Governor Profiles

Libby Wilson

(Chair of Governors)


(EYFS, Pupil Premium, PE and Achievement for All)

Libby has been a Chenies Governor for 2 and a half years.

She was brought up in Beaconsfield and still has most of her family living in and around South Bucks.

Libby owns two nurseries in Buckinghamshire - the Chilterns Montessori Nursery in Seer Green, and The Railway Nursery near Olney (North Bucks).

Prior to owning nursery schools Libby worked as an internal finance director for a Big 4 accountancy and later as Business Manager for one of the Top 10 Law firms.  Her decision to move into nurseries was prompted by the birth of her only child who is now 11.  She was keen to be involved in education and also needed a business that would allow her the flexibility to be at the school gate.

Libby became a governor because she is passionate about education.  She has taken on the roles of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) governor, Pupil Premium (PP) and Achievement for All (A4A) Governor for Chenies, and is also on our Finance and Schools committees.

Shaun Jones

(Vice Chair of Governors, Premises, Health and Safety)

Shaun was born in the Picturesque Yorkshire town of Whitby (Famous for Captain Cook, Heartbeat & Kippers). After 10 years in the Army and meeting his wife Claire, he moved to London and continued his career as a Land Surveyor.

This has taken him behind the scenes in many of London’s Iconic Buildings, including Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street and nearly all of the underground stations. (Did you know Baker Street Station has its own rifle range?). Following the “financial crash” in 2008 and several job changes, he set up his own company in 2013 and has not looked back since.

Shaun has two children at the school and has been a governor since 2012.

Shaun chairs the Finance & Management Committee and is also responsible for Premises and Health & Safety side of things.

David Hutton

(Chair of Schools Committee, Numeracy, Assessment, Maths and Science)

David has three children at Chenies and is the latest member to join the team as a parent governor. Having grown up in Birmingham David moved to London to study Osteopathic medicine at the British college of osteopathic medicine. It is here that he met his now wife, Taeona. David and Taeona established Chesham Osteopathic clinic, providing treatment to the local community and sports teams.

During his time at university and for a number of years after David played and coached hockey at a semi-professional level in the national league. This nurtured his desire to teach, and ultimately lead to David re-training as a science teacher. He currently works as the Deputy Head of Science at Sir William Ramsay School in Hazlemere but will be starting as a member of the St Clement Danes Science team in September 2016.

Judith Palfreman

(Safeguarding, Special Education Needs and Music)

Judith has been a governor for around 30 years. She was the first teacher governor at Chenies School

when the post was introduced and has been a governor ever since. Judith retired a number of years ago but still loves being involved in the school and its activities. She is passionate for the school to do well and be respected in the community; it is a privilege to see the children thrive and grow in confidence as they are nurtured in the Chenies environment.

Judith is proud to have been born in Yorkshire where she spent her first 22 years. She attended Sheffield University for 4 years, completing a BA(Econ) and Dip Ed. She went on to do a B Phil Ed, a modular degree aligned to the needs of the school, while teaching at Chenies.

Judith began teaching secondary geography in Huddersfield and Nottingham, then did 23 years at Chenies as a class teacher and became the Deputy head. Teaching is a challenging career, but life at Chenies was wonderful, just like a large family.

Judith lives with her husband. Together they have one son and two daughters, all married with 10 children between them – keeping them very busy!

Judith has a wide range of interests - Church, Choir, Shamblers (a walking group), swimming, running a holiday club, Detonate, which is the highlight of her year as well as going on holiday. Catering seems to play a large part in several of these activities!

Judith is on our Schools Committee and has taken on the roles of Safeguarding governor, Special Education Needs (SEN) governor and Music governor for Chenies.

Peter Stansbury

Peter was born in Zimbabwe and technically lived in four countries without crossing a border (Southern Rhodesia, Rhodesia, Zimbabwe Rhodesia and Zimbabwe) and first came to England to study Microbiology, Physiology and Biochemistry at Reading University. 

After spending a short time researching the genetics of cheese-making he moved into a more commercial field and has since completed his MBA at Henley Business School.  He now works as a consultant with two small, growing businesses and works mostly advising large organisations including financial services, Universities and central government.

Now married to Kathryn he is parent to 2 Chenies children (although only 1 is still at the school) and has been a governor for nearly all of that time.