Our Governors

Board of Governors

At Barnet Hill Academy we are delighted to have an incredibly strong Board of Governor's. This includes Governors with decades of education experience in senior education and indeed other senior professional and community roles. The Board also includes members with a great deal of school governance experience and the spiritual knowledge and experience of members of the Governance board is also strongly evident. As the school grows and develops we will continue to develop the Governance capacity at the school and the Governor's welcome engagement with parents, the local community and beyond.

Our Governance

The Governing Body at Barnet Hill Academy is made up of a team of committed staff, parents and members of the local community who have responsibility for raising school standards through their three core functions of:
Ensuring a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction are in place,
holding the SLT to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure it is well spent.
The Principal is responsible for the day to day management of the school and the role of the Governing Body is to provide strategic management, and to act as a “critical friend”, supporting the work of the Principal and other staff.
The full Governing Body meets half-termly and there are also sub-committees that each meet termly.

Our Committees

Finance: Which focuses on personnel matters, finance of the school.

Education: Which focuses on changes and the implementation of the curriculum, setting standards and monitoring attainment and progress of our pupils.

Premises: Which focuses on building and the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the school.

Safeguarding: Which focuses on safeguarding across the school community.

Health & Safety: Which focuses on health and safety matters of the school.


Chair of Governors - Lubna Khan

Finance Committee 
Education Committee
I am a serving Head Teacher in a large West London community school and am I'm immensely proud that my school has been the hub of international joint ventures in over 30 countries world-wide, many in a lead partnership with the British Council.  I am a Local Leader of Education and member of numerous academic committees both locally, nationally and internationally, which work dynamically towards improving outcomes for children and have been involved in a National Select Committee with a literacy focus, the outcome of which changed practices across the United Kingdom.  At Local Authority level, I successfully led a Reading Development project in partnership with the National Literacy Trust in over 100 schools and am also a mentor for new and aspiring Head Teachers and Senior Leaders at all levels.  Currently, I'm working on a secondment as the Principal of a large all-through school in Dubai, UAE, to lead the school out of special measures and have been involved in numerous such projects involved in delivering training internationally throughout my career.  

I am also actively involved in a number of charities which support the education of children in challenging circumstances and my current passion is my involvement in The Harmony Project, a new and exciting initiative which is a part of The Prince Charles Foundation. My role at Barnet Hill Academy is to support the governance and leadership team to ensure we deliver the best possible outcomes for all young people, parents and the wider community.
Vice-Chair of Governor's - Abdul Aziz Ahmad

Finance Committee
Education Committee
Health & Safety Committee
I qualified and practiced metallurgy technology for 15 years before leaving to establish my own  highly successful IT company where I spent almost thirty years as Managing Director. During this period I became highly involved with community organisations in Harrow and West London more generally. I have been involved in establishing Radio Ramadan projects and initiatives such as "Eid 4 All" in Harrow. However, my proudest achievement was being involved with the oversight of a leading edge multi-million pound mosque and community centre for the Harrow/West London community. Having recently retired I love sharing my experiences and time in educational and charitable projects and am very pleased to be a governor at Barnet Hill Academy where I support the premises overhaul and work of various committees.
Governor - Principal - Alimuddin Shaikh

Finance Committee
Education Committee
Premises Committee
After gaining an MA in Philosophy from the University of Glasgow, I undertook a PGCE in English and Computing from Jordanhill College, the University of Strathclyde, qualifying as an English teacher in 1996. Subsequently, I attained my Masters degree in Applied Language Studies in Education at King's College London, whilst helping to develop one of the first Islamic boys schools in the UK, Brondesbury College for Boys. Later, during my tenure as a School Improvement Consultant for a West London local authority, I commenced postgraduate studies as a Doctoral student at Kings' investigating children's multimodality and semiotics: I published papers and articles for leading journals, The Journal of Language & Education; museums, the National Museum of Media and; government agencies including QCA and BECTa. My consultancy and advisory roles for various local authorities across the UK led me to pursue further postgraduate studies in Leadership, Development and Consultancy at the Institute of Education, UCL and, eventually to pursue the NPQH headship qualification also at the Institute.

I joined the school in Autumn 2017 under its previous guise, as a community school, and led the transition to reestablish the school under its current banner as Barnet Hill Academy. Alongside my present role as Principal, I continue providing support and sharing my expertise with schools both locally and internationally. Currently, I am also serving as Executive Headteacher of a newly opened Islamic faith school in West London and am further engaged on a large masterplanning project for an ambitious educational community initiative in Nigeria. Whilst, more locally, my key focus remains leading Barnet Hill Academy through an extensive school transformation programme with a sharper focus on raising standards and levels of attainment for all of our wonderful students at the Academy.
Community Governor - Abdul Gaffar Herwitker

Premises Committee
I have been involved as a volunteer in the Barnet community via Hendon Mosque & Islamic Centre for well over 25 years and have held various office bearing posts during this tenure. I have provided guidance, counselling and domestic conflict resolution services to the community as well as to new Muslims. I have also undertaken various training to aid this work and have participated as a Scout leader and as part of a charity supporting children with special needs whilst also volunteering as a presenter for Radio Ramadan for a number of years. Professionally, I am a qualified transport engineer and lead, train and manage a specialist transport team.

I'm immensely proud to be able to lend my skillset to Barnet Hill Academy as it pursues excellence in riasing educational standards for the local community.
Community Governor - Dr Adnan Ali

Health & Safety Committee
Staff Governor - Shuayb Piprawala

Safeguarding Committee
Education Committee
I graduated from one of the oldest Islamic seminaries in the UK; the Institute of Islamic Education, where I studied Islamic sciences, upon graduating I embarked on a year-long tour, where I engaged extensively in da'wah work with a wide range of communities. I've been the Imām at Hendon Mosque & Islamic Centre since January 2009. At BHA I helped lay the foundations of a reflective pastoral structure, where pupils are encouraged to reflect on character and take responsibility for their actions and I continue to lead on this in my revised capacity as Assistant Headteacher with pastoral responsibilities and also as the Head of Islamic Studies.
Parent Governor - Moni Choudhury

Safeguarding Committee
My Early Years Level 3 qualification and vast experience has greatly assisted my ability to make a difference in the learning environment. As an EY Practitioner and governor of BHA, working with young children over the course of four years has enabled me to better understand children's needs and make a positive impact upon their learning. I have had children at the Academy for many years, under its previous guise and presently also and have seen the recent transformations both as a practitioner and as a parent and am thrilled to be a part of the new vision at the Academy.

Parent Governor - Imran Sheikh

Premises Committee
I am a BSc (Hons) Computer Science graduate and work in the IT sector with a FTSE 100 Telecommunications company. I am incredibly passionate about education and in addition to serving as a parent governor at Barnet Hill Academy, I also serve as a parent governor at Harrow High school. I am very active in community and youth projects in Harrow which I enjoy immensely and am delighted to be a part of the journey of the reinvigorated and innovative transformations taking place at Barnet Hill.
Parent Governor - Amreena Ali Husain

Parent-Link Governor
Finance Committee
Safeguarding Committee
I am a parent Governor at Barnet Hill Academy with three children attending, I have  a depth of Governance experience having been a governor for almost twenty years across a range of primary and secondary schools in Barnet and have also served as Vice-Chair of Barnet's Standing Committee for Religious Education (SACRE). I work extensively on behalf of the local community which  involves working with the local mosques and Islamic Centres in Barnet to provide education for reverts who accept Islam and I have also served as a Principal of the Madrasah at Islamic Centre Edgware (ICE). During my community service I have supported and delivered many community projects within the wider community for or in partnership with the Local Authority including for children with Special Needs and Barnet Voluntary Youth and Community Service.

I'm truly delighted to be fully supportive of the renewed vision and transformation being undertaken at Barnet Hill Academy presently.
Clerk to Governors - Tariq AhmedIn mid-1970s, while researching in Physics in a university, I was asked if I would like to teach A-level Physics.  This started my long-term involvement with schools as a teacher an education consultant and a school governor.  I have worked with schools as a data manager, working with schools to set challenging but achievable targets for students. I have worked for an education charity in London and been involved in fund-raising at a significant level.

I believe strongly that children from Muslim families should have access to the best education.   I believe that in in doing this, we will be delivering the will of Allah and that we will be successful for our communities, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, InshaAllah - God-Willing.