Board of Directors

Inder Singh Uppal MBE - Chairman

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.

Nick Singh Kandola MA, MBA - Chief Executive Officer

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 where he ran three Mental Health Hospitals serving offenders. He is currently involved in helping build a local authority special school for disabled pupils as well as being the Chief Executive of the Khalsa Academies Trust.

Ms Denise Shepherd MA, NPQH, NLE - Director of Education

Denise is our Director of Education and is a successful National Leader of Education and former CEO of The Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT). TSAT is a cross-phase MAT with two hubs in North Kent and Portsmouth with eleven schools and a teaching school Alliance. TSAT is also a highly regarded and successful Trust with a track record of school improvement. Denise was an elected member of the South England Head-teacher Board and has worked closely with the RSC over the past two years.

Mr Bas Singh Basra BA - 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.

Mr Manjit Singh Kaley - Director of Estates and Facilities

Manjit Singh Kaley  was educated in the Netherlands as an electronics engineer. Manjit has 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.

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.

Mr Tasveer Singh BA - Director – representing The Atam Academy in East London

Tasveer has studied a degree in Accounting and Finance from Kingston University and then when on to become a Chartered Management Accountant in 2004. Tasveer’s experience includes being the sole financial lead on large scale multi-million pound capital projects as well as budgeting, forecasting and reporting.  Tasveer is an active member of the local community. He has been involved in a number of volunteering projects including winter shelters and helpdesks for homeless, supporting vulnerable people, organising and running parent and toddler groups and working with local primary school talks and visits to the Sikh Gurdwaras of Ilford and Barking.

Ms Jane Morgan BSc, PCGE, NPQH - 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 John Docherty - Trustee and Non-Exec 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 Non-Exec Director

Kirrendeep is a corporate lawyer specialising in renewable energy projects. She currently is employed as legal counsel for SunEdison Inc. She has over ten years of legal experience across sectors and is an active member of the community.