Howell's School, Llandaff, along with the other GDST schools, is administered by the Council of the Trust and our own School Governing Board is appointed by the Council. All Governors take an active interest in the daily life of the school and act as a valuable sounding board for the Principal.

The School Governing Board is vital to the success of the school, providing an on-going source of support, inspiration and positive challenge to the Principal, and acting as ambassadors for Howell’s in the wider community.

The School Governing Board

Mrs Sue Thomas JPDL - Chair

I was educated at Howell’s School and have maintained my links with the school through the Hywelian Guild and also as a parent. My daughter attended the Senior School and benefited greatly from her experience. I believe in the importance of education and in encouraging pupils to make the most of their opportunities so I am delighted to be a Governor of the school with which I have a longstanding association and which believes in helping students fulfil their all - round potential.

Rev Richard Horner

The Drapers 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. 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 Howell’s, 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.

Dr Sarah Cockbill

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

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.

Mrs Carol Shirley Walton

I lived in Scotland for many years, but following our move to Wales as a family, my daughter, Jennifer became a student at Howell’s, from 1988-1995.

I qualified as a nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, and as a midwife at the Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion in Edinburgh. I work as the Infant Feeding Advisor in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, where my responsibilities include training all grades of medical, maternity and neonatal staff and maintaining standards in all three maternity units in Gwent. I run two clinics a week for mothers and babies, and occasionally see some of these babies who are now grown up and attending Howell’s.

Mrs Anne Hayward

A pupil at Howell’s from 1964 through to 1971, before attending Southampton University, I qualified as a solicitor in 1977 and have worked for national law firms as a partner throughout my working life both in Cardiff and Bristol, specialising in commercial property.

Since retiring I have been active as a non-exec director on the board of two housing associations, and been a member and chairing the audit committees at both.

I value highly the education, opportunities and guidance my daughter Lisa and I both received at Howell’s, and welcome the opportunity to join the governing body and support the school in continuing to provide a first rate education for young women.

Dr Tony Olavesen

I gained a BSc and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Birmingham and I have continued to follow a career in Education, mainly in the university sector.  After a period of study at Duke University, USA, I was appointed to a post in Cardiff University in Biochemistry.  During my time in Cardiff, I became Director of Studies for all biochemistry degree schemes, including the establishment of 4-year schemes that involved an industrial placement. Side by side with teaching, my research achieved the publication of many papers as well as the supervision of PhD students.

I was elected as a Fellow of various chemical societies (FRSC) and a Chartered Chemist (CChem) in 1980.

During my career I have been closely involved in the career development of students in local secondary schools, particularly with those hoping to follow a career in medicine or related fields.  I interviewed extensively at UWCM as well as being a member of the Selection Advisory Panel at UWCM.



Howell's School provides tremendous "value-added" in terms of public examination results, which are consistently higher than predicted in independent assessments.

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