Mike Younger
Mike YoungerChair
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.
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.
Nitesh Gor
Nitesh GorCEO
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.

Our Valuable Team Members

Usha Sahni
Usha SahniEducation Director
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
Kirit PatelFinance Director
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
Joanne HatfieldHR 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.
Simon Arnell
Simon ArnellPrincipal at Avanti House Secondary
Deborah Walters
Deborah WaltersPrincipal Avanti Court Primary School
Shriti Pandya
Shriti PandyaPrincipal Avanti House Primary School
Denham Kite
Denham KitePrincipal Krishna Avanti Primary School, Leicester
Emma Taplin
Emma TaplinPrincipal Avanti Fields School, Leicester
Peter Burton
Peter BurtonPrincipal Krishna Avanti Primary School, Croydon
Bindu RaiPrincipal Krishna Avanti Primary School, Harrow