Zafar Ali – Foundation Governor/Chair of Trustees
BA (Hons) Oxon-Jurisprudence (Law) – MA (Oxon) Jurisprudence – Post Grad Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) – PGCE Qualified Teacher – HND –Data Processing/Systems Analysis/Computing – Discrimination and Equalities Consultant 20 years – University Lecturer 15 years – Law and Accountancy – Chair of Governors – Slough & Eton CE School – 7 years – Vice Chair of Governors – Cippenham Junior School – 4 years – Chair of Governors IQRA school – Former Director of Slough CAB Law Centre – Former Director of Slough Equalities Commission and Slough CAB Law Centre – 15 years teaching and 13 years Governance experience – Trustee of Slough Faith Partnership – former – Director Age Concern – former – Chair Slough Community Leisure – Chair Slough Islamic School Project – Foundation Trust of IQRA school. Founder of IQRA school.
Term of Office: 4 Years as from 01/09/2019
Latif Khan – Foundation Governor
I have held many posts in the Slough community aswell as being a Trustee of the Foundation Trust of Iqra.
my posts include: Pakistan Welfare AssociationVice President, General Secretary and President 1978 to 1981 & 2001 to 2003 -Jamia Masjid & Islamic CentreFounder Trustee / Secretary 1982 to date – Berkshire County Council County Councillor, representing Farnham Ward 1993 to 1998 – Slough Borough Council Councillor, representing Wexham Ward, Cabinet Commissioner 2004/2005 and Mayor of Slough year 2005/20062004 to 2010 – Baylis Court Secondary SchoolParent Governor 1994 to 2000 – Slough and Eton Secondary School LEA Governor, was Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Governing Board 1997 to 2006 -Race Equality Council Director 2003 to 2012 -CABDirector1998 to 2003 -Link Governor IqraEthos/Health & Safety -Current
Term of Office: 4 Years as from 01/09/2019
David Sparrow – Foundation Governor
David trained in photography, and worked in local journalism before starting his own photographic business, which he ran for thirty years before founding Art Beyond Belief in 2005. He was winner of the 3rd Olympiad of Colour Photography in 1980. He has illustrated many books on automotive design and motoring, and his work has been featured in high profile magazines and journals. David is the creative lead and project manager for all Art Beyond Belief projects.
David also developed and delivered ABB’s Art Monitor programme, again funded by the Arts Council England, designed to foster self-confidence and self-determination to vulnerable groups in the areas of domestic violence, mental health, autism and learning disability, using his interest and fascination with colour as a fundamental tool in this work.
In 2009 he took the project a stage further, designing with Clinical Psychologist Emel Soylu, Art Beyond Belief’s three year Rucksack programme, a project with innovative cutting edge visual tools specially developed to work with children and young adults with Aspergers Syndrome and their families.
David is Co-Chair of Slough Faith Partnership, a position he holds jointly with Mr Zafar Ali. David has been a Governors of IQRA school since 2008.
Term of Office: 4 Years as from 01/09/2019
Gareth Thomas – Foundation Governor
Gareth has extensive leadership and management experience across the education sector both in mainstream/SEND and Independent sectors.
Gareth has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and a Level 4 Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling.
Gareth has been a Headteacher in a variety of settings, and specialises in stabilising schools in challenging circumstances and removing schools from OFSTED categories.
Gareth undertakes commissioned whole school reviews in preparation for OFSTED and Independent School Inspections.
Gareth’s expertise is supporting schools that require rapid change, particularly in the implementation of leadership and management, safeguarding and compliance.
Gareth provides bespoke training to school leaders, Governing Bodies, Advisory Boards, on safeguarding, behaviour, curriculum development and aspects of the OFSTED framework.
He also leads on the coaching/mentoring of Newly Qualified Teacher’s and the training of aspiring Middle and Senior Leadership Teams.
Term of Office: 4 years from 16.11.2021
Hasan Imam LA Governor
I became a governor at lqra in order to support its transforming into an outstanding school and beyond. I am also a parent governor at Lea Nursery and helping to contribute to its ongoing success.
Education history: MBA, DIC, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (1994 – 1995) – Bsc(Hons) Management, London School of Economics and Political Science (1991- 1994) – Abbey Tutorial College (1990-1991) – Leighton Park School (1985 – 1990)
Career history: Senior Account Manager (Mental Health division), Johnson & Johnson (2010 – present) – Network Manager, Pfizer (2006 – 2010) – Territory Manager, Johnson & Johnson (1998 – 2006) – Systems Analyst, Procter & Gamble (1996 – 1998)
Professional qualifications: WRAP (Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent). Accreditation no. 9730610 (May 2015) – Diploma on the NHS, Wellards Academy (March 2008) – ABPI (Association of British Pharmaceutical Industries) (May 2005) – Diploma in OTC, Healthcare.PAGB (Pharmaceutical Association of Great Britain) February 1999
Regular contributor on LBC Radio phone-in show (present): Company Secretary and Co-Founder of Akin Holdings International Ltd. – involved in property development in Europe (present) – Have advised psychiatrists and mental health nurses in West London Mental Health Trust on combating extremism (2014) – Surrey County Council Candidate (2009) – Parliamentary Candidate (2005) – West Sussex County Council Candidate (2001) – Trained as a Telephone Counsellor for ChildLine (1996)
Term of Office: 4 years as from June 2019
Hassnain Ikram (Parent Governor) Period of Office: 4 years from 14th February 2022
I am an experienced IT Professional, having worked in various operational leadership roles. I currently work for GE Digital as a Service Management Leader and have been in this role since 2006, which has enabled me to travel and stay in different parts of Europe and the USA.
I am a true professional with excellent skills and the ability to communicate effectively and build working relationships at all levels. With my experience and professional qualifications, I believe I can benefit both the school as well as the students.
I was born and raised in Slough and educated in the local schools having graduated with a BSc. (Hons) in Information Systems. I still live in Slough and am married with 3 children aged 13, 6 and 3. My 6 year old currently attends Iqra and is in Year 1.
As a Parent Governor, I am committed and passionate in helping the school, staff and senior leadership team in ensuring that all pupils at Iqra Primary School are given every opportunity to reach their full potential and by doing so becoming active members of society. I am driven by a desire to get the best for all the children of Iqra, as well as for their families and the wider community.
On a daily basis I try and make an active effort to drop and pick up my child at Iqra and can be contacted in case any parent would like to discuss any issues that they may have during this time. I am friendly and approachable, and always happy to give help and advice.
Sadia Yasir – Foundation Governor – Term of office 4 years from June 2020
I would like to introduce my self as the foundation governors of Iqra Primary School. I am honoured to be elected into an important position of such a fantastic and vibrant school.
I currently have three children attending Iqra Primary School. My ambition remains to help the school deliver a first class education for all the children at Iqra Primary School.
I look forward to meeting many of you parents, carers, guardians, student and staff over the coming months Inshallah and should you have questions for me I can be contacted via the school.
Mirza Kashif Baig – Parent Governor – Term of office 4 years from June 2020
I have a first class Honours Degree in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brooks University and I am a qualified accountant by profession. I worked ten years in accounting practice as a certified accountant and then joined a multi academy Trust in Slough as Trust Finance Manager. I have gained substantial experience in audit and accountancy and have now developed expertise in Educational Finance. I have recently been elected as Parent Governor at Iqra and look forward to make positive contribution towards development of my child’s school.
I am married with two children.
What is the role of IQRA Governors? Governors monitor key performance indicators, provide focused governance for the school and acts as a critical friend to the Head providing challenge where appropriate.
Governors have responsibility for:
- Special educational needs and disabilities
- Pupil Premium and Sports Premium
- Islamic Ethos
- Health and Safety
- Educational Standards