Dr Ros Kennedy
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 Chair of the Governing Body and is a member of the Staffing Committee of Bristol Cathedral Trust. 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.
She was appointed High Sheriff of the County and City of Bristol for a year from march 2015.
She is a current trustee with BDP and Transform and also sits on the Steering Group of Access Sport, which provides sports events for disabled people.
Married with three sons, and her husband is retiring soon from being a consultant dermatologist.
Mr Stephen Parsons, MBE, LIB, FRSA, DL
Vice Chair of Governors
Stephen became a Governor of BCS in 2002 and Chairman of Governors in 2004.He led the school’s transition from a fee-charging school (Bristol Cathedral School) to an Academy (Bristol Cathedral Choir School) in 2008. He welcomed the opening of Cathedral Primary School in September 2013, which helps fulfil the vision for a first-class “all-through” educational institution within the shadow of Bristol Cathedral. In 2016 the Cathedral Schools Trust was formed and this MAT now includes 7 Schools [three secondary and four primary schools] and educates 4000 pupils. Stephen became a Deputy Lieutenant of the County & City of Bristol in 2010.He was Chair of Quartet Community Foundation[2009-2014], the LEP Social Enterprise Sector Group[2011-2016] and was Master of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals [2009-2010]. He has been Chair of the Cathedral Trust since 2013. In 2019 Stephen was installed a Capitular Canon of Bristol Cathedral and is a member of Chapter.
Mr Mike Lea
Lead Governor Finance and General Purpose
Mike Lea is the managing partner of PKF Francis Clark's new Bristol office, a venture he began in July of 2019. Previously Mike had built twenty-two years of experience with a Top 10 firm in Bristol, ten of which were spent as managing partner and two as senior partner. Mike is a corporate tax specialist, having qualified with a ‘Big 4’ firm in the north of England and then spending a further eight years working on domestic and international tax assignments before returning to the South West.
Focussing heavily on the building and construction, aerospace and defence, music and entertainment sectors, he also regularly presents at tax technical seminars as well as annual budget events. 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 is heavily involved in the charitable sector in Bristol and is well known in the city for his work on a diverse range of organisations covering sport, education, theatre, youth work, religion and drug treatments. He is chairman of a number of these boards, including Bristol City Robins Foundation and Creative Youth Network.
Mr Keith Norton
Lead Governor Education
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 Avon Wildlife 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. He is also involved in other local institutions in Keynsham.
Mr Richard Willoughby
Elected Staff Governor
I joined the school in 2000, before it became an Academy, and have seen it grow and flourish over that time. I teach maths and am passionate about the importance of it as a subject to enrich students' lives and to empower them as young people.
I am married, with 3 children, who endlessly enthrall and fascinate me.
Canon Nicola Stanley
Cathedral Liaison Governor
Nicola Stanley is a graduate of the University of Surrey. Ordained deacon in 2002 and priest in 2003, Nicola served her title in Bedford Park and then served as Vicar of All Hallows Twickenham between 2006 and 2014, when she was installed as Canon Precentor of Bristol Cathedral.
Nicola is responsible for the worship, liturgy and music at the Cathedral and works closely with the cathedral choir. As Precentor, Nicola is a Governor of Bristol Cathedral Choir School, where all the choristers are educated.
Nicola lives locally and she is married with two grown up sons.
LEAD GOVERNOR WELLBEING
Merlyn is a senior Human Resources professional with over 20 years’ qualified experience working in both Advisory and Strategic capacities and with extensive experience primarily in the public sector. Merlyn has worked in the NHS, Local Government, Education and currently the Civil Service focusing on Change Management, Organisational Development and Design and people management at all levels of the organisation.
Merlyn is also Chair of the newly established CST Trinity Academy and a Trustee and Committee Chair of Quartet Community Foundation as well as being a Trustee and Committee Chair for Cathedral Schools Trust.
Elected Parent Governor
Hannah is a freelance content strategist with over 20 years’ experience in journalism and communications. Having lived in Bristol since finishing university, she is passionate about the diversity of the city’s community, and has a particular interest in marginalised communities. She regularly volunteers locally for an alcohol and drug treatment charity, and homeless charities. Hannah was elected to the BCCS Board of Governors in April 2019 and serves as the Careers link governor.
Gabrielle Pilgrim read English at Reading University and then trained as a teacher. After teaching English at primary and secondary level she completed a post graduate training in Dyslexia and the role of the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. She has taught for over thirty years in the maintained and independent sectors from the Foundation Stage to Sixth Form. She is also an Examination Access Arrangement Assessor. She became Governor with responsibility for Special Educational Needs in 2015.
She has lived in Bristol for thirty years and has four children. Her two sons were both choristers at Bristol Cathedral School and her younger son was at the school during its transition to an academy. Her youngest daughter joined the school in 2010 and was also a chorister.
Clerk to the Governors
Mandy Webb worked as a Business Consultant / Change Manager in Financial Services for over 20 years. More recently she has focused on the Education Sector, chairing the PTA of a local primary school for three years, successfully managing a number of major school fundraising events and working for a local partnership of schools in North Bristol. Mandy has been a Clerk to Governors for nearly two years and also clerks for a local primary school Governing Body.
LEAD GOVERNOR HEALTH & SAFETY AND BUILDINGS & ESTATES
Kate Dawe read Jurisprudence at St Hugh's College, University of Oxford and then moved to Bristol to complete her post-graduate legal training. She has practised in Bristol as a solicitor specialising in commercial property transactions for the past 9 years.
For many years Kate visited primary schools throughout Bristol as a volunteer to help children with reading, and found it very rewarding. Keen to take on a further volunteering role in the education sector, Kate joined the governing body of the Bristol Cathedral Choir School in 2018, and has particular responsibility for the school's buildings and estate
LEAD GOVERNOR BEHAVIOUR AND ATTITUDES
Air Commodore (Retd) Garry Porter is a former pupil of Bristol Cathedral School and currently chairman of its alumni, the Cathedralians Society. A Food Science graduate of Queen Elizabeth College, London, he worked in industry before joining the Royal Air Force as a navigator. He subsequently enjoyed a number of operational command positions, including running a major air station and its associated budget; staff appointments also exposed Garry to the demands of Defence strategic financial planning.
He was a school governor, focused on pupil premium, in Wiltshire for 6 years before joining the BCCS board in Summer 2019, where he has now shifted his focus to Behaviour and Attitudes.
LEAD GOVERNOR SAFEGUARDING, CHILDREN IN CARE & CHILD PROTECTION
Beth Williamson is a professor in the School of Humanities at the University of Bristol, where she has taught for 20 years. She was previously a Foundation Governor at a First School in Somerset (Reception to Year 4) with responsibility for Curriculum, and then for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and Pupil Premium, before joining the BCCS Governing Body in 2020