Governors at St Giles

John Higgs – Chair of Governors

My association with the School is through St Giles Church.  We have lived in Matlock for over 15 years and I became a school governor nearly 10 years ago – when I retired. My working life was in marketing, selling and delivering large business technology programmes which gave me skills and experience that I’ve applied in work at the School. I do voluntary business mentoring for the Princes Trust and I am a STEM ambassador.  We are registered foster carers for Derbyshire County Council.  I also enjoy a spot of salsa dancing and have a healthy obsession with vintage cars, repairing and using them.  And finally I have five very active grandchildren to keep me on my toes.

John Bolton - Foundation Governor

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 - Parent Governor

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 - Foundation Governor

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. 

Helen Rogers - Staff Representative

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.  

Jon Hickinbotham - Parent Governor

I am very pleased to have been accepted as a parent governor for St Giles School. I have two boys currently in Years 3 and 1 and a third due to start this September. I believe our school is a fantastic community asset with a dedicated and hard working team and look forward to helping it develop and grow as it enters a new chapter. I work as a GP partner in Crich and have done so for the last 10 years. I hope to bring some of the skills I have gained in this job to my new role. Outside of work I enjoy running, playing the piano and cooking. Three boys certainly keep us on our toes but it is great to see them grow in confidence and thrive since starting at St Giles.

Father Mark Crowther-Alwyn - Foundation Governor

Fr Mark will be leaving shortly but has been a governor for the majority of the twenty years he has been Rector of Saint Giles Church. His successor will continue the close relationship between school and church.

Useful Information:

Code of conduct for local governing bodies

Governor handbook

Governor attendance 2020-21

Governor attendance 2021-22

Scheme of Delegation

Governors Code of Conduct