Our Governors

Langley First School has a dedicated, committed and effective Governing Body which is vital to ensuring high standards are maintained. The governors meet twice a term in order to support and challenge the school so that improvements are consistently reviewed and evaluated. The governors make visits to the school to observe the activities of the children and to inspect the school building. They are involved in shortlisting and interviewing candidates for staff appointments. To assist the governors in carrying out their duties they attend training sessions organised by the Local Authority.

Mr Chris Coady

Co-opted Governor

(Chair of Governors)

Chris Riding

Parent Governor

Mr Andrew Miekle

Co-opted Governor

I am Andrew Meikle and I joined the governing body as a co-opted governor in June 2017. Having had 2 teachers as parents I am aware of the value governors can add to a school and wanted to support Langley and help where I could. I also live 100 yards away and my daughter will hopefully attend here when old enough so I wanted to make sure the school is a well run one!

My governor responsibility is for Humanities and I also sit on the staffing and curriculum committee.

I am an HR Manager for a Local Authority and see the good and bad of employment and staffing issues. This experience helps me to support the Head and school to look at ways to continually improve the education we provide to the children - and also make sure we avoid the mistakes I see others make.

Mr Kevin Hood

Parent Governor

I have always had a strong interest in education and a desire to contribute to the wider community, prior to having children I served as a governor at a local High school for 4 years.  During this period the school was awarded Outstanding status by Ofsted for the first time, and I got to see first hand the vital role a strong governing body can play in supporting the school and its leadership team to deliver an enriching education for all pupils. I found the experience of being a governor really rewarding and when I stepped away after my first child was born I hoped I would have the chance to get involved as a parent governor in the future.

I am a practicing chartered accountant and have worked for Procter and Gamble for 20 years in a variety of regional and global finance roles. The financial and management skills I have from my work, combined with my previous experience as a governor will ensure I can make a real contribution to the continued success of Langley First School.

Mrs Rowenna Campbell

Local Authority Governor

My name is Rowenna Campbell and I’ve been a governor since November 2015. Both my children have attended Langley First School in recent years. My main motivation for becoming a governor is to support the school to continue to foster an environment in which each child is valued, enthused to learn and given the opportunity to shine. I work for Newcastle City Council coordinating the city’s response to migration, refugee resettlement and asylum dispersal and know first-hand the vital role that schools play in providing a stable and nurturing base from which children flourish. My subject responsibilities on the Governing Body are history, geography and RE, as well as equal opportunities and diversity.

Mrs Lisa Heatherington

Co-opted Governor

(Vice Chair of Governors)


I joined the Governing body at Langley First School (February 2017) as a parent governor and have now become a Co-opted Governor. I am also part of the Curriculum and Staffing committee.

I currently work as a primary school teacher, a job which I love, in a variety of local primary schools.

My motivation as a governor is to ensure that Langley First School provides the best possible education for every child in a safe and supportive environment. We are proud to have such an enthusiastic and talented staff team, who manage and deliver our challenging and inspiring curriculum.

Mrs Caroline Crowthers

Staff Governor

Hi, my name is Caroline Crowthers and I have recently been appointed the role of staff governor. I wanted to take a more active role in the running of the school as I have been employed at Langley for over 8 years and fully understand what the ethos is trying to achieve which I want to be a part of. My responsibility will be around school meals to ensure they maintain a healthy and balanced diet for children.

Mrs Carrie Marron

Co-opted Governor
(Deputy Headteacher)

My name is Carrie Marron and I am the Deputy Headteacher and a Co-opted Governor of the school. In 2009 I was appointed as a Staffing Governor and my role was to provide an effective link between the governing body and the school staff. The role has changed over time and I am now a Co-opted Governor. I continue to support the link between staff and the governing body and assist the Headteacher in his roles and responsibilities. I am part of the finance committee and attend the staffing committee meetings as an observer. I have worked at the school for nearly 20 years and am highly committed to the school and governing body.

Mr Bruce Parvin

Co-opted Governor


Hi, my name is  Bruce Parvin, and I have been a School Governor since my children attended Langley in 2008 – they are both now at Whitley Bay High! Originally a Local Authority nominated governor for 8 years, I was subsequently co-opted to continue as a member of the governing body.  I am a qualified Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) member and currently chair the Finance and Assets Committee. I also have a keen interest in how performance information is used to improve our children’s development and would urge parents to review this data on the website.

I have really enjoyed my involvement with the school, and would encourage parents to get involved, whether as a governor, in the great fundraising work that the Friends of Langley undertake, getting involved in the Parent Partnership Group or simply attending school events and providing comments or feedback.

If you wish to discuss further the role of a Governor or opportunities to become involved in school life then please contact the school office to arrange an appointment with either the Headteacher or Chair of Governors.

Mr Ryan Anderson

Parent Governor

My name is Ryan Anderson and I am a parent governor, with two children at the school. I am aware of the increasing pressures facing schools and therefore wanted to put myself forward to help and support Langley First School to overcome its challenges, meet its goals and continue to provide a fantastic and nurturing education for our children.

I see this role as a great opportunity to become a ‘critical friend’ of the school, working in a collaborative manner to ensure strategic aims are met.  As a parent, I also want to help foster and maintain the school’s inclusive ethos to create a positive and happy learning environment for every child, whilst also supporting emotional wellbeing.

Mr Andy Pendlebury

Co-opted Governor

Hi, I joined the governing body as a co-opted Governor in November 2017. I have several friends who are in the teaching profession and through discussions with them and a desire to get involved with my local community I put myself forward as a co-opted Governor.

My professional background is in the construction industry - specifically in cost management - and whilst I have in the (distant!) past worked in outdoor education, I currently have limited experience / knowledge of the education system and all that entails. I do however hope that I can bring some of my knowledge and experience to bear and maybe offer a different perspective to help the school achieve for all.

I sit on the finance committee and have responsibilities in relation to asset management / health and safety and also pupil premium. Through my Governor role and other responsibilities, I hope to be able to challenge and support the governing body, head teacher and staff to provide the best environment for children to not only learn but to be happy and fulfilled .

Mrs Lianne Anderton

Parent Governor

I am a strong believer in helping children discover their full potential through a mix of learning, extra-curricular activities and social engagement and want to support the school and other parents in helping our children have the confidence to achieve all that they can.

Early in my career I worked in a range of support roles within the financial services industry, from managing large teams of customer service agents to Financial Control and from there I began my career within Procurement.

Over the past 7 years I have worked within the retail and manufacturing sector for local company Greggs. Working for a company with strong cultural values and a mission to do good across the community has allowed me to get involved in a range of charitable causes, including regular fundraising for Children in Need and supporting a local school start up and maintain a Greggs Breakfast Club.  This ensures children get a nutritious start to their day to help them in their learning.

In my current role as a senior policy and process manager, my responsibilities include ensuring all goods and services that are procured into the business are done so in a sustainable way and to constantly review processes, implement and manage change and communicate effectively with a range of both internal and external stakeholders to help maximise value and minimise risk.  These skills are valuable in the parent governor role, helping to support the school in its journey to embedding sustainable practices and helping to support in the education of our children in this area.  I have also been fortunate enough to be a part of a Women’s Sponsorship Programme, which encouraged the ethos to “chose to challenge gender bias and inequality” and echoes the Langley Ethos of a “respectful and caring attitude towards each other, the wider community and it’s environment”.

I believe that as a parent governor, I am a critical friend to the school.  I will be there to support the school and help it improve but also be willing to challenge leaders where necessary and providing support to make improvements to the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff.

Governor Attendance

START DATEEXPIRY DATEPotential meetings per yearActual Attendance
Ryan AndersonParentElected13/03/201912/03/202333(S & C) 1 of 1
Richard BiggsParentElected25/04/201630/09/202032(F & A) 1 of 2
Rowenna CampbellLocal AuthorityAppointed14/10/201513/10/202332(S & C) 1 of 1
Chris CoadyCo-optedAppointed05/06/201904/06/202333(S & C) 1 of 1
Caroline CrowthersStaffElected03/01/201702/01/202133(F & A) 2 of 2
Louise DackCo-optedAppointed12/11/201411/11/202232(F & A) 1 of 2
Lisa HeatheringtonParentElected15/02/201714/02/202133(S & C) 1 of 1
Tim JonesHeadteacherAppointed01/01/200033(S & C) 1 of 1
(F & A) 2 of 2
Carrie MarronCo-optedAppointed12/11/201411/11/202232(F & A) 1 of 2
Andrew MeikleCo-optedAppointed07/06/201706/06/202133(S & C) 1 of 1
Bruce ParvinCo-optedAppointed15/02/201714/02/202133(F & A) 2 of 2
Andy PendleburyCo-optedAppointed30/10/201729/10/202133(F & A) 2 of 2
Chris RidingParentElected02/03/202001/03/202422(S & C) 1 of 1

Governor Committees

Staffing & Curriculum

(Quorum 3)

* Staff may be asked to withdraw if the item being discussed is relating to their own pay and conditions or that of any other member of staff in more than general terms.

  • Mr Jones *
  • Mrs C Marron*
  • Mrs L Heatherington
  • Mrs Campbell
  • Mr A Meikle
  • Mr C Coady
  • Mr R Anderson

Finance, Assets (Premises) & Health and Safety

(Quorum 3)

* Staff may be asked to withdraw if the item being discussed is relating to their own pay and conditions or that of any other member of staff in more than general terms.

  • Mr Parvin
  • Mr Jones *
  • Mrs Crowther *
  • Mrs Dack
  • Mr Pendlebury
  • Mrs Marron * (Observer)

Hearings (Quorum dependent on Policy) & Pupil Discipline

(Quorum 3)

3 available governors who have not been involved in the proceedings

Appeals, including Pay Review Appeals

(Quorum 3)

3 available governors who have not been involved in the proceedings

Performance Management

(Quorum 2)

Pay Review

(Quorum 3)

  • Mr B Parvin
  • Mrs L Dack
  • Mr A Meikle
  • Mr Jones (for Pay Review)