Structure & Responsibilities

Members of Cathedral Schools Trust

David Hoyle

David Hoyle

David is currently the Dean of Bristol Cathedral and a Governor at Bristol Cathedral Choir School. As a priest he has served as Dean of Magdalene College, Cambridge, Vicar in a London parish and as a Residentiary Canon of Gloucester Cathedral. He holds a number of extra responsibilities in the wider and national church. He is a published theologian and historian. In the past, he has served as a governor in three other schools, as chair of a SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education) Group and as a representative on a Borough Education Committee. David was educated at Watford Boys' Grammar School, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and Ripon College, Cuddesdon. He is married to a Primary Headteacher.

Stephen Parsons

Stephen Parsons

The Cathedral School has been an integral part of Stephen Parsons’ life for over 50 years. He came to the Cathedral School as a Chorister in September 1962 when Clifford Harker was Master of Choristers, Cecil Rich was Headmaster, and Douglas Harrison was Dean. Stephen went on to read Law at Leeds University. He stayed in touch with BCS via the ex-Choristers Association and Old Boys and was President of the Old Cathedralians in 1988. He has been employed in the Defence and Nuclear Sector with BAJ and Redcliffe Magtronics.

Stephen became a Governor of BCS in 2002 and Chairman of Governors in 2004, when Kevin Riley was Headmaster. 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. Stephen became a Deputy Lieutenant of the County & City of Bristol in 2010. He is also Chair of Quartet Community Foundation, the LEP Social Enterprise Sector Group, The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals Charitable Trust and of the Cathedral Trust.

Simon l'Anson

Simon l'Anson

Simon I’Anson joined the staff of Bristol Cathedral School in 1983, following teaching posts in York and St Albans. He was appointed as Head of Mathematics – only the third person to hold that post at the school in the 20th Century. During his 23 years at BCS, he became successively Head of Middle School and then finally Head of the Sixth Form, a role he fulfilled for 15 years. Since retiring in 2006, in addition to his role as Chair of the Trust, Simon has become Vice-Chair of a charity in Bath, Mentoring Plus, which provides mentors to assist young people finding their progression through adolescence difficult. He has already worked with a number of young people and is a trustee of the charity

Christopher Martin

Christopher Martin

Commissioned 10th Gurkha Rifles (1957 – 59). Served in the Malaya Emergency.

St Andrews, MA Foreign Languages, President of the Men’s Union (1959 – 63).

Taught Westminster School and Phillips Exeter Academy USA (1963 – 79).

Headmaster, Bristol Cathedral School (1979 – 90). Chairman, Choir Schools Association, HMC SW Division, and national working party on Teacher Recruitment in Maths and Physics. Privy Council Education Committee. Engineering Council’s Education Committee. Founded Textbooks for Africa Campaign, sending over a million textbooks to schools in 14 African countries.

Headmaster, Millfield (1990 – 1998), largest co-educational boarding school in UK. Chairman, Students Partnership Worldwide (1986 – 2007), and of Mental Health Foundation (2000 – 2004), Hanover Foundation (2000 – 2007) and Bottletop (2007 – 2012). Governor, The Springfields Special Academy, Calne, Wiltshire (2011 - 2015). President, National Association of Gifted Children ( 2005 - 2015). Trustee of Coram and of Coram Life Education. ( 1999 – 2012 and 2010 - 2014). Trustee of the Foundling Museum (2012 - 2014).

 

Current Involvement: -

  • Governor, City of London School (1998 - date)
  • Governor, Red Maids School, Bristol (2015 - date)

 

Publications

Millfield, A School for all Seasons and Head over Heels

William Browne

William Browne

Bill Browne is Professor of Statistics at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol. He grew up in South Wales before studying for all of his degrees in the mathematical sciences department at the University of Bath. After studying he held postdoctoral research positions at the Institute of Education in London before lecturing in the School of Mathematics at the University of Nottingham. He moved with his family in 2007 to Wrington as he took up his Chair in Biostatistics at the School of Veterinary Sciences in Langford before changing schools within the University in 2014. Within the Graduate School of Education he is deputy director for research and also runs a research centre into multilevel modelling. The centre is made up of quantitative researchers who create methods to analyse educational datasets. His research is into the development of statistical methods, statistical software and applications of statistics to problems in many disciplines including education, ecology, animal behaviour and veterinary epidemiology. In March 2016 he was appointed the first Director of the Bristol Data Institute, a cross-faculty research institute at the University. Outside of the day job he is also a governor of Wrington Church of England Primary School.


Trustees of Cathedral Schools Trust

Neil Blundell

Neil Blundell

Neil Blundell MA is the Executive Principal of Cathedral Schools Trust. He is also one of the leaders in a current bid to create a new Secondary School, under the Government’s Free Schools programme.  Before taking up his post at BCCS in 2008, Mr Blundell was Deputy Head at South Wilts Grammar School for Girls, a 960-pupil, Foundation grammar school in Salisbury. Prior to that he was Assistant Head at an inner-city school in Southampton.   As well as an educationalist, he is an accomplished musician, playing the trumpet and with particular expertise in choral singing. For seven years he was a Lay Clerk (adult chorister) at the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace. He is a keen sports fan and Liverpool FC supporter; he has run the London Marathon and also enjoys golf and squash. Mr Blundell is married to Alison, who is also a musician. They have a young son, George, and daughter, Molly. Originally from Lancashire, he trained as a musician at London’s Trinity College of Music. 

Stephen Parsons

Stephen Parsons

The Cathedral School has been an integral part of Stephen Parsons’ life for over 50 years. He came to the Cathedral School as a Chorister in September 1962 when Clifford Harker was Master of Choristers, Cecil Rich was Headmaster, and Douglas Harrison was Dean. Stephen went on to read Law at Leeds University. He stayed in touch with BCS via the ex-Choristers Association and Old Boys and was President of the Old Cathedralians in 1988. He has been employed in the Defence and Nuclear Sector with BAJ and Redcliffe Magtronics.

Stephen became a Governor of BCS in 2002 and Chairman of Governors in 2004, when Kevin Riley was Headmaster. 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. Stephen became a Deputy Lieutenant of the County & City of Bristol in 2010. He is also Chair of Quartet Community Foundation, the LEP Social Enterprise Sector Group, The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals Charitable Trust and of the Cathedral Trust.

David Hoyle

David Hoyle

David is currently the Dean of Bristol Cathedral and a Governor at Bristol Cathedral Choir School. As a priest he has served as Dean of Magdalene College, Cambridge, Vicar in a London parish and as a Residentiary Canon of Gloucester Cathedral. He holds a number of extra responsibilities in the wider and national church. He is a published theologian and historian. In the past, he has served as a governor in three other schools, as chair of a SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education) Group and as a representative on a Borough Education Committee. David was educated at Watford Boys' Grammar School, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and Ripon College, Cuddesdon. He is married to a Primary Headteacher.

Merlyn Ipinson Fleming

Merlyn Ipinson Fleming

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.

Edward Benzecry

Edward Benzecry

Edward is a solicitor specialising in commercial real estate and is a Partner with CMS Cameron McKenna LLP. He has been with the firm since he qualified in 1987 and became a Partner in 1994. He was Head of the Firm’s Real Estate Group, and a member of the Firm’s Board from 2001 – 2010. Edward is the client relationship partner for a number of the firm’s major clients, including Prudential/M&G and the Wellcome Trust.  Career highlights include leading the teams on the £600m acquisition of the Gherkin; and on the acquisition by Lloyds Banking Group of its headquarters in the City of London. Since stepping down as head of the Real Estate Group, Edward has divided his time between London and Bristol. He remains a real estate lawyer, but is charged with expanding the firm’s overall presence in Bristol. Through this role Edward has encouraged strong links between Bristol Cathedral Choir School and CMS, including a very well supported mentoring scheme, careers events and work experience opportunities. 

Educated at St John’s School in Leatherhead, Birmingham University (Law degree) and Guildford College of Law, he is married with two children.

Stephen Atkinson

Stephen Atkinson

Stephen is a Governor and a Director at both the Bristol Cathedral Choir School and the Cathedral Primary School.

He is an Architect and a Director of Aukett Swanke, a leading international practice of architects and interior designers, specialising in the design and delivery of commercial projects, with office locations throughout the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Russia and South America. He has led a number of high-profile projects in the City of London and more recently in Bristol, including: St Mary le Port, a £150m mixed-use redevelopment of a highly sensitive historic site at the heart of Bristol’s ancient city centre; Lloyds Banking Headquarters, a 2,000 sqm low-energy building within the Bristol Harbourside Masterplan; Beaufort House, a 177-unit apartment and penthouse development for Crosby Homes in a high-profile site adjacent to Bristol City Hall, the Cathedral and the Central Library; Temple Quay, a 90,000 sqm urban masterplan adjacent to Temple Meads station; and four major office buildings within the Temple Quay masterplan, including the base build and fit-out of the BT Headquarters. He is currently leading a 25,000sqm sustainable office development at Temple Circus. Educated at the Welsh School of Architecture, Stephen has been a member of the Design Council Sustainable Strategies Initiative Group and a speaker on sustainable construction at the Movement for Innovation. 

Mike Lea

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.

Sian Yates

Sian Yates

Sian Yates joined Computershare in 2016 as the HR Director for the UCI region. She has over 20 years' experience in financial services organisations, and over 14 years working across the full range of HR specialisms. Sian focuses on driving strategic change and innovation in HR practice.

Sian has been a Governor of Victoria Park Primary School since 2009 and is a trustee of the CST. Sian has 3 children, one of whom attends BCCS.

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