Canon Graham Holcombe
I am Canon Residentiary at Llandaff Cathedral and graduated in Theology and Music. I was a Governor of Bishop of Llandaff School for over 20 years and served as a Governor in a Primary School in Pentyrch, where I was a vicar for 16 years before joining the Cathedral staff. Before ordination, I worked in industry for nine years as Personnel/Education and Training Officer with Borg Warner in Port Talbot. I have been a Governor of Howell’s School since June 2007.
Mrs Shau-Wai Sim
After graduating from Cardiff University I worked in the NHS for ten years as a Hearing Therapist in Audiology and then taught Hearing Therapy at Bristol University. Later, I retrained in Early Years education and worked on the Welsh Government’s Flying Start programme. I now work for a charity supporting families with disabled children. I have been actively involved in youth work for many years and run outdoor camps for teenagers in the summer. Our daughter came to Howell’s and is now at Bath University studying Accounting and Finance.
Rev Richard Horner
The Company’s current representative on the Governing Body is the Revd Richard Horner, a Liveryman of the Company. Richard has been the Chaplain of Rugby School since 1999; his wife Debbie is a Housemistress and Head of the Careers Department. They have four children. Richard is particularly interested in spiritual development and in the growth of community life within schools. He is an officer in the CCF and enjoys leading expeditions to wild areas. His interests include fell-running and real ale, preferably in that order.
The Drapers Company very generously funds three leaving Scholarships annually, hosts visits by groups from the school, and invites representatives to attend the annual service in London for the inauguration of the new master of the Company, followed by a splendid lunch at Drapers’ Hall.
The Drapers have also established a medal to be awarded annually in recognition of outstanding contribution to the ethos of the College.
Education & Professional Qualifications
2000 University of Wales, Cardiff, Doctor of Philosophy
1991 University of Wales, Cardiff, Master of Laws
1984 University of Wales, Cardiff Master of Pharmacy
1969 University of Wales, Bachelor of Pharmacy
Recent Employment History
2012 - 2013 Part time lecturer, Cardiff School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cardiff University
Master of the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales
Mrs Katharine Jean MacDonald
I was educated locally at both Elm Tree House and Bishop of Llandaff Church in Wales High School. After graduating in history and English, I worked as a Residential Social Worker for Dr Barnardo’s and after completing my PGCE, I began my career in education teaching English in Sudan, Africa, in a Girl’s Higher Secondary School. I was appointed as a history teacher in 1983 to Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls where I held numerous positions, including Head of History, Head of Upper School, Assistant Deputy, and Director of the Sixth Form, before retiring in 2013. I was a member of the Senior Management team for over ten years and an Inspector working for the Independent School’s Inspectorate for five years.
I am currently a Churchwarden at Llandaff Cathedral and one of the Safeguarding Co-ordinators. I am also a member of the Parochial Church Council and the Cathedral Social Committee which helps to organise parish and community events, such as the Rainbow Fayre. My daughter Bethan is a very proud Hywelian, having been educated at Howell’s School from the age of seven. She is now teaching English and Drama, married and living in London. I am confident of the affirmative role Howell’s School played in helping to create the confident young woman and teacher that she has become and I look forward to supporting the school as it provides a first-rate education, to the next generation of young people.