Mrs L NashCUSTOS, BEd (HONS) FIOD, ISM
Mrs L Nash
Since setting up NBA Linda has used her skills in coaching and leadership roles on main boards of complex organisations, ranging from SMEs to large international concerns. Record of achievement in substantial and complex organisations in the Health, Housing and Education sectors in both public and private enterprises. Linda took over as Chairman of the newly merged LiveWest Homes Ltd in 2018. In addition to housing Linda has many years’ experience of leading and working with a diverse range of boards in key areas such as the development of strategy, governance, risk management and delivering results. Past and present roles include Chair of Audit for RCOG, Knightstone Housing Group and Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust, Chairman of Somerset Partnership NHSFT, Chairman of North Somerset Community Partnership and member of the Supervisory Board of the European Institute for Governance Awards. Linda is a qualified practising performance/executive coach, she also works with NHS Providers as a consultant providing training and development for Non-Executive Directors and Governors. She has a keen interest in music and singing,walking, travel, cricket and gardening. The Custos may be contacted by writing to her, care of the Clerk to the Governors, or by emailing email@example.com
Mrs C Cavaghan-PackEDUCATION AND PASTORAL, COMPLIANCE, NOMINATED SAFEGUARDING GOVERNOR
Mrs C Cavaghan-Pack
Charis Cavaghan-Pack obtained a B.ED (hons) at Cambridge University in 1974 and taught English and RE in the maintained sector before starting a family, She became a magistrate on the Sedgemoor bench in 1997 and served on the Bench Training and Development Committee for 11 years, and also on the Advisory Committee for nine years. She is a Chair in both the Adult and Youth courts. Charis has five children, three of whom were at King’s, and is married to Michael, whose last job before retirement was Director of Corporate Services at the Hydrographic Office. There are ever-increasing numbers of grandchildren, four of whom are now happily at King’s Hall. Charis is a communicant member of the Church of England. She enjoys reading and politics and playing bridge. Charis can be contacted in her role as Nominated Safeguarding Governor on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Reverend B CloverPROVOST FOR THE WEST
The Reverend B Clover
Canon Brendan Clover was Senior Provost of Woodard Schools for thirteen years and remains as Provost of King’s College, Taunton and The Cathedral School, Llandaff. Brendan is working and living in his local area of Bristol, and took up a new post as parish priest for St John the Evangelist, Clevedon in the Diocese of Bath and Wells in April 2021. Canon Brendan was Precentor of Bristol Cathedral until 2006, having served as Dean of Emmanuel College Cambridge, and St Pancras Church and Holy Cross Cromer Street in Central London. Canon Brendan is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Mr M FeatherstoneEDUCATION AND PASTORAL; STAFF LIAISON GOVERNOR
Mr M Featherstone
Educated at Whitgift School and Oxford, Michael spent a year as a lecteur in France before becoming an Assistant Master at Radley College in 1974. During his 16 years there he was Head of Modern Languages for six years and a Housemaster for six years also. He left in 1990 to become Headmaster of Ryde School and left there in 1997 to become Headmaster of Barnard Castle School. In 2004, he left the UK to become Secondary School Principal at the International School of Geneva on their La Grande Boissière campus, where he stayed until retiring in 2015. He was then interim Head of Secondary School, International School of Monaco between January and July 2016. During his career Michael was heavily involved with HMC and was a lay advisory governor at Durham Chorister School. He remains a Principal Examiner for Cambridge International French A, AS and pre-U and an Assistant Examiner for Cambridge IGCSE French. Married to Patricia with three children, he won eight full international caps for England at hockey and two Oxford Blues for hockey, one as captain.
Mr M GunnEDUCATION AND PASTORAL
Mr M Gunn
Marcus was educated at Bloxham School and during his career has spent 19 years as an Independent Schools' Inspector. Before his recent retirement Marcus was the Headmaster of the Downs preparatory School in Bristol. His interests include reading, classic cars, windsurfing and house renovation.
Mr C HirstVICE-CUSTOS, EDUCATION AND PASTORAL (CHAIR), FINANCE AND ESTATES
Mr C Hirst
Educated at Merchant Taylors’ School (Northwood) and Trinity Hall Cambridge, he was then for two years an International Banker in Chile. Christopher returned to Cambridge to take a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and in 1972 joined the staff of Radley College, holding the post of Assistant Master teaching History and Political Thought to A Level. He was also a Housemaster and Master I/c Cricket. At this time he became an examiner in History for the O&C Board. He became Headmaster of Kelly College in 1985, until moving to the post of Headmaster of Sedbergh School in April 1995. From 1995-2000 he held the post of Chairman of the HMC Sports Sub-Committee and was appointed as member of the full HMC Committee from 1998-2003. He held the post of Chairman of the HMC North East Division in 2002. He retired as Headmaster of Sedbergh in August 2010. He is also Lay Chair of the SW Pembrokeshire Local Ministry Area (Church of Wales). He is currently researching the Life and Times of Revd William Tuckwell, HM Taunton College School 1864-1877 ( the precursor of King’s).
Mr J HoughtonFINANCE AND ESTATES, COMPLIANCE
Mr J Houghton
John is a partner with Bond Pearce LLP, one of the largest firms of solicitors in the South West, with offices in Bristol, Plymouth and Southampton as well as London and Aberdeen. He practised law with Denton Hall (now Denton Wilde Sapte) in London from 1976 to 1995 (including 4 years in Hong Kong as Managing Partner of their HK office) when he moved from London down to Somerset. He specialises in planning and environmental law, and has advised on a range of very large projects in the fields of ports, airports, waste to energy, oil and gas, transport and power generation. Clients include E.ON, Veolia, Centrica, SITA, Npower, ScottishPower, ABP, HydroStatoil, SWERDA, Ecotricity and Nuon. John studied Law at Lincoln College, Oxford and Guildford College of Law.
Mr J KnillFINANCE AND ESTATES
Mr J Knill
John has recently retired from a career as a project manager within the IT industry. He has been responsible for the delivery of complex IT solutions across a range of industry sectors, the most notable of these being the central data services solution that underpins the UK smart metering infrastructure. He is a member of the chartered bodies for both the IT and project management professions, and has over thirty-eight years of industry experience, most of which gained whilst working for CGI, a Canadian based global IT services organisation. John is married with four children, all of whom attended King’s College, Taunton. He is an avid sports fan, particularly rugby and cricket.
Mr R LambertFINANCE AND ESTATES (CHAIR)
Mr R Lambert
After being educated at Winchester College and reading at History at New College, Oxford, Roger had a 40 year career in banking which started in New York in 1980 with JPMorgan and thereafter with Cazenove & Co (later JPMorgan Cazenove), Canaccord Genuity and Peel Hunt. The majority of his time was spent in London with Cazenove & Co. where he was a partner in the corporate finance department, advising companies in the consumer sector, especially businesses in hospitality and drinks. At Canaccord Genuity, he was Chairman of Corporate broking and became more involved with financial services companies. Now retired from the City, Roger is a non-executive director of Young & Co’s Brewery, a Trustee of Chevening, the historic estate owned by the nation, and Chairman of the Trustees of the Endowment Fund of the Imperial War Graves Commission. His interests are the countryside (walking, farming and country sports), the arts, reading (particularly history) and sport (especially cricket, tennis and skiing).
Mr W MorrisonFINANCE AND ESTATES, COMPLIANCE, HEALTH AND SAFETY GOVERNOR
Mr W Morrison
Will was born and brought up in Leicestershire and was educated at Repton in Derbyshire then at the Royal Agricultural College and Reading University. He has lived in Somerset for the past 20 years after a number of years working and living in London. Will is a Qualified Chartered Surveyor specialising in the sale and management of high value residential property, estates and farms.
Bishop N StockEDUCATION AND PASTORAL
Bishop N Stock
A graduate of Durham University Nigel trained for ministry at Theological college in Oxford. Ordained in 1976 he served in parishes in the North East of England and for five years in Papua New Guinea. In 1998 he became a residentiary canon of Durham Cathedral. In 2000 he was consecrated bishop of Stockport, subsequently becoming bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich in 2007. In 2013 he became bishop at Lambeth in support of the Archbishop of Canterbury at the same time he was bishop to the Forces and bishop for the Falkland Islands. In retirement he continues to be involved in ministry in local parishes and as an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the diocese of Bath and Wells. During his career he has been a governor of both state and independent schools, including a time on the School Council of a Woodard School in the North East. He is married to Carolyne and they have three children and five grandchildren.
Mr M TrimbleAPPOINTMENTS (CHAIR), FINANCE AND ESTATES
Mr M Trimble
Melville trained as a chartered accountant with Peat Marwick Mitchell. On leaving accountancy, he has been, in various guises, a corporate advisor to the financial services sector, in particular to the Fund Management industry, with Cazenove, Merrill Lynch and PwC. He has semi-retired but he is a non-executive director of Falcon Rural Housing which provides affordable housing to local people in West Somerset, Taunton Deane and North Devon and remains a non-executive of an Investment Trust and is a trustee of the Somerset Wildlife Trust and of some Almshouses in West Somerset. Melville's spare time is occupied with interests in Natural history, gardening, woodlands, dry fly fishing, shooting and philately.
Mrs R Wells-ColeEDUCATION AND PASTORAL
Mrs R Wells-Cole
Rebecca is current serving police officer and has had a fulfilling career across two police forces, Avon and Somerset Constabulary and the Metropolitan Police Service. She joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 2002, during that time experienced a varied and wide-ranging career. She has carried numerous roles across policing directorates gaining varied experience of frontline operational roles, strategic planning, safeguarding and multi-agency engagement. Rebecca has vast experience of safeguarding, particularly that of children, young people and vulnerable people. She has over 12 years managerial experience and believes in visible and approachable leadership and leading by example. In 2019 Rebecca returned to Somerset and since then has been working in Avon and Somerset Constabulary. Rebecca has strong ties to the school. She herself is an OA and was one of the first girls to go the whole way through from third form in 1991. Her three brothers also attended King's College, as well as her niece and nephew. She now has two sons at King’s Hall. She even got married in the chapel. Rebecca has a keen interest in sport, particularly cricket and rugby. Her family are Somerset County Cricket members. She is multi-lingual and speaks German, having been taught by Frau McSwiggan and visits Bavaria as frequently as possible.
Commodore J Woodard Royal NavyEDUCATION AND PASTORAL, CAREERS LINK GOVERNOR
Commodore J Woodard Royal Navy
Jol is a very proud Great-Great Grandson of the founder, Nathaniel. He was born in Cornwall, educated at Lancing College and studied economics and geography at Exeter University. He joined the Royal Navy in 1991 as a helicopter pilot and is still serving. His 30+ year career has spanned a variety of operations (ashore and afloat), training and education, capability management, defence engagement, and strategy development. Three years as Captain of Britannia Royal Naval College (the headmaster of the RN's officer training establishment) was followed by a year at the prestigious Royal College of Defence Studies. He is currently on secondment to the Department of International Trade as the Senior Naval Advisor. Leadership has been a feature of Jol's career. To add academic rigour to his extensive operational and lived experience he recently completed a MSc in Leadership with Cranfield University and a PG Cert in Strategic Studies with Kings College London. Jol is also Chairman of the Royal Navy Winter Sports Association and a Trustee of the UK Armed Forces Winter Sports Association.
The Reverend J WhiteSENIOR PROVOST
The Reverend J White
Justin White is Senior Chaplain and Dean of Chapel, Head of Theology and Philosophy at Winchester College. In the past he has been Chaplain of Dulwich College and of St Helen and St Katharine’s School, Abingdon, as well as doing a brief spell as Precentor of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. He is an experienced and very highly regarded school chaplain and priest.