The Trustees of Seva School
Our full board of Trustees meets three times per year. There are three sub-committees that report to the full Trust body. These are:
1. Finance, Audit & Buildings Committee (FAB)
2. Personnel, Performance & Safeguarding Committee (PPS)
3. Strategic Management, Curriculum & Standards Committee (SMCS)
Each of the committees are led by an elected chair from the board of trustees. Other make up the membership of these committees according to their interests and experience. Here follows an overview of the trustees of Seva School.
Amarjit Basra - Member & Vice Chair of Trustees “I have been privileged to have been involved with the Seva School project from its inception. I am passionate about the school, its vision and our commitment to deliver excellent educational experience. I have a wide ranging experience in private sector and look to bring best practice and industry experience to my role as a trustee in the Finance, Audit and Building committee.”
Mandeep Singh Sahota – Trustee I am a Trustee for Seva School and sit on the Finance Audit and Buildings Committee. I am FFA,FCCA trained with a local firm of accountants and qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1992. I joined the family accountancy business in 1993 becoming a Director and subsequently building a twenty plus staff member team and a strong client base.
I am married with two children and live in an extended family with my elderly parents. I have been to Music School and was in charge at the Ramgarhia Sikh Temple, providing instrumental and vocal training to children and adults.
I am a qualified and active Tabla player and accompany many artists in live performances. I am a food fanatic and enjoy socialising with family and friends. I have a passion for classic cars and enjoy attending motor shows and have a keen interest to build my car collection.
Sunny Singh Heer - Trustee “Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ka Fateh, my name is Sunny Singh Heer and I am a trustee on the Finance, Audit & Buildings Committee. I am a Chartered Accountant and when I first heard about plans to open Seva School, I was keen to volunteer and participate my Seva by putting my skills and knowledge to good use, and assist the School on its journey. I think it is fair to say it has definitely been a journey so far, one that has been thoroughly enjoyable and very rewarding. Challenging the finances, providing support, developing processes and having a brain ache over the figures has definitely been worth it, especially when you walk through the new School premises and are taken aback by the friendly warm feeling from both staff and the children. Away from work and from supporting Seva School, I am a keen fitness fanatic. In recent years I have managed to complete the Coventry Half Marathon on 3 occasions and I hope to be successful and enter the London Marathon in 2017. Having a very young family I try to cram in as much into the weekend as possible with my wife and little ones. From playing in the park, to swimming, regular attendance at Coventry City Football Club home matches and enjoying the delights of different foods of the world. I feel it is very important to keep that tight family unit and I thoroughly enjoy catching up with all family members in my spare time. I look forward on continuing on this exciting journey with Seva School that we are all involved in.”
I am 32 years old and from Birmingham. I am a Trustee and Vice Chair of the Finance Audit and Buildings Committee.
I am a Chartered Accountant working for one of the big four audit firms. Previously I worked at the Education Funding Agency as a Risk Analysis Officer where I have experience working on financial resilience reviews, governance reviews, fraud and governance investigations, and development of the agency’s processes in light of the academy sectors rapid growth and expansion.
I have experience of working with clients across the public and private sector including the NHS, local government, housing, education (Academies, FE and HE) and automotive and manufacturing.
I was appointed as a Trustee on 27 April 2017 and I am Vice Chair of the Strategic Management Curriculum and Standards Committee. I am very excited about the opportunity to work with Seva School.
As the Vice Principal of Guru Nanak Sikh Academy in Hayes I see this as a great opportunity to enable our schools to work together and to share our knowledge, vision and practice. I am looking forward to supporting the students and parents of Seva School by working alongside my colleagues on the Board of Trustees and staff to serve the needs of the school community.
My particular skills and support are based on a vast array of experience across four schools as a Senior Leader, working with these schools to bring them to outstanding. I have been teaching for over 16 years and have had the good fortune to work with some outstanding practitioners and leaders, which has enabled wider growth of my knowledge and experience. I hope to bring this support and experience with me to support Seva School moving forward.
I was appointed as a Trustee on 27 April 2017 to join the Personnel, Performance and Safeguarding Committee. I am delighted with this opportunity to serve the parents, community and children of Seva School.
I am a Solicitor and have worked in-house for several multi-million pound organisations, providing legal and pragmatic advice to senior stakeholders, and helping businesses achieve their strategic objectives and commercial goals against a backdrop of regulatory environments.
As a mother of three wonderful children, two of which currently attend the school, I strongly believe in the spirit and values of Seva School. I look forward to working with my fellow trustees and the leadership team to ensure our children receive a very high standard of education, and that every child is nurtured to achieve its full potential both in school and beyond.
Mrs Amanpreet Sahota – Trustee
I am a newly appointed Trustee of Seva School and sit on the Personnel Performance and Safeguarding Committee. I am also responsible for Trustees training.I am looking forward to working with other Trustees, staff, parents and the pupils of Seva School. In terms of my background, the skills I can bring to the Board of Seva School, is within the Human Resources field. I have a vast amount of experience working closely within the Logistics, Fast Moving Consumer Goods and now within the Education sector working in the Human Resources Department at Coventry University. From the current pupils at Seva School I recognise that the pupils are very happy and very keen to learn new concepts which they can apply to their learning. As a Trustee of the school I am looking forward to working closely with staff to create a high achieving school.
I am a Trustee and Chair of the Strategic Management Curriculum and Standards Committee. I have a wide range of experience in Education. I am in my seventh headship at Khalsa Primary School in Slough. Previously I held the roles of Director of Education UK, Chief Academic Officer, Africa, Advisor in the United Arab Emirates and Executive Principal of two schools.
I have a passion for learning and a 33-year record of enabling pupils from a rich cultural mix, of all abilities, to receive the most challenging of educational opportunities and achieve their full academic and personal potential.
I am enthusiastic and totally dedicated to creating a caring, enriching, individualised and well-balanced learning environment at Seva School, where Emotional Intelligence is high on the agenda. I had the good fortune to be invited to Buckingham Palace where I was praised for my contribution to Education in the UK. In addition, I won the Windrush Award for being a Pioneer Headteacher.
I was appointed as a Parent Trustee of Seva School on 28 April 2017. I sit on the Strategic Management Curriculum and Standards Committee and I am the Trustee Link with the Parent Teachers Association. I graduated from university with a BA Honours in business administration. I worked for a large organisation as an administrator. Since 2008 my career path has changed towards teaching where term time flexibility allows me to work around my three children who attend Seva School.
My skills, knowledge and experience of working in Primary schools will be an advantage with understanding relevant codes of practice and legislation, the National Curriculum and baseline testing. I am able to highlight gaps in teaching and learning in pupils with EAL, Pupil Premium, SEN, gifted and talented and low achievers. I have knowledge of procedures relating to child protection, safeguarding, confidentiality and data protection policies.
I hope my unique skills will help take Seva School forward.
Dr Amarjit Johal – Parent Trustee“ I am a ‘Parent Governor’ and member of the Personnel, Performance and Safeguarding Committee. I also have responsibility for Health and Safety and am currently the link trustee for personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education at Seva School. Since my daughter joined Seva School, I have been impressed by the dedication of staff in providing a stimulating and ambitious learning environment. There are many challenges ahead, but given how much has been achieved over the last year, I am confident that Seva will be an outstanding school. I am a GP living and working in Coventry. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family. For recreation, I enjoy reading, watching movies and travel. I am also involved in charitable work.”