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Simon Coles

Simon is the CEO of Cavendish Education. He supports the Chairman and leads the executive team.

Simon has over twenty years of strategic leadership experience within private sector Specialist Education & Children’s Services. In 1998 he developed one of the UK’s first dedicated residential schools for autistic young people. In turn, this led to a number of senior leadership roles across specialist provision within the Farleigh Education Group.

​In 2002 The Farleigh Education Group became part of Priory Group, the UK’s largest provider of private sector specialist education and healthcare. Since Priory’s acquisition, Simon has led the growth and development of the company’s SEN & Children’s Services portfolio across numerous strategic leadership roles.

Appointed to the Priory Board as Chief Executive Officer in 2016 he continued to shape the direction of the company through the ongoing development and acquisition of forward-thinking neurodiverse school provisions.

Simon is passionate about providing the highest possible outcomes for young people and is an Alumni of the Windsor Leadership Trust.

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