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 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

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 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 Derek Pretty, BSc, MBA, LLD

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2012
Chairman of the F & A Committee
Non-executive Chairman of South West One since 2011
Registrar and Secretary of University of Bristol 1999-2011
Group Finance Director Kwik Save Group plc 1992-1998
Group Finance Director Budgens plc 1989 – 1992
Deputy Chief Executive Woolworths Stores (Kingfisher plc) 1983 – 1988
Father of three sons

Mr Martin Smout, BSc, CEng, MICE

Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2008
Chairman of the Development Committee
Chairman and CEO of Gleeson Building, re-named GB Building Solutions 2006-2015
CEO of McNicholas Construction 2005
Managing Director of Carillion Building 2001-2004
Father of three sons (OW 1989-2003)

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.

Lead Technician

FULL TIME (5 out of 7 days) With immediate affect We are seeking to appoint a full time Lead Technician to assist the Technicians in the organisation and fulfilment of technical requirements within the school. You will be required to...
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Kitchen Porter

Full time Term time plus three weeks 5 out of 7 days (Hours may vary to suit the needs of the business) We are looking to appoint a Kitchen Porter, with immediate effect, to work as part of a thriving...
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Cleaning Assistants

Various shifts available Mon-Sat 9.30 – 2.30 1 September 2017 We are seeking to appoint several Cleaning Assistants to join a thriving team. The individuals will be required to clean and maintain designated areas to a high standard. Competitive salary...
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Catering Assistants

Catering Assistants Monday to Friday 11.30am – 2.30pm Plus 1 in 3 Saturdays 9am to 2pm Term Time Only Or Monday to Friday 3.30pm – 7.30pm Plus alternate Saturday 4.30pm to 7.30pm Term Time only Or Catering Assistant Monday to...
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Early Years Educator

Immediate start An exciting opportunity has arisen to work at Wells Cathedral School as an Early Years Educator. Your role will be to provide a stimulating, fun and safe environment for toddlers and pre-school children. You will have Key-person responsibilities...
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