Simon Coles

Simon is the Group Managing Director of Cavendish Education. He supports the Chairman and is part of the governing board. He also leads the executive team.

He joins Cavendish Education with over twenty years of strategic leadership experience within private sector Specialist Education & Children’s Services.

In 1998 Simon developed one of the UK’s first dedicated residential schools for young people with Asperger Syndrome. 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 Neurodiversity 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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