Meet our Key Staff

Meet our Governors

Our Governing Body comprises three out of the eight members of the Chapter of Wells Cathedral together with up to nine lay governors. The Dean is the Chairman of Governors. Our Governors’ Committees meet to review various aspects of the school. Please see below for more information about our governors and their committees.

Very Revd Dr John Davies, MA, MPhil, PhD

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2016 (Chairman) Dean of Wells since 2016
Dean of Derby 2010 -2016
Vicar of Melbourne, Derbyshire 1999-2010
Chaplain of Keble College, Oxford 1994-1999
Ordained 1984

The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors using the Registered Office address on our contact us page.

Canon Andrew Featherstone, MA

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2005 (Chairman 2015-2016)
Chancellor of Wells since 2005 (Acting Dean 2015-2016)
Vicar of Stockton 1999-2005
Ordained 1980
Father of three daughters

Canon Nicholas Jepson-Biddle, BA, MA

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2013
Chairman of the Chorister Sub Committee
Precentor of Wells since 2013
Canon Residentiary Portsmouth Cathedral 2010-2013
Ordained 1998
Father of one son

Prebendary Emeritus Helen Ball, OBE

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2003 (Deputy Chairman)
Chairman of the Education Committee
Chairman of the Succession Planning Committee
(Safeguarding and Child Protection Governor)
Custos of Abbots Bromley School for Girls 2008-2013
Member of the Chapter of Wells Cathedral 2000-2009
Hon Fellow of Worcester University
Headteacher (four primary schools) 29 years
Mother of two sons

Prebendary Emeritus Barbara Bates, BA, MA, FRSA

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2009 (Boarding Governor)
Chairman of the P&R Committee
Member of Chapter of Wells Cathedral 2009-2015
Held senior posts at Dulwich, Principal of Bruton School for Girls and retired from Roedean in 2008
Member of the Wessex Regional Committee of the National Trust (2006-2012)
Inspector for the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate (1998-2012)

Mr David Brown, OBE, MA

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2014 (Foundation Trustee)
Chief Executive at the Bristol Port Company since 2016
Chief Operations Officer of the Bristol Port Company since 2015
Operations Director of the Bristol Port Company 2007-2015
HM Forces (Army) 1986-2007
Father of one daughter and two sons (sons at WCS)

Mrs Sarah Flannigan, BA

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2016
Chief Information Officer, EDF Energy (UK) since Nov 2016
Chief Information Officer, the National Trust 2010-2016
Operations Director David Salisbury 2006-2009
Vice President, Global Service Delivery, IPC Systems 2003-2005
Director of Operations, Gains International 2001-2003
Global Telecoms Manager, Tullett Liberty 1999-2001
Group IT Manager, Dawnay Day 1996-1999
Mother of two sons (WCS – Junior School)

Mr Tim Lewis, BA, FCA

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2015
Trustee of Wells Cathedral School Foundation since 2008 and chairman of its Investment Committee
Partner of KPMG Hong Kong 1986-2001
Governor of Kellett School, Hong Kong 1992-1998
Member of Listing Committee of Hong Kong Stock Exchange1990-1994 and 1997-2001
Council member (director) of Hong Kong Stock Exchange 1994-1999
Father of one daughter and two sons

Mr Robert Powell

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2016
Wells Abbeyfield Society Executive Committee since 2013
Wells Sports Club Committee since 2010
Chairman Wells Tennis Club 2007-2013
Trustee Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust since 2004
Director Basil Powell Shoes Ltd since 1989
Father of two daughters (OW 2002-2015)
Wells Cathedral School 1970-1981

Mr Andrew Campbell-Orde

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2017
Chairman of the Finance & Audit Committee
South Head of Audit, KPMG since 2015
Audit partner KPMG since 2007
Audit director KPMG 2005 – 2007
Audit and transaction services KPMG Bristol/London 1998-2005
Governor/Chair of Finance Oakhill C of E Primary 1998-2010
Father of one son and one daughter (both OW)

Mr Jonathan Vaughan

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2013
Chairman of the Music Committee
Director of Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama since 2007
Director of the National Youth Orchestra 2002-2007
Chairman of the London Symphony Orchestra 1999-2002
Member of the London Symphony Orchestra 1992-2002
Father of two daughters and one son

(Last updated December 2016)

Governors’ Committees (May 2017)


We employ over 300 members of staff, almost all living in this beautiful part of Somerset. As one of the top employers in the city, we are delighted to provide a livelihood for many local families, and to be able to recruit such friendly and loyal staff from the surrounding area.
Please see our vacancies below if you would like to join our team.

Teacher of History

Part-timeFor September 2018We are seeking a scholarly and committed historian, with a proven track record of inspirational classroom teaching and a particular interest in the medieval period. We are an academically successful department following the CIE specification at IGCSE and...
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Teacher of Academic Music

September 2018 or January 2019 StartWe are seeking to employee an enthusiastic, energetic and well-qualified teacher required to teach academic music from KS3 to Sixth Form, and be involved in coaching and leading ensembles or 1:1 teaching as appropriate, within...
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Teacher of Art

Part-timeFor September 2018This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced teacher of Art to join the Wells Cathedral School Creative Arts department. The role would present opportunities to teach across most age and ability levels. An ability to teach history...
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Lead Music/Events Technician

FULL TIME(will include weekend work)With immediate effect We are seeking to appoint a full time Lead Music/Events Technician to assist the Technician in the organisation and fulfilment of technical requirements within the school. You will be required to demonstrate excellent...
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