Meet the staff
To read a brief resume for a member of staff, simply click their name in the list below.
Dr Ronald Barnett | HISTORY
Ron Barnett has a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.A. and Ph.D. in History from Cardiff University. Ron took his PGCE with the OU before embarking upon a teaching career. He has over thirty years teaching experience at all levels in secondary schools and Sixth Form Colleges in South Wales. Over the years he has taught both English Language and History to GCSE and A-level. His posts of Senior Responsibility have included ten years as Head of English at Westbourne and ten years as Head of History at Cardiff Academy. In addition, Ron has extensive experience over many years as an Examiner at A-level for History for AQA, Edexcel and International Baccalaureate.
Mr Byron Davies | LAW
Byron Davies has a degree in Classics from the University of Wales Bangor, a LL.B from the University of London and a LL.M from Cardiff Law school. He also has a PGCE and a Post Graduate Diploma in Criminal Justice Studies. Byron has taught in a variety of schools, colleges and Universities in the UK for over thirty years and has, during this time, been Head of Classics, Head of Sixth Form and Senior Lecturer in Law at a large Sixth Form College. He is presently a Law examiner for both the WJEC and the Cambridge International Examination Boards and an associate lecturer for the Open university degree course in Law.
Byron has published numerous articles and law manuals, the latest of which is a Manual of Business Law for the Association of Business Executives. He is a Senior magistrate, sitting on the adult and family benches.
Mrs Elizabeth Evans | PSYCHOLOGY
Following many years working in the business and commercial sector whilst also bringing up her family, Liz Evans took her B.A. in Psychology and PGCE at Cardiff University. She has over ten years teaching experience in Sociology and Psychology at GCSE and A-level in a variety of schools and colleges in South Wales. Her interests include research methods in psychology, student guidance/counselling and youth work. In addition, Liz has been an Examiner for AQA in A-level Psychology for a number of years.
Mrs Meirwen Davies | SOCIOLOGY, POLITICS & LAW
Meirwen Davies has a B.Sc. in Sociology & Law and a PGCE from Cardiff University. Over the years she has taught Sociology, Law and Politics at GCSE and A-level in a wide variety of schools and colleges in South Wales.
Prior to teaching, Meirwen worked for many years as both Deputy Manager and Debt Counsellor for the Citizens` Advice Bureau in Cardiff. She is an Examiner in Sociology for the OCR Board and has many interests outside academic life including Youth & Community Work, Charity Work for the Church in Wales and is involved in fund raising for Orphanages in Bulawayo. Meirwen is, in addition, a qualified teacher of English as a Foreign Language.
Mrs Jennifer Davies | ACADEMY VICE PRINCIPAL, FRENCH & GERMAN
Jenne Davies has an M.A. from Cambridge University in French and German and a Masters Degree in French from the University of Bristol. She has qualified teacher status and has taught French and German at all levels in a wide variety of state and private schools and colleges both here in the UK and overseas for nearly forty years. She has, in addition, held many Senior Responsibility posts including Housemistress at Clayesmore School for three years and Head of Modern Languages, Head of Sixth Form and Head of General Studies at The Royal School in Bath for five years. She was also Head of Modern Languages at New College in Cardiff for four years. Jenne has been an Examiner at GCSE and A-level in both French and German for many years and has worked for a variety of Exam Boards including AQA, Edexcel, WJEC and International Baccalaureate. Together with her husband Paul and the late Anthony Huxley, Jenne is co-author of an authoritative guide to European Orchids called “Wild Orchids of Britain and Europe”.
Jenne Davies has been the Vice Principal and a Director of Cardiff Academy since 1999. As such she is responsible, together with the Principal, for running all aspects of Cardiff Academy as a business and educational institution. She is also Student Welfare Officer, UCAS Advisor and Examinations Officer at The Academy.
Dr Sarah Forbes-Robertson | BIOLOGY & PHYSICS
Dr Sarah Forbes-Robertson has a B.Sc. in Biology from Bristol University, and a Ph.D. from University College London. She has been teaching & lecturing in University and secondary schools for over 14 years, including the Schools of Medicine in both Cardiff University & Swansea University, where she was also a UCAS interviewer. She is currently also a post-doctoral research fellow in Swansea University, in the Sports Science Department in the School of Engineering. She is responsible for extracting DNA from 500-year-old bones from the Mary Rose Tudor warship, King Henry VIII’s favourite warship.
Her outside interests include ceroc & salsa dancing, which she used to teach at Harry & Sybil Marks School of Dance in Cardiff, and making chocolates and ice-cream. She has been lucky enough to travel extensively as part of her academic research, including visiting some of the world’s most radioactive places, such as Nagasaki & Kiev, for projects involving the Chernobyl Tissue Bank. She was the Welsh finalist in the Famelab competition, a national competition organised with the Cheltenham Science Festival to find the new David Attenborough. As a result the British Council invited her to give public ScienceCafe talks in Estonia, Finland & Sri Lanka, as well as going into schools to extract DNA from bananas with small children.
Mr Shane Holland | ART, PHOTOGRAPHY & ICT
Shane Holland has a B.A. in Art & Design from UWIC. He also possesses a M.Sc. in Music Production & Engineering and a B.Sc. in Sound Technology. Shane has been a freelance artist and designer for ten years as well as completing numerous audio projects for film, animation, TV and Radio. He is a certified Apple Logic music production software user, completing all of the intensive training courses required. Before joining Cardiff Academy in 2008 Shane worked at Howell’s School, Llandaff.
Mr Jeffrey Jones | ECONOMICS & BUSINESS STUDIES
Jeff Jones has a B.Sc. in Economics and a Masters Degree in Education from Cardiff University. He is also a qualified teacher with a PGCE from Birmingham University. Jeff has over thirty five years experience teaching and lecturing on a wide range of Economics and Business Courses including A-level in many different schools and FE colleges in England and South Wales. He has been an Examiner at A-level in Economics and Business Studies for Edexcel, WJEC and International Baccalaureate for over twenty five years.
Ms Philippa Watkins | ENGLISH, EFL & THEATRE
Philippa Watkins has a B.A. in English Literature and Modern History from Liverpool University and a PGCE from Swansea University. She has a Masters Degree in Romano-Celtic History and is currently studying for a Masters Degree in English and Creative Writing at UWIC. As well as teaching at Cardiff Academy, Philippa is also a lecturer in Education at UWIN, where she has worked for five years.
Philippa has nearly twenty years teaching experience. She has taught English Language and Literature to GCSE and A level in a number of secondary schools in South Wales, and for four years was Head of English at a secondary school in Newport. She taught for a year at a private school in Istanbul, Turkey, and was also project manager for Basic Skills Cymru, during a project to drive up literacy standards in South Wales.
Mrs Sonia Warrell | CHEMISTRY
Sonia Warrell has a B.Sc. in Chemistry and a PGCE from UCL. She has taught Chemistry for over fifty years at all levels in state schools, private schools and colleges in both England and South Wales. Her professional career experience includes ten years spent teaching prospective teachers at Teacher Training College. Sonia has, in addition, held the Senior Responsibility post of Head of Chemistry for over thirty years in both secondary schools and Sixth Form Colleges.
Mr John Wickett | MUSIC
John Wickett has a B.A. in Music and a PGCE from Cardiff University. He is a vastly experienced teacher, having taught Music at all levels in secondary schools and Sixth Form College in South Wales for more than forty years. His Posts of Senior Responsibility include many years as Head of Music at Llanederyn High School and Director of Performing Arts at Cantonian. It was John who, thirty years ago now, started the County High School Choir which, happily, is still thriving and which he still runs today. Apart from teaching GCSE and A-level Music at Cardiff Academy John also currently works for the CVG Music Service, teaches Music privately and plays for special events including accompanying Examination Candidates.
Dr Stephen Wilson | ACADEMY PRINCIPAL & BIOLOGY
Steve Wilson has a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the University of Newcastle, a Masters Degree in Oceanography from Southampton University, a B.Sc. in Zoology from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and a PGCE from the University of Greenwich in London. He has published a number academic research papers – mainly on the love-life of lobsters. Steve has over thirty years experience of teaching and lecturing in Biology, Human Biology and Marine Science at University and in FE Colleges, Sixth Form Colleges and secondary schools in both the private and state sectors of education in England and Wales. He has also held numerous positions of Senior Responsibility in various schools and colleges including Head of Biology, Head of Science, Student Admissions Officer, Examinations Officer, Senior UCAS Advisor and School/Industry Liaison Officer. He has in addition worked as an A-level Examiner in Biology for Edexcel, OCR and AQA.
Steve Wilson has been the Principal and a Director of Cardiff Academy since its inception in 1999. As such he is responsible, together with the Vice Principal, for running all aspects of Cardiff Academy as a business and educational institution. He is also the designated First Aider, Fire Prevention Officer and Health & Safety Manager at The Academy.