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Richard Stock, Parent Governor

Born in New York, where I lived until age 7.  I then lived in Farnborough (Hampshire) until 1996.  I had a 3-year spell at Warwick University studying Maths & Stats, followed by a year at City University in London studying Actuarial Science.


In 1996 I moved to the Chilterns to work for NHBC as Head of Actuarial.  My work for NHBC involves reporting to the Board on complex financial insurance matters, so I am familiar with problem solving, finance, management and strategy.  This helps me in my current role as a parent governor at Elmtree, a position I have held since September 2009.


Prior to becoming a school governor I was Chairman of a local Resident’s Association for several years.  I have also been a non-Executive Director for a small actuarial recruitment company primarily focussed on placing gap year students.


I have lived in Bucks since 1996 and moved to Chesham in the summer of 2004.  I have two sons, Jacob and Ethan, aged 10 and 6 respectively at the time of writing.  Jacob attended Elmtree nursery and main school.  Ethan joined the nursery in 2013 and is now in year 2.


Before becoming a father, much of my spare time was taken up with various sporting activities including rugby, athletics, cycling and triathlon.  From this I have developed a keen (though amateur) interest in general health, nutrition and well-being, and its importance in maintaining good overall health and fitness.


I have always been keen to become more involved in their education and apply the skills I have developed in my professional work more widely for the benefit of others.  Becoming a governor seemed an ideal way of doing this, whilst helping others and contributing to the good work that has been done for many years at Elmtree by everyone involved, past and present.


In my current role as parent Governor I assist on the Teaching and Learning Committee and Finance Committee, using my experience in reviewing statistical and financial info to help provide challenge, and identify areas needing improvement and other opportunities.