Board of Directors

Mr Inder Singh Uppal MBE - Chairman, Member, Trustee and Director

Inder is the Chairman of the Trust and has over thirty years of experience in senior positions within various public sector roles. These have included the following: a member of the Parole Board where he visited over thirty prisons and made recommendations for improvement in services; Vice Chairman of the Ealing Hospital NHS Trust; a director of NHS Ealing Health Watch; a member of the London Clinical Senate which is the body that supports the improvement of services by providing recommendations to health commissioners; a member of the Metropolitan Police Committee; a visiting lecturer at Bramshill Police College and the CEO of the Hounslow Community Relations Council for over 20 years. Inder has also recently been involved in a free school bid for a Sikh School in Hounslow and is the Chair of the Sikh Excellence Academy Trust.

Mr Ian Anderson BA FCA FCCA - Member and Chair of Audit Committee

Ian studied Economics and Statistics at the University of Exeter  and joined Grant Thornton, London, where he progressed to be a senior manager in the Audit Department. Ian has also worked in general practice with the Thames Valley firm, Oury Clark and Morley Scott which subsequently merged with Menzies LLP. Ian is a specialist in the not for profit sector, acting for a dozen such clients at one time, including the Licensed Trade Charity, with net assets of £50million, and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service, privatised from the (then) DTI. Ian is a charity trustee, having been a trustee of the Licensed Trade Charities Trust, Chairman then Secretary of the Bray & Holyport Scout Group, Chairman now Treasurer of the Holyport Youth Club and a trustee of the Maidenhead & District Scout Council. Ian is the Chair of the Audit Committee for the Khalsa Academies Trust.

Ms Jane Morgan BSc, PGCE, NPQH - Member, Trustee and Director

Jane is an experienced educationalist and has been a deputy Head Teacher of a Church of England Primary School for 8 years and Interim Head Teacher of Khalsa Primary School in Slough for 2 years. She has good knowledge and understanding of leadership in a faith and in particular a Sikh faith setting. Since April 2012 Jane have worked as an educational consultant going into schools in category or difficulties for short period of time 2 terms to 1 year to support the leadership teams.

Mr Tarlochan Singh - Member

Tarlochan Singh is an experienced governor of a local outstanding school and currently works for DHL as an operations manager. He has good experience of governance in education and the commercial sectors and is an active member of the local Sikh community. He has supported schools with fundraising initatives.

Mr John Docherty - Trustee and Director

John lives in High Wycombe is an ex HR director for various large corporates and SMEs including RHM plc, formerly Rank Hovis McDougall along with other businesses including a large firm run by a Sikh in Birmingham. John is a fellow of the CIPD (HR qualification) and a qualified coach and mentor.

Mrs Kirrendeep Kaur Lidher - Trustee and Director

Kirrendeep is a experienced corporate lawyer who is currently working for SunEdison Inc, a leading renewable energy company based in the US. Previously she worked for Anesco Ltd in the UK, ranked as the fastest growing company by Sunday Times. Kirrendeep also has experience in general law and has worked in West London with local legal firms. Kirrendeep has been awarded the Anne Rough Shield for Information Technology, Shield for ‘Service above Self’.


Mr Manmeet Singh MA, ADMA, PIOR, FCA, CF11- Trustee and Director

Manmeet is a senior compliance and risk director and has worked in the highly regulated banking and retail sectors. He has developed robust risk frameworks for alignment with FCA, GDPR and global regulations. 

Mr Nick Singh Kandola MA, MBA - Trust Leader, Trustee

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.