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SMSG is part of the Inspiring Futures through Learning Multi-Academy Trust. All schools that are part of this Trust are governed by one Board of Trustees and each school has its own Local Governing Body.

Led by Daniel Mullins as Chair of Governors the governing board of St Mary and St Giles C of E School (Voluntary Aided) are a group of parents, staff and members of the community. The governing body of SMSG seek to promote the highest standards of educational achievement for our children.


Our governors:

  • agree the ethos and aims
  • define the strategic direction of the school
  • plan for the future improvement
  • set targets, objectives and monitor progress of the school
  • approve the annual budget
  • ensure the school's resources are used as intended


To find out more about our Governors please do not hesitate to contact the Chair of Governors through the school office at either site or by email Alternatively, you can send a letter for Mr Mullins' attention to, Mr D Mullins, c/o St Mary and St Giles Church of England School, King George Crescent, Stony Stratford, MK12 5GA

To register your interest in becoming a school governor please do not hesitate to contact us.

SMSG is part of the Inspiring Futures through Learning Multi-Academy Trust. All schools that are part of IFtL are governed by the IFtL Board of Trustees and each school has its own Local Governing Body.


The Governing Body of SMSG is a vibrant group of volunteers.  They are a key part of the strategic leadership of the school and play a vital role in ensuring clarity of the vision, ethos and future direction of the school and that this is underpinned by the school’s Christian vision.

They share responsibilities for monitoring and evaluating the performance of the schools in ensuring that Christian values are being lived through all aspects of life at SMSG and that the school is delivering a fulfilling, inclusive, broad and balanced education for all their children. The Governing Body meets at least 6 times throughout the year, focusing on the key strands of Educational Excellence, safety and wellbeing of pupils and the reflection of the school’s values through its interactions and position in all of its communities.

The remit and responsibilities of the Governing Body are outlined in the Scheme of Delegation of Inspiring Futures through Learning, our Multi-Academy Trust and can be found at


To find out more about our Governors please do not hesitate to contact the Chair of Governors through the school office at either site or by email

To register your interest in becoming a school governor please do not hesitate to contact us.


The Governing Board Members


Kate Holland- Headteacher


Daniel Mullins – Chair of Governors

I have been a governor for a number of years and was appointed as Chair of Governors at St Mary and St Giles C of E School in February 2019.  I lead the governing body with a clear focus on scrutinising performance and implementing positive change due to recent events and Ofsted inspection.  I’ve been married for 16 yrs and have two children - one has previously passed through SMSG and is now in year 8 at Radcliffe School and the youngest is moving up to year 4 in September 2020. I’m a Stony Stratford resident and grew up in the Town.  I am an active member of the St Mary and St Giles Church community.


In my professional career I manage and lead the strategic direction of a civil engineering company to ensure we deliver financial stability, client satisfaction and ensure operations are delivered to all HSE standards and required performance.  I’m experienced in project and change management, strategy and policy delivery, business change, finance and risk management as well as a key focus on performance management.


I have an appetite to use my skills to seek positive change in a short timescale while ensuring the change is embedded to provide a long-term strategy for the school to improve. 

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Gwen Yates – Trust Appointed Governor

Shortly after getting married my husband and I travelled overland to South Africa, where we lived for three years on a cacti and Keeshond farm. We returned to the UK travelling overland through Africa and the Middle East and moved to Stony Stratford so that my husband could take up an appointment with the Open University. We have a daughter and a son and four grandchildren (all born from 2013 onwards).

Most of my working life has been spent in London doing a variety of jobs. This has included qualifying as a nurse, teaching at a special needs school; working as an information officer for the British Medical Association and the BMJ and also with the Schools and Youth Team at Christian Aid.


Later I joined the pioneering Citischool (school without walls) in MK at its inception where I devised and presented citizenship sessions. I then moved to the MK Youth Offending Team where I was part of a small team that set up the early prevention project called Platform (originally Platform 8-13) where I worked closely with primary schools, especially those in disadvantaged areas.


As a mature student I completed an Open University (OU) degree where I developed a passion for philosophy. I discovered it was a perfect tool for Platform children and young people who had poor language and communication skills and also challenging for more able pupils. I presented workshops on philosophy for children at the BEST conference in 2008 and at the launch of FACT (First Assess Communication Tool) at the ‘Communication is everybody’s business’ conference in 2011. I attended training with SAPERE (Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education) in 2008 and 2011, and with The Philosophy Foundation in 2014. During my time with Platform I facilitated philosophy groups in many schools in MK and since retiring have continued to present group philosophy sessions on a voluntary basis at SMSG and another local school where I have also run an after school philosophy club. I was a volunteer at Stony Stratford Junior Youth Club for two years.


Dawn Robinson – Trust appointed Governor

I have been a Headteacher for over 20 years.  I am a National Leader of Education having had 9 outstanding inspections in my schools.  I have chaired Management Boards in a number of schools taking on the role of Chair of Governors.  I was a Headteacher in a Church of England Voluntary Aided School for over 10 years.  I have previously been an Advanced Skills Teacher for English and maths. 


My current role is Headteacher of Russell Street School.  It is very important for me to work with Miss Holland and the Governing Board of SMSG to secure an outstanding education for our children across the two schools.  Miss Holland and I have worked together before and achieved rapid improvements in our previous school moving the school very quickly from inadequate to good.


Carly Elsworth -Parent Governor

From October 2020 I'm a parent governor; my son is currently in Year 1 at the South Site. I volunteer as a Learning Team Tour Guide at Bletchley Park, but before becoming a mum, I worked as a PRINCE2 Project Manager in the software and banking industries. I’ve been married for 10 years and moved to Galley Hill 7 years ago. I am looking forward to the opportunity to be involved in the direction of the school, to help the school be the best it can be,  and have a positive impact on the education of pupils at SMSG.


Nick Deahl - Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor since October 2020.  I am married and have one daughter who started at SMSG (North Site) in September 2020.  In my professional life, I am a qualified investment actuary and currently work for RSA Insurance plc where I am responsible for managing the assets of the company’s pension scheme arrangements.  I am keen to use my skills to help SMSG continue to improve and fulfil its potential as a great community school.


Rita Wiseman – Trust Appointed Governor

I strongly believe that learning should be stimulating and fun. Every child’s first impression of ‘learning’ is key and it will mould their future attitude towards their education. School is a vibrant part of the community and an essential part of children and families lives.


I have over 30 years experience in both the statutory and voluntary sector working with children and families. I have a background in social work and education, having taught on the Post Qualifying social work course at Goldsmith University, as well as on the Public Service Birmingham University.

I was the head of Early Years Education for a local authority in the Midlands, before being contracted by the Government as the National Director for ‘Together for Disabled Children’, where I was responsible for managing a national programme to ensure that local authorities did better for disabled children with both capital and revenue grants.


After retiring I was commissioned by a national charity to review and turn round a government program that had not been successful.  Since retiring I have worked voluntarily as chair of a local nursery and play scheme as well as supporting organisations with policies and procedures.

I appreciate how important the role of Governor is especially for the school at this time so can promise my commitment to support the staff in their work to take forward the future development so that together with parents and children the school can flourish enabling all children to reach their potential.


Canon Victor Bullock O.S.B. - Exofficio Governor

I am presently serving as Vicar and Parish Priest to the people and community at St. Martin's in Fenny Stratford. I am an associate member of the Society of the Holy Cross (S.S.C.) and the Sodality of the Precious Blood (S.P.S.) as well as being a professed member of a Benedictine Community. The Society of the Holy Cross and the Sodality of the Precious Blood both pride themselves as priestly catholic societies within the Church of England that are dedicated to encouraging their members to maintain the highest standards of pastoral care and personal holiness. The Benedictine House of Initia Nova exists to foster the monastic calling to seek God through the three vows of Obedience, Stability and ‘Conversatio Morum’ Conversion of Life through fidelity to monastic life.


I was born and grew up in the sea-side town of Bournemouth, in Dorset, where I attended Saint Peter's School run by the De La Salle Brothers, a teaching order founded by the French priest Saint Jean Baptist de la Salle in the 17th Century. After reading Theology at Southampton University, I continued my studies at Saint Mary's College, Strawberry Hill, London, towards a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

After a spell in teaching, I entered Seminary life at Saint Stephen's House, Oxford and having gained there my priestly formation and Diploma in Ministry was ordained to the Diaconate in 1994 and served my title in the Cowley Team of Churches on the edge of Oxford. The following year after my ordination to the priesthood at the hands of John Richards, the first Bishop of Ebbsfleet, I moved to take up a second curacy post at St. Giles, Reading where I served for the next 4 ½ years. On the 20th January 1999 I was inducted as Vicar and became Parish Priest at Saint Martin's.


‚ÄčFor ten years I served on the Board of Governors of Knowles Junior School in Bletchley, with responsibility for school finance and head teacher performance management. My focus is to aid Saint Mary and Saint Giles School to attain and maintain the highest standards of Christian education.


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