background has been in administration, marketing, and communications for a trade association in the City, followed by five years as a school secretary. Although my children are now adults, I have remained a governor because I continue to find my role rewarding and fulfilling and believe I can continue to assist the school. I was Chair of Governors of the Junior School before it federated with the Infant School and I served as Chair of the newly formed Chalfont St Giles Village School until I stood down in October 2014. I regularly help at the school in class and have assisted on school trips in the past so that I could spend time with the pupils. I believe our role as governors is to support the school to provide the best education possible for our children in an enjoyable and stimulating environment. I have served on every school committee at different times but currently serve on the Finance, Personnel, Infrastructure and Travel Plan Committees. I am also Safeguarding Governor and Wellbeing Governor.


Hemal Pandya

My partner and I, along with our two young children, moved to Chalfont St Giles in 2021, in part due to the excellent reputation of the school and the strong community spirit. I became a governor in 2023, when our eldest daughter was in reception, in order to support the school’s ongoing development and to give something back to the local community. I am delighted by the enthusiasm and commitment of members of staff and their aspiration to provide the highest standard of education and support to pupils.

For the past thirteen years I have run my own business in the financial services industry where I am responsible for business development, risk management and regulatory compliance. As part of my role, I also coach and mentor individuals in order to support their professional development. Having graduated in Finance & Law in 2008, I remain passionate about governance. I am keen to use the skills that I have gained to help the leadership team ensure that the school exceeds expectations, that children leave with an outstanding educational experience, as well as the core values and life skills to enable them to have a positive impact in society. I serve on the Curriculum & Standards committee and am curriculum governor for Early Years and for PE.


Russell Turner

I have two children, who both attend the school. A large part of our motivation for moving to the village was to give them a chance of the best possible education, and we’re delighted with their experience at the school so far. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute toward the school’s development. I am a strong believer in the value of education, with a BA(Hons), MBA and professional qualifications.

I currently work from home as a technology portfolio manager. Prior to this role I worked as a management consultant for 15 years, in several industries and countries, with a wide range of individuals. I believe this has given me the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills that assist me in succeeding as a governor, including inter-personal skills, diplomacy, and being analytical and inquisitive with a bias toward problem solving.

I’m honoured to be entrusted with the responsibility of aiding the school leadership in providing the local children an amazing educational experience.  I serve on the Curriculum and Standards Committee and am curriculum governor for RE and Music.


Donna Westall, Chair of Governors

I became a governor in May 2009. My three (now adult) children attended the Nursery, Infant and Junior schools. I have lived in Chalfont St Giles since 1992 and, having grown up in London, I feel we are really privileged to live in a wonderful community with such an excellent school. My work background is in HR: I was a European pay and benefits manager until 2000. After a career break I did admin and accounts for my husband’s strategy consultancy partnership for 17 years and have now retired to spend more time on voluntary work.  I am a trustee of the Community Library where I also volunteer. I am always impressed by the way the school continues to develop, and I am keen to support it in maintaining or, where possible, improving its excellent standards of education and care for its pupils. I became Chair of Governors in October 2014. I currently serve on the Personnel, Communication and Finance Committees and am curriculum governor for SEND, Literacy and French.