OUR PEOPLE

Our Staff

Meet our Governors

Our Governing Body comprises three out of eight members of the Chapter of Wells Cathedral together with other 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, DL

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2016
Chairman of Governors
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.

Revd. Canon Nicholas Jepson-Biddle, BA, MA

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

Revd. Canon Dr Rob James PhD, BA, MA, MPhil, MLitt

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2019
Chancellor of Wells since 2019
Vicar to the Benfice of Newnham with Awre and Blakeney, Diocese of Gloucester 2014-2019
Visiting Lecturer 2009-2015
GCHQ 2007-2014
Assistant Curate, Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich – 2005-2007
Author of nine Theological Journal Publications

Prebendary Emeritus Helen Ball, OBE, BA

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2003
Deputy Chair of Governors
Chair of the Pastoral and Recreation Committee
Chair of the Succession Planning Committee
Safeguarding and Child Protection Governor
Custos, Abbots Bromley School for Girls 2008-2013
Member of the Chapter of Wells Cathedral 2000-2009
Honorary Fellow of Worcester University
Former Headteacher (four primary schools)
Mother of two sons

Prebendary Emeritus Barbara Bates, BA, MA, FRSA

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2009
Boarding Governor
Governor of Bristol Grammar School since 2010
Member of the Chapter of Wells Cathedral 2009-2015
Former Principal, Bruton School for Girls
Former Head, Roedean School
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
Chair of Development Committee
Trustee of Wells Cathedral School Foundation
Chief Executive, Bristol Port Company since 2016
Chief Operations Officer, Bristol Port Company 2015-2016
Operations Director, Bristol Port Company 2007-2015
HM Forces (Army) 1986-2007
Father of one daughter and one son (OW) and another son (at WCS)

Mr Andrew Campbell-Orde, FCCA

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

Mr Martin Cooke, BEd

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2019
Chair of the Academic Committee
Governor, Salisbury Cathedral School since 2017
Governor, Durlston Court Preparatory School since 2006
Governor, Exeter Cathedral School, 2001-2008
Headmaster, Clayesmore School 2000-2016
Headmaster, Clayesmore Preparatory School 1994-2000
Second Master, Bembridge School, Isle of Wight 1985-1994
Director of Music, Bembridge School, Isle of Wight 1979-1994
Director of Music, Holy Trinity, Bradford on Avon since 2017
Father of one daughter and one son

Mr Andrew Gummer, LLB

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2019
Director of Coro (The Sixteen) record label
Manager, Pink Floyd Companies
President, Fintage Music and Rights Agency Limited 2014-2017
Director of Business Affairs, Boosey & Hawkes/Imagem Group 2003-2014
Director of Business Affairs, Mushroom Records 1999-2003
Law LLB Exeter University – 1983
Father to one daughter and one son (both currently at WCS)

Mr Tim Lewis, BA Hons (Cantab), FCA

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2015
Trustee of Wells Cathedral School Foundation since 2008 and Chair of its Investment Committee
Partner, KPMG Hong Kong 1986-2001
Governor, Kellett School, Hong Kong 1992-1998
Member of Listing Committee, Hong Kong Stock Exchange 1990-1994 and 1997-2001
Council member (director), Hong Kong Stock Exchange 1994- 1999
Trustee of Somerset Chamber Choir
Trustee of Friends of the Ridgeway
Father of one daughter and two sons
OW

Mr Robert Powell

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2016
H&S Governor
Chairman of Wells Chamber of Commerce since 2017
Wells Abbeyfield Society Executive Committee since 2013
Wells Sports Club Committee since 2010
Trustee Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust since 2004
Director Basil Powell Shoes Ltd since 1989
Father of two daughters (OW 2002-2015)
OW

Mr Kris Robbetts, MA MSc

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2019
Partner, VWV LLP, Bristol & London
Solicitor specialising in Education Law (independent schools & higher education) since 2006
Trustee, Avon Youth Association, Bristol 2006-16
Resident Assistant Housemaster, Cedars House, Wells Cathedral School 1999-2001
AHRB (British Academy) Scholar, 2000-01

Mrs Elizabeth Shelton, SRN

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2020
Hospital/community nurse 1977 – 2000
School Nurse, Millfield Prep School 2000 – 2020
Child Advocate and Mentor, Route 1 since 2018
Mother of one daughter and four sons (OWs)

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