School Governors

Our Governors are the Trustees of The Beacon Educational Trust Limited No. 01067862. These dedicated volunteers come from a range of professions and backgrounds, bringing a wide variety of skills and experience to assist the School in its management, operations and development. Most Governors have a long association with The Beacon.

Communication to the Chairman should be sent to or via the Clerk:

The Governors
The Beacon School
Amersham Road
Chesham Bois

If you are interested in joining The Beacon’s Board of Governors, please contact the Chairman.

List of The Beacon Governors

Nilesh Pandya (Chair)

Nilesh is a Chartered Accountant and has been CFO of private equity backed businesses since 2001. In his earlier career, he was Financial Controller of Marks & Spencer Foods and a member of the corporate finance team at HSBC Investment Bank. Nilesh attended Whitgift School and University College, Oxford.

Nilesh and his wife Hema live in Chalfont St Giles having moved to Buckinghamshire in 2001. They have a daughter and a son, who joined The Beacon in Reception and had an amazing time all the way through to Year 8, leaving in 2016 as Head Boy.

Nilesh enjoys travelling and most sports, watching more than playing these days!

Debbie McGregor (Vice Chair)

Debbie has spent her career in human resources, spanning 30 years across a number of industries, mostly in financial services. Following a long career in banking, where she was a Managing Director at UBS AG, she now works as an independent consultant and executive coach, having trained in leadership coaching at the Tavistock Institute in London. Whilst working in the City, Debbie regularly volunteered in East London schools. She is currently studying for a Master’s degree at Oxford University.

Debbie grew up in the Amersham area, attending local independent and state schools. She has a daughter and a son, who was at The Beacon for 10 years from 1995.

Debbie is Vice Chair to the Board and also chairs the HR Committee.

Simon Allcock

Simon read Classics at Oxford University before starting teaching at Charterhouse. He is now back as Head of Classics at Wellington College, after a year teaching at Phillips Academy Exeter (USA).

Simon has also been Master in Charge of Oxbridge and a Deputy Housemaster. His other interests include rock climbing, Alpinism and skiing and he is involved with his local church and summer camps. He was a pupil at The Beacon from 1985-1993.

Simon is a member of the Education Committee. He is also the Governor with responsibility for School Trips.

Ros Garrett-Bowes

Ros is a graduate of Manchester University and a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser who runs her own Corporate Tax practice following a successful tax career with two of the Big 4 accounting firms. She has a broad business and tax background from working on a range of diverse projects such as the privatisation of the electricity sector.

Ros has enjoyed living in Amersham for more than 20 years, during which her son spent six happy years at The Beacon. She is learning to play bridge at a local club, is a fluent French speaker and is an enthusiastic church bell ringer. She rings at many local churches but, principally, at St Mary’s Church in Old Amersham where she is a Tower Member.

Ros is a member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee.

Sarah Gillam

Sarah has been Head Teacher of Maple Walk School, a co-educational primary school in North London, since 2012. Prior to this role, she was the Head Teacher of White House Preparatory School in Wokingham, and Head of Middle School at Gayhurst School, Gerrards Cross, as well as holding other teaching positions. She has been an Independent Schools Inspector since 2013. Sarah is actively involved in the Independent Schools Association (ISA).

Sarah lives locally and has three grown-up children. She is involved with her local church and enjoys walking, travelling and cooking.

Sarah is a member of the Education Committee. She is also the Governor with responsibility for Early Years Foundation Stage.

Justin Hardman

Justin is a Technology Director at JPMorgan. He is married with two teenage sons who are both former pupils of The Beacon and are now at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School.

Justin enjoys sport and captained his university tennis team. He has run marathons and now regularly rides with the Amersham Road Cycling Club. He lives in Amersham and likes to spend his spare time with his family and two dogs and has an interest in following the latest trends in technology.

Justin is a member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee, and the Governor with responsibility for IT.

Richard Herbert

Richard is a Chartered Surveyor who has spent the last 30 years specialising in commercial property investment, development and asset management at Strutt and Parker, where he was a Partner for 22 years.

He is married to Ann and they have two children, Victoria and Michael, who is a former pupil of The Beacon.

Richard is a member of Denham Golf Club and also enjoys travelling, going to the theatre and swimming.

Richard is a member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee, and the Governor with responsibility for Property/Estates

Stephanie Horrocks

Stephanie has enjoyed a successful teaching career in several Buckinghamshire Secondary Schools, most recently at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, where she taught English for over 20 years. In 2001, she was appointed as Assistant Head Teacher (Student Development), responsible for overseeing the learning and development of all students in Years 7 to 11, a busy but rewarding role. She has therefore known many past Beacon students and their parents.

With three grown-up children and now retired, Stephanie retains a keen interest in young people, education and learning, and is delighted to serve as a Governor of The Beacon.

Stephanie is a member of the Education Committee and the HR Committee. She is the designated Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding and Child Protection.

Pippa Kirkbride

Pippa has enjoyed a successful career in food manufacturing and retail and, as a Product Development Specialist, has worked for United Biscuits, Grand Metropolitan, Northern Foods and Marks & Spencer.

Since retiring from Marks & Spencer, Pippa now works for Citizens Advice as a Generalist Adviser and a Money Advice Caseworker, as well as supporting Sense and Save the Children charities.

Pippa has lived in Amersham for over 20 years, is married and has two grown-up daughters. She thoroughly enjoys her role as a Governor of The Beacon and loves being involved in its happy and stimulating environment.

Pippa is a member of the Admissions & Marketing Committee and the Finance & General Purposes Committee.

Fiona Mayhew

Fiona read Chemistry at Oxford before pursuing a career in business, working for companies such as Marakon Associates, Diageo and Shell. She brings a broad range of management experience having sat on various leadership teams and boards, with particular strengths in strategy, finance and people development. She is a trained Executive Coach and now runs her own Leadership Development company, which she balances alongside bringing up her three children who are now at local Secondary Schools.

Fiona has lived in the area for over 20 years and is married to Andy. All of the Mayhew boys attended The Beacon, the youngest leaving in 2016.

Fiona is a member of the Admissions & Marketing Committee and The Beacon Bursary Fund Committee.

Paul McGlone

Paul is an Actuary and Partner at Aon. He specialises in providing advice to large corporate pension schemes and the trustees who manage those schemes. Alongside his day job he is President of the Society of Pension Professionals. Paul and his wife live in Little Chalfont and have a teenage daughter and a son who attends The Beacon. Paul is also a Governor at Charlotte House Prep School in Rickmansworth, which his daughter attended.

Paul is a member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee.

Joanna Pardon

Joanna has been Headmistress at Maltman’s Green School in Gerrards Cross since 2005, having previously worked in independent schools in Kent, Norfolk and Yorkshire, both day and boarding. She has been an Independent Schools Inspector since 2000.

She has been actively involved in the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS) – as secretary for her local district, member of the Strategy Committee, trustee of the Benevolent Fund and, currently, trustee of the IAPS Charitable Trust.

Apart from her passion for Prep School education, Joanna loves gardening, reading and walking her dog.

Joanna chairs the Education Committee and is a member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee.

Marcus Thompson

Marcus is a lawyer and Partner at Ropes & Gray International LLP in London. He specialises in business-related criminal matters such as corruption, fraud, money laundering and sanctions. He also serves as Assistant General Counsel to the firm in London.

Marcus has two sons who have attended The Beacon since Nursery, one of whom is now at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School and the other of whom is still at The Beacon. Marcus was also a pupil at The Beacon, as were his brother and brother-in-law.

Marcus is a member of the HR Committee.

Alison Thomson

Alison is a retired hospital doctor, who graduated from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School. She had 20 years’ experience in both the pharmaceutical industry and hospital medicine, latterly at The Churchill Hospital, Oxford.

Alison has lived in Princes Risborough for 25 years. She is married to a local ENT surgeon and has three children in their twenties, one of whom spent nine very happy years at The Beacon from 1996.

Her hobbies include painting, reading, walking her dog, skiing and tennis.

Alison attends the School Health & Safety Committee.