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Our Governors

The Governing Body is lucky to have the support of a very experienced group of volunteer governors.  Their areas of responsibility and their backgrounds are shown below.  If you would like to find out more about the role of the governors, or if you are interested in becoming a governor, please contact them via email shown below.

Alistair Handford: Chair

Laura Parry-Woolner: Headteacher


Introducing Our Governors

Alistair Handford - Health & Safety/Data Protection/ Finance

I want to see Beechview Academy to thrive for the benefit of our whole community, including every child, family and staff member. It is a privilege to support and to work with our talented and committed staff and our skilled governing body in order to continuously improve and to deliver our Vision and Values.


Apart from being Chair, I am the governor responsible for health and safety and, at MET level, for buildings and estates. I am married with two grown-up daughters, each of whom enjoyed being at Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School in Marlow. I was a governor at Borlase for some years before becoming a Director of the newly established Marlow Education Trust. I have been Chair of Governors at Beechview since 2018. I am now mostly retired, having been a Director of a large infrastructure company. I have lived mostly in the UK but our two daughters were born while we were living in Hong Kong.

Bridget Day - Safeguarding/Wellbeing Governor

In 2019 I was asked if I would serve as the Safeguarding Governor for Beechview Academy.  As I had just retired after working as a social worker for Buckinghamshire for over 20 years, I was happy to accept.  I am so glad I did!  It has been a privilege to be part of the amazing team (staff, parents and governors) helping the school to provide a wonderful environment for all the Beechview children to learn and succeed.

In retirement, I am enjoying long walks with my dog, growing as many vegetables as I can squeeze into my garden, and singing in a local choir.  However, apart from my weekly visits to Beechview, the highlight of my week is visiting my little grandchildren in London.  Children are our future!

Rhian Williams - Behaviour & SEND Governor

Alok Rustagi - GDPR & Development Governor

I am a tech industry professional with over 18 years of experience in data, analytics and technology. Currently, I lead European banking practice for a large international consulting organisation. I am passionate about leveraging data and technology to drive meaningful change.  Alongside my professional pursuits, I enjoys running, listening to music, and indulging in occasional culinary experiments.

I also serve as a trust member on the board of a charity (Jimmy's) in Cambridge, helping them use technology and data to create better outcomes for their residents and other stakeholders. I joined the local governing board at Beechview Academy in 2023. 

 Jenny Hopper - Curriculum & Academics Governor

I have 25 years experience in education, 6 years in primary (music) in Maidenhead and 19 years in secondary as an MFL teacher in Buckinghamshire. I'm now semi-retired, but still working as a teacher-trainer and mentor. I've also been a governor at primary and middle schools in Windsor and Maidenhead and a secondary school in Bucks. I'm looking forward now to being able to spend more time getting to know and support the great Beechview community.

Emma Meeking - Parent Governor/ Communication

Currently an LSA in another local primary academy, I joined the board of governors as a parent governor at Beechview Academy when my son first joined in 2019. With my daughter also now at Beechview, I have a continued interest in the school's development and communication with parents to continue supporting the school to ensure a happy learning environment.  

Corrina Byiers - Staff Governor

Catherine Cochran:    Clerk to Governors


If you wish to contact our Governing Body, please email and your message will be forwarded as soon as it is read, or alternatively write to the Chair of Governors c/o The School Office, Guinions Road, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP13 7NT