John Higgs – Chair of Governors
Pam Hatfield – Vice Chair of Governors
Michael Brett – Parent Governor
Simon Edwards – Parent Governor
John Bolton - Foundation Governor
Mark Kelly - Parent Governor
Alice Heathcote - Foundation Governor
Stephen Oxley - Foundation Governor
Helen Rogers - Staff Representative
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.
I was a governor before the school became an academy. I was pleased to be asked to continue to be a governor when the school converted because I had built relationships with the staff and I knew the school could grow to be outstanding. I am now retired, but for many years I was a teacher, then an adviser with Leicestershire local authority. I hope my skills have helped me to advise the leadership team on ways to develop the school. I am now a proud Granny and spend my time helping to look after my grandchildren, but also walking my lively border collie and attending my garden.
I am a parent governor and I have two children at St Giles. I became a governor because I am passionate about my children's education and well-being. I aim to use my knowledge as a business owner and builder to help develop the school and create an excellent environment for my children to learn, grow and thrive. Working with other governors, I have been working on raising the awareness of what a great school we have, with a new school brochure and better social media coverage.
I am a parent governor and my three children have all spent their Primary Education at St Giles. I studied physics at university and later worked for the Met. Office. I am currently a director of a Derbyshire-based Engineering Company where I work as an Environmental Consultant. I have combined my passion for science and interest in education by becoming a STEM ambassador. I regularly visit schools to volunteer my time to work with pupils on a range of science and engineering learning projects. I became a governor because I believe that my skills complement the school’s offering and that working together we can make St Giles a great school, serving and being part of the local community.
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.
I am in my first term as a Foundation Governor of ‘St Giles CE Primary School ’ and am a member of the teaching and learning committee.
I am currently the Headteacher of Turnditch Primary School, a small rural school in Derbyshire with 88 children on roll. 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.
I am thoroughly enjoying working alongside Mrs Forster and find the link with the school benefits me greatly within my own school setting.
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.
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.