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
The role of co-opted governor can be held by a staff member, parent or member of the local community.
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 the National Deaf Children’s Society. I am passionate about teaching and love working in schools.
I am happily married and have three children, two of 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 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 experience in 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 school’s 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 is Tom 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.
I’m Sue McCutcheon, the Deputy Headteacher here at Langley Primary.
Prior to this role, I worked in the Lord Chancellor’s Department and subsequently in industry, both for a period of eight years. When living abroad, I taught English in Spain and Russia. When in England, I taught Spanish and Russian in colleges of further education. In 2006, I retrained to become a primary school teacher and began my career here as a newly qualified teacher.
I have been a school governor at my daughter’s primary school and chose to become a governor at Langley because I enjoy strategic planning, finding solutions and exploring new ideas and opportunities.
My particular area of involvement on the Board 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 that is equally as passionate about education in the UK.
My areas of involvement are Training and Health and Safety.
My name is Ayed Galeb.
I am currently a category officer at DfE.
Since graduating from University, I have always worked in the Civil Service doing various workstreams from Highways Agency to Immigration and now Commercial Procurement and Finance.
I chose to become a governor because I want to make a positive contribution to children’s education, assist in challenging and improving processes which in turn will have a positive impact on the quality of education every pupil receives.
My name is Zara Khan.
I am currently an energy specialist & retail worker.
Prior to my role, I completed my studies in english and creative writing.
I became a school governor to help and offer input on the betterment of schools and pupils. I would also like to pursue a career in teaching and this will give me valuable experience.
My name is Gurjit Bhogal.
I am a medical doctor with NHS experience both as a General Practitioner and hospital consultant in the West Midlands. Previously, I have been heavily involved in large scale projects having worked for professional sports organisations too. I’ve always been interested in helping address health and social inequalities and helping shape the culture of any organisation in which I have been involved. I’m keen to meet everyone in the school soon.
The reason I became a governor is to support the local school close to my home and assist in addressing inequalities.