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.

Mark Dyson - Headteacher

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.

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 able 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. 

Marguerite Sperring-Foundation Governor responsible for Health and Safety


My name is Marguerite Sperring and I am a Foundation Governor. I bring my skills as a trained and qualified HR specialist to support the School and Governing Body. I also bring my deep faith and desire for a safe environment for staff and pupils to support the School and Governing Body. I sit on the relevant committees where my skills can be best utilised (RE, Safeguarding and HR). I also visit the schools at various times (e.g. parent evenings) to be a face the pupils and parents recognise as that of a governor and hopefully one that is approachable.

I am proud to be involved with the Governing Body because I believe in both Schools and what they want to achieve. The passion for doing the best for the pupils and staff is evident in what is said and done and I want to be associated with people that have that passion.