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 DL, 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 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 (two Old Wellensians and one son still at Wells)

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, FCCA

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 Martin Cooke, B.Ed

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2019
Governor, Salisbury Cathedral School 2017
Governor, Durlston Court Preparatory School 2006
Governor, Exeter Cathedral School 2001-2008
Part-time Director of Music, Holy Trinity, Bradford on Avon since 2017
Part-time Organist, Wilton Parish Church 2016 – 2017
Headmaster (CEO) Clayesmore School 2000-2016
Headmaster, Clayesmore Preparatory School 1994-2000
Second Master, Bembridge School 1985-1994
Housemaster, Kilgerran House, Bembridge School 1982-1985
Director of Music, Bembridge School, Isle of Wight 1979-1995
Father of one daughter and one son


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.

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