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Meet the Governors



Name Responsibility Term Of Appointment
Mr John Beardsmore Chair of Governors & Foundation Governor  04/03/15 - 03/03/19
Mr John Mabey Vice-Chair of Governors/Finance Governor 19/06/15 - 18/06/16
Revd. David Burgess Diocesan Foundation Governor 16/04/14 - 15/07/18
County Cllr. Patricia Birchley  LA Governor/SEND Governor  
Mrs. Pam Batty Community Governor  
Mr James Edwards Headteacher 27/08/15 - 26/08/25
Mrs Sarah Debono Staff Governor 01/01/17 -01/01/19
Mrs Deborah Adcock Parent Governor 06/06/17 -
Vacancy Parent Governor  
Dr Melanie Adkins Parent Governor 08/10/14 - 07/10/18
Mrs Ailsa Anderson Parent Governor 04/03/15 - 03/03/19
Mrs Ros Morris Community Governor 04/03/15 - 03/03/19


Picture 1 Pam Batty - Community Governor
Picture 2 Melanie Adkins - Parent Governor

Mr John Beardsmore (Chair of Governors, Co-opted Member)

Prior to joining Lee Common CE School John was chair of governors in a large Secondary School. He has worked all his life in education and was formerly an Ofsted Inspector of Schools. 

Mr John Mabey (Vice Chair & Chair of Resources Committee)

John worked in local authority finance in London, ending his career as the Director of Finance at the London Borough of Camden. Until recently he was also the Board Member for Finance at Ellesborough Golf Club.  John was an associate member of the school's governing body until November 2016 when he became a co-opted member and Vice Chair. John brings financial experience and expertise to the governing body.

Mr James Edwards (Headteacher)

Prior to joining Lee Common CE School James experienced many successful years as a Primary School teacher, having taught both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children in a variety of schools in Hertfordshire. He also has substantial experience as a Deputy Head and was the Acting Headteacher of Dundale Primary School in Tring directly before his appointment at our school. James lives in Hertfordshire and has one son and one daughter

Dr Melanie Adkins  (Parent Governor)

Melanie is parent to Aston and Robyn Adkins and married to Jim. Melanie has been a Child and Educational Psychologist and Play Therapist for the last 10 years. Prior to this, she was a Primary School Teacher for 7 years in schools across Bucks, Slough and Hillingdon, where Melanie had a variety of roles including Head of Early Years and KS 1 and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. 

Mrs Ros Morris (Chair of the Curriculum Committee, Co-opted Member)

After a career in Shipbroking on the Baltic Exchange, Ros Morris moved to Buckinghamshire with her family. Ros has been involved in the local community serving as a Governor of The Beacon School for 14 years and of Lee Common School since 2009.  As a keen tennis player she has been involved with Great Missenden tennis club, where she is presently their Lady Captain. 

Mrs Ailsa Anderson  (Parent Governor)

Ailsa is a mother to a son and daughter and is engaged to Simon, a television broadcaster. A former newspaper journalist, she was The Queen’s Press Secretary for 12 years before joining Lambeth Palace as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Director of Communications. The family live in Great Missenden.

County Councillor Patricia Birchley (LA Governor/SEND Governor)

Patricia has been a governor of three schools for a total for 14 years.  During that time she was called upon to resolve difficult issues to enable these schools to move forward to a successful future.  She is currently Vice-Chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council and a Trustee of the Chiltern Society. She firmly believes that local schools give young people the opportunity of an excellent start in life achieving results which are 10% above the national average and pupils should enjoy learning in their early years in order to become responsible citizens as young adults.

Mrs Pam Batty (Foundation Governor)

Pam has been a Registered Childminder since 2001, currently rated Outstanding by Ofsted, caring for many children who have attended Lee Common School. She has also worked with the Local Authority providing respite care for families in need. Pam is conversant with the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory guidance, Child Protection, Child Development and many other areas in common with school procedures and is currently working towards a Degree in Childhood and Youth Studies. Both Pam's daughters, now aged 22 and 18 were taught at Lee Common school and her husband, Nick, has previously been a Governor at both Lee Common  and The Misbourne Schools.  

David Burgess (Diocesan Foundation Governor)

David is Vicar of four village parishes, one of which - St John the Baptist, The Lee - is in Lee Common School's catchment area and forms a link between the school, the church and the wider community.

He has lived and worked in the parishes for nearly twenty years after serving two church in North and West London and has been a member of the School's Governing Body throughout that time, having been at various times Chair of Governors, SEND Governor and Safeguarding Governor, a position which he still holds.

Debbie Adcock (Parent Governor)

Mum to two sons.  I am a former HSBC banker of 24 years with a broad range of skills and experience. My last rolehad responsibility for a number of branches in Central London and a team of 350, following which Itook maternity leave and a career break as we moved to Hong Kong with my husband’s employer.I returned to Swan Bottom 2 years ago, retrained as a Pilates teacher and have since established my own business within the The Lee community. This has been a fascinating and rewarding journey, and I take great pride in helping my clients achieve their personal fitness goals.I have lived locally for 12 years and feel passionately about Lee Common as our local school, the hub of our community.

I am keen to help achieve the best school experience for our children,giving them the strongest possible start and foundation for a happy and healthy life ahead.As a Parent Governor, I will ensure that the broadest range of views are represented and make an active, balanced contribution to the Governors Board.