Structure & Responsibilities

Members of Cathedral Schools Trust

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Stephen Parsons

The Cathedral School has been an integral part of Stephen Parsons’ life for over 50 years. He became a Chorister in September 1962 when Clifford Harker was Master of Choristers and attended the Cathedral School. 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 worked in the Defence and Nuclear Sector. 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.

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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.

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Michael Johnson

After a brief spells in the Mission to Seafarers, the merchant navy and an off-licence chain, Michael was ordained in 1978. After serving curacies in Primrose Hill and Hampstead in the London Diocese, he went to work in a team ministry in Mortlake and East Sheen in south west London, where he was responsible for a congregation and all the work with children and young people. Next came a long spell as incumbent of Wroughton in the Bristol Diocese, a large village just south of Swindon with a lively church congregation. During this period he was Chair of Governors of two local schools, chaplain to the hospice for north Wiltshire, and Area Dean for 10 years. Within the Diocese he has served on Bishops Council, Diocesan Synod and the Diocesan Advisory Committee. More recently he has served as Acting Archdeacon of Bristol before becoming Acting Dean of Bristol in November 2019.

 

His hobbies include travel, restoring and driving classic cars and discovering French language and culture. He is married to Sue Dallyn, a teacher; they have one grown up and married son, who is a car designer.

Trustees of Cathedral Schools Trust

Stephen Parsons profile picture

Stephen Parsons

The Cathedral School has been an integral part of Stephen Parsons’ life for over 50 years. He became a Chorister in September 1962 when Clifford Harker was Master of Choristers and attended the Cathedral School. 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 worked in the Defence and Nuclear Sector. 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.

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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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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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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 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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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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Mike Lea

Mike Lea is the managing partner of the new Bristol office of PKF Francis Clark, the accountancy, tax and financial services group. 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, where he was managing partner for 10 years and senior partner for a further two. He joined PKF Francis Clark in the summer of 2019. 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 Robins Community Foundation and Creative Youth Network. 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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Michael Johnson

After a brief spells in the Mission to Seafarers, the merchant navy and an off-licence chain, Michael was ordained in 1978. After serving curacies in Primrose Hill and Hampstead in the London Diocese, he went to work in a team ministry in Mortlake and East Sheen in south west London, where he was responsible for a congregation and all the work with children and young people. Next came a long spell as incumbent of Wroughton in the Bristol Diocese, a large village just south of Swindon with a lively church congregation. During this period he was Chair of Governors of two local schools, chaplain to the hospice for north Wiltshire, and Area Dean for 10 years. Within the Diocese he has served on Bishops Council, Diocesan Synod and the Diocesan Advisory Committee. More recently he has served as Acting Archdeacon of Bristol before becoming Acting Dean of Bristol in November 2019.

His hobbies include travel, restoring and driving classic cars and discovering French language and culture. He is married to Sue Dallyn, a teacher; they have one grown up and married son, who is a car designer.

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Fiona Francombe

Fiona Francombe is Site Director of The Bottle Yard Studios, an established base for film and TV production in South Bristol. She has managed the seven-acre film and television facility (owned by Bristol City Council) since it opened in 2010.

Fiona started her career working in theatre, including the Manchester Royal Exchange and the Royal Shakespeare Company, before moving into television in 1990 when she joined the BBC’s Drama department in London. Three years later she relocated to Bristol and worked for more than 14 years as a Location Manager and Line Producer for TV drama, before going on to manage Production Liaison for South West Screen and Creative England.

Fiona sits on the Royal Television Society West committee, is a member of the Bristol UNESCO City of Film steering group and was one of the Mayor of Bristol’s C4 group that was instrumental in Bristol winning the bid to become a Channel 4 creative hub. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of the West of England in July 2019 for her services to film and television. Fiona is a member of the Dolphin Society and is a member of The Society of Merchant Venturers
All three Purcell children attended the Cathedral School over two decades (1993 – 2014), and she is delighted to be in a position to give something back to the school and the wider Trust.