Meet Our Governors

Governor Profiles

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.

Manji Kara

I am a retired railway engineer dedicating my free time for community service. I have been a Ward councillor since 2002 as well as an LEA nominated school governor at Glebe Primary School and Stanburn Primary School over the years. I was an active member of the PTA at Priestmead School and Park High School where my sons received fine education.

Chris Parkinson-Best

I am a new parent to Whitchurch Primary School and also an Assistant Head in a local primary school. I am excited to be a co-opted governor. I have expertise in Inclusion and Special Educational Needs, particularly Social, Emotional and Mental Health, having recently been part of the behaviour service of another London borough. I have also been a governor at other schools in the past and I am excited to bring my knowledge and experience from all of these different roles into my role as a governor at Whitchurch Primary School.

Mehul Shah

I am a senior finance professional and a parent of a child in Whitchurch Primary School. I am also an active volunteer within my community.

My experience of working in the public sector will allow me to bring financial expertise relevant to the current economic climate.  As the chair of the resources committee, I will ensure the school leadership are able to deliver the best value whilst ensuring the school ethos and delivering the best of pupils is not compromised.

Rahul Patel

I am delighted to be part of the Governing Body of Whitchurch Primary School & Nursery.  It is a refreshing change and new challenge that I  am excited to be a part of.  My career has spanned many roles within the field of technology, from managing teams and complex projects to now running a recruitment business.  As such, I have acquired a broad range of skills which I hope to utilise in my Governor role. I have a keen interest in the welfare of children and am a regular supporter and contributor of an overseas orphanage programme.  Closer to home, I am very keen to see the future generations succeed and I look forward to helping wherever I can with the school.

Amit Badiani

I am an multi-site Global Airline leader with extensive Corporate and International experience with previous assignments in Russia, Middle East and Western Europe. I have extensive experience traversing bureaucracy while working with host governments, security agencies, corporate customers and other authority bodies. As a people leader and department head, I draw upon my experiences in providing governance to our School, as we work to ensure the highest of standards are developed and maintained, while also ensuring that robust procedures and measures are in place to mitigate any substantial failures to the children, staff and community as a whole.

I have the privilege of being a Co-Opted Governor and Vice Chair of the Schools Governing Body and took on this responsibility to play a role, however small, in assisting with shaping the trajectory of the school, in partnership with the schools outstanding leadership team and fellow governors. If the school is able to benefit from any of my experiences then for me I have served the purpose for why I am on the GB and giving back to our local community.

I am football fan and enjoy partaking in martial arts whilst also being an avid traveler and a doting dad of two boys, 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 have 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 young children at the 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 the governing bodies of a primary and secondary academy
  • clerking meetings for small charity
  • clerking meetings of adoption and fostering panels
  • various roles administering elections.

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.