Richard MercerHead of Governors
Richard has recently retired after 38 years in the secondary education sector. The last fourteen as the head teacher of Edensor Technology College, which served over a thousand youngsters and employed over 120 staff with a budget in excess of £6m. Richard has experience of leading and managing a large successful organisation and is transferring those skills to Iqra Stoke. Richard would oversee the staffing structure and appointment of qualified and experienced staff.
Keith PritchardVice Chair of Governors
After retiring as head of humanities Keith became chair of governors at Edensor Technology College. This was a role he fulfilled through eight, sometimes difficult, years. Keith never abrogated his responsibilities and shows a level of professionalism that gained him the respect of his peers and the staff. Keith has been working on the committees required by Iqra Stoke and it is envisaged that he would chair most, if not all, committees in the first instance. Keith’s expertise in governance is vital to the school.
Michael retired as deputy head teacher in 2004 and took up a consultancy role at Keele University mentoring aspiring teachers. Michael has a particular strength in curriculum design and innovation. Michael will work for Iqra Stoke in designing an innovative curriculum and constructing the time table.
Asif MehmoodChairman of Iqra Welfare Trust
Asif is qualified as a teacher in the UK and has successfully taught languages and religious studies to a full range of abilities and ages. Asif has served on numerous committees to promote harmony in the community; he is currently the chair of the BME Forum in Stoke and an executive member of the Faith Forum.
Navid Ul-Khurram KaleemGovernor
Navid Ul-Khurram Kaleem (member / director), vice chair of the Iqra Welfare Trust. Navid runs a highly successful pharmacy business which serves the local community. This pharmacy was set up after a long and detailed negotiation with the NHS. Navid is the voice of the group and his skills in negotiating have proved invaluable to the Trust. Navid commits time to looking after the public relations aspect of the Trust.
Muhammad is currently the treasurer of the Tunstall mosque. This work dovetails into his professional career as an accountant for a large firm in Stoke on Trent. Muhammad will be able to give invaluable assistance to the company in matters relating to everyday financial matters.
Riaz Ahmed QadriGovernor
Riaz has a wealth of experience on faith matters gained as Muslim Chaplin at Staffordshire University. This contact with the University is proving very helpful in forming a strong working relationship between the University and Iqra Stoke. Riaz is currently a teacher at City Central Mosque.
Nadia Farooq LatifGovernor
Mrs Latif is teaching at Summerbank Primary School in Tunstall. Her expertise in the teaching profession will prove invaluable in terms of public relations for prospective parents in the primary sector. She is keen to act as a role model for the female youngsters who attend the school.