School Governors

Governing Body


John Higgs – Chair of Governors

John Bolton - Foundation Governor

Mark Kelly - Parent Governor

Alice Heathcote - Foundation Governor 

Helen Rogers - Staff Representative

Father Mark Crowther-Alwyn - Foundation Governor

Helen Hayes - Foundation Governor

John Hickinbotham - Parent Governor


John Higgs

My association with the School is through St Giles Church.  We have lived in Matlock for over 10 years. I ‘retired’ a few years ago and being a school governor has been a good way to give something back to the community. My working life was in marketing, selling and delivering large business technology programmes, giving me skills that can be readily applied to the School. I do voluntary business mentoring for the Princes Trust and, like Simon, I am a STEM ambassador which gives me a chance to help apply technology in schools. We are registered foster carers for DCC.  I also have a healthy obsession with vintage cars and have three very active grandchildren to keep me on my toes.

Helen Rogers

I have been a teacher at St Giles school since September 2012 teaching years 5 and 6. I am responsible for R.E and the cross curricular subjects. Outside school my passions are theatre and walking my dog.  

John  Bolton

I am a Foundation Governor of ‘St Giles CE Primary School ’ and am a member of the teaching and learning committee.

The school is a delightful place within which to work attended by wonderful children. As a governor of St Giles I can offer support, bought from my own educational setting, in the areas of strategic budgeting, school pupil data analysis and school performance.

As well as being kept busy at school I am a keen mountaineer, mountain biker and surfer. I thoroughly enjoy any activities involving the outdoors and with my wife can often be found in the hills of Derbyshire or Lake District.

Mark Kelly

Since my twin daughters began attending St Giles, I was keen to be part of the school and help improve our childrens' education in any way I could.   

I have worked in digital commerce for over 15 years - managing marketing, technical and commercial teams to achieve goals and, with my wife being a teacher to help rationalise my ideas, I felt that I had many skills to help in the successful running of the school. 

I believe in communicating with children in an open an honest manner and after speaking to my daughters they advised I was 'funny and good at fixing stuff' which was good enough for me to volunteer my time. 

Alice Heathcote

I am delighted to join the Governing Body at St Giles as my son has just started in Reception and my younger daughter will join in three years’ time.  I have been a teacher at Walton Holymoorside Primary School in a mixed-age class for 13 years and have served as SENDCO and Deputy Safeguarding Lead during that time. I feel the combination of having first hand classroom experience and a parent’s perspective, will help me bring a well-balanced approach to my role of Governor. I am committed to providing high-quality teaching and learning for all children, with a particular interest in Inclusion and Growth Mindset. I enjoy family days out, playing with my children, reading, dance and all things creative.

If you wish to contact a member of the Governing Body please email: and all enquiries will be passed on to John Higgs (Chair of Governors).

Letters for the attention of the Chair of Governors can be handed into the school office and will be forwarded.

Governors Attendance