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Local Governing Board

Name Title
Sandeep Kang Chair
Dr Elizabeth Rayatt Vice Chair
Amrik Singh Bhabra MBE Governor 
Harcharan Singh Hunjan Governor
Ranjit Singh Dhanda BEM Governor
Rumana Basar-Akhund Governor
Sarah Evans OBE Governor
Vijay Desai


Emma Hawkey  Staff Governor
Narinder Kaur Slatch Parent Governor
Satpal Singh Ubhi Parent Governor
Chris Deeks Co-Principal
Emma Wilks Co-Principal

Sandeep Kang (Chair)

Sandeep is a solicitor advising on commercial and contractual matters with experience of working in large multinational companies operating in various sectors, providing legal and pragmatic advice to senior stakeholders, and helping businesses achieve their strategic objectives and commercial goals. She strongly believes in the spirit and values of the Trust and looking forward to supporting the school in ensuring that every child is nurtured to achieve its full potential both in school and beyond. 

Elizabeth Rayatt, (Vice Chair)

Elizabeth works as a consultant burns and plastic surgeon at Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Birmingham Children's Hospital. She has a strong interest in post graduate teaching and education. She is currently the Training Programme Director and Chair of the Training Committee for Plastic Surgery training in the West Midlands and is responsible for the training of 23 plastic surgery registrars.   Elizabeth is excited about becoming involved with a school with such strong values and a virtues led approach.

Amrik Singh Bhabra MBE (Governor)

Amrik is the Chief Executive of Coventry-based firm ADECS. He has developed and grown the business over the past twenty-five years continuously changing and adapting in this ever changing world in which we live. Amrik is passionate about helping young people develop to their full potential and actively supports this by providing apprenticeships at work, acting as a mentor to school leavers and young business people, and encourages links between schools, businesses and industry in Coventry. Amrik is always keen to forge links between the community and business, and has a real drive to make a difference and ‘give back’ he supports many local charities and is an active fundraiser.  He was previously the Chair of Governors at Finham Primary school and is currently is a Trustee of the Finham Park Multi Academy Trust, Coventry University, the University of Wolverhampton. Heart of England Community Foundation Trust, Belgrade Theatre Trust, Coventry and Warwickshire Reinvestment Trust, and the University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire Charity.

Harcharan Singh Hunjan (Governor)

Harcharan is a retired Financial Director of a manufacturing company in the West Midlands and Past District Governor of Lions Clubs International (105M). He brings over 25 years of financial and management experience to the team and has previously worked with a range of community organisations and is passionate about developing a greater understanding of cultures and traditions in our diverse society. Harcharan firmly believes that the best gift one can give to any child is ‘Good Education with values’

Ranjit Singh Dhanda BEM (Governor)

Ranjit trained as a teacher, Civil  Engineer and Systems Analyst. In 2004 he initiated the project to establish the Nishkam Schools; helping to set up the first Nishkam Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools in Birmingham. He feels privileged to have served as the first Principal Designate and Lead for Faith Inclusion in the Nishkam Schools. He brings over 20 years experience of leading projects in Education, Economic Regeneration and Community Development. He has over 25 years experience of classroom teaching, curriculum development and education management in Schools, Further Education Colleges and Higher Education, as well construction management. He was an active member of Birmingham SACRE for 10 years and participated in the development of the 24 Moral and Spiritual Dispositions approach to the teaching of Religious Education. He was involved in the early stages of the development of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues University of Birmingham. Ranjit has been an active volunteer in the Sikh community since 1980; helping to establish and oversee community service projects in challenging economic and social settings.

Rumana Basar-Akhund (Governor)

Rumana is an experienced and accomplished banking professional who has maintained high standards and exceeded targets in a pressured and constantly changing work environment. With 25+ years of working within the finance industry, she is Prince2 qualified with an MBA and has a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.

Rumana is a Business Improvement Manager at Wesleyan Bank (part of the HTB group), running projects to improve efficiency, processes and cost savings. Her projects also include new product and portal launches and most recently an office exit strategy and organising the move to a new office space.  

Rumana believes that no one is ever too old to learn, so she continues to drive her own personal development, as well as encourage those around her, whether it’s in the work place with colleagues or at home with family. She has always wanted to work with young people, to give them an insight of what life is like in the world of work and encourage them to drive their own destinies. The values and virtues led approach at Nishkam School has really resonated with her, so she is keen to play a part in driving this forward.

Sarah Evans OBE, (Governor)

Sarah is a retired Principal of King Edwards VI High School for Girls, one of the top independent schools in the UK and was the school's strategic leader for 17 years with a remarkable track record of managing a large school. She is passionate about pupils receiving a broad, balanced, exemplary education which also allows them to develop their individual strengths, talents and passions.  Sarah taught in education for almost forty years of which thirty years were in senior leadership roles.  She has also been Co-chair of GSA/HMC Education/Academic Policy Committee, the Chair of ISCtip, Director of the Academy for Youth as well as Trustee on numerous community projects. Sarah now works as an educational consultant and has served as interim head at Elmhurst Ballet School.

Vijay Desai (Governor)

Vijay has 10 years teaching of experience in the primary education sector and is passionate about education and improving the life chances of every pupil. He is keenly aware of local needs as the Head of Year 6 at a local primary school in Handsworth that achieved ‘Outstanding’ and is excited to be part of a school that is well-place to guide and nurture a new generation of students by providing them with excellent role-models.

Emma Hawkey (Staff Governor) 

Emma has been the Senior Science Technician at NHSB for 8 years – having worked in schools for over 20 years, she was drawn to Nishkam due to the faith inspired and virtues-led education. Emma believes it is a privilege to work in a school that not only strives to deliver academic excellence, but also helps to shape well-rounded, confident, and compassionate pupils and staff members. 

Emma took the role as Support Staff Governor when the opportunity arose, as it was a great opening to volunteer and give something back to the community, to help to shape the direction of the school and ensure it is providing the best education for our pupils.  

Narinder Kaur Slatch (Parent Governor)

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Satpal Singh Ubhi (Parent Governor)

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