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Governing Body

Imam Qasim Rashid (Chair of Governors)


109-117 Cherry Orchard Road, Cr06BE

Christopher Sanderson (Safeguarding Governor)


Christopher Sanderson is an educational consultant with over 20 years experience with ISI, leading inspections in EYFS, primary and secondary phases, boarding schools and British schools overseas. He completed four headships, in primary, prep, secondary and international schools, following experience of being Head of Department in Modern Languages, and teaching cricket and hockey, music and maths. He has been a School Improvement Partner for a West Yorkshire local authority and a SIAS (Anglican Schools) inspector. He currently works on the Head Office team of a large group of independent. schools, with particular responsibility for policy and compliance, and oversees safeguarding and compliance for a trust which runs a group of free schools. He is one of ISA’s team of consultants and runs courses for both ISA and IAPS. He has been a GCSE examiner in French and maths, and a conductor for the National Children’s Choir and still works as an instrumental music examiner for Trinity College, London.

Hilary Sanderson  (Education Gov- Curriculum)


I started my career as a peripatetic music teacher, mainly for violin, piano and voice, moving into general class teaching after a couple of years. I then spent 30 years covering various subjects including ICT and music with 3-13 year olds in maintained and independent schools, and am currently working part-time in a children’s nursery with 0-4 year olds as well as being a part-time PA for an education consultant.

When not working, I love to sing with small ensembles or as a soloist, and enjoy playing the violin and dancing for a Morris dancing side. I’ve also recently started learning to play the melodeon. I have been a governor at our local village school for the last 7 years and am delighted to join Al Khair School Board of Governors.

Huzayah Shaikh (Health and safety and Islamic Ethos governor)


My name is Huzayfa Shaikh. I am by profession an Imam, a scholar, Recitor and an Arabic & Quran teacher. I am qualified in Islamic Sciences and have Ijazah in Qira’ah.

I am currently the Director and Head of Iqra’s and Islam Tv, a TV presenter & fundraiser, having presented and hosted many programs and appeals live on TV.

In relation to the school my field of expertise would be Administration, operational management and premises management.

I have worked at Al-Khair School from 2004-2014 as an administrator, SMT member and operations Manager.

Usman Ahmed (Governor for finance and premises)


I have held various positions within Al Khair Schools from my beginnings as a Finance
Administrator through to my last appointment as School Business Manager for Al Khair Schools.
I have enjoyed my many years in Al Khair Schools and worked closely with Management in all
aspects of running the schools from Finance to Health & Safety and many areas in between.
I have a genuine interest to see the school succeed and reach its full potential and will continue
to work closely with the schools where I am able to offer assistance and support.

Julia (Yearwood Education Governor)


I have been working within the education system since 1998, as a mainstream and EBD school teacher until 2009, then as a child and adolescent psychotherapist, working in schools, social care and private practice. I feel immensely grateful for the opportunity to contribute to so many young lives over the past 25 years.
In addition to being a psychotherapist, I am also a yoga teacher, specialising in using yoga as a healing tool for physical and emotional health and wellbeing.

As a governor at Al-Khair schools, the children will always be at the centre of my thinking, as I will apply my skills, experience and dedication to thinking about and reviewing how we can consistently meet the needs of each child in Al Khair schools.