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Meet our Governors

Who are Langley’s Governors?

Our Chair of Governors is Ms. Wazma Qais.

Langley is a ‘community school’ which means that it is a state school wholly owned and maintained by the Local Authority (Solihull MBC).

Our governing body consists of 17 governors:

2 Parent governors
12 Co-opted governors
1 Local Authority governors
1 Staff governor
1 Head Teacher

The role of co-opted governor can be held by a staff member, parent or member of the local community.

Our Governors

My name is Leanne Plews and I am a Specialist Advisory teacher in Solihull for pupils with a hearing impairment.

Prior to my role as an advisory teacher, I worked in mainstream primary settings for 11 years and then moved to a specialist school for Deaf children for four years. I am fluent in British Sign Language and love to use this when volunteering for National Deaf children’s society. I am passionate about teaching and love working in schools.

I am happily married and have three children, two who are now at Langley secondary school and one who has just graduated from University. When I am not busy with work or the children I love to exercise: running, swimming, cycling…I really don’t mind as long as I am active and keeping fit.

All three of my children went to Langley Primary and when my daughter was in year 4 the role of parent governor was advertised which I saw as an opportunity to give something back by supporting staff and offering feedback in meetings from a parents perspective.

My areas of involvement include SEND; Safeguarding and Wellbeing; PSHE and Citizenship.


My name is Naomi Todd and I am an Improvement and Change Partner for my local authority.

Prior to my role, I worked in several educational settings in Birmingham and Leeds before starting my career with the local government three years ago. In my current role, I deliver strategic support and policy advice for key transformational projects across different departments within my local authority.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading and writing, and keeping active.

I decided to volunteer as a School Governor because I think it’s vital that every child gets the best start in life through high quality education, and I’m passionate about doing what I can to make a positive difference.

I hope to apply my knowledge and expertise from my professional role to support the brilliant work the school is already doing in striving to create the best possible learning environment for every child.

My area of involvement is Literacy.


My name is Ian Lowe and I am an Engineering Manager.

Prior to my role as an engineering manager, I was a long term employee in the automotive engineering sector, with a strong STEM background. My experiences include working with materials, science and engineering, leading teams responsible for the delivery of robust and sustainable materials strategies in the manufacture of premium automotive platforms.

Leading a team of technically skilled individuals gives me the experience on complex team management and continuous delivery of specific strategic goals, whilst reacting to day to day challenges on tight timelines.

I chose to become a governor to support the schools development and assist in addressing the challenges the senior leaders and wider school community face. I hope to share my experiences in team leadership to aid in the school growing and continually improving.

My areas of involvement include GDPR and Curriculum.


My name is Michael Jones and I am a Deputy Headteacher.

I studied undergraduate History at Durham university before going on to do a PGCE and Masters In Education. I have worked as a class teacher, middle and senior leader in state schools before my current role as a senior leader in a local HMC and IAPS Independent school.

I became a School Governor to help make a difference in state education, to offer my expertise from my experience in both sectors and to provide appropriate and supportive strategic challenges to school leaders.

My areas of involvement include Data, EYFS? Might be another that I’ve forgotten!


My name isTom Goodman and I am a PhD Student & CEO of HackTheMidlands CIC.

My background includes Higher Education, Event Organisation, and Community Management.

I became a School Governor because I am passionate about getting involved & improving STEMM education for pupils.

My area of involvement is STEMM.


My name is Sue McCutcheon and I am a Deputy Headteacher.

Previous to my role, I have worked in the Lord Chancellor’s Dept for eight years, worked in the industry for eight years, taught English in Spain and Russia, taught Spanish and Russian in FE in England and was a Primary school teacher since 2006.

I chose to become a governor because I enjoy strategic planning, finding solutions and exploring new ideas and opportunities.

My area of involvement is Health and Wellbeing.


My name is Sarah Chung and I am a Doctoral researcher in Education. I focus on the role of governor training to produce an effective governing body.

Previous to my role, I was a qualified teacher and have 5 years of experience in governance.

As a teacher and parent, I have a keen interest in the state of education in the UK.  After taking on my first governance role at my children’s school, I undertook the MA in School Improvement and Educational Leadership to ensure I had a more detailed understanding of my position.  During my time as a governor and later chair of governors, as well as through my study at the university, I developed a passion for governance and supporting our children, teachers and senior leaders in this difficult educational climate.  I am pleased to have joined a governing body who are equally as passionate about education in the UK.

My areas of involvement are Training and Health and safety.