I have three children: Toby in Year 9 at RGS, Molly in Year 7 at Beaconsfield High School and Jake in Year 4 at primary (but hopefully joining Toby at RGS in years to come).
In my work life I am a Partner at Accenture, a large management and IT consultancy. In this role I lead large projects and in so doing I have gained experience of project governance, financial governance and the procurement and implementation of IT systems.
I am keen to support the Governors and to contribute positively to all aspects of the future success of The Royal Grammar School.
I’m Dominic Hayes. My son Sam is in Year 7. We live in Beaconsfield with my wife Louise and daughter Imogen. Sam’s experience at RGS has been great. He enjoys going to school which is how it should be. There is a strong atmosphere of respect and attainment in the school.
I believe that protecting and developing this as future challenges and opportunities arise needs the active engagement of parents and the local community. I am standing for election as a parent governor as I want to support the school as best I can and believe I have relevant experience and skills.
I am coming to the end of my second 4-year term as a Parent Governor at Butlers Court Primary School in Beaconsfield. For the last three years I have been the Deputy Chair of the Governing Board. I have served on the Heath, Safety and Premises Committee, the Performance Management Committee and have been the lead governor for Pupil Premium/ SEN and for Creative Arts. I have hands-on experience of how a Governing Board can support and challenge senior leaders of a school to drive great outcomes for children.
At work I’m a Programme Director for a global IT consultancy. I would welcome this opportunity to serve the school.
RGS has a long tradition of delivering an exceptional standard of education for all. I hope that that my experience in finance can contribute to the oversight of the school and its continuing success.
I have a son in year 7, and two younger children. I am a Cambridge graduate and chartered accountant, and worked first in the City then (following kids) for a FTSE100, in financial communication. As such, I evaluate the financial performance of the business and consider how it will be perceived by fund managers. This combination of financial analysis while considering the business and economic environment requires me often to play “devils advocate”, to ensure that the business articulates its case with greatest effect. This skill of being a “critical friend” will I hope will be helpful to the board of governors, with the aim that the school is as strong as possible.
I am passionate about the merits of grammar school education, having attended grammar school myself, as did my own parents also. I work part-time and my youngest child is now at school, so have time for additional commitments, and would love to use my skills to support the RGS, as a governor.
Dr Raghib Ali
I am a Consultant in Acute Medicine at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and Visiting Research Fellow in Population Health at the University of Oxford. I am also the Director of the Public Health Research Center and a Professor at New York University Abu Dhabi and split my time equally between my two roles.
I grew up in Bedford where I was very fortunate to receive a government-assisted place to attend the local independent school. I then went on to study medicine at the University of Cambridge and then moved to Oxford where I completed my postgraduate training.
We moved to High Wycombe last year to benefit from the excellent educational opportunities available here for our three children within the state sector and were delighted when our oldest son received admission to RGS in September. A good secondary school education was the key to all the opportunities and success that I have had in my life and I am passionate about ensuring that all children - whatever their background and means - have the same opportunities that I did.
I would now relish the opportunity to contribute to RGS and the wider community by serving as a parent governor.