Structure & Responsibilities

Members of Cathedral Schools Trust

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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.

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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.

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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

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William Browne

Bill Browne is Professor of Statistics at the 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 chool of Education he runs the centre for multilevel modelling and has previously been deputy research director. The centre is made up of quantitative researchers who create methods and software 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. He was also the founding director of the Jean Golding lnstitute for Data Intensive Research, a cross-faculty research institute at the University which he set up in his term of office from 2015-2017. Outside of the day job he is also a governor of Wrington Church of England Primary School.


Trustees of Cathedral Schools Trust

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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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Nicola Boyce

Nicola trained and worked as an employment lawyer for international law firm Freshfields in London before moving to Bristol in 2003.  Working for Bristol based law firm TLT in the employment team Nicola moved on to become Knowledge Management Director and to develop the firm’s knowledge management structure and manage a growing team.  Working as part of the firm’s senior management team she was involved in many firmwide projects including onboarding new offices around the UK, outsourcing and offshoring services, IT projects including development of a new intranet and other online knowledge services.  She has now lived in Bristol for over fifteen years and has raised two daughters here.  These days she works from home as a potter and became a trustee of CST in June 2018.

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Clare Galliers

Clare Galliers is currently working as an independent education consultant in primary schools.  Following her degree, BSc Physics and Electronics, Clare taught in a range of schools including inner-city state schools, the independent sector and an international school.

 

For the last 18 years, Clare has been a headteacher in two Primary Schools. In 2005, Clare was appointed as Headteacher of Elmlea Junior School. While Clare was headteacher of Elmlea, Ofsted increased its rating from good to outstanding in 2009 and judged the school to be outstanding again in the following inspection of 2015.

 

As a National Leader for Education, Clare supported  schools  that were in ‘special measures’ and she has been an  Ofsted inspector.

 

She is currently a Bristol Education Partner (BEP) supporting the local authority in school improvement  and coaching senior leaders in education. 

 

Now that Clare has semi-retired, she is enjoying playing golf (albeit very badly) and travelling.

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