The role of the Governors is to hold ultimate control of, and responsibility for, the management of the School:
- ensuring the School acts in accordance with the School’s Constitution
- educating, safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of pupils
- ensuring compliance with the inspection regime
- ensuring the School’s activities in furtherance of its charitable objects in the context of its regulation by the Charity.
The Governors’ key responsibilities are to:
- set a clear vision, mission and strategic plan for the School and ensure that the necessary structures are in place to deliver those as part of the strategic management of the School
- ensure the performance of the School
- ensure that the School complies with all legal and regulatory requirements
- act as guardians of the School’s assets, both tangible and intangible
- ensure that the School’s governance is of the highest possible standard
The Governing Body undertake this by directing the principles; the day to day management of the School is delegated to the Head and the senior leadership team.
There are 4 sub committees which include amongst their members staff and suitable qualified experts in the particular field that the committee covers.
The sub committees report to the governors.
Currently SCS has four sub committees as follows:
- Financial and General Purpose Committee
- Educational Committee
- Compliance and Safeguarding Committee
- Marketing Committee
To contact the Interim Chair of Governors please write to Mr James Fletcher, c/o Salisbury Cathedral School, 1 The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EQ
Karen BeardClerk to Governors and Executive PA
Martin CookeDeputy Chair, Staff Liaison, F&GP and Education Committee
Martin Cooke retired as Headmaster of Clayesmore School in July 2016. His time at the school witnessed a substantial growth in its success and popularity with pupil numbers growing by over 65%. Martin is a former member of both the Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference (HMC) and of the International Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS). A former chorister at St Paul's Cathedral, Martin became Organ Scholar at Bishop Otter College in 1975, from where he took his University of Sussex degree in Music and Education. He is a long-serving Governor at Durlston Court School and was for ten years on the board at Exeter Cathedral School. He also serves as Director of Music at Holy Trinity, Bradford on Avon and is a Governor of Wells Cathedral School. He is married to Eleanor, and they have two grown up children.
Christine CooperMarketing Committee, Boarding Committee and Compliance and Safeguarding Committee
Christine has a professional background in marketing and communication. She worked for many years in the paper industry for Wiggins Teape, following which she set up a marketing agency providing a range of services for clients based both in London and locally. She was previously a governor at Leaden Hall School. She is married to Gregory; they have two daughters who both attended Leaden Hall and after living in Alderbury for 20 years, Christine and her family now live in Coombe Bissett.
Anne CowleyEducation Committee (EYFS)
Anne Cowley is an Educational Consultant with a specialism in Special Educational Needs. She has a Masters in Education from the University of Exeter and trained as a teacher in Newham, East London, before moving back to Dorset. Having been an Assistant Head at Clayesmore School until the summer of 2020, she has extensive knowledge of teaching and learning, and the wellbeing of children from Nursery age through to Sixth-Form.Anne lives in Blandford Forum and has three children at university.
Sarah ErvenEducation Committee
Sarah attended Bournemouth University where she gained a BSc in Agriculture. She started her career in the financial services sector working both in retail and then at JPMorgan where she held several roles most latterly the Learning and Development Manager for EMEA. Sarah is currently the Global Head of Training at Partners in Performance a management consultancy. Sarah lives in Salisbury with her husband Charlie and two children who currently attend SCS.
James FletcherChair of Governors, F &GP Committee (Audit and H&S) Committee
James is a chartered accountant by profession and is the senior partner of Fletcher & Partners in Salisbury where charities are among his areas of specialisation. A former pupil of the school, he subsequently obtained his MA and DPhil in mathematics at Trinity College, Oxford, qualifying in 1993. James joined the Board of Governors in 2007. His three children have all attended the school, two as choristers.
Sophia LumleyChair of Compliance and Safeguarding Committee
Sophia attended Bristol University where she gained at BSc in Politics. She has spent the majority of her career in Financial Services, predominately in the compliance and business management fields supporting start-ups, hedge funds and investment managers. As an 'army wife' she has recently enjoyed several European postings in Germany and Italy. In October this year, she completed a Masters degree, at City, University of London, in Charity Management. She currently lives in Salisbury with her family, dog and bantams. Her children, Frederick and Beatrice, are enjoying Salisbury Cathedral School having moved to the school in 2019.
The Reverend Canon Anna Macham.Safeguarding Governor and Compliance and Safeguarding Committee
The Reverend Canon Anna Macham.
Anna was installed as Canon Precentor at Salisbury Cathedral in May 2019, having previously served as a parish priest at St Philip's, Camberwell in South East London. Her role as Canon Precentor involves overseeing the direction of the Cathedral's liturgy, music and worship, including supporting the Cathedral choristers and their families pastorally. Previously, Anna was Succentor (deputy Precentor) of Southwark Cathedral and a chaplain at King's College, London medical and dental schools. She studied English at Trinity College, Oxford, where she was also a Choral Scholar, before training to be a priest. Anna is also a trustee of Royal School of Church Music.
Tim Olliff-LeeF &GP Committee (Chapter)
Tim attended Tonbridge School followed by the University of Reading where he studied Land Management. He qualified and practised as a Chartered Surveyor with Strutt & Parker LLP before undertaking a law conversion, and now works for Wilsons Solicitors in Salisbury. Tim lives with his wife Laura in the Ebble Valley and his daughter was a pupil at the school.
Jon SloanChair of Marketing Committee
Jon attended Essex University graduating with an LLB in Law. After a short career in legal publishing he moved into journalism before discovering a passion for marketing. Working in the UK, France the USA for various video games companies he eventually became a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is now a Chartered Marketer running a design and marketing agency here in Salisbury. His son attends SCS and is a chorister at the Cathedral.