Governors

Chair of Governors: Catherine Carden

As Chair of the Governing Body I work closely with the Headteacher and other Governing Body members to ensure that St John's continues to grow and thrive; meeting the needs of the children and offering a broad and balanced curriculum that challenges and motivates children to learn and be the best that they can be.

I previously served as a member of the Interim Executive Board at the school for two years prior to the formation of the Governing body in July 2016. Therefore, I have seen how the school has changed and developed over this period. Prior to this, I served on a governing body of another Canterbury Primary School.

Outside of my governing roles, I work full-time at Canterbury Christ Church University where I am the Faculty Director of Primary Initial Teacher Education. This means that I lead our Primary Teacher Training. I have been at the University since 2008. Prior to this, I worked in schools and colleges as a teacher for 10 years.

Vice Chair: David Milham

I have been a school governor for over 25 years and am currently chair of a successful primary academy near Faversham. In 2013 I was appointed a National Leader of Governance and have helped governors at a number of schools improve pupils achievement and progress. I am a Chartered Engineer with senior management experience within the Engineering Sector. I now run my own consultancy business based in Faversham.

Elisabeth Smiley


I am an experienced secondary school teacher, sports coach, youth worker and mother and I have been on the governing body of St John's since shortly after it was established in 2013. I have been delighted to see the progress the school has made over its first three years and have a specific interest in SEND provision at the school.


David Hares

I am a retired headteacher of three primary schools, all distinctly different. I also taught adult education for many years. As a headteacher, I was a governor. Since retiring I have twice been a member of an Interim Executive Board, most recently at St John's Church of England Primary School prior to the formation of the current Governing Body.


Robert Gold

At present, along with staff governor, I hold the posts of year 6 teacher, Upper Key Stage 2 leader and Key Stage 2 English leader. I have also worked previously as the school's Key Stage 2 Maths leader. I joined the school mid way through the 2014 - 2015 academic year having worked at two previous schools.



Philip Greig

I am Vicar of All Saints Church in Military Road and I am happy to say that St. John’s Church of England Primary School is in my parish. As such, I have become a Foundation Governor for the school and am delighted to help the school with its Christian Distinctiveness, a little bit of RE amongst other things. I also head up a small team of Chaplains in the school and together we help plan the Collective Worship, and lead it on Wednesdays. In my previous working life, I have been a youth worker, and Diocesan Youth Advisor in Rochester Diocese and have served as a Community Governor for Chartham Primary School.

Robert Bagley

My son has been at St John’s since the first day of the newly formed school back in 2012. I have been an active member of The Friends of St John’s since 2013 and have been a volunteer at the school for that time, helping with reading, assisting with fund raising along with accompanying staff and children on various school trips.

I am interested in the running of St John’s and would like to give something back to the school. I am looking forward to working with the existing governing board to maintain the smooth running of the school. I would hope to be an asset to the school giving my time to be an effective school parent governor.

Francesca Waite

My name is Frances a Waite and I am. Finance and Operations Manager for a major retail company. I have an 8-year-old son who attends St John's and has since reception. In my spare time, I help to raise money for children's charities.

I have joined the board of governors to hopefully make a difference and be a voice for other parents. I am looking forward to working with the other governors and taking the school forward.

Robyn Dye

I am very pleased to be joining the board of governors at St Johns School. My background is in nursing and I currently work as an independent living coordinator across East Kent for the British Red Cross. This means I have experience of, and a genuine interest in, meeting the needs of my local community. Both of my children attend St Johns and I have been involved in helping welcome new parents to the school. I am particularly looking forward to becoming a part of the positive changes and continual improvements taking place.

If you would like to contact a member of the Governing Body then please contact the school office: office@stjohns-canterbury.kent.sch.uk.

All governors have completed a Governor's Register of Business Interest form and these are available in full in the school's office.

Governors’ Register of Interests

As from September 2015, we are required to publish the register of interests for Governors on our website. The register should set out the relevant business interests of governors and details of any other educational establishments they govern. The register should also set out any relationships between governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives. Please click the link below to view the interests that have been declared by our governors:

Governors’ Register of Interests