Our Governors

Ian Brookfield – Foundation Governor

Ian Brookfield was appointed at St. David’s Catholic College in January 2013 as a Foundation Governor. Mr Brookfield has been a full time lecturer at Cardiff University for over twenty years and has considerable management, administrative and teaching experience to bring to his appointment. Mr Brookfield is a member of the Community, Curriculum and FGB Committees. 

Dr John Channon - Observer Governor

Dr Channon was appointed at St. David’s Catholic College in February 2019 as a Parent Governor, having worked as an international development economist (specialising in public finance) for over twenty years and, before then, as Senior Lecturer in economics at the universities of London and Lancaster. He also served previously as a school governor and chair of a school Parent Council. He thus brings to his appointment a wealth of management, administrative and teaching experience.  Dr Channon is a member of the Finance and Resources and Full Governing Body Committees.

Canon Peter Collins

Rev Canon Peter Collins, K.H.S., S.T.L., Cathedral Dean, St David's Cathedral joined St David's Catholic College on 1st November 2017 as a Foundation Governor. Canon Peter Collins is also the Safeguarding Governor for St David's Catholic College.

Michael Harper – Vice Chair and Foundation Governor

Michael Harper was appointed at St. David’s Catholic College in 2007 as a Foundation Governor before his retirement. Mr Harper worked in the Welsh Office and then Welsh Assembly Government, responsible for teacher recruitment, initial training and professional development. Mr Harper holds a Doctorate from Cardiff University that focussed on teacher in Further Education.

Mr Harper is a former Chair of Governors at Mary Immaculate High School where he served until 1999. Mr Harper believes strongly in the values that the College promotes and upholds. Mr Harper is a member of the Curriculum and Audit Committees.

Nigel Harris - Co-opted Governor

Nigel Harris was appointed at St. David’s Catholic College as a Co-opted Governor in September 2017.  Mr Harris has a BSc (Hons) in Management Sciences from Manchester University and is a Chartered Management Accountant.  After retiring he became a non-Executive Director of the Frontier Medical Group having previously been Finance Director and Managing Director.  Mr Harris is a member of the Finance, Estates, General Purposes and Personnel Committee and the Full Governing Body Committee.

Mr Michael Howells BA (Hons) DipEd – Clerk to the Governing Body

Mr Howells was appointed as Clerk to the Governing Body at St. David’s Catholic College in 1999. He was formerly Head teacher of Archbishop Mostyn RC High School and Mary Immaculate High School from 1987 – 1998. Mr Howells also served as the Wales Union Officer and Consultant for the Secondary Head Associate, (SHA) now the Association of Schools and College Leaders (ASCL) from 1999 – 2012. He has wide experience of governance in Primary, Secondary and Further Education and currently Chairs St. Philips Evans RC Primary School Governing Body.

Christian Mahoney - Chair of Governors

Christian Mahoney was appointed a Foundation Governor in 1999. Mr Mahoney is a Solicitor specialising in property law and is a former pupil of St David's Catholic College. Mr Mahoney is currently the Archdiocesan representative on the lay committee for spirituality, attached to the Bishop's Conference for England and Wales. Mr Mahoney is an experienced retreat giver on Ignatian Spirituality and holds retreats at St. David's Catholic College on a regular basis. 

Mr Mahoney is also a  committee member of the strategic alliance between St David's Catholic College, Cardinal Newman and  Coleg Cymoydd.

Philippa Marshall – Staff Governor

Mrs Philippa Marshall has been the Examinations Officer here at St David’s Catholic College for the past nine years. Mrs Marshall was elected Staff Governor in February 2014. Mrs Marshall said “I am really enjoying being part of a dynamic Governing body, contributing to steering the College towards a successful future addressing the challenging education changes were are face with”. Mrs Marshall is a member of the Community Committee.

Justin McCarthy – Foundation Governor

Justin McCarthy was appointed at St. David’s Catholic College as a Foundation Governor in September 2014. A graduate of Manchester University with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and is a Chartered Engineer. Mr McCarthy was a Clinical Engineer in the NHS and retired in 2009 as the head of the Clinical Engineering Department in the Cardiff and Vale Trust. Mr McCarthy now does consultancy work and is very involved in international safety standards for medical equipment. Mr McCarthy is a member of the Community and Audit Committees.

Angela Minoli LLB – Foundation Governor

Ms Angela Minoli was appointed at St. David’s Catholic College as a Foundation Governor in November 2000.  Ms Minoli is a retired Company Director with many years experience in the travel industry and as a part-time Law and Business lecturer.  Ms Minoli is a parishioner of St Mary's, a member of its Music Group and a director of the Ave Maria San Damiano Association charity.  Ms Minoli is a member of the Search, Remuneration and Audit committees and in her third term of office.

John O’Connell TEP – Foundation Governor

John O’Connell was appointed at St. David’s Catholic College as Foundation Governor in September 2006. Mr O’Connell is the Senior Partner/Director of Howells Solicitors who have five other branches in South East Wales. Mr O’Connell specialises in advice relating to Wills, Wealth Administration and Estate Administration. Mr O’Connell brings wide legal, administrative, financial skills to the benefit of the College as well as extensive governance experience. Mr O’Connell has previously served as Chair of Governors for St. Illtyd’s RC High School. Mr O’Connell is the Chair of the FEGP and Personnel Committee and sits on the Search and Remuneration Committees.

Professor Sally Power – Foundation Governor

Professor Sally Power was appointed at St. David’s Catholic College as a Foundation Governor in February 2014. Professor Power is the Director of Research Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Professor Power directs WISERD Education, (Welsh Institute of Social and Economic Research Date and Methods) a major Research project following the progress of 1,500 Children and Young People and the progress through their education. Professor Power is a member of the FEGP and Personnel Committee and Chairs the Curriculum Committee.  

Dr Kathy Seddon – Foundation Governor

Dr Kathy Seddon was appointed a Foundation Governor at St David's College in September 2011. Dr Seddon, a former experienced teacher and Head of Department, is also a former Churchill Fellowship Scholar. From 2003, Dr Seddon worked for the National College assisting in the delivery of a Continuing Professional Development for aspiring heads in the NC online environment towards the then mandatory qualification-NPQH. Dr Seddon is currently Chair of the Welsh Branch of the Churchill Fellowship and is a Member of the Welsh Livery Guild. Dr Seddon is a member of the Curriculum and Quality Committee.  

David Stone - Foundation Governor

David Stone was appointed a Foundation Governor to St David’s Catholic College in March 2016. He brings to the Governing Body substantial experience of Catholic education in the Archdiocese. He taught at St Joseph’s High School in Newport and St Illtyd’s High School in Cardiff before being appointed Vice-Principal to the newly established St David’s College. He subsequently became head teacher of Corpus Christi High School. He is now retired. Mr Stone is a member of the FEGP Committee.

John Edwards - Foundation Governor

John Edwards was appointed at St David's Catholic College as a Foundation Govenor in July 2019. A former Mining Electrical Engineer who joined The Sussex Police Force in 1971, Mr Edwards is a former Director of the Knights of St Columba. For 8 years he was the Chair of Govenors at St Philip Howard High School, Barnham, West Sussex. Mr Edwards is currently Secretary of The Cardiff Circle (36) of the Catenian Association. Mr Edwards has obtained a Honours Degree in Religious Educational Studies from Brighton University. Mr Edwards looks forward once more to be involved within the field of Catholic Educaiton, especially here in Cardiff. 


Michella Wells - Student Governor

Michella (Rosé) Wells was appointed to be student Governor by the students in St David's in September 2017, she is a second year student studying Health and Social Care Level 3. She is a hard working individual who strives to bring positive change in the College. She's a supporting actress in her spare time. Rosé speaks on mental health and ensures that individuals are aware on where they can get help and who's there to help. She was a section leader for the military college she attended, and has acted alongside big screen names like Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Asa Butterfield and the Hoff.