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 – 5 years – ongoing – 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 – Chair of Slough Faith Partnership – current – Director Age Concern – £2 million turnover – current – Chair Slough Community Leisure – £12 million turnover – current – Chair Slough Islamic School Project – Foundation Trust of IQRA school. Founder of IQRA school.

Term of Office: 4 Years as from 01/09/2015


Cherryll Pepper – Foundation Governor

Certificate in Education 1968 – Primary – English and Drama – University of London – St Gabriel’s CE College of Education – Certificate in Professional Studies in Education 1990 Management and Curriculum – Reading University – Diploma in Further Professional Studies 1991 Management and Curriculum – Reading University – Deputy Headteacher & Acting Headteacher – Thames Valley Infant Community School – Over 20 years in school management – School Governor, Promoter and Trustee – Chair of Ethos & Pastoral, Vice Chair of Personnel & Curriculum, Member of Finance Committee, Link Governor in charge of Curriculum – Managed/evaluated budgets – Devised assessment, monitoring, tracking methods and targeted support – Trained in Child Protection and Restraint

Term of Office: 4 Years as from 01/09/2015


 Sajidah Chaudhary – Foundation Governor

Bsc honours degree in applied psychology and sociology – Diploma in race and community relations – Diploma in interactive community consultation – Diploma in clinical hypnotherapy – Certificate in Management Studies – Certificate in Counselling – Range of roles held during last twenty years: – Founding Member and Governor or IQRA school. Vice Chair of Governing Body, Chair of Personnel and Curriculum Committee, Chair of Finance Committee and Link Governor for Child Protection and Safeguarding – Director of Slough Race Equality Council – Local Councillor and Cabinet Commissioner – Non-Executive Director Royal Berkshire Ambulance Trust – Governor East Berkshire College – Chair of SPACE Counselling Service – Secretary Slough Immigration Advice Unit

Term of Office: 4 Years as from 01/09/2015


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 01/09/2015


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 01/09/2015



Shaida Akbar– Foundation Governor

My reason to become a Governor was to support the existing staff, Governors and community to enhance the pupils learning and ensure the pupils reach their full potential to become valuable members of the community.

I am a local resident and firmly believe that IQRA will be one of the outstanding schools in slough and to achieve this we need to encourage parents to take a more active role in their children’s education, attendance and social wellbeing.

I was educated at the local Lea schools and then attended Buckinghamshire University where I studied Business Studies obtaining the Higher National Diploma Business and Finance Degree. After this I worked in the NHS for 17 years and took voluntary redundancy last year to enable me to spend more time with my family and help with local community groups.

If you need to contact me I am in the playground daily, or via e-mail on and am here to listen and put your views forward to the Governing Body and Senior Leadership Team and to work in conjunction with the Parent Partnership Group, to promote excellence at IQRA.

Term of Office: Foundation Governor 3 years from June 2016


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

Other activities: 

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 2015


Muhammad Munawar (Parent Governor)

Having studied in Karachi I have a BSC degree in Accounts. I have been married for 16 years and have lived in Slough for 14 years. I have recently studied at East Berkshire College where I gained my NVQ Level 2 in plumbing and electronics.

I have seen the journey of IQRA school and fully support the Management Team and staff in the hard work they have done so far. In terms of commitment, I have worked with parents and staff on numerous events such as the Summer Mela, evening events and attended all Headteacher/Parent meetings and support the new strategies in education.

As a Governor, my main aim will be to dedicate my time further to ensure all children are given optimum education and provision, and through this see further positive change to see IQRA as one of the top performing schools in Slough.

Term of Office: 2 Years Remaining


Hassnain Ikram (Parent Governor) Period of Office: 4 years from 1st January 2018

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.


Aysha Ansari – Staff Governor – 4 years from 1st January 2018
After completing her physics degree at University College London in 2003, Aysha completed her PGCE at the Institute of Education in 2004. Since then, she has taught in a number of schools in London and Slough, including Islamic faith schools.

Aysha has been a teacher at the school for four years and has taught both key stage 1 and key stage 2. She is currently the Year 6 leader as well as the science and data coordinator. Having been successfully moderated by the Local Education Authority, Aysha began moderating other schools in Slough in 2017. She is also a local resident and both her children attend the school.



Governing Body Membership 2017/18 Confirmation

  • Chair – Zafar Ali
  • Vice-Chair -Cheryl Pepper
  • SDP/Action Plan Governor – Sajidah Chaudhary/Cheryl Pepper/Zafar Ali
  • SEN Governor – Zafar Ali
  • Literacy Governor – Cheryl Pepper
  • Numeracy Governor – Cheryl Pepper
  • Curriculum Governor – Cheryl Pepper
  • Child Protection Governor – Zafar Ali 
  • Equalities/Diversity/Community Cohesion/Safeguarding in the Community Governor – Zafar Ali/ Shaida Akbar 
  • PSHE/Citizenship Governor – David Sparrow
  • Gifted & Talented Governor – Shaida Akbar
  • ICT Governor – David Sparrow and Munawar
  • Performance Management/ Pay Review Governor – Cheryl Pepper/ Latif Khan/ Zafar Ali 
  • Monitoring/Evaluation Governor – Hassnain Ikram 
  • Ethos/Pastoral Governor – Munawar/Hassan Ali Imam/ David Sparrow
  • Behaviour Governor – David Sparrow
  • Health & Safety Governor – Latif Khan 
  • Attendance Governor – Hassnain Ikram
  • Pupil Premium Governor – Zafar Ali/ Hassnain Ikram 

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