Advisory Board

Regent Independent College has an advisory board which usually meets twice a year and provides advice and guidance to the proprietors and College management. The advisory board is composed of both figures that are external to the school, and members of the school’s internal team.

The 2016/2017 advisory board includes the following external individuals

Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski DBE

Bright Futures Educational Trust (BFET), CEO & Executive Principal, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls (AGGS)

Dana was appointed Head of AGGS in 1999 and the founder member and CEO of BFET in 2011. She is an educational expert consultant to the Centre for Social Justice and a Board member of Ofqual. Most recently Dana took the role of Chair of the Review for Head Teachers’ Standards.

A National Leader of Education, Dana is frequently called upon to support and improve schools in challenging circumstances. Further, Dana is NW Head Teacher lead for the Prince’s Teaching Institute; facilitator and trainer for British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme; senior partner of Challenge Partners; and a member of national and international working groups, such as Future Leaders and IoE. Dana is also a member of the IoD and a finalist in their public sector awards, due to be announced 21st February, 2016.

In addition to the above, Dana holds a regular slot on BBC Radio Manchester and acts as a contributor to educational journals and national broadsheets. In her spare time she also acts as a speaker at many international and national conferences.

Mr Ameet Jogia

Cllr Ameet Jogia

Ameet Jogia is a Councillor for the London Borough of Harrow, representing Canons Ward. He was first elected in May 2014 securing the highest number of votes in the entire borough. Ameet is the youngest Councillor in Harrow and was promoted to the Shadow Cabinet in May 2015 as the Shadow Portfolio Holder for Culture and Communities.

Ameet is also a Political Aide to a member of the House of Lords and is currently a School Governor for his old school, Pinner Park Infant and Junior School. Ameet has been involved with a number of youth projects in Harrow, including chairing Harrow Conservative Future and being part of City Hindus Network. He remains passionate about empowering young people to be the best they can be.

Ameet graduated from King’s College London and has lived in Harrow all his life.

Mr Paavan Popat

TLC Group, CEO

Paavan joined TLC Group as Managing Director in September 2009, becoming Chief Executive in May 2014. Under Paavan’s leadership, TLC Care has more than trebled in size, with five new care homes constructed and another home due to open in mid-2016. Also during Paavan’s tenure, TLC Group was featured in the 2014 Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100 as one of Britain’s 100 fastest-growing private companies and was also featured as one of the top 5 fastest growing care companies in the Health Investor Growth Company report in December 2013, 2014 and 2015. Prior to joining TLC Group, Paavan worked for global construction consultancy Rider Levett Bucknall involved in a range of global activities.

Today, the TLC Group is one of the largest businesses and employers in Harrow. Paavan is passionate about supporting the local community, hence his interest in becoming a School Governor at Regent Independent College. Whilst he does not come from an academic background, Paavan is keen to use his business expertise to promote the formal governance of Regent Independent College to become an even more efficient and effective body, helping to give its students the best start in life.

Mr Graham Gamble

Head of School, Shattuck-St.Mary’s, Malaysia

Graham has a wealth of experience in the education sector. He started his career in 1986 as an English teacher. Since then he has had many school leadership roles, both within the UK and internationally. Prior to providing support to Regent as its inspections advisor, and then joining the Advisory Board, he was Headmaster of Alexanders College in Suffolk. He holds an M.A. in Education Management from Bath University, an M.A. in Italian and English Literature from the University of Edinburgh and a P.G.C.E. from the University of Cambridge.

Contacting the Advisory Board

The Chairperson of the Advisory Board is Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski. Correspondence for her attention can be sent to Bright Futures Educational Trust, The Lodge House, Cavendish Road, Bowdon, Altrincham, WA14 2NJ and she can be contacted on 0161 941 5681 or DRW@bfet.uk.