Head of School: Matt Rooney
Tel: 01777 703683
Email: head@st-giles.notts.sch.uk

Governors (Interim Executive Board)

From 1 July 2021 Our Shadowing Governing Body (SGB) will assume responsibly for the governance of the school. This follows the dissolution of the Interim Executive Board, which has successfully completed its work. The SGB have shadowed the IEB for the last 6 months and have been asked by the Local Authority to ensure that permanent governance is in place.

Minutes of meetings can be found at the bottom of this page in due course and are always available in the school office, should you wish to see a copy.

You can find out a little more about our governors below:

Linda Foster (Chair) Linda is a retired Group Manager for the Education, Standards and Inclusion Services of a large County Council, where she led the school improvement and support services. Linda was the Vice Chair of Interim Executive Board (IEB) at St Giles for 3 years and would like to work collaboratively with new Governors and school leaders to support an effective transition from the IEB to a permanent Governing Body. Linda is a qualified teacher, former head teacher and is committed to using her wealth of knowledge and experience to benefit pupils and students at St Giles.

Alex Peace-Gadsby OBE DL (Vice-Chair) Alex is a values based, entrepreneurial business leader and prolific volunteer with extensive experience driving forward UK and International business strategies across a range of corporate and charitable sectors within challenging environments. Alex has a degree in Business Information Systems, an MA in Strategic Management and post graduate diploma in marketing and is looking forward to supporting the strategic developments of St Giles. Is currently chair of national charity ‘ParentKind’.

David Stewart OBE DL (Sub-committee Chair – Strategy Development) David is passionate about improving the lives of people with special needs and/disabilities. David led an outstanding special school, similar to St Giles, for 27 years. He has been a school governor, holding a variety of positions including chair, SEND and safeguarding. David is an honorary lecturer at the University of Nottingham, is trustee of a number of local charities and leads a university user group for adults with learning disabilities.

Bill Iliffe (Sub-committee Chair – Finance and Staffing) Bill is a senior human resources advisor for a local authority. He is specialised in supporting the HR function in school and children’s services. This includes policy development and oversight, advising and participating in panel hearings, reviewing teacher appraisals processes and negations with recognised trade unions. Bill joins us directly after his three years as an IEB member, where he was the vice-chair of the finance and staffing committee and conducted the Principal’s appraisal. Bill has enjoyed seeing the transformation of St Giles and committed to continuing his work with the school.

Ciara Sachdeva (Parent Governor) Ciara’s youngest attends St Giles School and is a Paediatric Doctor by training. Ciara has a wealth of experience interacting with pupils and staff within a Specialist School environment both personally and professionally, which offers a unique perspective to St Giles. Ciara is experienced in working with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and cultures in situations which may be complex or emotionally challenging. Ciara is looking forward to seeing the school’s multi-agency approach grow and develop.

Bridget Bower (Parent Governor) Bridget is a highly experienced office manager in a local primary school. She is familiar with financial and people management systems, health and safety and curriculum monitoring. Bridget’s daughter has attended St Giles for 10 years, so she would like to help ensure the school continues to go from strength to strength.

Nicole Chavaudra PhD (Community Governor) Is a passionate and experienced change leader in the NHS and local government, currently directing an Integrated Care Partnership delivering improved health and well-being by enabling partnership across sectors. Previous experiences include leading commissioning functions, performance, quality and public health. Nicole has worked strategically in the field of SEND for the NHS and Local Government in various areas of the country for many years. Nicole also has a PhD in Social Pedagogy, focussing on the role social and educational approaches in the fulfilment of potential for vulnerable young people and is committed to the values and ethos of the school. Nicole is also a local community advocate for Retford and Bassetlaw who is passionate about improving the life chances for all local people.

Donna Edwards (Staff Governor) Donna has worked at St Giles for 28 Years as a qualified teaching assistant. She has experience of working with pupils from across the entire spectrum of needs here at St Giles. Donna leads the school’s parent liaison work and has also been leading the EHCP review process for the school. Donna has seen the journey has been on over the last 3 years and is excited about what the future has in store for all at St Giles.



Statutory information about the schools income and expenditure can be found here.