Meet our governors

Canon Mark O'Keeffe
Chair of Governors - responsible for RE and the Catholic Life of the school.
By being a governor, I hope to add a sense of cooperation between the parish and the cathedral school. I am currently the episcopal vicar for schools within the diocese. I have a working knowledge of Plymouth CAST. 

Nicola Chong


Foundation Governor, responsible for maths


I am currently a full time homemaker having previously worked in education for 10 years and as a dietician. I have two children at Cathedral School.  I am committed to the goal of achieving the best possible all round educational experience for all pupils.  I am also an active member of the Friends of School.

Lyn McLoughlin


Foundation Governor


I am currently employed as the Pastoral Assistant and safeguarding Rep for Plymouth Cathedral having previously spent the last 20 years in education as a teacher – 10 of these in Catholic Education) - this follows a successful career in mortgages and banking prior to starting a family.

I hope to bring this experience to my role as a Foundation Governor at the Cathedral School and as a link with the Cathedral.


Mark Dyson




I have been the headteacher at The Cathedral School of St. Mary since January 2019. Our school governors work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure we offer the best possible education to our pupils through a catholic lens. We are always looking for people who are able to volunteer to become governors to help us move the school forward. We currently have a vacancy for a parent governor so if you feel you have the skill set and the time to commit, please do let us know.

Lesley Peacock
Vice Chair of Governors - Foundation Governor
I am proud to be one of the foundation governors and have
just taken the position of vice chair. I also have
responsibility for safeguarding.
I am a part time registered nurse and a mum of 3. I have
enjoyed the experience as a parent of being a part of my own
children’s primary school journey.
I have been privileged to be a part of the children’s liturgy at
the Cathedral for the last 20 years and feel passionately that
all children deserve an education that allows them to thrive,
realise their full potential and open up opportunities to them.
I am excited to be a part of the school family and look
forward to having the opportunity to support both the
children and staff.
Theresa Cookson
Foundation Governor 
I am a married mother of two, born and brought up in the Cathedral Parish. My family has a long association with the Cathedral school, my dad and his siblings went to the school, as did I, and my uncle was caretaker for over 30 years. It is wonderful to be able to return to the school as the SEND governor and support Mr Dyson and his team.

I worked for the NHS prior to having a family and for the last 14 years have worked in the Learning Support dept at Notre Dame where my main focus has been literacy and speech and language support. I believe that all children deserve the best quality of education so that they can thrive and achieve their best.
Tracy Cook
Foundation Governor 
I have been a part of the Cathedral and Cathedral family for many years. I attended the Cathedral school, as did my Mother and grandmother.
It is now with great pleasure that I work at the cathedral School as a PSA (Parent support advisor) and have done so for the past 8 years.
Until recently I also worked at Holy Cross primary school.
I am very happily married with 4 children, one attending Notre dame.
I am very proud to be able to support some of our families here at The cathedral School, and take great pleasure in helping and supporting them.
I have been a governor at The Cathedral School for nearly 2 years, and am proud to be part of such a wonderfully caring team.
Tim Driscoll
Staff Governor
I have been part of the Cathedral School family for many years and have always been involved on the governing body. I have a real passion for education and providing all children with the best educational experiences. As Staff Governor, Assistant Head and class teacher I am lucky enough to be part of almost every phase of the schools policy and procedural processes, giving a unique insight into how governing board decisions have impacted the day-to-day quality for the children in our care.