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School Governors

The Council is the board of governors of the Cathedral School. Each member shares in the oversight of the school.

A former partner of KPMG, Gilbert has served on the School Council since 1998 and has been Custos since 2012. In addition to being Custos, Gilbert currently chairs the Risk Management and Nominations Committees and also serves on the Finance and General Purposes and Estates Committees.

He is an Old Llandavian, as were his father and uncles, where he was Head Boy, Dean’s Scholar and Captain of the 1st XV. From the Cathedral School, he went on to King’s Taunton, another Woodard school, before entering articles as a trainee Chartered Accountant.

Prior to retiring in 2010, Gilbert was KPMG’s head of both audit in Wales and Central Government in the UK. He served as High Sheriff of South Glamorgan in 2017-2018 and has held public appointments as a Board member of Housing for Wales and The Wales Audit Office and is a past Trustee of Tenovus, the Wales Cancer Charity. He continues to work in an advisory capacity in the business sector in Wales and is deputy president of the NSPCC in Llandaff.

Robin has served on the School Council since July 2007. He is currently Vice-Custos, chairs the Remuneration Committee and serves on the Estates and Risk Management and Nominations Committees.

He is an Old Llandavian as were his father and two brothers. When a pupil at the school, he was Captain of rugby and cricket, Head Boy and Dean's Scholar. From the Cathedral School, he went to Epsom College and then Cardiff University.

Robin played first class rugby for ten years and cricket in the Western League, during the pre-professional era.

Robin is a solicitor. In 1987, he became a partner in the firm which is now Blake Morgan LLP and retired from the partnership in October 2019.  From 2003 to 2012, he was Chairman of the firm.

Since 2000, Robin has served as a fee paid Employment Judge and, in 2017, was also appointed as a fee paid Judge of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber.

A retired Headmistress, Kathryn is an experienced and successful education practitioner, with a thorough knowledge of nursery and primary pedagogy. Kathryn has been a Governor at the Cathedral School since 2017 and is a member of the Education, Risk Management and Nominations and Remuneration Committees.

Serving as Head of one of the largest nursery units in Cardiff, Kathryn gained the Headship of St Monica’s Church in Wales Primary School in 1996. From 2007 she was Headmistress of Llandaff City Church in Wales Primary School, which under her leadership became a flagship for Christian education and one of the most successful schools in Wales, as assessed by Estyn.

Throughout her career, Kathryn has sought to enrich the curriculum through partnerships, including international ventures. Teaching in Mugurameno School in the Lower Zambezi, Zambia, she met children and teachers with a passion for education that matched her own and confirmed her philosophy that each and every child is special.

A chartered accountant and corporate financier, Frank has been a member of the School Council since October 2013. He currently chairs the Finance and General Purposes, and also serves on Remuneration and Risk Management and Nominations Committees.

Previously a Governor at St Illtyd’s Catholic High School and Cardiff Metropolitan University, Frank is a Trustee and the Chair of Cerebral Palsy Cymru. Frank enjoys contemporary Welsh art and travel and is involved in Angel Investments, supporting business start-ups.

Peter Knowles, Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at Cardiff University, joined the School Council in 2020 and sits on the Remuneration, Risk Management and Nominations and Education Committees.

After research and teaching academic positions at Cambridge, Western Ontario, Sussex and Birmingham universities, Peter moved to Cardiff as Professor of Theoretical Chemistry in 2004, and has served in various leadership roles including head of department.  Peter has previous governance experience as a trustee of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and is involved in a small scientific software business.

Peter is the parent of two former Cathedral School students, and is an enthusiast for the difference that strong education can make to young lives.

A retired Headmaster of The King’s School Gloucester, Peter has served on the School Council since 2008. Peter currently chairs the Education Committee and also serves on the Risk Management and Nominations and Remuneration Committees.

Peter read Mathematics at Balliol College, Oxford.

Peter has chaired the Choir Schools Association and is a member of the Gloucestershire Area Child Protection Committee.

A former Headteacher of two prep schools in England, Jane has also taught in the maintained sector and was a part-time inspector for ISAI and ISI for 20 years. Jane has been a member of the School Council since 2010 and serves on the Estates, Risk Management and Nominations and Education Committees.

Jane retired from working in archaeological/historical matters, especially with regard to buildings in 2020. 

Jane has a long-standing family association with Llandaff and has learnt Welsh as an adult for 13 years. A member of London Welsh RFC, Jane has many prehistorical, historical and archaeological interests, along with early and baroque music and environmental concerns.

A partner in the firm of Rawlins & Madley, Chartered Surveyors, Jeremy has served on the School Council since 2011. Jeremy currently chairs the Estates Committee and also serves on the Finance and General Purposes and Risk Management and Nominations Committees.

He is an Old Llandavian, and from the Cathedral School, went on to Hurstpierpoint College in Sussex, another Woodard school.

A Church Warden, Jeremy was also a member of the Governing Council of the RICS for many years and has held a number of external examiner posts at various universities.

As Senior Consultant at RSAcademics since 2015, Caroline brings a wealth of strategic knowledge and specialist expertise in the marketing of independent schools. Caroline joined the School Council in June 2018 and sits on the Estates, Finance and General Purposes and Risk Management and Nominations Committees.

Previously Director of Admissions and Marketing at Cheltenham College, Caroline spent seven years leading the Admissions and Marketing functions in the Senior and Prep schools of this major HMC school. Under Caroline’s guidance the roll grew by an impressive 20%, waiting lists were established, processes completely overhauled and a successful rebranding of both schools implemented.

Caroline’s extensive strategic marketing experience is cemented by her career at BP that spanned over 15 years. Based in both the UK and overseas, Caroline gained experience in a variety of posts encompassing strategic marketing, sales and customer service, finance, strategic and marketing planning, business analysis and development, project management and administration.

If you would like to contact the Custos, please send your correspondence c/o Mr Robert Leek, Bursar and Clerk to the Governing Body, The Cathedral School, Cardiff Road, Llandaff, Cardiff, CF5 2YH.