Senior Leadership Team
NICK KANDOLA MBA - TRUST LEADER
Nick is the Chief Executive of the Trust and has been involved in helping establish multiple schools within the UK. He was the Chair of Governors for the Khalsa Primary School for over seven years. He has built and acquired software businesses in the UK and India. He has worked in various director level roles within the NHS for over six years. His last major role was Operations Director at Oxford Health NHS responsible for three Mental Health Hospitals. He is the co-founder of the Khalsa Secondary Academy in 2013 and led the application for 2 further successful free school bids, Khalsa Academy Wolverhampton and the Atam Academy in Redbridge.
SIMON WEBB NPQH, MBA - DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS
Simon has 20 years of senior management experience in schools including Head of an international secondary school, Vice principal in maintained schools and a track record in school improvement. As an HMI Inspector, he became highly training at evaluating schools strengths and weaknesses and had enhanced training in SEND, safeguarding and independent schools. He currently works with several large multi-academy trusts, Central Bedfordshire and Lewisham local authorities and is the Chief Inspector for Cambridge Education where he leads on inspection of overseas independent schools in Spain and other countries. Recently Simon has being working for the Department for Education as an Advisor supporting free schools.
CHRIS DREW (BA (HONS), PGCE) - HEADTEACHER OF KHALSA SECONDARY ACADEMY
Chris joined KSA as Headteacher after working in various senior leadership roles for the last 17 years, including ten years as head of a large secondary school in the North East of England. He has also recently helped turn around a school in Special Measures.
ANITA KAUR NOTTA BSc (HONS), NPQH - PRINCIPAL OF KHALSA ACADEMY WOLVERHAMPTON
Anita is currently the Principal of The Khalsa Academy Wolverhampton. She joined the school as an Assistant Headteacher when it opened in 2015 and was then promoted to Vice Principal in 2017. Previously she was an Assistant Head and Head of Computing for the Bower Park Academy in Essex where she worked since 2007. Anita is a graduate from the De Montford University in Leicester.
DAVID MARTIN - EXECUTIVE HEADTEACHER OF ATAM ACADEMY
David joined ATAM Academy as their Executive Headteacher in January 2021. He is an experienced senior leader with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in E-Learning, Literacy, Classroom Management, Lesson Planning, and School Improvement. David is committed to inclusion and securing positive transformational opportunities and outcomes for students and staff, in often very diverse and complex contexts, across the full age-range of different types of all-ability state-funded schools.
BAS SINGH BASRA - DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Bas is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience in Senior Finance Roles in a number of global locations. Bas spent over 15 years in the Oil & Gas Services industry including 6 years in various FD roles in Asia Pacific. He was most recently, the Regional FD for Subsea 7, responsible for Europe & Africa overseeing a region with revenues in excess of $2bn and 4000 employees. After taking a 1 year career break, Bas joined Khalsa Secondary Academy in 2014 and built up his knowledge and understanding of the education sector in various roles & capacities before being appointed the Director of Finance in 2015.
MANJIT SINGH KALEY - DIRECTOR OF PROJECTS AND COMPLIANCE
Manjit was educated in the Netherlands as an electronics engineer. He worked in the USA and has over 10 years experience in building management systems. He currently helps manage buildings systems for over 30 blue-chip organisations, including the BBC and special schools. Manjit was a parent Governor for Khalsa Primary School and is now supporting new schools within the Multi-academy trust through the pre-opening phase. Manjit was the co-founder of Khalsa Secondary Academy in Stoke Poges. Manjit is responsible for all capital projects and new school buildings as well as compliance across the Trust
BINDER GILL - SENIOR HR MANAGER
Mr Binder Gill is the Trust’s senior HR Manager who joined in September 2020. He has over 25 years experience in Human Resources in the education sector and has worked in Local Authorities and private Education providers supporting Community, voluntary aided, multi academy trusts and independent schools nationally.
One of his portfolio’s was to oversee and successfully manage over 200+ schools in the South East of England. This role which he had over 7 years involved managing a team of professional consultants providing comprehensive HR support to school leaders and governors.
He has successfully carried out TUPE transfers, Academy conversions, implemented change programmes and delivered bespoke training to management teams and staff.
Prior to joining the Khalsa Academies Trust, Binder had been very closely supporting the Trust for the past 4 years as a HR consultant and says he no hesitation in wanting to apply and be appointed to this exciting role!