Meet the Governors

About our Governors

Callton YoungCallton Young OBE – Chair of Governors

I became Chair of Governors at St Giles in 2015 after serving for a year on the Full Board and its finance committee.

I am a retired Senior Civil Servant with extensive experience of policy development, people and project management, and networking to deliver corporate outcomes. I have a BA honours degree in politics and am passionate about the provision of good quality learning for others to enhance personal fulfilment and maximise life chances.

Since retiring I have endeavoured to give something back to my local community. I chair two local charities, one with a small independent day school, and am an active member of Croydon Council’s Stronger Communities Partnership Board among other things. Making an additional commitment to serve at St Giles was an easy decision for me because I strongly believe that good schools are the heart and soul of good communities. We all want the best for our children – and St Giles turns that aspiration into a reality.

I am married with three children. I enjoy travelling, playing tennis and am passionate about promoting a fairer society with equal opportunities for all.

KenKen Morcombe MBE – Community Governor

Chair of the Assessments & Standards  Committee.
I am retired, married, with 3 adult children and 7 grandchildren of whom 4 are of school age. I am a science graduate and before retirement had a wide experience of management in a large commercial organization. Since retirement I have been involved in a broad variety of voluntary work and I am a very keen hiker involved in running a walking group.

I have been a governor at St Giles, with one small gap, for about 15 years. I am much involved in the life of the school acting as a volunteer one day a week in addition to attending as a governor. I am passionate about the importance of good education and the achievements of the pupils of St Giles.

Mike Swadling – Local Authority Governor

I have been a local authority governor at St Giles since 2006. In theory this means I was appointed by Croydon Council, in practice I signed up to be a governor via the School Governor One Stop Shop and my details were sent to a number of schools of which St Giles came back to me first. I didn’t have any knowledge of St Giles before becoming a governor here and had very little knowledge of the whole SEN sector. I have learnt a lot about the needs of SEN pupils in that time, but I always believe St Giles should be as much like any other school as possible.

I decided to get involved in school governance having spent a number of years working with schools through community programmes through my employers. I wanted to become a governor to help contribute to my community, also to feel I do something more than shout at the telly when Question Time is on!

My background is in Banking and IT and whilst it should be somewhat different from education, from a governance perspective working with budgets, staffing, and ensuring the right frameworks are in place it is extremely similar. School Governors are drawn from a range of backgrounds, and not being part of the education sector, can be an advantage to look at challenges and opportunities facing the school in fresh way. As a governor I have chaired all the committees of the school, sat on recruitment panels and spent 2 years as Chair of Governors.

Kathleen Shields – Community Governor

I became a Governor at St Giles in October 2017. I am a pupil barrister, and I hope to specialise in criminal and employment law.

Before training as a lawyer I qualified as a teacher: I taught English and French in a secondary school in Leeds. I enjoy working with young people and wanted to be involved with education after I left the classroom, so I decided to become a governor through the School Governor One Stop Shop system. I believe all children should be well-served by their school and given support to fulfil their potential. Being part of St Giles’ governing body is a way for me to help achieve this goal and to give back to my community.

I enjoy travelling, cooking, and going to concerts. I also love to go hiking whenever I am outside of London.

Beverley Hayllar – Community Governor

I have taught for twenty years, initially as a history teacher but then head of sixth form in a SEN School, setting up work experience and travel training programmes for my students. We ran a cafe ‘The Beach Hut’ which generated money for the group and which was used to buy equipment of their choice ( TV, karaoke machine, playstation etc) and for days out.

I am a passionate football fan and my team is Arsenal. I also steward at Twickenham, luckily watching all of the World Cup matches.

I love going to the cinema, to see bands and concerts and to the theatre and am in a book club.

Paul Thirkettle – Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor at St Giles’ School since 2015.   I took on this role as I was intrigued to find out how the school runs behind the scenes.   My professional background is in Hospitality and Catering where I qualified as a professional Chef in 2007.  I have worked in various types of restaurants from bistro pubs to fine dining and have done quite a few banquets in my time!  My favourite cuisine is Italian.  As well as cooking, I have also worked as a youth worker for Croydon Council.  I found helping the young people in my community very enjoyable and rewarding.  I am married with 2 children, one of whom is currently in a Primary Class at St Giles’.   I enjoy playing rugby and am currently the 2nd Team Captain at my local Rugby Club. 

Karen Skeets – Parent Governor

My son is a pupil at St Giles and has severe special needs and I know just how important school and education is to him.  He has grown and developed so much since being at St Giles. 

I have applied for the role of Parent Governor as I am passionate in my desire to help achieve the best possible schooling experience for the children at St Giles. I am an active member of Friends of St Giles, supporting various fundraising events.  Before I had my son, I was a secretary and a PA for approximately 18 years.

Full Governing Body Details


Full Name Category Positions Term of Office (Yrs) Date of appt End of term Committee Bus. Interests Governor at another establishment Relationship to employee Voting Rights of Assoc Members
Karan Skeets Parent Achievements & Standards 4 18/10/2018 18/10/2021 Achievements & Standards None N/A None N/A
Beverley Hayller Co-opted  Achievement & Standards 4 18/10/2017 17/10/2021 Achievements & Standards None N/A None N/A
Neal Fraser Parent Vice Chair 4 13/07/2020 13/07/2024 Vice Chair Resources Occasional plumbing jobs for school N/A None N/A
Caroline Horgan Co-opted Deputy Head Teacher 4 01/10/2014 30/09/2022 Achievement & Standards None N/A None N/A
Kathleen Shields Co-opted  Resources 4 18/10/2017  17/10/2021 Resources  None N/A  None  N/A
Kathy Lewis Headteacher Head Teacher   01/01/2012   All None N/A None N/A
Sharon Newton Staff Achievement & Standards 4 14/11/2019 04/12/2023 All None N/A None N/A
Ken Morcombe Co-opted Chair of Achievement &
Standards Committee; Equalities Governor
4 01/10/2014 30/09/2022 Achievement & Standards None N/A None N/A
Michael Swadling LA Appointed Deputy Chair,
Chair of Resources
4 05/02/2018 05/02/2022 Chair of Resources None Yes None N/A
Callton Young Co-opted Chair of Governors 4 01/10/2014 30/09/2022 Chair of Governors (Ex-officio member of all committees) None N/A None N/A
Paul Thirkettle Parent Achievement & Standards 4 02/12/2019 01/12/2023 Achievement & Standards None N/A None N/A
Curlita Campbell Co-opted Resources 4 05/12/2018 04/12/2023 Resources None N/A None N/A
Peter Denman Parent Resources 4 14/11/2019 13/11/2023 Resources None N/A None N/A

Meeting Minutes

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Governors Attendance

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Governor’s Attendance 2019-20 Final


Governor’s Attendance 2017-18

Governors-attendance-2015-16M 2018 12 05 Final – full board

FGB Governor Attendance 2014-2015