Highworth has a strong team of individuals, each of whom bring a vast variety of knowledge and skill which forms our governing body. This team helps ensure that the school is run to the best of its abilities with the resources available.
At Highworth the staff and governors have very clear aims. Academically we try to achieve the highest possible standards by having a structured teaching programme that includes monitoring and assessment so that each child’s needs are identified and met in an appropriate way. We want our environment to be happy and secure, caring and well disciplined, stimulating and inspiring.
Below you will be able to read about the individuals that make up the team as well as gain a little insight into their backgrounds.
Saima Ibrahim

Co-Chair of Governors; Co-opted Governor

I am a mum to two boys at Highworth Combined, the youngest having joined in September 2019. I have always been fond of doing something for the education sector and started my journey as a parent governor at my eldest's nursery in Slough, in 2017, where I continue to be a parent governor as well. My day job involves working in the NHS healthcare sector, another area where my passion lies. I have experience in heading up health and safety as a parent governor. I think it is so important to be involved in a sector where your child is given so much, it's always good to give something back to the community.

Sanam Khan

Co-Chair Of Governors

I have lived in High Wycombe since 2011 and both by children attend Highworth.

Professionally, I am a commercial lawyer currently working in the public sector. I feel, as every parent does, that my children deserve the best possible education. Highworth has seen a huge amount of improvement over the past few years. As a parent governor, I hope to be part of a team that can continue to move the school forward for the benefit of all the children.

Nicola Bibby

Vice Chair

Vice Chair of Governors
Co-opted Governor
Business/Personal Interests: None

I have two sons, Thomas and Daniel, who went to Highworth but are both now at secondary school. Thomas and Daniel loved their time at Highworth. I have always tried to be involved with their school, from helping in class or on trips and more recently with the PTA and being Class Representative, becoming a Governor seemed a natural progression. I enjoy working with the other Governors and staff at Highworth and making a positive contribution.

Clare Pankhania


Business/Personal Interests: Member of Staff

In my role as Head Teacher, I am very luck to work with a diverse governing body with a wide range of skills and attributes. I have had some experience of working as a Governor as my previous role involved me being a Staff Governor at King’s Wood School. I know that my vision for delivering the best possible primary education to your children is fully supported by the governors of the school and that we will be able to work in partnership, in challenging times, to achieve our goals.

Fiona Gee

Local Authority Governor. NB on Sabbatical until Sept 2024

I have two young children both who are at Highworth. My youngest settled in so well and always has a smile on her face when we mention school. My eldest it just the same, he loves his teachers and friends and always looks forward to going. I am so happy that we found Highworth as a school for my children, as the teachers are caring, dedicated, knowledgeable and lots of fun! I am looking forward to working with the Governor Team to help develop the strategic vision of the school and support all the staff.

I am currently a Secondary PE teacher at Wycombe Abbey. I am passionate about all this education and sport, and look forward to assisting the school wherever I can. Alongside this, I have experience as a governor at another primary school where I held the role of Safeguarding Governor and Link Governor for Assessment.

Matt Lamming

Co-opted Governor

Business/Personal Interests: None

I have been a governor at Highworth since 2007 originally as parent governor and more recently as a Co-opted governor. I have two children that have benefitted hugely from the education they received and from being part of the community at Highworth. My children are now at Unversity and Secondary school and have happy memories of their time at Highworth.

I am currently Chair of our Premises, Personnel and Finance Committee. My governor duties fit around a busy family life and a career as an IT manager for GlaxoSmithKline. Although it is sometimes difficult to find time to fit everything in, being a governor at Highworth is one of the most personally rewarding things I do.

Emma Brunell

Co-opted Governor

I have two young boys, both of whom attend Highworth. They leave school every day bursting with excitement to tell me about all the fun they have had. I consider us very fortunate that Highworth School and Nursery has so many compassionate and dedicated teachers who are committed to the children’s development and well-being. I would like to reciprocate this effort by working as a Governor to help support the school to continue and to grow.

In my professional life I am the Ward Manager for surgery at High Wycombe hospital; I recently moved from Neurosurgery. I am also currently studying for my second Masters Degree so am truly an advocate for education and the positive rewards it brings.

Shabana Hussain

Co-opted Governor

As a parent to three children at the school, I am very pleased to have joined the governing body from 2018. I used to be a pupil at the school when it was known as Terriers Middle school.

I have served in the education sector for fifteen years, have experience in governance and regulatory matters and have worked with external professional bodies such as Ofsted. I am very passionate about education and currently work in the Higher Education sector. I will be part of the Curriculum Committee as I have a broad interest in curriculum development and am very versed in the academic world.

Ebony Hughes

Parent Governor

My eldest son started at Highworth in September 2020. When we first looked around the school, we loved the feel, the ethos, and the values it celebrates. We continue to feel that way. To me, this role is first and foremost as a parent, but I also hope to bring my skills as a management consultant working with the public sector to support the school to continue to go from strength to strength.

Richard Rints

Co-opted Governor

I am a newly Co-opted Governor to the school and am looking forward to being a part of the Governor Team. I am married and have two adult children both who benefited in the past from having attended Highworth school and the education and friendships they made there.
In my professional life I am a Commercial/ Financial Manager working for Canon and have done for the past 30 years in a diverse number of roles. I believe I can bring some of the knowledge and skills I have learnt over those years to my role as a Governor.

Jana Lenehan

Staff Governor

I joined Highworth in 2013 and became a staff governor in 2019. My role as a classroom cover supervisor enables me to work with children across the whole school - from Nursery all the way to Year 6. I am also very fortunate to be able to work with all the amazing teachers and support staff that we have here at Highworth. As a result, I have a good knowledge of the curriculum and the school as a whole. I am very excited to work with other governors in ensuring that every child gets the best possible education.

Ms Iram Malik

Parent Governor

I have been a part of the Highworth community for 11 years, since my eldest son joined the nursery. All of my children have attended the school and I have two remaining in years 3 and 6. They have thrived here and I am excited to be a part of the Governing body, whereby I can contribute to the ongoing successes of the school. Professionally, I am part of the senior management team of Buckinghamshire Talking Therapies, within the NHS. Whilst I have a broad spectrum of patient experience, I have had particular successes in dealing with those suffering from long term and acute conditions such as Long COVID, and cancer. I have found it particularly rewarding to assist professionals who are struggling with work-related trauma, such as emergency first responders and military personnel. Wellbeing is imperative and I would like to utilise my transferrable skills in supporting the wellbeing of staff and students, thus striving to support the ongoing ability for all to thrive.

Sonia Bowker

Co-opted Governor

I have lived in High Wycombe for over 25 years and my two children attended local primary and secondary schools. Professionally, I have taught in secondary schools and a middle school for nearly 30 years in various roles including 13 years as Head of English, also as an AHT and as a SENDCo. More recently, I have been developing literacy strategies within secondary schools to ensure all students are provided with the language skills required to become confident, independent learners. Throughout my career, I have been committed to supporting all students to reach their potential by identifying and supporting individual needs. I am looking forward to being part of such a thriving school community.