Meet The Members & Trustees

The Trust’s Executive Team is the executive management arm of the Academy Trust, focusing on operations and the educational performance of the Academies. The Executive Team work directly with the Academy Improvement Forum, staff in each Academy and the Academy Councils to ensure that the required outcomes are achieved in accordance with the direction and vision of the Trust Board.

Trustees

Gemma Bhagalia

Gemma is a Leicester based creative producer specialising in culturally diverse community settings. Her work is predominantly based around festivals, education establishments and community settings, with a wealth of experience within participatory and combined arts. Currently working with The Spark Arts for Children and Leicester Belgrave Mela, Gemma regularly identifies possible opportunities, creates partnerships, supports artists, leads on planning, sources funding and manages project delivery. Gemma has a passion for the arts and endeavours to introduce people to the possibilities that the arts offer, while steering new collaborations and embedding quality arts practice.

Rachael Clarke

Rachael graduated from the University of Leicester in 2009, achieving a Foundation Degree in Management of Voluntary and Community Organisation. Rachael has considerable career experience creating exciting and successful links between local businesses, schools and colleges and developing inspiring personal and social development programmes.  Currently, Rachael leads the National Citizen Service programme across Leicester and parts of Leicestershire with LEBC.  The flagship youth development programme provides over 1,000 16-17 year olds’ each year with the opportunity to develop skills and confidence for the future helping them to develop into role model citizens.

Anthony Glover Chair of Trustees

Tony now a retired National Leader of Education and Headteacher, graduated from the University of Manchester and subsequently achieved a PGCE from the University of Leeds and MA from the University of Kent. Tony was appointed Headteacher of The Becket School in Nottingham and led the school to its highest Ofsted rating of “Outstanding”.

Tony’s retirement has provided him with the opportunity to indulge his passions for sport and music. This phase of his life is also hugely enriched by the variety of educational projects in which he is engaged in, including support for schools in difficulties and presentational work with regard to leadership and approaches to learning.

Tony has continued working on a variety of educational projects particularly with regard to school improvement and academy conversion, including working as an Educational Consultant with Browne Jacobson, working alongside the DfE and working as a Consultant to the Diocese of Nottingham. He is also a regular presenter to international educators in Ontario, Canada, and has had papers published on approaches to learning and on school collaboration.

Deepak Karia

Deepak, a former pupil of Rushey Mead Academy, graduated with a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from Nottingham Trent University and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accounts.

Deepak, who currently works as an IT Controller at an international energy utility company, has over 30 years’ worth of experience as an accountant and over 20 years’ worth of experience of working with strategic and financial planning, performance management and assessing the performance of organisations.

Hetal Parmar

Hetal graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Banking, Finance and Management from Loughborough University in 2001 and subsequently graduated with a Professional Postgraduate Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Hetal has over 15 years’ experience of working in financial services and is currently Head of Banking and Savings at Santander UK, having held a number of leadership roles.  Hetal is involved in community volunteer work as well as coaching and mentoring people.

Elaine Taylor

Elaine graduated with a BA (Hons) German and French at Newcastle University and taught modern languages for over thirty years, with her teaching recorded for use as good practice material for the National Strategies website and for the Open University’s ITE course. Elaine is a recently retired HMI of eight years, who undertook inspections of schools, teaching training providers and local authorities and was the National Advisor and subsequently the National Lead for Modern Languages. Before joining Ofsted, Elaine was the Director of Specialism in a training school, responsible for initial teacher education and staff professional development. Elaine represented the school on the management board of an independent provider of ITE and on the partnership steering committee of a University teacher training partnership. She was also the secondary strategy manager and 14-19 coordinator for a local authority as well as acting as link adviser to a portfolio of secondary schools.

Carolyn Robson

Carolyn graduated from Durham University in 1975 and subsequently achieved a PGCE and M.Ed. from The University of Leicester. She has taught in several Leicestershire and Leicester City schools and is a National Leader of Education. Until recently, Carolyn was Executive Principal at Rushey Mead Academy, which has achieved an Ofsted rating of ‘Outstanding’ three times. The academy also featured in Ofsted’s publication of ‘Twelve Outstanding Secondary Schools – Excelling against the Odds’ and has been awarded the International School award three times.

Carolyn’s extensive school improvement experience was recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, 2013.

Hiten Mehta

 

Hiten is a Chartered Accountant and has worked for Ramsay Health Care UK, a private health care company, for 20 years in a range of roles, including being their CFO/FD/Performance Director and helping to grow the business revenues from £100m to £450m. Having initially trained as an accountant with PKF, Hiten moved to work in audit with Boots plc and held other finance roles with retail companies before moving to a large security company and then into the private health care sector. Hiten is experienced in working with the complexities of the public sector, and has been part of the company’s risk management team and is well aware of the demands of strong corporate governance.

Kirsty Holt

Kirsty is a self-employed HR/change management consultant who has held senior HR and transformation director roles across several sectors including banking, housing, utilities, travel and higher education.

Kirsty began her consulting career in 2001 having worked for Barclays Bank in a senior HR change role. At the time of the global financial crisis about 10 years ago Kirsty went back into the financial services sector leading large scale change and transformation programmes. She has since undertaken work with a range of organisations focusing on the people side of change and HR transformation including Associated British Ports, TSB and the Open University and is currently the Interim Executive Director for People at Citizens Advice.

Kasar Singh

Kasar has over 25 years of experience: leading strategic transformation initiatives, across a number of countries in FinTech, Financial Services, Mobile Telecommunications and Consulting; advising boards; and driving initiatives from inception through to full execution – to achieve desired results.

A Warwick Business School MBA with a BSc (Hons) in Physics from Durham University, he is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.  Kasar has also been a Mentor of Warwick Business School MBA students for the past ten years and has a passion for supporting social mobility through education.

Members

Azam Mamujee

Azam has over 25 years of experience as a strategic adviser. He is a chartered accountant with a MA (Hons) in economics from Cambridge University and a fellow of the ICAEW. As one of the leaders at M Cubed Chartered Accountants, his focus is on mobilising teams to get step changes in results for clients including: building strategies for step improvements in profitability, advanced tax planning and robust compliance and cashflow enhancement techniques. Azam specialises in delivering measured results, empathy and finding the common ground, corporate finance, accountancy, cash flow & business planning, advanced tax planning and HMRC investigations.

Azam is also a Member of the Board of Phoenix Arts in Leicester, chairing its Finance Committee and a Member of the Board at the University of Leicester and chaired its audit committee . He has also been a member of the Board of the Curve theatre and Chair of its Finance and Strategy committee. He has been a member of the Advisory Board of OFCOM which regulates Media and Communications in the United Kingdom.

Azam has passion for education and the arts. His other personal interests, besides spending time with his family, include authentic travelling, advanced scuba diving and mountain trekking.

Kishor Tailor

Kishor is the Chief Executive of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership with over 20 years’ experience of developing, leading  and implementing strategies for business and economic growth.

Kishor’s role is to provide strategic leadership to the Board and drive forward the growth of the Humber economy for the benefits of the communities in the four local authority areas of Hull, East Riding, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

Kishor’s career has spanned the public sector and he was the chief executive of two regeneration partnerships involving public and private sectors. Prior to moving to the Humber LEP, Kishor was the Economic Development Director at Partnership for Urban South Hampshire. Between 2002 and 2009, Kishor was the Chief Executive of Leicestershire Economic Partnership, a sub-regional partnership of public and private sector that led and delivered economic growth for Leicester and Leicestershire.

One of the areas of Kishor’s specialities is in the area of Employment and Skills and in the Humber has been leading on developing strategies for improvement of skills, involving private and education sectors. He has been involved in a number of new pilot initiatives including developing gold standard for Careers advice. He works with Head teachers in Education, Principals of Colleges and Vice Chancellors of University. Kishor sits on a national steering group guiding government on future funding strategies for Adult Education. Kishor is interested in education and is keen to see the standards improved to support future skills needs of the economy.

Kishor has served a number of voluntary organisations and is a Trustee of a community organisation. Kishor is also a freelance broadcaster in Leicester.

Prof. Chris Wilkins

Professor Chris Wilkins is currently Director of Teacher Education at the University, responsible for the strategic leadership of Initial Teacher Education and postgraduate professional development programmes.  Prior to joining the University, he worked in both London and Leicester as a Primary school teacher, as well as the validation and quality assurance of School-Centred Initial Teacher Training programmes (Grand Union Training Partnership and Leicester Teaching School Alliance).

Professor Wilkins has an international reputation for research in Initial Teacher Education, teacher development and educational policy, and has advised on a series of European Union programmes supporting teacher education reforms in Eastern Europe, Turkey and countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. He has also gained widespread recognition for his work in citizenship education and social justice issues in education, serving on bodies such as the EU Comenius Network Steering Group on Global Education, DfE Racial Equality and Education Strategy Group and Diversity and Anti-Racism Project Steering Group and was the UK education representative for the European Union Civil Society Dialogue Project.

Anthony Glover Chair of Trustees

Tony now a retired National Leader of Education and Headteacher, graduated from the University of Manchester and subsequently achieved a PGCE from the University of Leeds and MA from the University of Kent. Tony was appointed Headteacher of The Becket School in Nottingham and led the school to its highest Ofsted rating of “Outstanding”.

Tony’s retirement has provided him with the opportunity to indulge his passions for sport and music. This phase of his life is also hugely enriched by the variety of educational projects in which he is engaged in, including support for schools in difficulties and presentational work with regard to leadership and approaches to learning.

Tony has continued working on a variety of educational projects particularly with regard to school improvement and academy conversion, including working as an Educational Consultant with Browne Jacobson, working alongside the DfE and working as a Consultant to the Diocese of Nottingham. He is also a regular presenter to international educators in Ontario, Canada, and has had papers published on approaches to learning and on school collaboration.