New Members of the Board of Governors

We are delighted to share with the ECS community the news that four new Governors have been appointed to the Board:


Very Revd Jonathan Greener, Dean of Exeter

In September 2003, Jonathan was appointed Archdeacon of Pontefract. He was in this post for four years, and during that time also chaired the Diocesan board of education. In 2007 he negotiated the setting up of Trinity Academy, Halifax with the Minister of State, and secured £34 million for the new building, which accommodated 1800 students.

From 2007 he chaired the Trinity Academy Trust, which in due course turned into a multi academy trust. The predecessor School, Holy Trinity Halifax, had been judged satisfactory, but the new academy was immediately judged to have outstanding progress, and then became an outstanding school.

Jonathan was appointed Dean of Wakefield in December 2006, and remained in that position until his move to Exeter. As Dean, he presided over the renewal of the whole cathedral building from top to bottom and east to west. He is a church commissioner, one of the trustees of the Church of England‘s historic assets.

Professor M S Totterdell FRSA

A Devonian and Old Sternian, who served in HM Forces (Parachute Regiment) for ten years before leaving the services to read a degree in theology and philosophy.  Taught in secondary schools in and around London before being appointed to a tenured position at London University where he lectured at the Institute of Education eventually becoming Dean of Teacher Education. Later appointed as Director of the Manchester Institute of Education and subsequently Executive Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor at Plymouth University before retiring in 2010.

A Churchill Fellow, he has been Chair of the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (2005-08) and has extensive international experience in Europe, North America and the Far East. Since retirement, he works part-time for The Education Audiovisual Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission on Tempus and Erasmus+ programmes, is a member of the North Commission for University Cooperation Development (Global Minds) in Flanders, Belgium, is on the Board of Trustees of  Faith in the Media (Lapido Media) and has been interim Vice Rector for Research and Graduate Studies at Marin Barleti University, a private higher education institution in South East Europe and Doctoral Programme Coordinator for Clemson University, NC, USA in the West Balkans region.

Revd James Mustard, Canon Precentor of Exeter Cathedral

James Mustard was installed as Canon Precentor in March 2018. Following a career as a freelance musician, he studied Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge and trained for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge. After participating in an exchange programme at Yale Divinity School, he was ordained in 2005 and served his title at the Church of St Peter Mancroft, Norwich.

From 2008, he was Assistant Priest at St Peter’s Church, Eaton Square in London, before becoming Rector of East Barnet in North London in 2012 and Area Dean of Barnet in 2015. He has a degree in Music from the University of Exeter and a degree in Systematic Theology from King’s College London.


Jenny Ellis (Rowe), Chapter Canon at Exeter Cathedral

Jenny’s career was spent in the Civil Service, mostly in legal departments, principally the then Lord Chancellor’s Department. She was Principal Private Secretary to Lord Mackay in the early 1990s and to Lord Irvine in the late 1990s. Her final role before retiring from full-time work in October 2015 was as the first Chief Executive of the UK Supreme Court.

Jenny is a non- executive member of the Audit and Risk Committees of two Government departments; and undertakes a number of voluntary roles, including as a member of the Independent Monitoring Board for Exeter prison. a Trustee of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Honorary Treasurer of the Civil Service Retirement Fellowship.

Jenny was born and brought up in Cornwall and chairs the Friends of her “home” parish church in North Cornwall. She and her late husband returned to the West Country on her retirement and Jenny now lives in Topsham.

29 June 2018
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