Regent Independent College Staff Team – Academic Year 2017/18

SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM

Mrs Tharshiny Pankaj - Managing Director

Principal & Proprietor, Regent Independent College & Managing Director, Regent Group

Mrs Tharshiny Pankaj, BSc (Hons)

Mrs Tharshiny Pankaj is a graduate of Brunel University where she studied Computer Sciences. In 1998 she took the post of ICT & Computing Teacher at a sixth form college. In 2000 she played a large part in the founding of Regent Independent College and was essential in the development of the College into what it has become today. Mrs Pankaj is also heavily involved in the development of our other organisations within Regent Group.

William Salisbury

Acting Principal, Regent Independent College

Mr William Salisbury, BA, PGCE

Will is an experienced teacher, having taught in both the state and independent sectors of British education. Educated at independent schools in the UK, specialising in History and Politics at the University of Exeter and graduating from the Institute of Education, Will has taught in a wide range of schools including day, boarding and sixth form colleges. His specialism is secondary level education. He also has significant academic and pastoral experience through working as both the Senior Boarding Manager and Head of Faculty at a leading co-educational boarding sixth form college in Cambridge. Furthermore, Will has worked as an independent school consultant and a private tutor, as well as managing sports camps over the last five years.

Selva Pankaj

Proprietor, Regent Independent College & Chief Executive Officer, Regent Group

Mr Selva Pankaj, MBA, FCMA, CGMA

Mr Selva Pankaj, a graduate of the University of SDA Bocconi/Middlesex, University, and a qualified Chartered Accountant taught Business and Accounting in 2000 when the College first opened. He also acted as an examiner and undertaken the role of visiting lecturer at various universities. When Regent Independent College was founded, Mr Pankaj was very much involved in all aspects of the college and had a thorough overview of the teaching. At the beginning of 2009, after many years working in the financial and property investments sector, Mr Pankaj decided to return to the College and took on the role of Principal. Though he has now relinquished this role and handed over school management to Mrs Tharshiny Pankaj he still continues to assist with College matters as needed.

Mrs Vinita Gaur - Systems Management

School Manager, Regent Independent College

Mrs Vinita Gaur, MSc, B.Ed., Diploma (Systems Management)

Mrs Gaur joined Regent Independent College in November 2016. She comes with more than 10 years of varied experience in education, both in the UK and in India. She has performed roles as Examinations Manager and Data Manager in large secondary schools with student numbers ranging from 800 to 2000+. In the role of Data Manager she has handled both Server and Cloud based Management Information Systems including CMIS, Bromcom, Progresso and SIMS. She has also successfully executed ‘end to end’ data migration and the configuration of data systems from scratch. As an experienced Examinations Manager Vinita is meticulous in ensuring a fully compliant examination process. She has experience of a number of examining bodies. As School Manager Mrs Gaur supports the Principal in all aspects of administration to help ensure the best possible student experience and achievement.

TEACHING TEAM

Accounting

Dr Mohammed Aslam, PhD, FCMA

Dr Aslam, who joined Regent Independent College in 2004, has over 20 years of experience in teaching Accounting and over 10 years of practical experience in the field of accounting and finance. He is also an author of the book “Principal of Accounting” which has been adopted and published by the ICMAP.

Art

Mrs Anita Obhrai, BA, MA

Mrs Obhrai joins Regent Independent College with more than 36 years of experience as Head of Art and Design. Most recently she has taught Art to GCSE and A Level and has held the post of Edexcel GCE Examiner for Art & Design. Her expertise also extends to drawing and painting, clay modelling and Art History.

Biology

Dr Alan Taylor, BSc, PhD, CBiol, MIBiol

Dr Taylor joined Regent Independent College with 30 years of teaching having previously taught at a number of other well-known schools and colleges. An experienced examiner for three of the major boards, he has also carried out seven years of university research in Botany/Biology, giving him an excellent practical background from which to instruct his students.

Mr Philip Arthur, BA, BSc, MSc

Mr Arthur has been with Regent Independent College for five years, with varying full-time and part-time roles. Before joining Regent Independent College he had held roles as Head of Science and Head of Biology during his long teaching career. He also has more than thirty years of experience, working as one of Edexcel’s examiners.

Business

Mrs Fariha Quddus, MBA, NVQ, FEL

Mrs Quddus joined Regent Independent College in 2013 having worked with a significant number of tutoring organisations teaching GCSE and A-Level in Business Studies and Economics across all the various exam boards. Her other professional experience includes teaching Health & Social care qualifications and roles in the social sector.

Chemistry

Mr Kenneth Motteram, BSc, Cert.G.I.Biol & QTS

Mr Motteram has recently joined Regent Independent College. He has taught at a number of schools across London teaching both Science and Chemistry. His most recent post was at a grammar school in Edgware. He is also an examiner for OCR.

Mr Dilip Joshi, BSc, MSc, PhD & QTS

Mr Joshi brings considerable expertise to the Regent Independent College team. Having most recently held the post of Chemistry teacher at high-achieving North London Collegiate School for eight years, preceded by five years as Head of Science at Stanmore College, he has also published a number of research papers.

Computer Science

Mrs Madhura Dandekar, BSc, PGDSE, PGCE

Mrs Dandekar has been at Regent Independent College since 2001. Prior to this she worked at David Game College. She has earned a reputation of being a dependable, hardworking and enthusiastic teacher who prides herself on maintaining high standards of delivery at all times.

Economics

Tim Griffiths MA (Cantab), PGCE (Oxon)

Tim Griffiths is a graduate of Cambridge University and has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from Oxford University. He was Head of Department at the Royal Masonic School before becoming Deputy Headmaster at Rickmansworth School for 22 years, where he taught A-level Economics and oversaw all university applications. Mr Griffiths has sat on an interview panel for undergraduate admissions in Law at Oxford University and for many years advised as a Boarding Headmaster for officer recruitment to the Royal Air Force at Cranwell. After retiring, he taught A-level Economics at The Queens’ School Bushey. Mr Griffiths came to Regent Independent College to teach Economics in 2014 and each year he advises students on their applications to university.

English

Mrs Mikki Shahid, BA, PGCE

Mrs Shahid has been teaching English to students at Regent Independent College since 2001 and has been intrinsic to the success of many of our students. In addition to her work for the College, she also carries out teaching for our sister division, Regent Learning Centre.

Mrs Susan Roberts, BA, MA, MPhil

Mrs Roberts has worked with a number of educational establishments including Amersham and Wycombe College and Greenhill College, as well as having worked in the undergraduate education sector. Additionally, she has produced a number of conference papers.

Further Maths

Mr Kumar Kandiah, BSc, MSC, PGCE

Mr Kandiah has been at Regent Independent College since its inception, teaching GCSE and A Level Mathematics and has seen many students pass through the College. Previous to joining Regent Independent College he worked for Ealing College and has worked for Edexcel as an examiner.

Mr Ragulan Amirthalingam, B.Eng

Mr Amirthalingam joined Regent Independent College in its very early days. A very keen and passionate mathematician, he also holds a degree in Computer Systems Engineering and brought his love of chess to the College.

Government & Politics

Mr Anthony Burrett, BA, MSc

Mr Burrett has over twelve years of experience in teaching History and Government and Politics in schools and colleges, his most recent post pre-Regent Independent College being at the historical David Game College. However, his teaching spans back to the mid-1980s when he also spent time teaching at undergraduate level.

History

Mr Anthony Burrett, BA, MSc

Mr Burrett has over twelve years of experience in teaching History and Government and Politics in schools and colleges, his most recent post pre-Regent Independent College being at the historical David Game College. However, his teaching spans back to the mid-1980s when he also spent time teaching at undergraduate level.

Maths

Mr Kumar Kandiah, BSc, MSC, PGCE

Mr Kandiah has been at Regent Independent College since its inception, teaching GCSE and A Level Mathematics and has seen many students pass through the College. Previous to joining Regent Independent College he worked for Ealing College and has worked for Edexcel as an examiner.

Mr Ragulan Amirthalingam, B.Eng

Mr Amirthalingam joined Regent Independent College in its very early days. A very keen and passionate mathematician, he also holds a degree in Computer Systems Engineering and brought his love of chess to the College.

Mr Amit Obhrai, BSc

Mr Obhrai joined Regent Independent College several years ago, teaching students on a private tuition basis and leading Easter Revision courses. His ability to get students high grades was pleasing and he was invited to join Regent Independent College as a full time team member. He has also previously tutored for Elite Tutors.

Physics

Mr Rajeeb Chakraborty, BSc (Hons), MSc (Double), PGCE, MInstP

Mr Chakraborty has been at Regent Independent College for many years now after moving from the Swaminarayan Independent School in Neasden. Before joining Regent Independent College, he taught at many local schools including those in the state, grammar and independent sector. He is also an A-Level Physics examiner of Edexcel Examinations Board and assists the College with its international admissions.

Psychology

Mrs Premila Patel, BA, MSc

Mrs Patel, who has more than ten years of experience as a teacher and tutor, joined Regent Independent College from a local tutorial college where she held the post of Head of Psychology and Sociology. Whilst there, she was mainly responsible for the A-level teaching but also held the role of Tutor within the College.

Science

Mr Rajeeb Chakraborty, BSc (Hons), MSc (Double), PGCE, MInstP

Mr Chakraborty has been at Regent Independent College for many years now after moving from the Swaminarayan Independent School in Neasden. Before joining Regent Independent College, he taught at many local schools including those in the state, grammar and independent sector. He is also an A-Level Physics examiner of Edexcel Examinations Board and assists the College with its international admissions.

Mr Kenneth Motteram, BSc, Cert.G.I.Biol & QTS

Mr Motteram has recently joined Regent Independent College. He has taught at a number of schools across London teaching both Science and Chemistry. His most recent post was at a grammar school in Edgware. He is also an examiner for OCR.

Mr Philip Arthur, BA, BSc, MSc

Mr Arthur has been with Regent Independent College for five years, with varying full-time and part-time roles. Before joining Regent Independent College he had held roles as Head of Science and Head of Biology during his long teaching career. He also has more than thirty years of experience, working as one of Edexcel’s examiners.

Sociology

Miss Sadyah Fazal, BA (Hons)

Miss Fazal joined Regent Independent College in September 2015. Previous to this she spent over three years teaching Sociology at London Brookes College as well as having spent time mentoring students at GCSE and A-Level in the past.

Sport

Navin Seneviratne, BA (Hons)

Navin is the Community Sports Development Manager for Everyone Active in Harrow. Navin has over 10 years’ experience of working with primary schools, secondary schools and FE colleges in London, Hertfordshire and Essex organising and delivering engaging and inclusive sessions. Navin was previously the Sports Development Manager at Palmer’s Sixth Form College in Essex.

MANAGEMENT, ADMINISTRATION & SUPPORT TEAM

Head of Finance

Mrs Paras Patel, BEng, MBA

Mrs Patel joined Regent Group in 2008 as a Finance Manager and since then she has managed all financial aspects of the Group’s businesses. She holds ACCA Part Qualification, an MBA in Finance and an Engineering degree and previously worked in the real estate sector.

Finance Assistant

Miss Sonal Badiani, AAT

Miss Badiani joined Regent Group in October 2015 as an Accounts Assistant to support the Regent Group Finance Manager, Paras Patel. Miss Badiani has over 25 years of rich experience working in accounts. Prior to joining Regent Group, she was employed at College of North West London for over two and a half years as an Accounts Assistant and previous to that was employed with Pricoa Relocation.

Senior Academic Administrator, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead & UCAS Advisor

Miss Caroline Shepheard, BA (Hons)

Miss Shepheard joined Regent Group in 2009 and works across a number of Regent’s divisions. Previous to joining the organisation, she worked for a large and well-known department store, gaining significant retail and customer service experience, as well as undertaking other administrative posts whilst in pursuit of her studies.

Academic Administrator

Mrs Lynne Bonfim, TESOL

Mrs Bonfim is an administrative professional with over twenty years of experience, including roles where she managed reception and undertook administrative duties for a variety of companies from small, local companies to global organisations. She also has experience in a nursery setting.

Student Progress Administrator

Ms Shelley Thomas, NVQ2

Ms. Thomas comes to Regent Independent College with over 21 years of experience. Her last role was an Attendance, Admissions & Welfare Officer at the West Acton Primary School.

Laboratory Assistant

Mrs Saira Khan, MSc

Mrs Khan has spent time teaching at Key Stage 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 in the UK as well as having taught overseas for seven years. Holding a Master’s Degree with first class honours in drug chemistry, she is passionate about laboratory work and its role in the development in the field of science.