Our Governors

Below is a current list of our school governors.




Janet Marland

Staff (HT)

Previously I have worked in St. Helens, Germany, Stockport, Bolton, and Oldham, but I have been Headteacher at Cavendish since Sept 2007.  In that time the school has expanded from 2 form to 3 form entry, we've had a new roof and windows in the main building, and a new block has been built for Years 5 and 6.  There really isn't ever a dull moment!  I love working at Cavendish because its truly comprehensive and fully inclusive intake makes it unique in the city.  We have built a very special relationship with the West Didsbury community which has enriched all aspects of our work. The governors and I want for our pupils what we want for the children in our own familes: 

  • for them to be safe, well-respected, and listened to at school;
  • for their individual needs to be met as fully as possible;
  • for them to have an excellent grasp of the 3 Rs and a love of reading for their own pleasure;
  • for them to have happy memories of a broad, enjoyable, rewarding and stimulating primary school curriculum which has helped them to develop their own interests and talents;
  • for them to be caring, courteous and kind individuals who contribute positively to their community;
  • for them to leave us full of motivation and enthusisam for the next phase of their life.

Away from school I am a season ticket holder at Bolton Wanderers, a member of a choir, and I love going to see both live theatre and orchestral music.




Suzannah Reeves

Co-opted (Vice-Chair)

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.




Oliver Gibson

Co-opted (Chair)

I am the Vice Chair of Governors and have been a governor for six years. I have one son who left Cavendish last year and another in Year 2. 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. 









David Griffiths

Associate (DHT)

I first came to Cavendish in September 2000 and since then I have taught in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 ; been an assistant head teacher and, for the last 9 years, I have been the deputy head teacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead. I strive to do all I can to make our school as happy, unique & succesful as it can be for the children and families who are part of our community and I recognise the vital role the governing body play in this process.  

It is my responsibility to report to the curriculum committee. I aim to help them to understand everything the school does to ensure that ALL of our children have an equal opportunity to make the most of their time at Cavendish and to share with them the evidence of how well the school is performing this role.

I have 3 children (the youngest of which attended our excellent nursery) who keep me very busy away from school but I also manage a junior rugby team and enjoy playing football. Being a lifelong supporter of Everton Football Club has also helped me develop a great deal of resilience and a good sense of humour - both of which help immeasurably in my role at Cavendish.




Garry Bridges


I am a local Councillor for the Old Moat ward where lots of Cavendish pupils live. As a governor I want to make sure that the school is doing all it can to help every child succeed. I am a member of the curriculum committee which looks at the learning across the school.








Helen Boanas


I joined the school board in 2018. I have three sons at Cavendish and am happy to play a role in the governance of this great school.




Sarah Hamilton

Parent (Curriculum Committee Chair)


I’ve been a governor since 2014, when I had three children at Cavendish- two are now in high school. Being a governor allows me to support the school to provide the best possible education to all our children. The school has experienced many changes since I first became involved and it has proved a challenging and exciting time to be a governor!




Lorna Gordon


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. Being a member of the Resource Committee I am particularly focussed on using my professional background as an economist to help ensure the school gets value for money and the pupils get the most out of the funding the school receives. 





Mike Tate


I have been a year five teacher since my arrival at the school four years ago and it has been my pleasure to be a staff governor since March 2017. I believe that our school community is one to be celebrated and shared with our wider local community. As a staff representative, I have the chance to offer governors the opinions of staff members and an insight into how any changes have worked in the classroom and school environment. 





Chris Byrne


I became a parent governor in 2014, when my son, who is now in Year 5 was in Reception. 

Cavendish is an integral part of the local community, their ability to create a programme of experiences and activities, really does ensure that the children have the greatest of opportunities throughout their time here.




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.




Vino Bromfield

Co-opted (Resources Committee Chair)

I became a parent governor in 2014 and have a daughter in year 5.  It has been a privilege to see the school grow both in size and ambition in that time. I've served on both the curriculum and resources committees and have I hope, provided healthy challenge and support based on my experience of the school as a parent and also my professional background.  



Kirsty Baird

Parent - SEN governor 

I became a governor in 2016 and presently have two children who attend Cavendish. I feel fortunate to be involved with the school and as a parent governor am representative of the parent perspective in general and can provide a parent/carer standpoint to the governing body. My professional background is in Education and Special Educational Needs and I sit on the Curriculum Committee. My experience and knowledge as both a parent and professional working within education allows me to recognise the many challenges schools face and the potential impact these have. I feel my knowledge, commitment and enthusiasm enables me to contribute effectively to decisions on all aspects of the school. In my role I also provide support and challenge to the school and assist with setting and reviewing of targets, reviewing policies and the school improvement plan. I am passionate about Cavendish and endeavour to help it continue to be the 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.

Contact the School

Cavendish Community Primary School

Cavendish Road
West Didsbury
M20 1JG

Tel: 0161 445 1815

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