Governance & Members
Sant Baba Amar Singh Ji - Honorary lifetime Patron of the Strategic Board (Babaji is the chair of NTIDT Trust but as the founder of the school the directors would like to include this honorary non-voting position as a token of the esteem in which he is held)
Babaji holds the view that the students who are educated throughout the Academy have a responsibility to contribute and enrich the society to which they belong.
The ethos of the Academy is taken from the spiritual presence of Babaji and his vision for high excellence in education and the development of good character. Babaji has always reiterated the importance of charity, hard work and respect of other faiths and cultures. These are the values which are enshrined in the ethos of the Academy and have ensured academic success.
Mr Rajinder Singh Sandhu – Executive Principal
Rajinder Sandhu as the Executive Principal will deliver the strategy and oversee the operational aspects of the MAT. As recommended by the National Governors Association he agrees that it is not good practice for the Executive Principal to be a voting member of the Strategic Board since it is inherently flawed for the person who is implementing the strategies set out by the trust to then be part of the Board that holds him to account. He wishes to be an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors.
Mr Arun Thakur - Director / Chair
Arun Thakur is well known in the local community due to his previous role as the President of the Shri Ram Mandir (Hindu temple) from 1999 to 2010 and currently holds the post of Treasurer. He is an active member of the community and has promoted interfaith relationships. Arun is also a member of the Southall Faith forum and a director of the Hindu council UK reflecting diversity in our membership. His previous experience as a GNSA governor has allowed him to build his understanding and experience of the education sector and his membership of the Personnel Committee has given him a unique insight into school staffing matters. Arun has a great passion for education, community cohesion and would be honoured to be part of the Strategic Board to move the school towards further excellence.
Mr Amarpal Singh Gakhal - Director / Vice Chair
Amarpal Singh Gakhal graduated from Aston University with a BSc. in Computer Science and Management followed by a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Wolverhampton. He has extensive (approximately 18 years) experience in the IT industry having undertaken a variety of roles. He currently works in a senior position for the Lloyds Banking Group and also provides consultancy to the Association of Project Management. He will contribute his successful business and management skills to strengthen our Strategic Board.
Amarpal upholds the ethos of our schools with the concept of giving service in the community by his involvement in Sewa (voluntary service) at a local Sikh Gudwara. Current responsibilities include wedding registrations, kirtan and membership of the management committee which looks after the day to day running of the Gurdwara. He also manages the Punjabi language and Kirtan schools within the Gurdwara with the Head Teacher and 10 staff reporting directly to him.
Mrs Manjeet Mendhir - Director
Manjeet Mendhir has a dual qualification in law. She is a non-practising solicitor, currently practising as a barrister. Her specialism is within family law. She has been working in the legal field for over 30 years and is held in high regard within the community.
Her position will allow her to represent the views of the wider community. Her particular skill set with a background in law will enable us to be compliant with regulatory and financial frameworks and statutory guidance.
Dr Punamdip Kaur Bhullar - Director
Dr. Punamdip Kaur Bhullar has been a Governor at Guru Nanak Sikh Academy since 2010 and as Chair successfully steered Nanaksar Primary through their first OfSTED Inspection. Prior to this role she was appointed as a Post-Doctorate Research Fellow at Brunel University, London, where she conducted her research on Lymphomagenesis. During her time at Brunel University she was also a part-time lecturer in BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences and MSc Molecular Medicine and Cancer Research.
Dr. Bhullar has a real passion for excellence in education and is currently training as a Higher Education Associate Fellow as well as gaining Qualified Teacher Status. She has previously worked at GlaxoSmithKline as a quality assurance advisor. Dr. Bhullar brings extensive experience of managing complex projects, quality assurance and most importantly knowledge of education.
Mr Peter Ryerson - Director
Peter Ryerson brings the experience of Primary school teaching as well as having a strategic view of education gleaned from his years as Labour Spokesperson for education. He went onto become the Chair of the Education Scrutiny Committee. He has over 40 years of experience of governance at both Primary and Secondary level and presently is a Governor at Guru Nanak Sikh Academy with responsibility for Child Protection and Safeguarding. Since leaving the Council he has been a member of Hillingdon Schools Forum that determines the formula to distribute funds to schools. He was also a member of the Hillingdon Children Safeguarding Board that reviewed policy and practice in Safeguarding in schools.
Mrs Gurpreet Kaur Sidhu - Director
Gurpreet Sidhu is an experienced educator, governor and parent to three young children who are being educated at GNSA. Her many years of experience in education as both an educator, governor and parent has allowed her to develop her knowledge of the education system at both primary and secondary level. She has in particular been involved in committee work for Personnel, Health and Safety and understands the importance of accountability at all levels. Gurpreet has strong links to the local community and has been involved in organising many interfaith and community based religious events. She speaks fluent Punjabi and other community languages, a valuable asset when we have school populations that are 100% EAL.
Mr Jaskamal Sidhu B.Com - Director
Jaskamal Sidhu is an experienced, senior educator having been part of the secondary education sector since 2007. He has been a supportive member of GNSA governing body since 2012 with over 90% attendance at meetings, in addition to attending educational training events and conferences to ensure he is up to date with contemporary practice. Jaskamal has sound knowledge of reviewing school policies and procedures, Ofsted inspections and data analysis. He is well respected by staff and would be their representative on the Strategic Board. He is also able to provide a valuable insight into matters of religion and in particular the Sikh faith and ethos.
Mr Ranjit Sandhu - Director
Ranjit sandhu is a well-respected local businessman. He has many years of experience in this field as the proprietor and business manager of a restaurant in Reading, Berkshire. Ranjit is currently working as a flight and ground operations duty officer at Heathrow for Malaysian airlines. During his time in Malaysia he was presented with the honoured medal as a member of the state by HRH Sultan of Malaysia in 2008. In 2012 Ranjit was presented with the honoured medal of DIMP (a title equivalent to Sir in the UK) by the former King of Malaysia. Ranjit is very keen to have the opportunity to work with the Strategic Board and to contribute to educational services by bring in his business skills and acumen and developing links between the school and Heathrow, a major employer in the district.
Mr Kulwant Mann- Director
Kulwant Mann is an experienced provider for social care, residential care for mental health and dementia patients. As an employer, used to employment law, contracts and conditions of employment he will bring valuable business acumen and personnel experience to our Strategic Board. He has 25 years of experience as a proprietor of an hotel and understands compliance. He owns three successful businesses and is very respected and active in the community for charity purposes. His financial business experience as well as management
Mr Parvez Abraham Afzal - Director
Parvez Afzal is an orthopaedic surgeon, specialising in arthroscopy, an MTI Fellow for Trauma and Orthopaedics at Kings College Hospital London. He has presented numerous medical papers and attended courses and conferences to keep up to date in his specialist field. He subscribes to the value of education and training to gain excellence and will bring this view to his work as a Director. He is a member of the Christian Association of India and will bring another faith dimension to our team. As a medical practitioner and competitive badminton player he is keen to promote healthy living and life styles for the school community and reduce the high incidence of obesity in our students.
Mr Donald Lawrence
Donald Lawrence is a partner at strategy consultancy Genesis Corporation, advising financial services firms in cash/derivative OTC, ETFs, exchange traded products and risk management. Donald has extensive senior management experience in positions based in the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asian regions for Citibank, Bank of America, American Express. He is affiliated with the ACI-FMA, AFME, CFA Institute, SIFMA, and serves governance roles with CISI, PRMIA and The Foundation for Fund Governance. D.C.
In addition, he is the director of UCL’s bespoke internship/graduate apprenticeships programme that encompasses all tier 1 financial institutions. Lawrence’s interests are in investment banking, behavioural finance, software engineering, risk management and quantitative finance. Often matching creative talent to the aforementioned environments in which better solutions can arise that benefit the wider community.
Mr Clive Gringras
Clive Gringras, Partner at global law firm, CMS, heads its TMT sector, advising tech clients. Clive co-wrote the game, Elite, for the Archimedes and is author of Gringras: The Laws of the Internet. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Law.
Clive is an international-facing commercial and contentious technology lawyer working with Global 100 companies. Clive is trusted by these companies on high-stake matters ranging from first-of-a-kind litigation to technology-rich cross-border transactions. He is particularly experienced working with US tech companies looking to rollout their technology offerings across EMEA and needing support in consumer protection investigations.
Even for highly complex tech issues for the most sophisticated clients, Clive is rated as providing fast, pragmatic advice with a good UI. He is the only lawyer ever to receive Microsoft’s Law Firm Leader award. He is also a well-respected commentator: his book, Gringras: The Laws of the Internet, now in fifth edition, is the only UK judicially-acclaimed text on the subject. He is on the Editorial Board of Westlaw’s Computer & Telecommunications Law Review. Clive co-wrote the best-selling computer game, Elite, for the ARM-based computer, the Archimedes.
Lolita Banerji BSc Molecular Genetics, MBA, PhD
Lolita received her BSc in Molecular Genetics from King's College London. Following her BSc she completed her PhD in Oncology at Imperial College London and worked at the Harvard Medical School (Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, USA) for 3 years. Her research focused on identifying new drug targets for leukaemia and lymphomas and has been published in numerous peer reviewed journals. Lolita completed her MBA from the Durham Business School and worked for a several consultancy's advising pharmaceutical companies. She currently works for a US based pharmaceutical company. Lolita's key strengths are strategic thinking with a long term view and evidenced based decision making.
Jason Khangura BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance
Jason Khangura has expertise in finance and accounting and holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance. He is also an ACCA finalist and is currently working as a Finance Business Partner at the Great Ormond Street Charity Hospital. His financial role includes presenting P&L’s for directors, explaining financial performance in monthly management meetings, assisting with audits, helping non-financial staff at various levels to understand finance, bridging the gap between finance and fundraisers to ensure both sides understand each other’s needs, assisting in implementing new systems, ensuring reporting is improving to satisfy stakeholder needs, ensuring finance are communicating at all levels from business partners, senior business partners and directors in an open and transparent manner.
Jason is also part of the staff representative committee representing finance so that any staff related issues are addressed with other teams.In addition to his professional background Jason volunteers as a treasurer at his local Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Hitchin.
In his spare time Jason plays football for a local 11 aside team and runs local Kundalini yoga workshops.
Mr Gurvinder Singh Ahluwalia
Gurvinder Singh Ahluwalia is an experienced business man and has been living in the UK for the past 30 years. He is a full time property developer and has sound knowledge of finance, having managed site and finance for his building developments. He is well known in the local community for his involvement in charity fund raising activities. Gurvinder has three children all of whom have been educated at GNSA (primary and secondary) and therefore he has a keen interest to contribute further. He sees education as being of vital importance and students as the future of the country. His knowledge of building, property and estate management will be invaluable in monitoring our new Nanaksar build and keeping our sites and buildings in good order.
More information can be found in the attachments below.