Below is a current list of our school governors.




Jo Taylor

Staff Headteacher

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Hi, I am the headteacher of Cavendish Community Primary School. This is my second year here and I love being part of such a great community.  I am passionate about providing the very best learning environment for children, developing exciting and irresistible learning experiences, enthusing children to read & discover about the world around them & having fun as we do all this! Along with the governors, our mission is to make sure every child at our school is safe, happy and achieving and developing in to a BRILLIANT CITIZEN!




Oliver Gibson

Co-opted (Chair)

I am the Chair of Governors. I am proud to be part of a school that strives to ensure that all the children of the local community can thrive in a vibrant, exciting and caring environment. 




Lorna Gordon (Vice Chair)


As a parent governor I put forward ideas and views on the sort of school we as a community want our children to go to. 




Suzannah Reeves




I have been a Governor at Cavendish for 17 years since my eldest daughter was in reception.  Cavendish provided a fantastic education for my 4 children and I continue to be a Governor to ensure that the school provides excellent education for all children.      

Catherine Alnuamaani

Parent - safeguarding governor

As a parent governor I am in the unique position of being able to offer a parental viewpoint on the school.  Through my children I have first hand experience of how the curriculum and the many school policies are delivered to the most important members of our school, the pupils.  My role on the Governing body is one where I  offer challenge, help and support to the school leadership team at a strategic level but, from a parental view.  I can guide parents as to the appropriate modes of action and the procedures to follow if they have any concerns and would like to express their views.




Kirsty Baird

Parent - SEN governor 

I’ve been involved with Cavendish since my children started at Nursery in 2013. I became a governor in 2016.
My career has been in Education and Special Educational Needs and I have worked in local government, specialist and mainstream schools and colleges.
I currently serve as a specialist member of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal, which is an independent national tribunal which hears parents’ and young people’s appeals against LA decisions about the special educational needs of children and young people.
I am the SEND governor and the link governor for health and well being and sit on the Curriculum and Wellbeing committee.
I am passionate about Cavendish and endeavour to help it continue to be the unique, vibrant, successful and happy community school that it is.

Neil Todd

Co-opted Governor


I have been a governor for over 12 months and am a member of the curriculum committee. My two daughters both attend the school and are very proud of it. It is a real privilege for me to have a role on the Governing Body in such a vibrant school which is wholly committed to achieving the best possible outcome for all of its students.

Sarah Kilty

Parent Governor

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As a parent to two children, I am delighted to serve as a parent governor at Cavendish. Cavendish is at the centre of our community and from the first time I visited I have been struck by how happy the children are and what incredible, varied opportunities they are given. I believe strongly that all children deserve a first-rate education and as a governor I ensure that the school’s moral purpose of ‘creating brilliant citizens’ is achieved, and our school is one that the whole community continues to be proud of.


Duncan Wilson

Parent Governor


I have been a parent governor at Cavendish since 2021 and am a member of the curriculum committee. As a school governor my job is to work constructively with staff so that all children find their time here as rewarding as my son does. I am a senior lecturer at the University of Manchester, where I run a history degree and have responsibility for student welfare, academic standards and curriculum development. Like everyone at Cavendish I believe that education should be exciting and inclusive, and I am committed to ensuring the school plays a vital role in the life of pupils, families and the community as a whole.

Tom Johnson

Co-opted Governor

 I am a headteacher of a local primary school and a resident of Didsbury. Cavendish is at the heart of the community and as a governor, I am delighted to play a part in helping our school continue to grow and flourish. I became a headteacher in 2014 and haved led two schools since then. My current school is similar to Cavendish in size and context. As a headteacher, I am responsible for leading all aspects of school life; from the curriculum and day-to-day operations, to school finances and effective governance.  I bring these skills and experience to the role of co-opted governor. In my free time, I enjoy gardening. 

Contact the School

Cavendish Community Primary School

Cavendish Road
West Didsbury
M20 1JG

Tel: 0161 445 1815

SEN Contact: Mrs Hookes

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