The Buxton Infant School Governing Board

School governors provide leadership and accountability in schools.  At Buxton Infant School we have a Board of 12 Governors, who are collectively responsible for making the important decisions which keep Buxton Infant School running and ensure we are doing the very best we can for our pupils and wider school community.  The Governing Board (GB) appoints the headteacher, decides the overall aims of the school, and sets the policies and targets which will enable the school to achieve those aims. The GB is also responsible for setting and monitoring the overall budget of the school, and provides both support and constructive challenge to the headteacher in the day to day running of the school.

Governors are not paid for their roles in schools.  Some governors are parents (usually elected by the school community); some are staff at the school (the headteacher is always a governor).  Some governors are appointed by the Local Authority (Derbyshire County Council) while some may be ‘co-opted’ from within the local community.  We always aim to have a Governing Board which encompasses people with a range of skills and experience which will be relevant and useful to the school, for example in finance, safeguarding or data analysis.  All the school’s governors share a collective desire to provide the very best start in education for the children at Buxton Infant School.

Information about each of the governors of Buxton Infant School can be found below by clicking on their photo.  If you would like to contact the governors, or if you are interested in becoming a Governor, please contact This email address is checked weekly. If anything is urgent, please contact the school directly.

Minutes of meetings of the governing body and its committees with teh exception of information properly considered to be private to the meeting are available by request from the school office.

Please click on the links below to see:

Full List of Governors 2021

Full Governing Body Meeting Attendance 2019-20

Governing Board Terms of Reference Sept 2020

Instrument of Governance September 2020

Governors Code of Conduct Sept 2020

Interests of Governors 20-21

Jen Morton, Parent Governor, Co-Chair

I became a parent governor in September 2016 when my son was at the school.  He has now moved on to the juniors, and my daughter has just started in reception.  I work locally in the scientific sector, and have responsibilities including technical work, project management and leading continuous improvement.  I became a governor because I wanted to help support the school as a whole, and I am happy to be a part of such a committed team of people.

Dom Smith, Local Authority Governor, Co-Chair

I’ve been a Governor at Buxton Infant School since 2013, was vice-Chair for a number of years and have been Co-Chair since September 2018. I live close to the school in Buxton town centre and my three children have all been pupils at the school. The youngest started in reception in 2017. In my day job, I’m an experienced manager in local government, specialising in planning and building cycling and walking infrastructure. I’m currently working with Chris Boardman, Greater Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner, to get the people of Greater Manchester travelling sustainably and actively. I’ve got particular skills and experience in personnel management and data analysis, which have both been useful in my role as a governor. In my spare time, I enjoy playing my ‘cello, camping holidays with my family, and riding my many bikes.

Laura Bowers, Co-Opted Governor

I have lived in Buxton all my life and actually attended Buxton Infants School many years ago myself! I have a little girl called Maisie who started Junior school last year and I am also step Mum to two fabulous now grown up children. I am the Manager of Buxton Nursery and have had the pleasure of working there for nearly 16 years. In my spare time I enjoy singing and running and love nothing more than spending time with my family.

Sarah Cafferky, Co-Opted Governor

Jed Nicholson, Co-Opted Governor

I’m Jed Nicholson and I serve on the Board of Governors for the school.  I also sit on the Finance Committee due to my background in business finance and administration.  Leaving that behind a decade ago, I am now a marine ecologist working for The Joint Nature Conservation Committee.  I love all things marine with a particular interest in sharks.  I have volunteered in Scotland and the Bahamas and gained my BSc through the Open University and an MSc from Manchester Metropolitan University.  I became a governor in March 2019 to give something back to the community and get involved in education as both of my daughters have or will attend the school.  As a family, we like walking and camping and I like pub quizzes and comedy.  My family, the dog and DIY keep me busy.

Helen Stewart, Parent Governor & Safeguarding Lead

We moved to Buxton 6 years ago and our daughter is now in Year 2 at Buxton Infants. She has had such a happy experience at the school that I wanted to contribute by becoming a parent governor. I work as a paediatrician specialising in paediatric emergency medicine and so work with children constantly and have high level training and experience in safeguarding. As a family we enjoy travel and exploring the peak district and I enjoy reading and history, inflicting visits to castles and historic houses on my family whenever possible.

Jenna Palmer, Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor since September 2018. I live in Buxton with my family. We have 3 children, one who is now a pupil at Buxton Juniors and one that is currently a pupil at the school. I am a community midwife, which gives me many skills that help in my role as a governor such as safeguarding, planning, working as a multi-disciplinary team, making difficult decisions and an awareness into early child development. In my spare time I enjoy sewing, arts and crafts and spending time with my family exploring new places.

    Emma Frith,  Parent Governor

I became a Parent Governor in 2019 as I wanted to contribute to the school community that my little boy was part of. I feel that we are incredibly lucky to have such a fantastic school on our doorstep and it is up to us all to support the people that make the school what it is. I work as a Creative Designer, working for myself and also as a consultant in design agencies across the country with skills in project management, group organisation and communication as well as creative direction, digital and social media. In my spare time, I enjoy getting away in our campervan at every available opportunity, reading and renovating our crumbling house.



Greg Smith,  Parent Governor




I became a parent governor because I wanted to actively contribute to the wonderful school my children love belonging to. The staff at Buxton Infant school are incredibly skilled and dedicated, but more importantly they absolutely care, and it is my pleasure to be able to support them in this capacity. I am a teacher myself and have a role in pastoral leadership at Buxton Community School where I also teach Physics. I have experience particularly in safeguarding and monitoring student progress, which I have found useful in my role as a governor. I also enjoy music, film, podcasting and enjoying our beautiful surroundings with my family.

   Dave Gartside, Parent Governor

I became a Parent Governor in March 2020 shortly after my daughter started at Buxton Infant School. I wanted to contribute and be part of the school that my eldest daughter attends and hopefully my youngest will too. I feel very privileged to be part of such an outstanding school and I am dedicated to supporting the school and its fantastic staff in any way I can. I work as a Business Systems Manager for a local quarry, in my role I am responsible for overseeing complex systems and operations. I am expected to drive innovation and continuous improvement whilst also delivering consistency. In my spare time I enjoy model car racing, football, and music.  

   Jo Travis-Muir, Staff Governor

I am the Staff Governor at Buxton Infant School.  I have worked at school since 2012 in a variety of roles and am currently the Family Resource Worker. Buxton Infant School has been a big part of our family, myself and my siblings attended school here as have my own children. When not at work my children tend to keep me pretty busy and we enjoy being out and about in our local country side.