School Governing Board

Chair of Governors:  Mrs Deirdre Newham

Vice-Chair: Mr Stephen Chown 

Mr John Griffiths-Elsden

Mr Jonathan Church

Mr Jamie Lane

Karen Holland

Annewen Rowe 

Dr Tiffany Crawford

Chairman of Governors: Mrs Deirdre Newham

Deidre NewhamDeirdre Newham joined the local Citizens Advice Bureau as a Volunteer in 1971, subsequently appointed as its full time Manager, responsible for over 60 voluntary workers and several paid staff. She also served on the National Council of the Association, the latter encompassing its Finance & General Purposes Committee, controlling a budget in excess of £8 million, also Chairmanship of the ancillary Personnel Joint Negotiating Committee and National Appointments Committee.

Deirdre was appointed as a Magistrate on the Northampton Bench in 1977, becoming Chairman of the Bench in January 1996, serving her term until December 2000, followed by Chairmanship of the Magistrates Courts Committee for Northamptonshire until March 2005 when it changed to Her Majesty’s Courts Service .

 In 1986 Deirdre was directly appointed by the Secretary of State for Employment as Chairman of the former Northamptonshire Area Manpower Board until its dissolution in July 1988.  After retiring from the Citizens Advice Bureau she became, in January 1993, a freelance Business Consultant, being a Member of the Institute of Business Advisors. Deirdre was appointed as a Lay Member of the Lord Chancellor’s Interview Panel for Judicial Appointments in September 1997 which continued until 2004, participating in the national appointment of senior Judges, Recorders and other judicial tribunal appointees. She was also a Board Member of the Prince’s Youth Business Trust from January 1997 to 2003.

Deirdre is a former Chairman of the Governors of the University of Northampton, and is the recipient of an Honorary Degree therefrom.  She also served as Chair of the Northamptonshire Police Authority from  2007 until its dissolution in November 2012 and was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Northamptonshire in November 2010.


Vice Chair: Mr Stephen Chown 

Stephen ChownStephen Chown was born in Northampton and is Managing Director of Chown Commercial, Chartered Surveyors. As a member of the RICS with extensive knowledge of the commercial property market, he has offered clients, from multi-nationals and pension funds to private individuals, professional advice for over 25 years.

In 2010 Stephen headed the team that brought the Northampton Town Centre Business Improvement District into being and chaired the BID for it’s first two years.

As a Trustee of Northampton Music 365, the organisation behind the Northampton Music Festival, Stephen has curated and presented the All Saints Portico Stage for the least 3 years.

Outside work Stephen is a keen musician and photographer.


Mr John Griffiths-Elsden

John Griffiths-ElsdenAs a schoolboy in the mid 70s, John was a professional singer with the world famous St John’s College Choir in Cambridge. During that time he was introduced to the techniques of making records, toured extensively & first performed on television & radio. John Griff was born in Northampton and lived the first 23 years of his life in the village of Wootton. At that time, the current site of the High School was a wheat field!  John is a professional broadcaster of more than 25 years standing, having worked in the corporate and commercial sectors as well as most recently with the BBC. His programmes have been broadcast on both a local & national basis and he has worked in radio, television & print media. 

John started his professional broadcasting career in 1985 while at the same time being an employee of one of the high street banks, for whom he eventually became a portfolio client manager. John worked both behind and in front of the microphone in local radio with Northants 96 as it was, before moving to its sister station Classic Gold in 2003. He also worked with a number of other radio stations including Mercury 96-6 in Watford & the national station Planet Rock. In 2008 John returned to his home county at the invitation of BBC Radio Northampton for whom he now hosts the Afternoon Show. 

Alongside his radio work, John has presented a variety of programmes for local and corporate television. He’ completed the presentation of a new DVD for the national Lupus charity as well as providing a voice for a number of corporate clients including Shell UK, Lloyds TSB, IKEA & the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. John's work with young people through the media earned him an Anne Frank award in 2010 & he is currently one of two ambassadors for the county's Ancestral Tourism project. 

Living in Northampton just yards from where he was born John enjoys eating out, photography and music. John brings expertise in media & the arts to the board of governors & believes that everyone has a story in them that deserves to be told and a voice that should be heard.


Mr Jamie Lane 

Jamie Lane was born in Northampton and works for Nationwide Building Society as a Regulatory Sales and Service Trainer. Jamie has been a trainer for the past 7 years. Prior to this he was a retail branch manager for Nationwide and worked in local branches for 20 years.

Jamie has been a borough councillor since 2003 and chairs the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. He was Mayor of Northampton in 2011, carried out over 350 engagements and raised over £11,000 for charity.

Jamie has run the London marathon twice, raising money for The English Federation of Disability Sports. He is also a patron of the Caring and Sharing trust based in Cogenhoe.


Karen Holland 

Karen HollandKaren joined as a school governor in September 2015. She is CEO of XCAM a business which designs and manufactures digital cameras for scientific experiments and space applications. She is also CEO of
Scientific Instruments Ltd, and Orbitonics Ltd. She is a member of the High Performance Technologies Steering Group for Northants Enterprise Partnership and a member of the Manchester University Physics and Astronomy External Industry Advisory Board. Karen was a Director of the Northants Engineering Training Partnership between 2011-2015.

Outside of work, Karen is a committee member of the Radio Astronomy Section of the British Astronomical Society and enjoys gardening and keeping fit with regular walking and cycling trips, and boxing sessions in the local gym.

Dr Tiffany Crawford 

Tiffany was born and brought up in Birmingham then moved to Nottingham to study medicine.Dr Tiffany Crawford

After graduating she moved to Northampton in 1991 and completed her training locally at Northampton General Hospital. She has been a GP at Greenview Surgery since 1996 where she is now senior partner.

Tiffany has 3 children, 2 of whom attend the High School. They attended a local primary school where she was a Governor for 9 years during which time she was responsible for overseeing  Safeguarding and the SENCO.  Tiffany works part time which enables at least some work life balance allowing her to enjoy an allotment and making
 wedding cakes when time and opportunity allow.



Annewen Rowe

Annewen was born in Wales, is Welsh speaking and was educated there gaining a degree in law at Aberystwyth University before going on to qualify as a solicitor. She started her career working in private practice for Hugh James in Cardiff before moving to Northampton with her husband. They have two daughters both of whom were educated at Northampton High School and have gone on to successful careers in medicine and strategy consultancy in London.

Upon moving to Northampton Annewen took up a post as a Senior Prosecuting Solicitor and became the county's lead prosecutor both for fraud and mentally disordered offenders. Eventually she moved to the national stage in the Crown Prosecution Service's Policy and Strategy Directorate in London becoming the National Policy Advisor on fraud matters. She advised the Attorney General and the Home Office during the development of new legislation on fraud which led to the passage of the Fraud Act in 2006. Later she moved on to lead the International Policy and Advisory Division for the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office before being appointed Deputy Director, Finance and Strategy, at the Attorney General's Office.

In her spare time Annewen served as a church warden for several years and was previously a Northampton High School Governor from 2001 until 2012 when her term of office ended. She was invited to rejoin the Board in 2015. She enjoys embroidery, visiting historical sites and makes occasional attempts at watercolours.

She acts as an Assessor for applicants to the Civil Service Fast Stream and has enjoyed mentoring throughout her career.

Since retiring Annewen has taken up voluntary appointments as the Independent Chair of the Peterborough Diocesan Safeguarding Management Group and as a member of the Northamptonshire Police Independent Ethics Committee.

She and her husband now live in rural Oxfordshire where she volunteers at the village community shop.