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Langley Grammar School

Langley Grammar School

Meet the Governors

Helen Barsby

Helen was elected a Staff Governor in 2015, she is a member of the Resources Committee and the named governor for Health & Safety. Currently the Senior Science Technician at Langley Grammar School. Helen has previously worked in the Genetics Dept at Liverpool University and in Animal & Microbial Sciences at the University of Reading.

In a break from employment to raise her children Helen was able to follow her love of gardening as part of the committee for a local society, and looked after numerous children as a childminder. During this time Helen qualified as a Spiritual Healer and became involved with the healing federation as a committee member and, latterly, as Vice-chair of the Board of Trustees for this national charity.

Returning to work as a Physics technician for a Guildford school, Helen moved to Langley Grammar School in November 2013. She has recently been part of a project to rebuild a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) which was sold raising £13,000 for Macmillan.

Clare Brackenbury

Clare has been a Community Governor for over 15 years.

Clare serves on the Teaching and Learning Committee, the Student, Staff and Community Committee and is the named governor for Safeguarding and SEN.

A former student of the school, Clare has longstanding local interests, working in community health services (NHS) in Berkshire, specialising in working with the under 20 year olds, and as a magistrate on the Berkshire bench and is a member of the youth panel.

Sarah Branquinho

Sarah is a Community Governor at Langley Grammar School. She has served since January 2000 first as a Parent Governor, and chaired the Personnel Committee prior to the formation of the Student, Staff and Community Committee in December 2015. She has a degree in Modern European Studies (Economics, Politics and Languages).

Sarah is External Affairs Director at Dufry, an international business and significant employer in the Heathrow area. She is responsible for stakeholder relations and maintains close links with Governments and regulators to protect and enhance business growth opportunities. Sarah is also President of the European Travel Retail Confederation (ETRC), Chair of UK Travel Retail Forum, a board member of the Duty Free World Council, founder member and Chair of Women in Travel Retail, which offers career guidance and networking opportunities to women in the travel retail industry, and Chair of Lotus Flower Trust, a charity which builds schools and homes for disadvantaged children in remote villages in India. Sarah is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Loughborough University's School of Business and Economics. 

John Constable

As Headteacher of Langley Grammar School, John is an ex-officio Governor.

Raised in East Anglia, John attended the town grammar school and was the first in his family to go onto higher education. He graduated from Durham University with a degree in Engineering Science and Management, and had a brief spell as an engineer with Unilever before deciding to retrain as a physics teacher. His subsequent career has been in a series of selective and partly-selective schools in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire before taking up the headship at Langley Grammar School in 2010.

John is a National Leader of Education, Ofsted Inspector, Chair of Slough Schools Forum and is involved in collaborative work with other schools for the benefit of the local area.

Sandra D'Souza-Zerkhfaoui

Sandra was appointed a Parent Governor in March 2016 and is a member of the Student, Staff & Community Committee.

Having graduated in a Business Degree in 1998, Sandra has worked in business administration for over 30 years and has worked within both the private and public sector. More recently Sandra has spent a lot of her working life in education, having been a School Business Manager within a primary school, but is now currently working for a West London University. 

Sandra also serves as a Chair of Governors for a primary school in the London Borough of Hounslow - a school she was actually a former pupil of herself. Sandra believes this was an opportunity to give something back to the school. In her free time Sandra enjoys travelling and brushing up on her French.

Claire Fitzgerald

Claire is a community Governor appointed in March 2015 and is Chair of the Student, Staff & Community Committee. Claire was appointed Vice Chair of Governors effective September 2018.  

Claire, a former pupil of the school, was born in Langley and until recently was a long term resident. She studied law at Durham University and qualified as a solicitor with a very well established firm of local Solicitors where 30 years later she is now the senior partner.

Claire specialises in Children work especially where Social Services are involved and is a member of the Law Society’s Child Panel. She is also a Resolutions (a family solicitor’s organisation) accredited specialist in Domestic Abuse & Children Law. She is Chair of the Berks & Bucks Regional committee of Resolutions and a member of its Domestic Abuse National Committee. Claire actively supports & helps to fund raise for a local charity DASH (formerly East Berkshire Women’s Aid).

In her spare time Claire loves to take her dog on long walks & hopes to learn golf.

Monique Francis

Monique is an MFL teacher specialising in French. She has taught at LGS since September 2007, was elected as a Staff Governor in April 2013 and is a member of the Student, Staff & Community Committee.

Apart from teaching commitments as part of the Modern Languages team, Monique is also a Pedagogy Leader. As such, she is part of a team responsible for training other teachers on a continuous development programme. She frequently organises and runs visits abroad for students to allow them to practice languages in their country of origin.

Prior to teaching, Monique worked for 16 years at Hasbro, one of the largest toy manufacturers in the world, as copywriter and graphic designer. She also chaired the Daisy Network, a small charity that deals with women’s health problems, successfully leading the group to becoming a registered charity.

She is a native of Brazil and also holds French citizenship.

Roma Garrett

Roma joined the Governing Board in December 2011 as a Parent Governor and served as Chair of Governors from October 2015 until August 2018.  She is currently a member of the Pay and Resources committees and has prevously served on teh Student, Staff & community Comittee. 

Roma's youngest son was a pupil at the school until July 2018, her eldest son was a pupil at the school between 2006 and 2013.

When not in school or at work Roma is an active member of the charity Pets as Therapy and attends a local primary school as part of the READ2DOGS initiative. She and her PAT dog also provide Animal Assisted Therapy to stroke survivors in conjunction with an Occupational Therapist in the London area.

Vishakha Jain

Vishakha was appointed Community Governor of Langley Grammar School in 2014. She is a former student, attending the school from 1997 - 2004. Vishakha then went on to study dentistry at the University of Birmingham and is currently working as a dentist with Berkshire Community Dental Service and Buckinghamshire Priority Dental Service.  

As a former student, Vishakha has a particular attachment to the school and is eager to give back to the academic institution that gave her a great start in life. She has volunteered with various national and international organisations in the past, and in her role as Community Governor, she now has the opportunity to give back to her local community. Vishakha sits on the Student, Staff & Community Committee and is the named governor for Careers.

Jack Kirk

A resident of Langley, Jack has been a governor for over 10 years, maintaining a particular interest in Admissions and Curriculum matters. Jack was elected Chair of Governors effective September 2018, prior to this Jack served as Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee from 2013 and was Vice Chair of Governors from October 2015.

Jack read chemistry at Durham University, obtaining a Ph.D., and later gained further postgraduate qualifications in marketing. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Chartered Chemist and a Chartered Marketer, and works in international marketing management for a FTSE 100 listed engineering company.

Jack attended Grammar School. He represents the second of three family generations to have done so, his father passing the 11+ in 1938 and gaining a Council bursary to buy his school uniform! More recently his son attended Langley Grammar School, with Jack joining the Governing Body initially as a Parent Governor.

Mike Maydell

Mike attended a Grammar School in Kent, and gained a Classics Degree at Oxford before beginning a 30-year IT career. He retired as an International Project Manager from General Mills in 2003, having successfully implemented Business systems in Europe and the Middle East.

Mike subsequently qualified as a teacher and was employed as an ESOL Tutor by Slough Borough Council for ten years, before retiring (again).

He has been a Governor at a number of Slough schools, including Castleview School (since 1987) and Langley Grammar School (since 1995); Mike has also been a Governor at a school that was closed by the LA, and as a member of an IEB of a failing school – in both cases as an LA appointee.

Mike is Chair of the Resources Committee, and also serves on the Pay Committee. Mike has also served as Vice-Chair of Governors and Clerk to the Personnel Committee. He also regularly attends meetings of the Kedermister Education Trust as Langley Grammar School representative.

Kulwarn Nagra

Kulwarn qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse, one of the “Big Four” global accounting firms.  He became a Partner, handling some of their largest clients, before joining a boutique City based firm of accountants, Rawlinson & Hunter (“R&H”), as a Partner. R&H provides accounting, finance and taxation services to high & ultra-high net worth individuals/family groups and serial entrepreneurs, albeit Kulwarn continues to specialise in dealing with Corporate work.

He is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants, with experience of both the public and private education sectors, from his own schooling (involving the UK and overseas) and that of his children. His children attended LGS before going to university and qualifying as a doctor and a chartered accountant.

Kulwarn was elected as Parent Governor in 2004 before being appointed as Community Governor in 2011. Committees he has been involved in include Resources (previously the Buildings and Finance committees) and Admissions.

Inderjit Neta

Inderjit joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in 2012 and sits on the Teaching and Learning Committee.

After graduating in 1990 in Mathematics & Statistics, Inderjit entered the financial sector embarking on a career in Actuarial Work and financial consultancy. The stress of a high-powered job, together with a ‘calling’ to pursue a career in teaching, led him to teaching in Further Education since 1994.

In his spare time, for the past decade, he has, like many parents, become chauffeur for his sons taking them from one cricket match to another!

Inderjit has aspirations to one day write and publish a book pertaining to the spiritual teachings of the main religions and uniting them with a common denominator.

He also enjoys doing voluntary work (seva) as it gives him a chance to give back to society.

Sudhi Pathak

Sudhi Pathak was elected as a Parent Governor to LGS in February 2015, sits on the Teaching & Learning Committee and serves as Responsible Officer. He has over 10 year’s previous experience as a Governor and undertook the role of Chair of Finance Committee in his previous Governor role for 8 years.

Sudhi graduated in 1989 in Accounting, Finance and Economics. He is a qualified accountant and has spent most of his career in the field of Audit, Risk Management and Counter Fraud in the public sector. He has worked for a variety of organisations heading up the audit and governance functions.

He is currently working as Director of Finance and Operations in a Multi Academy Trust comprising of five schools with responsibility for Finance, Risk Management, IT, Human Resources and Asset management. 

Carl Wolters

Carl was elected as a Staff Governor in March 2016 and is a member of the Teaching & Learning Committee.  Carl is a History teacher at Langley Grammar School, which he joined in 2014. Carl read Medieval and Modern History at London University and subsequently studied for a master’s degree in Ancient History at King’s College, London. Carl has previously worked in a hospital school in London and prior to teaching was a solicitor in private practice.