Who We Are


Georgina Heath

I became a staff governor in March 2023 and I serve on the Curriculum committee. I have been a teacher at Church Langley Primary School since 2017, working in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. 

I decided to become a staff governor to ensure that the teaching staff have a voice in the decision-making processes of our school. As a staff governor, I bring a working knowledge of the school's curriculum, practise and policies that will ensure that Governors are kept well informed.


Sara Nye

I was originally a parent governor at CLPS. However, since 2013 I was co-pted to continue my work within the Governing Body. I currently chair the Curriculum Committee and am one of the school's appointed safeguarding governors. I have worked for the Metropolitan Police for nearly 21 years and run my own business from home also for 7 years.

All 3 of my children attended Church Langley Primary School in the past. I am proud to be a governor at the school and want to support the school and staff in any way I can and feel that I am giving something back to the community. I am interested in the education of our children and understand the huge pressure that our teachers are under to ensure that all children are offered a great start in life, something which I think Church Langley offers to a fantastic level.


Maria Bedford

I am delighted to have been Chair of Governors since September 2019.

I have been a governor since June 2011 and I am a member of all the governor committees. I have an active interest in education as I have been a Primary School teacher since 1996. I was keen to become a parent governor when my son joined the school and felt it would be a good way of being able to give back something to the local community. I am keen to continue supporting such a great school by staying on as a co-opted governor. 


Laura Tracey

I have worked as a learning support assistant at Church Langley Primary School since June 2015. I have spent this time working in Key Stage 1 across Years 1 and 2. Before joining the school, I worked in admin with the Church Langley Health visiting team. All three of my children attended Church Langley Primary School and thrived in their learning.

I voiced my interest to become a governor and joined the team in September 2019. I decided to join the Governing Body to support the school further with a good insight into the curriculum and expectations at Church Langley.


Melissa Matthews

I became a Co Opted Governor at Church Langley in 2019 and attend the Curriculum and Pupil Related Matters Committee, Personnel Committee and the Full Governing Body.

I have been a primary school teacher since 2005 and I have taught locally in Old Harlow since 2007.

Both of my children have attended Church Langley. I was keen to become a school governor as it is a great way to make a positive contribution to local children’s education. Having seen how hard the staff of Church Langley work, being a governor is also a chance to support the school in their continued development to ensure all children excel in their learning.

With my educational experience, as well as experiencing Church Langley as a parent, I am excited to be part of the continued progress this fantastic school will make in the coming years. 


Diane Harper

I became a governor at Church Langley Primary School in December 2019 and I am Chair of the Finance and Genral Purposes Committee, where I feel that both my knowledge and experience will be of use.

I have worked at Tesco Church Langley for many years, presently I am the Admin Assistant and Community Champion. I've been in the Community Champion role since it became a job role and work hard to support local community causes and events. I also work with the wider community within my role supporting many worthwhile causes.

All 3 of my children attended Church Langley Primary School and during their time there I actively supported the school.


Larisa Albu

I was elected as a Local Authority Governor in 2018. I decided to become a Governor as I am committed to helping the school drive forward by building an environment that allows every child to grow and have the school journey they deserve. As Local Authority Governor, I am extremely proud and privileged to be able to play a key role in maintaining and developing the excellent reputation the Church Langley Primary School has amongst the local community. In September 2021, I was elected as Vice-Chair of the Governing Body.

My background is in education, I am a dedicated leader with experience across all facets of education including school improvement, safeguarding, teaching and learning, and SEND. I am determined to make a difference in every child's life. I am passionate about education and the importance of developing life skills in children.

We have a superb and highly committed team of Governors and an extremely enthusiastic, hardworking, dynamic and talented group of staff. I am committed to playing my part in a team that strives to ensure continued excellence in a growing and exciting schools environment. We all share a common vision and set of goals for the school’s future and it is great to be able to work with everyone to help make our great school even better.


Grant Butler

I was elected as a parent governor in July 2019. My daughter currently attends the school in Key Stage 2.

I have taught Science in secondary schools across London and Essex since 2011. I have worked at a local secondary school for 6 and a half years, currently as the Head of Year.

Despite my experience in secondary education, I saw becoming a governor as a great opportunity to expand my understanding of primary education. I hope to offer my expertise in developing stronger links between the primary and secondary sectors, as pupils make that transition.

Having been born and raised in Harlow, I have a broad understanding of the local context and demands our young people face. I believe this will prove useful when contributing to the shared cause of the governing body. Church Langley Primary School is a wonderful environment for learning; I am keen for it to remain as such.


Colin Monehen

I have been a parent governor at Church Langley since 2018, and currently have a child in Key Stage 2.

I am Partner in Foxes Solicitors which was established in 2010 and I specialise in Criminal defence work which I have done for the last 21 years.
I became a governor because I wanted to support the school in the excellent work they do and give something back to the community. Community is very important to me and I set up and run the Church Langley and Newhall residence group on Facebook which currently has over 2700 members.
Feel free to contact me if there are any issues you think require the attention of the governors.


Ian Beckwith

I have been a co-opted governor at Church Langley since 2021. I am on the Finance & General Purposes Committee, the Personel Committee and the Curriculum & Pupil Related Matters Committee. I also have two children attending Church Langley School.

I am a Customer Care Leader at Barclays Bank. I have worked for the company for over 32 years and feel my knowledge and experience around finance is an asset to the school.

I became a governor because I am passionate about giving back to the community. I want to make a difference and want to use my knowledge to help and assist where I can. I am not afraid to challenge or speak up. I live in the local community and want to give something back to the community and help support, guide and grow young people.