Mike Younger – Chairman
Mike Younger is a Trust Chair. He has extensive experience in teacher education and in gender studies. He was Dean of Education and Head of the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education 2006-2011, having previously been Director of Teaching and of Teacher Education. Whilst Director of the Teacher Education programme, 1992-2001, he led the Faculty through three very successful Ofsted inspections which resulted in the programmes being awarded ‘outstanding’ status. His main research and teaching interests are located in teacher education and in teacher professional development, in gender studies and in school leadership and curriculum development. He co-directed, with Molly Warrington, a UK-government sponsored project on Raising Boys Achievement within inclusive contexts, a project which led to a highly influential report, two major books (Raising Boys’ Achievements in Primary Schools: towards a holistic approach, and Raising Boys’ Achievement in Secondary Schools: issues, dilemmas and opportunities, and over twenty mainstream research publications. More recently, Mike was Director of the University’s Centre of Commonwealth Education, which involved him in co-directing projects based in East Africa on the retention of girls into secondary schooling, developing teacher education programmes in Tanzania and Namibia, and working with governments in the Caribbean, to develop communities of practice to enhance in-service education for teachers and education professionals. In 2012, he took responsibility as lead consultant for the Faculty in establishing a new Graduate School of Education at Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan, and in leading an initial teacher education project, aimed at transforming teacher education in Kazakhstan.
Gerry Davies – Trust Director
Gerry Davis (OBE, BEd,MA) is a Trust Director. He is retired from a working life in the voluntary, public and private sectors. He currently volunteers as the Synod Secretary of the London District of the Methodist Church. He started his working life as a scientific assistant at the Atomic Energy Authority before qualifying as a teacher. He taught at three comprehensive schools and has been an education adviser, secondary school inspector, deputy director of education and director of community development in London boroughs. He was interim general manager of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust for nearly two years. In 1992 he was appointed as Chief Executive of the City Challenge regeneration company with responsibility for the environmental and economic development, coincidentally, of the area in which his family settled when they arrived from the Caribbean. He has always been involved in voluntary work sitting on boards of community organisations, a number of private sector organisations [such as the Corporate Sustainability Committee of a major international bank], the governing body of schools and of a large further education college of which he was Chair for fourteen years. He has been honoured with an OBE for his voluntary contribution to further education.
Manoj Ladwa – Trust Director
Manoj Ladwa is a Trust Director. Manoj served as a member of the hugely successful Narendra Modi for Prime Minister campaign team. Manoj headed the campaign’s Research, Analysis, and Messaging team in New Delhi working closely with the top BJP leadership and spokespeople to conceive and coordinate the national communications and advertising strategy. Manoj is the founder and chief executive of the MLS Chase Group. He has interests in India focused advisory services, corporate affairs, and media. He is a Non-Executive Director of leading biotech firm Helperby Therapeutics Group and India Infrastructure Finance Company. Manoj divides his time between his businesses and pursuing charitable and political interests in the UK and India. Manoj’s specialist areas are structuring international ventures and resolving complex disputes. He is a recognised expert on foreign direct investments into India. In 2010 he founded India Inc (www.indiaincorporated.com) a media organisation which includes platforms such as the India Global Business magazine, India Investment Journal and Policy India. Manoj was also a founder of Saffron Chase, a government relations and corporate communications consultancy which merged with his MLS Chase Group in 2012. Manoj serves on the Advisory Boards of the Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (UK). He is an accomplished media commentator and is frequently invited to speak at international conferences. Manoj has authored over 100 articles and publications. He writes a popular weekly blog called “Globally Speaking” and is active on Twitter @manojladwa. Manoj is founder Trustee of international volunteering charity SEWA Day and has recently been appointed to the Governing Council as a Trustee of the Avanti Schools Trust. Manoj is a graduate of the London School of Economics. He is dual qualified as an English solicitor (non practising) and Indian advocate.
Dr Krutika Pau – Trust Director
Dr Krutika Pau is a Trust Director with a Doctorate in Education and a Masters in Business Administration. She is currently the interim Director of Children and Families for The Children’s Society, a national charity supporting young people experiencing multiple disadvantages. Her career in the public sector has been dedicated to improving outcomes for children, young people and families living in diverse communities. She has been the statutory Director of Children’s Services for Slough Borough Council and led the work to establish an independent Trust to manage children’s social care services in the borough. She has previously been Director of Children’s Services in the London Borough of Brent, directing the planning, commissioning and delivery of services including children’s social care, education, youth service, youth offending team, early years and adult education. Krutika has worked at the Department for Education, brokering and establishing sponsored academies in London and has held a ministerial appointment as a Schools Adjudicator. She has significant experience of service transformation and improvement and has led local authority children’s safeguarding peer reviews on behalf of the Local Government Association. Working for Deloitte, she has also undertaken safeguarding peer reviews of schools in Chile. Krutika has served as a member of the corporation of the College of North West London and chaired the audit committee (2001-2009). She has also been a Trustee of SHINE, a national education charity (2005-2015) and currently provides support to the Cambridge University Primary School.
Mayur Patel – Trust Director
Mayur Patel (CBE) is a Trust director. He is a qualified Solicitor who currently works as CEO as one of the Hinduja Group Companies. He previously worked at The Law Society as Head of Legal Services. Prior to taking up this post in December 2016, He worked in the Government Legal Department (formerly known as Treasury Solicitor’s Department) for 26 years where he undertook a very wide variety of posts and work. He joined the Treasury Solicitor’s Department in 1990 to work in its property department. He moved to the DEFRA in 1991 (previously known as the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food) where he worked for 13 years where he was the Head of Civil and European Litigation. In 2003, he moved back to Treasury Solicitor’s Department to become Head of Prison Service Litigation, then Head of Ministry of Defence litigation and then Head of Immigration and National Security. In 2008, he moved into the world of public inquiries and worked on high profile inquiries such a Chilcott and Leveson. He was also the Head of Guantanamo Bay Litigation which was the biggest litigation law suit which the HMG has faced. In 2011 he was seconded to Parliament as the Legal Advisor to the Parliamentary Commission for banking Standards which was a Commission set up by Parliament in the wake of the banking crisis of 2008 to critically examine the role of the banks, their culture and standards. In 2012, he returned to Treasury Solicitor’s Department and took up the post of Head of Department or Health and Work and Pensions Litigation. In 2014 he became Head of Bona Vacantia. Mayur was awarded the CBE in 2011 for his services to Government. He is a keen sports fan, especially of football and cricket.
Vijay Doshi – Trust Director
Mr Vijay Doshi is an executive with extensive experience gained globally with world class PLCs and owner managed organisations. He has an understanding of business and government protocols in the UK; European and Asia/Pacific Markets across diverse industries. Mr Doshi has a particular interest in Education.
Molly Warrington – Trust Director
Molly Warrington is a Trust Director and Human Geographer. She has undertaken research into homelessness, the geographies of domestic violence and gender and education. With Mike Younger she co-directed a four-year research project funded by the then Department for Education and Skills, working with around sixty schools across England to explore strategies addressing gender and achievement. This led to further research looking at the links between geography, social exclusion and class within Britain’s ‘new economy’. Molly has also worked through the Centre for Commonwealth Education, both in the Caribbean and East Africa. Working in partnership with governments and NGOs in Kenya and Uganda, she directed a longitudinal study exploring why some girls from very poor backgrounds were able to remain in school ‘against the odds’. She has over forty publications in the form of peer-reviewed academic papers, books, book chapters and reports. Until recently Molly was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, where she taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. For a number of years she was Director of Studies at King’s College, where she was involved in all aspects of student admissions to the College, as well as overseeing students’ academic programmes. Over the years she has supervised undergraduates at all Cambridge Colleges, has served as Admissions Tutor at Homerton and is currently an Emeritus Fellow of Homerton College. She served for many years as a Foundation Governor, and later Chair, of the Governing Body of a local Church of England primary school.
Nitesh Gor – CEO
Nitesh Gor is Chief Executive of the Trust. His experience encompasses CEO and director roles across the exploration, management consultancy and investment banking industries. He is a published author (Dharma of Capitalism, Kogan Page 2011) and a contributor to publications such as Forbes. Nitesh has a broad business strategy background gained as a result of working for two leading corporate strategy consultancies and as an independent advisor to corporate boards. His primary corporate focus is on leadership, strategy and entrepreneurship. Nitesh has an MBA from London Business School and an undergraduate degree from the University of London.
Usha Sahni – Education Director
Usha Sahni is the Trust’s Director of Education. As an HMI for twelve years she has served with Ofsted in many senior roles including that of Regional Director and Deputy Director for the Early Years national policy team. As a distinguished headteacher, she has served in many inner London schools and has made a strong contribution to national initiatives in raising standards for children from poorer backgrounds. She is a trustee of two national charities engaged in promoting the well-being of children and families in vulnerable circumstances. Usha was a founding member of the National College for School Leadership, and a Board member for the University Of London Institute Of Education. Her experience includes leadership training and coaching for headteachers and teachers as a mentor, an external examiner and an assessor of the National Professional Qualification for Headship. Usha has Masters Degrees in Psychology and Education & Management. In 1999, she was awarded an OBE for her Services to Education.
Kirit Patel – Finance Director
Kirit Patel is the Finance Director of the Trust. Kirit is a chartered accountant and also a qualified teacher. He started his teaching career at Waltham Forest College where he spent four years teaching IT and Law. Thereafter, a career move took him into accounting and finance. He joined PwC where he gained extensive financial consulting and audit experience across various sectors and industries. His experience includes establishing corporate finance functions and serving as Head of Finance.
Joanne Hatfield – HR Director
Joanne Hatfield HR Director for the Trust. As a Chartered Member of the CIPD with 20+ years’ post qualification experience gained within varying medium and large Local Authorities across London and South East. Extensive experience as a HR/OD generalist and specialist on both a strategic and operational front. Joanne is able to effectively integrate workforce strategy within organisational culture to follow through on business direction changes to support the transformation of services delivered. She has excellent skills in influencing and advising at senior levels including the Leader of the Council, Chair of Trust Board, Cabinet Members, Board Members, Chief Executives, Chief Officers and senior trade union representatives. Joanne is experienced in delivering HR services in very diverse organisations and has a deep personal commitment to the principles of equality and fairness. Her last role held was as the Head of HR/OD for Slough Children’s Services Trust. Appointed to support the startup of the Trust and transition of the staff to the new organisation which was created to deliver sustainable improvement and outcomes for the most vulnerable children within the borough.