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 by 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 body role, I work full-time at Canterbury Christ Church University where I am the Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education. Prior to this I was the Director of Primary Initial Teacher Education for 5 years. I have been at the University since 2008. Before joining the University, I worked in schools and colleges as a teacher for 10 years.

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.

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.


Vice-Chair: Robyn Dye

I am very pleased to be joining the board of governors at St John's 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 John's 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.

Trace Parvin


I am a senior lecturer and the Programme Director for the BA Primary Education programme at Canterbury Christ Church University and also a member of the Primary English team. I joined the university in 2008 following fourteen years of working in Kent Primary Schools, where I was Literacy Lead and a member of SLT.

At CCCU, I teach on the Primary English courses across a range of initial teacher education programmes alongside professional studies courses. My areas of interest lie in the development of children (and students) as readers and writers.

Being a passionate reader, I derive great professional pleasure from encouraging children's and students' deep engagement with books. Such is my interest in this field, that for the past 10 years I have run a successful children’s literature book club for the BA Primary Education students. I now also lead Teachers Reading Groups for the Open University Reading for Pleasure project and am a member of the Cheltenham Literary Festival Reading teachers = Reading Pupils panel.

I have been an active member of United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) for many years, and am currently the President of the Association.

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

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