Meet Our Governors

Governor Profiles

Jamie Price

I am a Local Authority appointed Governor, and have been a member of Whitchurch Junior School’s Governing Body since 2001. I have previously been chair of the Governing Body and chair of the Finance Committee. I am particularly interested in how the school uses tracking to help each child reach his or her potential.

Kruti Varia

I am a parent of 2 boys attending Whitchurch Junior and First Schools. By profession I am a back office management specialist for Start Up businesses. I am involved with 3 other charities that enhance children’s role in a wider society and teach them good citizenship.

I decided to join the governing body, as I wanted to give back to society and particularly to school, which has a huge impact on children’s lives. I want to use my business and charity experiences to ensure governance, and particularly regulations/laws, is effective.

Courses Attended:

Governors Trainings:

  • Performance Management
  • Safer Recruitment & Selection
  • Special Education Needs (SEN) Training
  • Child Protection

Other Courses:

  • Transactional (TA) Analysis
  • Creative & Lateral Thinking

Mehul Shah

I am a Senior Finance Manager at TfL and a parent for a child in Whitchurch. I also help at weekly sports session for children within my community and have previously set up a monthly sport session for children with special needs which is now into its 3rd year of running.

As a qualified accountant, and my experience of working on several change programs and strong financial knowledge I would like to help theschool in the current change periodMy experience of working in the public sector will allow me to bring financial expertise relevant to the current economic climate, particularly where it comes to delivering more for less.

Prashant Sanghani

My background is as a registered pharmacist with senior management experience in hospitals working to reduce risks and develop assurance of quality. By working with patients and carers, staff, management, directors and boards I can help develop sound risk management and implement improvement programmes. I have expertise in integrating incident review, root cause analysis, audit and staff training to enable continuous improvement. I also have broad human resource experience from managing 100s of staff across several departments, management training and development abilities and coaching and mediation qualifications and so can enable robust organisational performance. For the past 8 years I have been a management consultant and apply all of my skill set regularly.

I have played an active role in the schools’ charity initially at a committee member and then as part of the core team in the role of chair and vice chair. I have been instrumental in helping parents, carers, children, school staff and local businesses work together to raise over £30,000.

I am committed to working for the benefit of the school whether as part of or leading a team and always strive to ensure progress through collaborative effort.

Amit Badiani

I am an multi-site Global Airline executive with extensive corporate and international experience with previous assignments in Russia, Middle East and Western Europe. I have extensive experience working with host governments, security agencies and other authority bodies, where I built a reputation for cutting through the red tape and static to quickly get to a mutual outcome. A certified Lean Six Sigma green belt with a detailed focus on process improvements and a degree in Computer Science, I bring a holistic approach to management, organisation and efficiencies while all the while being in compliance with policy and rule.

I have the pleasure of being a Co-Opted Governor at the school and really took on this responsibility to play a role, however small, in assisting with shaping the trajectory of the school in partnership with the schools leadership and fellow governors. If the school can benefit from any of my experiences then what a great thing in giving back to our local community.

I am an avid traveler and a doting dad of two boy of which one also attends the school.

Donna Knight-Olds

My work history is in fact in Governance so this volunteer role as a co-opted Governor for Whitchurch Primary School is somewhat of a ‘busman’s holiday’. I’ve previously worked for various London Boroughs in roles relating to the elected Councillors. That has included administering meetings, devising and implementing processes related to Codes of Conduct, proposing constitutional changes and providing advice on Freedom of Information and Data Protection matters etc.

With two small children (one in the infants and one pre-school) I have been working differently so that I mainly work from home outside of attendance at meetings and for more than one client/employer. Current roles include:

  • acting as clerk and adviser to a local high school governing body
  • clerking meetings for small charity
  • clerking meetings of adoption and fostering panels
  • various roles administering elections

I also continue to serve as a trustee at Honeypot Pre-school in Stanmore.

Hema Karsan

Having been both a parent and staff I have always had a vested interest in the school. I have been a member of the support staff team since 2008 and in this time I have enjoyed learning various areas of the curriculum and developed professional skills that have had a direct and positive impact on the children’s school life. I have worked in various year groups covering EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

I care deeply about the education of the children at Whitchurch and enjoy working towards maximising each child’s potential; helping them individually to enjoy learning in all subjects and at all the appropriate levels. I would be keen to see staff, students, parents and governors work close together so that all different educational needs are identified and met.

Before working in education, my previous roles included circulation audit and data control. In all of my previous ventures I’ve developed and demonstrated good communication and organisational skills which, I believe, to be invaluable attributes for a staff governor to have.

Timir Gudka

I am a parent governor with one child that has left school and one child still at Whitchurch. I joined the governing body with the vision of trying to ensure that every child at Whitchurch is given the best educational support and opportunity to reach their potential and enjoy their time at the school, leaving with fond memories.