Chair of Governors

Mr Stephen Parsons, MBE, LIB, FRSA, DL

Stephen Parsons read law at Leeds University and General Management at Bradford University, and has worked in engineering companies. He is a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the County and City of Bristol and was Master of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals between 2009 – 2010.

Since 2012 he has been Chair of Trustees of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. He has chaired the Governors of Bristol Cathedral Choir School, an Academy since 2008, and opened a Free School Primary in September 2013. He was Chair of the local Community Foundation Quartet C.F from May 2010 to October 2014 and during that time £10,000,000 was given to local community needs and the endowment built to £22,000,000.

Among positions he currently holds are:

• Chair of the Cathedral Trust
• Chair of the Fitzhardinge Society
• Vice Chair of the Diocese of Bristol Academies Company (DOBAC)
• Vice Chair of Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust (DBAT)
• Member of the LEP West of England Investment Board
• Chair of the Social Enterprise Sector Group for the LEP

In the 2015 New Year’s Honours, he was awarded an MBE for his services to education and the community. He is a Merchant Venturer and enjoys wine, being both a Commandeur de Bordeaux and Conseillers d’Honneur de la Connetablie de Guyenne Graves de Vayres.

Dr Ros Kennedy - Vice Chair of Governors

Dr Ros Kennedy is a retired GP and has lived in Bristol for over 35 years. She became a Governor at the school in 2006 and has very much enjoyed helping and supporting the school as it became an academy and its development since then.

She is Vice Chair of the Governing Body and chair of the Staffing Committee. Her other roles include safeguarding and supporting the pastoral staff with Pupil Premium and Children in Care. Since her retirement, she is also a trustee at Bristol Drugs Project and Bristol Charities.

In March 2015, she was appointed High Sheriff of the County and City of Bristol for a year. This may mean for this year that she has less time to support the school, but she hopes to remain involved as much as possible. She is married with three sons, and her husband is retiring soon from being a consultant dermatologist.

Mr Mike Lea

Mike Lea is the managing partner of the Bristol office of Smith & Williamson, the accountancy, tax and investment management group. Mike is also lead partner of the Corporate Tax Department within the Bristol office, being responsible for corporate tax, PAYE and VAT work. Mike's area of expertise is corporate and international tax and his client base covers a wide range of industries including financial services, aerospace, facilities management, builders’ merchants and the media and entertainment sectors. Mike is a member of a number of professional bodies and committees, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT). Mike qualified as a chartered accountant in 1987 and worked for nine years in the corporate tax department of KPMG before joining Smith & Williamson in 1996.

Mike is a trustee of a dozen or so charities in the area, covering areas as diverse as education, theatre, religion, care homes, youth clubs, drugs treatment and sports. He is chairman of a number of these boards, including Bristol Cathedral Trust. Outside of the office, Mike enjoys going to watch football, cricket and rugby and spending time at home with his wife and children.

Mr Keith Norton

Keith Norton is now retired, having previously worked for the National Westminster Bank and for UWE in the Finance Department. He now occupies himself volunteering for Lifeskills, a safety awareness centre, and for the National Trust as a learning assistant and for the Cathedral as an education guide, all three roles involve working with young people.

Born in Leicestershire, he read History at University College Cardiff and moved to Bristol in 1978. He has had a long connection with Bristol Cathedral.  Both his sons were choristers at the Cathedral School and he and his wife are congregation members.  He has just stood down as Head Steward after eight years, and he is a Cathedral Council member and Treasurer of the Friends.  He is also involved in other local institutions in Keynsham.

He has been a governor at Novers Lane Junior School, and has been a governor at Writhlington School (a secondary academy in Radstock) for 20 years and was Chair of governors there for eight years.  The distance between the two schools ensures that there is no conflict of interest.  He enjoys the challenge of helping schools provide excellent opportunities for the young people in their care.

Mr Ieuan Pearse

As the Staff Governor I represent the staff of BCCS on the Education Committee and at full Governors’ meetings. I have been teaching Mathematics at BCCS for six years and previously taught at Brislington Enterprise College. I studied Mathematics and Economics at Exeter University, graduating in 2004 and did my PGCE at UWE, graduating in 2008. In my time at BCCS I have taken a number of sports teams, a hockey tour to Holland and organised two ski trips to France. From 2011 to 2014 I was the Chair of the Staff Common Room and became the Staff Governor in 2012.

Canon Nicola Stanley

Canon Nicola is primarily responsible for worship and liturgy in Bristol Cathedral. She also has the over-arching responsibility for the Cathedral Choir and the cathedral's musicians.

Merlyn Ipinson Fleming 


Michele Farmer - LA Governor