The Governing Body at Christ College

The Governing Body is responsible for the overall direction and control of the College as a registered charity. The Governors foster the development and prosperity of the College, ensuring the College abides by its charitable aims and founding principles, as well as by the legislation and regulations laid down for Independent schools by the Welsh Government and other bodies. The Governing Body is a member of the Association of Governing Bodies in the same way as the Head is a member of HMC, the Bursar is a member of the Independent Schools Bursars’ Association, and the College is a corporate member of the Independent Schools Council and the Boarding Schools Association.   

Much of the detailed work of the Governing Body is performed by its various sub-committees, which are as follows:   
  • The General Purposes Committee scrutinises the school’s finances and considers the details of budgets, accounts and the development and maintenance of the school’s estate, as well as matters relating to the health and safety of pupils, staff and visitors. A subset of members also forms the Investment Committee, which oversees the school’s investment strategy.   
  • The Education Committee receives reports from the Head and other staff on academic and other educational matters, and advises on academic strategy and inspection.   
  • The Strategic Planning Committee works with the Head and other senior staff to develop the medium and long term strategy of the school and to scrutinise in detail proposals for new developments and directions.   
  • The Governance Committee oversees the membership, structure, training and responsibilities of the Governing Body, ensuring there is an appropriate mixture of skills among governors and that the committees meet their terms of reference appropriately.   

To contact the Chair of Governors, please ring the school switchboard on 01874 615440, write to him care of the school office, or email governors@christcollegebrecon.com.

VISITOR
Her Majesty The Queen
THE GOVERNING BODY
Sir Paul Silk KCB (Chair of Governors)
The Most Rev the Archbishop of Wales and Lord Bishop of Swansea & Brecon
The Venerable Alan Jevons The Archdeacon of Brecon (Chair Education Committee)
Mr J Bartlett
Mr A Whittall (Chair GP Committee)
Professor M C R Davies BSc(Eng)(Lond), AKC, MPhil, PhD(Cantab), CEng, FICE, FGS, FIPENZ, FRSE
Mr C I Dytor MC KHS MA(Cantab) MA(Oxon)
Mr M Gittins
Mrs S A E Gwyer Roberts BA MEd NPQH FRSA
Mr D James
Mrs J James (Chair Governance Committee, Deputy Chair of Governors)
The Honourable Dame Shan Legge-Bourke LVO Lord Lieutenant of Powys
Mr A L P Lewis
Mrs A Mathias 
Ms H Molyneux LLB(Hons)
Mr H Warman LLB(Hons)
Mrs M Watkins 

The Governing Body

Sir Paul Silk KCB (Chair of Governors)

Sir Paul Silk spent most of his career as a senior official in the House of Commons. From 2001 to 2007, he was Clerk to the National Assembly for Wales. From 2011 to 2014, he chaired the UK Governments' Commission on Devolution in Wales. He is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, an Associate of Global Partners Governance, President of the Study of Parliament Group, an honorary Fellow of Aberystwyth University, and a member of the Councils of the Constitution Unit at University College London and of the Hansard Society. He has been an Honorary Professor at Cardiff University, a Governor of the University of South Wales and a Director of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is an Old Breconian and the father of three Old Breconians. After Christ College he was educated at Oxford, Princeton and the Open Universities.  He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the Queen’s 2015 New Year Honours list for his service to the Parliaments of, and Devolution in, the UK. Sir Paul became Chair of Governors on 6th July 2014.

The Most Rev John D E Davies Archbishop of Wales and Lord Bishop of Swansea & Brecon

Archbishop John was born in Newport, educated in Bassaleg Grammar School, the University of Southampton and College of Law in Chester. He became a solicitor in 1997 specialising in Criminal Law. Ordained in 1984, Archbishop John served in a variety of parishes in the Diocese of Monmouth and was heavily involved in the life of that Diocese before being invited by Bishop Anthony Pierce to become the Dean of Brecon - a post he held for eight years before being elected Bishop of Swansea and Brecon in January 2008.  In September 2017 he was elected as Archbishop of Wales.  Both Archbishop John's son and daughter are Old Breconians and he became a Christ College Governor on his appointment as Bishop. Archbishop John is married to Jo, an emergency nurse practitioner.


The Venerable Alan Jevons Archdeacon of Brecon (Chair Education Committee)

Archdeacon Alan was born in Bournemouth, educated at Bournemouth Grammar School, read social policy at the University of Exeter, read theology in the University of Cambridge alongside ordination training, and ecumenical studies in Geneva. Ordained in 1981, Alan began his ministry in urban areas around Birmingham and Manchester. He then moved to Hereford where the red soil of the Marches clogged to his feet. Appointments in the Diocese of Hereford were followed by a move into Wales in 2007 where care of the parish of Llyn Safaddan was combined with work on social responsibility issues. In 2013 he became Archdeacon of Brecon.


Mr J Bartlett

Jonathan Bartlett has been Headmaster of St Andrew's Pangbourne since September 2015. He spent seven years in the United States where he taught and established an online education business. Latterly, he was Head of Moor Park nr Ludlow and Deputy Head of Papplewick School, Ascot. Jonathan is married to Lisa and they have three children.


Mr A Whittall (Chair GP Committee)

Son of a local farmer, Mr Whittall was educated at Brecon High School and Swansea University. Trained as an accountant with KPMG – now working as Commercial Director of Western Log Group. A partner in their Renewable Energy Partnership. Son, Gethin and daughter, Angharad are Old Breconians.

 

 

Professor M C R Davies BSc(Eng)(Lond), AKC, MPhil, PhD(Cantab), CEng, FICE, FGS, FIPENZ, FRSE

Professor Michael Davies is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Sussex.  From 2013 to 2015 he also served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Prior to being appointed to his present post in January 2013 he was the Dean of Engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand where he was also Pro-Vice-Chancellor of The University of Auckland Tāmaki Innovation Campus. From 1997 to 2007 he was the Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Dundee in Scotland, where he was also Deputy Principal and Dean of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Professor Davies was previously a lecturer in the School of Engineering at Cardiff University. He obtained his first degree from King's College, University of London and his Masters and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge. On leaving Cambridge he took up a NATO/SERC Research Fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is currently an Honorary Professor at City, University of London. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Scotland's National Academy of Science & Letters).

Mr C I Dytor MC KHS MA(Cantab) MA(Oxon)

Mr Clive Dytor was educated at Christ College Brecon where he was a prefect and member of the 1st XV rugby team.  He won a place at Trinity College Cambridge to read Oriental Studies following which he joined the Royal Marines.  Mr Dytor was awarded the MC for gallantry in action during the Battle of Two Sisters in the Falklands conflict.  After leaving the Armed Forces, he studied Theology at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford before entering parish ministry.  His conversion to Catholicism saw him take up post of Housemaster at St Edward's Oxford and then Headmaster at The Oratory School, Reading in 2000. After a short spell away from the chalk face, he is now teaching Religion and Rugby to special needs boys. He is married to Sarah and they have two children, Benjamin and Francesca.  Mr Dytor's interests include Hispanic Culture, Sport, Music and Country Life.


Mr M Gittins

Mr Michael Gittins is a resident of Brecon and has served as a Governor of Christ College since 1999, initially as the Town Council's nominee and latterly as a Co-opted Governor. He has also served as a Governor of two other local schoolsfrom 1986 to 2012. During his period as a councillor he has served as Mayor of Brecon on two occasions and now holds the position of Honorary Bailiff of the Town of Brecon. As an Old Breconians (1956 – 60 SHB) he has a long standing association with Christ College. His duties as Governor also includes representing the Board on CCB's Health & Safety and CCHA Committee.


Mrs S A E Gwyer Roberts BA MEd NPQH FRSA

Mrs Susan Gwyer-Roberts, BA, M.Ed, NPQH, FRSA, is Headteacher at Caldicot School, Monmouthshire (a secondary school with 1400 pupils), is an Estyn Inspector, Chair of School Budget Forum for Monmouthshire and a lay council member of Cardiff University. Her areas of expertise are leadership and management. She has been a Governor of Christ College Brecon since 2003.

 


Mr D James

David lives and runs his own estate agency in Brecon. He is a farmer’s son from Abergavenny where he went to King Henry VIII Grammar School and onto Bristol Polytechnic. He is married to Kathryn and they have three children, Helen who teaches in Newport, Oliver & Emily who have followed David into the estate agency/surveying profession and help run his practice. David loves Brecon and is keen on sport although now only able to play football and golf.


Mrs J James (Chair Governance Committee and Deputy Chair of Governors)

Jane James is the Senior Advisor in Policy, Government & Public Affairs for Chevron Downstream and Chemicals. Appointed to this role in April 2013, she has previously worked extensively across Wales in agriculture, food, youth and energy sectors. Christ College is an important part of the James' family life as Jane's husband and daughters are all Old Breconians.

 



The Honourable Dame Shân Legge-Bourke DCVO Lord Lieutenant of Powys

Dame Shân became a Governor of Christ College, Brecon on her appointment as Lord Lieutenant of Powys in 1998 and is an active supporter of the College. She is also Lady in Waiting to HRH The Princess Royal, amongst many other activities supporting The Armed Services, local organisations and charities within Wales and, in particular, Powys.

 

Mr A L P Lewis

Mr Lewis is an Old Breconian who attended Christ College  from 1984-1991 and was Head of School in his final year. 

After studying Chemical Engineering at Swansea University he was a pioneer of professional rugby playing almost 300 games for Cardiff and gaining 29 caps for Wales.  After retiring from professional rugby, he embarked on a career in investment management working for Brewin Dolphin, where he worked for 13 years becoming a Divisional Director.  He has recently been appointed by another leading investment firm, Brooks Macdonald, and is responsible for the management and devolpement of their newly opened Wales office.

Firmly committed to the school, he has served on the Old Breconian Association Committee,since the first year he left, including a period as Chairman.  Mr Lewis lives in Brecon, with his three children who all attend Christ College and his wife, Marianne, works at the school.

Mrs A Mathias

A fluent Welsh speaker, originally from Anglesey, Ann has had over twenty years' media experience in Wales. She started her career with BBC Wales in 1983 and worked on numerous news and current affairs programmes in radio and television in both languages. When she left BBC Wales in 2003, she was the senior director on the BBC's flagship Welsh news programme Wales Today. Ann and her family moved to Brecon in 2001 and she ran her own business in the town for eight years. Oriel Pen y Fan was an art gallery specialising in contemporary Welsh art. She is a Councillor for St John's Ward on Brecon Town Council and is Chair of  Brecknock and Radnor Community Health Council and is a Lay Representative for the Wales Deanery at Cardiff Medical School. She is a Trustee of Flying Start at Priory School and Vice Chair of the Friends of St John's Centre.


Ms Helen Molyneux

Ms Molyneux is the founder and Chief Executive of NewLaw Legal Ltd, a law firm employing over 470 people in Cardiff, Bristol, Basingstoke and Glasgow.  Helen established NewLaw in 2004, following a career as a partner in Eversheds.

She also holds positions as Director of CIQ Ltd, Director of Head Office and Chair of the Institute of Welsh Affairs.

Ms Molyneux was named Welsh Woman of the Year in 2011 and the Law Society's Legal Businesswoman of the Year in 2013.

Born in Caerphilly and raised in Wales, she now lives in Chepstow.  She has two children.


Mr H Warman

Mr Warman has 32 years senior management experience in the building society sector. Cardiff born, he graduated from Aberystwyth University with an LLB Honours degree. He qualified as a solicitor and became a partner in a private practice before joining the Legal Division of the Welsh Office. He subsequently became a senior executive with Principality Building Society, being appointed Society Secretary and later a director of the Society, until retiring from executive office in 2010. During that period he was also a member of the Building Societies Association Legal Panel.

Mr Warman is currently Chairman of Monmouth Building Society. He was formerly Deputy Chairman of the University of South Wales and chaired the University's Remuneration Committee.  He has also served as a director of Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Limited and a non-executive member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of the Wales Audit Office.

Mrs M Watkins

Mrs Watkins joined Christ College as a pupil in De Winton House in 2006 before being appointed Deputy Head of School in her final year.  She went on to study at Exeter University which saw her spend her work placement in Hong Kong.  She graduated in 2013 with First Class Honours. Since leaving university Mrs Watkins joined the Aldi Area Manager Graduate Programme and in 2016 was selected to oversee the recruitment, training and development of the Cardiff region which incorporates 64 stores across South Wales and the South West. She has recently returned to managing stores including those in Ely, Caerphilly and Pontypridd. Mrs Watkins is married to Nick, a conservation engineer and lives in Cardiff.