Governing Body

SIR PAUL SILK KCB (CHAIR OF GOVERNORS)

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's 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 RT REV JOHN D E DAVIES LORD BISHOP OF SWANSEA & BRECON

THE RT REV JOHN D E DAVIES 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, he served in a variety of parishes in the Diocese of Monmouth and was heavily involved in the life of of that Diocese before being invited by Bishop Anthony Pierce to become the Dean of Brecon - a post he was in for eight years before being elected as Bishop of Swansea & Brecon in January 2008.  In September 2017 he was elected as Archbishop of Wales.  

Both hisson 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 practioner.

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 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 (from 2007) where he was also Pro-Vice-Chancellor of The University of Auckland Tamaki 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 ot 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 studies Theology at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford before entering parish ministry as a curate. 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 facem 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 schools from 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 afarmer’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 PUNCH MAUGHAN

Punch Maughan has lived in the Brecon Beacons area for 28 years and had three children at Christ College. Her working life has spanned running a Montessori Nursery school in London, setting up and running a 20 bed bunkhouse and two other group accommodation venues in Wales and the West Country to being the Executive Director of Brecon Beacons Tourism, the tourism association in The Brecon Beacons National Park. More recently Punch has taken on the role of Visual Arts Coordinator in The Andrew Lamont Gallery at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon and also runs the theatre’s Friends & Patrons scheme. She and her husband are opening their own gallery in the town in 2018.

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 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 development of their newly opened Wales Office. 

Firmly committed to the school since leaving, he has served on the Old Breconian Association Committee, 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 Mathias 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 isChair of the 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.

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.

MR M JARMAN

HHJ Milwyn Jarman QC was called to the Bar in 1980. He undertook pupillage in 9 (formerly 34) Park Place Cardiff and continued to practice in those chambers throughout his career at the bar, specialising in chancery, planning and governmental law. He was appointed to the National Assembly of Wales Panel of Public Counsel and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2001.  He was made a recorder of the Crown Court in 2001, a civil recorder in 2004,  and a family recorder in 2006. He was appointed as a Senior Circuit Judge (Chancery Judge for Wales) in 2007. He is also authorised to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division, including Mercantile, Technology and Construction, and Administrative Courts. In 2014, he was authorised to sit in the Planning Court. He also sits as a judge of the Upper Tribunal, in the Land, Property and Tax, and Immigration and Asylum Chambers. He was Chair of the panel to appoint the first president of the Welsh Language Tribunal, and is able to hear cases in the Welsh language. He is currently the lead Diversity and Community Relations Judge in Wales. He has been a tutor judge on the Judicial College Specialist Civil Seminars since 2008, and Chair of Legal Wales Foundation Board since 2011.  He is an advisory editor of Sweet & Maxwell Civil Procedure and an editor of the University of Wales series "The Public Law of Wales." He is a Bencher of Gray’s

MR C MINOGUE 

Charlie Minogue was educated at Wellington College, Berkshire, before reading Biology at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He enjoyed a second gap year whilst singing professionally in Edinburgh and continued to sing for various choirs as his teaching career started including York Minster (as he completed a PGCE) and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Charlie started his teaching career at Heywood Community High School in Greater Manchester before being appointed Head of Science at St Paul’s Cathedral School in London. A ten-year spell as Deputy Head of Aldwickbury School in Harpenden eventually ended when he took up the position of Headmaster of Moor Park, Ludlow, in September 2015, a school with a long association with Christ College Brecon. He graduated with a Masters in Educational Leadership (with Distinction) from the University of Buckingham in March 2018.

A keen sportsman, Charlie still enjoys playing hockey and cricket when time allows. He is a qualified Mountain Leader and enjoys spending time in the mountains of Scotland and Wales with his wife and two children who are both at Moor Park.