Wednesday, 17th January 2018

Governors

Download the PDF below for full information about our governors, their term of office, attendance and register of business interest.

Name Position Description
Rakes Parmar's picture
Rakes Parmar Chair When I first started out as a parent governor, I simply wanted to find out what went into providing a service for my children and seeing what difference I could make. Little did I know that it would be the start of an exciting, interesting and challenging journey, where on the way I would feel a sense of real achievement and satisfaction! Many years on since I got involved, and now as Chair, I am still driven by a desire to get the best for all the children who come to Grove House, as well as their families and the wider community in Southall that I live in. More than anything else, as a parent I am passionate to help Grove House achieve the best possible early years experience. At a personal level, being a governor and playing a part in the Governing Body has helped develop my strategic-thinking skills. I have learned a lot about leadership from my fellow governors and the very high-performing senior leadership team I work with and which has secured 5 outstanding Ofsted results in the last 5 years. I have realised how important it is to engage with, understand and respect people from different backgrounds. I am a civil servant at the Government Legal Department, where I have spent the majority of my working career. I have been involved in a range of work from Legal through to Business Management roles. My professional career has certainly benefited from my involvement as a governor. I have found that governors can make a positive contribution, being at the centre of what is going on and what is going to happen, being accountable and holding to account, dealing with issues, facilitating decision making, resolving problems, providing guidance, being a sounding board and managing risk, with a crucial job to do – making the centre a better place for children and families. Early years is one of the most interesting places to be and it is a privilege to continue to be part of it.
Sanjiv Ansel's picture
Sanjiv Ansel Vice chair
Himisha Patel's picture
Himisha Patel Staff Governor I have worked at the Centre for many years and as Headteacher since 2007. I am passionate about ensuring that all children and families have every opportunity to thrive. In order to achieve this,  I have worked closely with the governing body to ensure that we follow statutory guidelines and to ensure that the highest standards of education and care are provided for all children.
Helen Mayor's picture
Helen Mayor Staff Governor I have been the Deputy Head at Grove House since January 2015, and I joined the Governing body shortly after as the staff governor. Being on the governing body allows me to work with others from our community to ensure that Grove House is proving the best start to our children's education. As the staff governor I also represent the views of Grove House's team at governor's meetings.
Balwinder Panesar's picture
Balwinder Panesar Parent Governor With most my family in West London, I was raised and educated in Southall. Now as a practicing dentist I continue to work close to home. Professional special interests include minimal invasive dentistry, prevention and cosmetic dentistry. Away from work, with a young family, activities mostly revolve around the little one but when time allows I enjoy travelling abroad, trying to see as much of this small world, but when staying in with a good film, book or music. I'm a fan of motor sport and track days, can't wait to get the kids involved when they are older.When the position of parent governor became available, I took the opportunity to get involved directly in my sons education. Within this role, we can support the Grove House staff to ensure the already high standards are maintained and built upon.
William Mayor's picture
William Mayor Associate Governor Hi, I’m Billy, I’m the governor responsible for Communications and Data. I write the newsletters and I try to keep the website up-to-date with Governor-related things. I joined the Governing Body because they had a space open and wanted somebody with an IT/Maths background to fill it. I also chair the Advisory Board for the centre. It’s great to be involved with the centre and to be able to help out when needed.
Rani Banga's picture
Rani Banga Clerk
Hardip Basra's picture
Hardip Basra Parent Governor The biggest motivating factor for me to become a "parent" governor, is being a parent myself. Already a parent governor at a local primary school, I wanted to get involved at the foundation stage upon which the vital building blocks of creativity and learning starts.  I've always been curious and keen to understand what makes Grove House such an "outstanding" early years centre for 5 consecutive years.  Now that I am a part of the Governing team here, I am better able to appreciate the factors of its success; hard work, pro active and strategic thinking that is put in by the centre staff, Governing body and local community as a whole. I feel lucky to be a part of this process. As a Governor, I can actively contribute towards helping Grove House maintain and better its success. The net benefit is experienced by the children who attend here.  It feels good to be part of team which has a voice and plays an active role in improving the quality and standards of education children receive at Grove House, despite the constantly changing challenges. I have experience working in private and public sector organisations and am presently self employed. I am confident engaging with people from all walks of life.  I am also a member of the Advisory Board which consists of representative members of the local community. Being a governor is a continual learning process. Therefore, I always seek to develop my skills so that I may offer effective and helpful governance on the board.