"Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God."

Romans 13:1

Local governing body

Derby Cathedral School is held accountable by a local governing body and, in turn, the trust board of directors.

The role of the local governing body is to monitor the school's key performance indicators within the set scheme of delegation alongside the Headteacher and senior leaders.  

Our governing body

Mike Shales: Chair of Governors



I am a Derby Diocesan Academy Trust Governor and I was appointed to the Board in the Autumn of 2020. I am a former secondary school teacher and worked in Derby for over 35 years in various teaching roles, including that of Principal. I retired from teaching in 2020 but still want to make a positive difference, in a voluntary capacity, to the young people of Derby.


Jen Lewis-Smith (Chapter Governor)


My profession I am an Occupational Therapist.  I have worked across a range of settings in practice as well as in Higher Education delivering and managing programmes of education and continuing professional development to health and social care professionals.  I worship at Derby Cathedral and was nominated to the AAB to represent the Cathedral congregation.   I act as Vice Chair on the AAB and have a special interest in supporting the areas of Special Educational Needs, Pupil Premium, finance and human resources.  


Bee O'Hara (Parent Governor)


I joined Derby Cathedral School LGB having been elected as a Parent Governor in Spring 2022. I previously worked within the Disability Movement, locally within Derbyshire including Development and Community Work and working at independent and integrated living options with personal care planning and the employment of PAs directly by Disabled People. As a parent I became very involved with fundraising for both my daughter's Pre School and Primary School, serving as a Governor and PTA Trustee. I have seen many positives during the 3 years my daughter has been at DCS, she is a happy, well supported student.
I look forward to seeing our school grow and develop strong links within the local community in support of our student's learning journey.

Dian (dee-ehn) Garrett: (Parent Governor)



I was invited to the Governing Board as a Parent Governor after my second attempt to fill the role was an uncontested election. Since immigrating to the UK as a teenager, I've lived in Derby and worked to be a helpful part in many of the communities here through different roles including support for multi-faith and non-theist groups, host administrator for disabled gamers, resource and event organiser for  home educating families, girls & women’s groups, and groups for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, and researcher and fundraiser for several organisations including as a participant in the Derby Market Hall's karaoke for cancer research. I have four children, two who currently attend Derby Cathedral School, one child who left Derby Cathedral School for an apprenticeship after Year 11, and an adult child who attended Derby College.


Dean of Derby Cathedral – Peter Robinson (Ex Officio)



Peter has been Dean of Derby since July 2020 when he moved to the East Midlands from the Diocese of Newcastle where he was archdeacon of Lindisfarne. Peter has long experience of governance in the Church School setting, including academies. Peter leads the life, mission and ministry of Derby Cathedral and works with the Bishop of Derby’s staff team across the Diocese of Derby. Peter is committed to building a strong and mutually supportive relationship between Derby Cathedral and Derby Cathedral School.



Becky Youens (Staff Governor)



I'm an English teacher and joined DCS in September 2020. I studied and trained at the University of Leicester, becoming a qualified teacher of English and Media Studies in 2011. I've worked in schools across Nottingham and Derbyshire, as well as spending a brief period working for a local charity supporting victims of sexual violence. I feel strongly about the importance and value of education and became Staff Governor in May 2022. I look forward to seeing the community at DCS grow and the young people who attend our wonderful school flourish.


Simon Morris (Trust Governor)



I am a former secondary headteacher. Since my retirement in 2020, I have been involved as a trustee/governor across a range of schools, whilst also leading head and senior leadership performance reviews and appraisals. I also sit on the Derby Diocesan Board of Education. I am keen to continue to use my experience of school leadership to make a positive difference to the lives of young people at Derby Cathedral School.


Duncan Anderson (Chapter Governor)



I joined the local governing board of Derby Cathedral School in February 2024. I am currently the Head of Discipline for Primary Initial Teacher Training and Education at the University of Derby, a role I have held since March 2020. I joined the University in September 2015 as a Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher and Education, specialising in SEND and Inclusion. Prior to that, I taught in primary and secondary schools for 16 years and was a senior leader and assistance SENDCO. 


Governors & their Meeting Schedule 2023-24

Updated: 27/03/2024 14 KB
Updated: 16/11/2023 14 KB

Governor attendance

Updated: 16/08/2023 20 KB

Constitution of Local Governing Body

Updated: 16/11/2023 140 KB

Governors Declaration of Interest

Updated: 17/05/2024 25 KB

DDAT Scheme of Delegation

Updated: 26/09/2022 393 KB

If you wish to contact any of the governing body, please email Helen Hurst, the Clerk to Governors (H.Hurst@derbycathedralschool.org.uk). 

Full information and statutory documentation about the Trust directors and members can be found on the Key Information page of the DDAT website