The Role of Governors


School governors are volunteers who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools and strive to promote high standards of educational achievement. They hold the responsibility of ensuring that the school meets its statutory duties and work in partnership with the headteacher and staff.

The Governing Body meets once per term, prior to a full meeting of the Brightwells Trust Board.  Governors have specific links within the school so that they are well informed and part of the school improvement cycle.

The structure of the governing body at Sulivan is as follows:  one Headteacher, one Local Authority governor, three co-opted governors, three parent governors and one staff governor.

The Governing Body at Sulivan School


Here are the current governors at Sulivan:

Chair of Governors – Caroline Langton

I have been a school governor since 1996, and was Chair of Governors at St Peter’s CE Primary (1998-2004) and at Sulivan (2004-2008). I was also on the board at Lady Margaret School. In 2013 I came back to Sulivan as a co-opted governor to help fight the Save Our Sulivan campaign alongside the other governors, parents, staff and friends of the school. Sulivan is very special to me and I was extremely happy to come back as Chair of Governors again in 2015. All the governors are continually working with the Head and her staff to make the school an even better place for the children than it is now.

I live in Chiswick with my husband and have three grown up children.

Wendy Coombes

After 15 years of successful headship I became an Advisory Headteacher for Hammersmith and Fulham. In 2003 I was the NQT (newly qualified teacher) Coordinator for the local authority. I led the Deputy Headteacher professional development programme and continued to support Headteachers in schools. In 2012 I left the LA and became a private education consultant continuing to support Deputy Headteachers and Headteachers in a range of schools.

Eliza Cockerell – Vice Chair

I am a Co-opted Governor at Sulivan and sit on the Finance Committee. I am a chartered accountant, and am currently self-employed, having lived and worked in London, Chicago and Amsterdam. I have always had roots in West London and live in Hammersmith and Fulham.

Shireen Jayyusi

I have lived in West London most of my life, and was driven to become a governor because I am passionate about education and its critical role in supporting the development of not only children’s intellectual capabilities but also their character and well-being.  I started off my career in investment banking, before moving into business and the start-up world including founding and running my own business.  I am currently working on a new start-up.  I offer significant experience across finance, strategy, marketing and communications, project management and general operations.

Local Governing Body

Name Appointment Link Date of appointment Finish Declaration of interests
Ms Caroline Langton Local Authority
Chair of Governors
School Evaluation
Attendance and Punctuality
02/11/15 01/11/19 none
Mrs Wendy Coombes Co-opted
Vice Chair of Governors
Special Educational Needs
06/07/15 05/07/19 none
Charlotte FyleParent
Ms Eliza CockerellCo-optedGovernor training06/07/1505/07/19none
Ms Shireen JanyusiCo-optedCurriculum 01/09/1731/08/21none
Helen RobertsStaffN/A
Emily GenochioDeputy
N/A01/01/1731/12/21Deputy Headteacher
Wendy AldridgeHeadteacherN/A01/09/09Headteacher

Additional information

Click here to read our annual accounts and financial statement on the Brightwells Academy Trust website.