Below is a current list of our school governors.

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Jo Taylor

Staff Headteacher


Hi, I am the headteacher of Cavendish Community Primary School. This is my fourth 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 Governor (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 

Co-opted Governor (Vice Chair) & Inclusion Governor

I am a co-opted governor having originally been elected as a parent governor in 2016. I am delighted that my children have enjoyed many happy years at this great school. As governor I put forward ideas and views on the sort of school we as a community want our children to go to. As chair of the Curriculum and wellbeing committee I help the school develop our plans and use data to review how our pupils are progressing. I aim to bring my professional background as an economic adviser at the Department of Work and Pensions and an understanding of government policy to the role.






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 -Safeguarding 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.

Tim Whitworth

Parent Governor

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As a parent governor with 3 children in the school I'm heavily invested in the school and it's progress. We're very lucky to have such a caring, diverse and inclusive school in our community and I want to see it thrive in all areas. I see my role as supporting and understanding the operations of the school and providing robust challenge where necessary. My aim is to ensure that Cavendish continues in "creating briliant citizens" through delivering an engaging educational experience and the multitude of opportunities it offers.

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.

Sami Khan

Parent Governor

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My family have been pupils at Cavendish for over 6 decades, and currently our 2 daughters attend the school. As a former pupil myself I was delighted to be elected as a parent governor in 2021, and I now serve as the Chair of the Resources committee. I want the current and future pupils at Cavendish to have the fantastic rounded education I had, and as a governor I am here to help the school produce those brilliant citizens!. Cavendish and its pupils are the beating heart of our community, and it is a great joy to be a part of that family. I bring my experience from working as a production designer in the film and TV industry, and property development.

Tom Johnson

Co-opted Governor Chair of Resources

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 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. 

Laurence Moule

Staff Governor

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Having worked at Cavendish since 2013, I feel lucky to be part of this school community and, as a staff governor, it is a privilege to see all the care and consideration that goes into every aspect of school life. I am currently teaching in Year 5, having spent time in Year 3 and Year 6. I will continue to do my utmost as a governor to ensure our school remains such a brilliant place for children to succeed and flourish. 
Cavendish Road,
West Didsbury,
Manchester M20 1JG
Mrs Taylor: Headteacher
Miss Evans: Deputy Headteacher & Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Hookes: Inclusion lead & SENDCO for years 1-4
Mrs Carroll: Inclusion lead & SENDCO for years 5-6
All available via the school email & telephone number