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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.

Robin has served on the School Council since July 2007 and became Custos in January 2022. He chairs the Remuneration Committee and serves on the Estates, Risk Management, Finance and General Purposes 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.

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.

Mr Paul Smith, joined the Governing Body in 2021 following his retirement as Headmaster of Hereford Cathedral School. Paul was educated in the state sector, read Zoology and prior to entering teaching carried out research on the behavioural ecology of small mammals. He has published a number of scientific papers, most notably on the ‘black rat’.

Paul has taught biology in coeducational, single sex, day and boarding schools.  He has been a Head of Department, Head of Science, Deputy Head, ISI Inspector and was Chair of The Choir Schools Association during their centenary year.

Paul is currently a member of the Education Committee.

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.