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Meet our Senior Management Team

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, DL

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 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

The Revd. Canon Dr Rob James PhD, MPhil, MLitt, MA BA (hons)

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2019
Vicar to the Benfice of Newnham with Awre and Blakeney, Diocese of Gloucester 2014-2019
Visiting Lecturer, teaching Christianity, Islam and some Anthropology of Religion and supervising dissertaions in these areas 2009-2015
GCHQ 2007-2014
Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich – Assistant Curate to Benefices of Cockfield and St Edmund Way 2005-2007
Author of nine Theological Journal Publications

Prebendary Emeritus Helen Ball, OBE, BA

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
Governor of Bristol Grammar School since 2010
Member of the 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

Professor Emeritus Derek Aviss, OBE, FLCM, LTCL hon FTCL, FRSA

Governor of Wells Cathedral School Since 2019
Consultant to Wells Cathedral School and Chairman to Music Committee
Consultant also to:
Art Council England, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Dean Close School Cheltenham & Arts Management China
Professor Emeritus of Higher Education at Trinity Laban Conservatoire 2012-
2010 to 2012 Executive Director of Trinity Laban Conservatoire
2006 to 2010 Joint Principal of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
2005 to 2010 Principal of Trinity College of Music
1994 to 2005 Deputy Principal of Trinity College of Music
President of Gloucestershire Academy of Music
Vice President of the Ernest Bloch Society
Vice President of Dalcrose Society
Patron of the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust
Patron of Awards for Young Musicians
Trustee of the Tillett Trust
Trustee of the Trinity College Music Trust

Mr David Brown, OBE, MA

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2014
(Foundation Trustee)
Chief Executive of Bristol Port Company since 2016
Chief Operations Officer of the Bristol Port Company 2015-2016
Operations Director of the 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
Chairman 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 of Salisbury Cathedral School since 2017
Governor of Durlston Court Preparatory School since 2006
Governor of Exeter Cathedral School, 2001 – 2008
Headmaster of Clayesmore School, 2000 – 2016
Headmaster of Clayesmore Preparatory School, 1994 – 2000
Second Master of Bembridge School, Isle of Wight, 1985 – 1994
Director of Music of Bembridge School, Isle of Wight, 1979 – 1994
Director of Music of 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 of the Pink Floyd Companies, artist advice and mediation
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 current pupils 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 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 Exchange 1990-1994 and 1997-2001
Council member (director) of 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)
Wells Cathedral School 1970-1981

Mr Kris Robbetts, MA MSc Solicitor

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
MSc, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, 2001
MA, Keble College, Oxford, 2000

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