Executive Principal / CEO – ANITA KAUR NOTTA
Anita is Executive Principal/CEO of The Khalsa Academies Trust, previously Principal of The Khalsa Academy Wolverhampton. Anita has worked in many schools across the Midlands and in London where she has carved a long and successful career in Education which spans just shy of 20 years with 17 years in a Leadership position.
Anita has high expectations of herself first and drives educational excellence built upon morals and values. Her strength is her vision for the schools and the newly formed Trust that is based on strong foundations, Personal Development and the Quality of Education. Anita is a Computer Scientist and was the first female Principal with a Computer Science background and is well respected and known in the Computing Education sector for her work with Computing and girls. She built her school (as Principal) on her passion of digital technologies and computer science that provides students with the transferable skills that employers are looking for in school leavers.
Anita, also actively participates in social and non-profit ventures which affect people’s life in a positive way. She also creates milestones within educational experience, by holding workshops and collaborating with the top NGO’s in the UK such as Binti International and Hemraj Goyal Foundation to uplift the education system through personal development and to break the stigma that surround Menstrual dignity.
Anita is also a councillor member of Women’s Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (WICCI), as well as the Women’s Economic Forum (WEF) Group. She is also involved with numerous international education charities contributing to projects that will have a real impact on lives.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) – BAS BASRA
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.
Accountant - SUKHVINDER SAINI
Sukhy has over 32 years of experience as a Finance Manager in the FMCG Industry, she worked for Adelie Foods Ltd, where she had a team of 25 people reporting to her in the accounts payable and accounts receivable teams. Unfortunately, due to the impact of the Coronavirus, the company went into administration. Sukhy then worked with Deloittes for 5 months to recover as much debt as possible.
Sukhy spent a period of 9 months at TRS where she put process improvements in place before joining The Khalsa Academies Trust as the Academies Accountant in November 2021. Sukhy is now learning and enjoying working for the educational sector and will use her knowledge and experience to improve wherever possible.
HR Manager -BINDER GILL
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!
Executive PA / Governance Officer -JACQUELINE COPE
Jacqueline joined the Trust in June 2022. She has over 22 years experience in Finance and Accounting. After taking a 1 year career break she joined a Private Sector Accountancy Training Provider working with FE Colleges teaching AAT Accountancy. She then moved into Regional Leadership & Management securing Accountancy Partnership Agreements with FE Colleges. Jacqueline was the DSL for the Training Provider, Qualified L3 for 19+ .
Trust IT Manager - JON GEARY
My name is Jon Geary, I am the IT Manager for The Khalsa Academies Trust (TKAT). I have been working in IT, specialising in Education for the past 15 years. I have held positions such as IT Operations Manager for a Birmingham based Trust and several positions within the Building Schools for the Future (BSFF) managed service provider.
I am looking forward to implementing my vision for technical services across The Khalsa Academies Trust schools. My main focus is to implement infrastructure upgrades to ensure that the Academies have the right resources and tools to successfully to provide exceptional education experiences.
Strategic Marketing - BURINDER DUSANJ
Burinder has worked in Education for 15 years in Pastoral and Safeguarding through a range of key Stages. She has a strong reputation in Business and networking, developing and implementing sustainable Business models. Burinder is driven by her passion for children, including setting high expectations and a thirst to succeed for her own children, who have flourished in their chosen paths.
Burinder’s trade mark is to deliver what she says she will, through her “can- do”, positive attitude and outward thinking view. This allows her to develop strong and trustworthy relationships with stakeholders, in particular children.
Burinder has the ability to motivate and influence effective change within the schools, Trust, local community and in the private sector. This transferable skillset as well as the ability to adapt to different situations has enabled her to become a confident leader.