Wells Cathedral School FoundationThe Foundation was formally launched in October 2007 and currently has twelve Trustees in place to undertake on behalf of the school governors, strategic leadership and oversight of philanthropic fundraising carried out in support of Wells Cathedral School. Each Trustee is also a Company Director, as the Foundation is a company limited by guarantee as well as being a registered charity. 

The Board meet four times a year.

Mr Christopher Jackson (Chairman), OBE

Kit Jackson webChristopher Jackson was educated in Edinburgh and St. Andrews University, Scotland before joining the Hong Kong Government in 1976 which he served until 1997 and was awarded the OBE. He then worked for the new Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, heading its representative office in Washington DC until 2001 and became the SAR's Special Representative to the European Communities in Brussels.

He was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star upon retirement in 2004. Christopher has then joined the Hong Kong Trade Development Council where he is the Director, Corporate Development. Now enjoying retirement back in the UK.

Mrs Elizabeth Cairncross

Elizabeth Cairncross 28 01 15 for webElizabeth Cairncross has been the Head at Wells Cathedral School since 2000. Elizabeth was attracted to Wells because of its emphasis on pupils being comfortable in any situation; confident without being arrogant and confident enough to realise when they are wrong or do not know the answer - thus they are open to learning. For Elizabeth, there is a tremendous sense of pride in sending well-rounded, self-assured young people out into the world.

Mr David Brown, OBE

David Brown smallGovernor of Wells Cathedral School since 2014
(Foundation Trustee)
Chief Executive at the Bristol Port Company since 2016
Chief Operations Officer of the Bristol Port Company since 2015
Operations Director of the Bristol Port Company 2007-2015
HM Forces (Army) 1986-2007
Father of one daughter and two sons (sons at WCS)

Mr Tim Lewis

Tim Lewis for webTim is an Old Wellensian, and started his life in the school as a chorister in the cathedral choir. This gave him an excellent musical grounding and an enduring love of choral music which has stayed with him all his life: he is currently a member of five choirs/choral societies. He has been a trustee of the Foundation since September 2008 and chairs its Investment Committee.

Tim studied French and Spanish at St John's College, Cambridge, but after nine months in Spain and a further few months travelling, decided to become an accountant. He joined the London office of what was then Peat Marwick Mitchell in 1977, and after gaining his ACA qualification, and getting married to Maggie, decided to gain some overseas experience. He ended up living in Hong Kong for 20 years, 15 of them as an audit partner with KPMG, and his three children were born there.

Tim returned to the UK in 2001, and since then has been enjoying various non-accounting activities, such as walking, both in the UK and on overseas treks, travelling, attending F1 races, taking part in driving events, including a season of racing an MGF, playing snooker and, most recently, becoming a grandfather. Tim is involved in the management of two of the choirs he sings with, is the Area Footpath Secretary of Wiltshire Ramblers, and a trustee of the charity Freedom Matters.

Mr Phil Lemanski

Phil LemanskiPhil is a trustee of the WCS Foundation and chair of the sports pavilion campaign which is nearing its target of £600k after many years of effort. Phil, and his wife, Alex, have strong connections with the School, with their four boys attending between 1985 and 2005, an eye watering total of 52 school years in all! All of the boys had a keen interest in sport and all enjoyed their time at Wells hugely.

Phil is retired chartered accountant having been a partner in Deloitte responsible for consulting services in the west of England from 1985 to 2005. Since retiring, Phil has helped various organizations in a non-exec capacity and has taken part in many events for a number of different charities.

Mr Jeremy Brade, MBE

Jeremy Brade for webJeremy Brade lives in London and has two daughters at university. He is a partner at Harwood Private Equity, a specialist investor in high quality businesses. Jeremy serves as a non-executive director on the board of several companies. He was a pupil at Wells Cathedral School for eight years. He read zoology at Oxford, served for eight years in the Gurkha Rifles, and then became a Foreign Office diplomat. He is a trustee of the Gurkha Welfare Trust.

Mr Chris Seaton

Chris seaton for webChris is an Old Wellensian and joined to the school in 1971 as a chorister, leaving the school in 1979. Chris lives in Stanton Drew in North Somerset and both of his daughters went to Wells, now having left and gone on to Drama School and University.

Chris served in the Royal Navy from 1979 to 1990 and travelled the world, before leaving to embark on a legal career. He is a partner and a member of the strategic board at Burges Salmon LLP, based in Bristol and London and specialises in Employment Law. He is a director of a Bristol based Charity and Chairs the Wells Cathedral Choir Association. Chris is also a member of the Old Wellensians' Committee.

Chris continues to sing and be involved with Music, he is a Bath Rugby season ticket holder and has had a lifelong passion for things outdoors, particularly sailing, skiing and walking.

Mr Max Costantini

Max CostantiniMax came over to Wells from Italy as a seven year old boarder in 1978 and after 11 years at the school, left to study Economics at University College London.

He trained as a retail buyer with, among others, ASDA & Wal*Mart before inevitably becoming an entrepreneur in 2001 and investing in his first business. Max lost his investment when he was forced to put it into administration in 2005 but was more successful with his second attempt, which he sold in 2010.

Max is a Foundation Trustee and Chairman of the Bursaries Fundraising Committee. The Committee is at the beginning of an ambitious 10-year plan to build a substantial endowment base for the school to distribute support to those children whose financial situation would otherwise not allow them to attend.

Max is currently Strategic Board member of Mibelle Group with responsibility for UK Operations and Global Consumer Brands. He also heads the Strategic Business Development function looking specifically at the next decades and the Business Model Innovations that will be essential to survive in it.

Max is married with 4 children and splits his time between Zurich, London and North Yorkshire.

Dr Jenny Kingston

Jenny Kingston websiteJenny moved to Wells from London in 1997 with her husband, Peter, and their four very young children to set up Wells Orthodontics which provides orthodontic treatment for many local children and adults. Jenny has built the practice up from scratch and now employs a team of 20 people to help her run what is a thriving and expanding business.

Jenny's four children have all been choristers at Wells Cathedral and pupils at Wells Cathedral School. Their musical education, particularly their chorister experience, has been a huge influence in their lives and they are very grateful for this wonderful start. They all continue to sing very enthusiastically and are convinced it will be an important part of their lives in the future. Jenny is actively involved as a trustee of Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust and has a particular interest in the unrivalled opportunities provided to young singers and musicians at Wells Cathedral School because of the unique combination of outstanding cathedral choir training within the context of a specialist music school.

Ann Whalley Gummer

Ann Whalley for webAnn Whalley Gummer is married to Andrew Gummer, a music lawyer, and has three children. Frederick aged 15, Hector aged 11 and Florence aged 8. The family moved to Worminster, a hamlet just outside North Wootton, in 2002.

Ann is an Old Wellensian and attended Wells Cathedral School Senior School from Year 8 through to Year 13. She left the school in 1979. Her 3 children are all currently at the school in Years 10, 6 and 3 respectively. Ann is also actively involved in the PA . She is also Junior School rep co-ordinator and Year 3 rep. Outside of school life she is heading up sponsorship for the Wells Festival of Literature and is heavily involved in Key4Life, a charity which is focused on the rehabilitation of Young Offenders.

Ann has a BSC in Psychology from Exeter University. She has worked in Qualitative Market Research for 30 years , first working for a number of established agencies and subsequently setting up her own business, thepeoplepartnership, in 1992. Whilst working in London, Ann developed the agency to a medium sized full service consultancy which employed 15 people and had a turnover of 1 million plus. Clients over the years have included many Government Departments, Retail Banks, Telecommunication companies and Fast Moving Consumer Goods companies.



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