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.
A current trustee with Bristol Charities, BDP, Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust and Transform. also 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 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 chaired the Governors of Bristol Cathedral Choir School, an Academy from 2008 – 2017 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.
Mr Mike Lea
Lead Governor Finance and General Purpose
Mike Lea is the managing partner of the Bristol office of Smith & Williamson, the accountancy, tax and investment management group. He is also lead partner of the Corporate Tax Department within the Bristol office, being responsible for corporate tax, PAYE and VAT work. His area of expertise is corporate and international tax; 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). He 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.
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 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. He enjoys the challenge of helping schools provide excellent opportunities for the young people in their care.
Mr Richard Willoughby
Elected Staff Governor
As the Staff Governor Richard represents the staff of BCCS at full Governors’ meetings. He has been Head of Mathematics at BCCS since the opening of the academy.
Canon Nicola Stanley
Cathedral Liaison Governor
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.
Health and Safety and Wellbeing Governor
Merlyn is a senior Human Resources professional with over 20 years’ experience working in both Advisory and Strategic capacities and with extensive experience in Change Management, Management Development and Employee Relations.
Merlyn is a Trustee and Vice Chair on the Board of the Citizens Advice Bureau, a Trustee and Committee Chair for Quartet Community Foundation and continues to work as a board member on a community trust board as well as being a Trustee for Cathedral Schools Trust.
Elected Parent Governor
As the BCCS parent governor, my ambition is to represent parent views on the board of governors. My role is that of 'critical friend'; I am there to challenge and support the governing body whose job it is to make the decisions that maintain and develop the success of the school. Using the skills I have accrued over 25 years working in a creative leadership role at the BBC - along with my experience as an executive coach, trainer and facilitator - my priority is to further the school's ambition to offer the students a safe, creative and empowering space in which to maximise their potential. I am committed to public service and empowering others to be their best selves, act with integrity and work according to their values
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.