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Vivek Thontadarya

Vice Chair of Governors

Term: 05.12.17 - 4.12.21


I have been a Governor at Cranford Primary School since February 2014. I was first elected by the parents as a Parent Governor for a term of 4 years and then recognising the wealth of knowledge and experience I bring to the board, I was co-opted by the other governors of the board for another term of 4 years in December 2017. Currently I serve as the Chair for Finance Committee and Vice Chair for Board of Governors. I believe I have the right skills, qualifications and relevant experience which make me well equipped for this role. 

I have an MBA from the University of Reading specialising in IT Strategy. I also have a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (Specialising in CAD/CAM and Robotics) and a PG Diploma in Operations Management specialising in Information Management. I’m a PRINCE2 certified Project Manager.


I am a Co-Founder and Director of Tech VAT Ltd. My key skills are IT, Strategic Management, Finance, Project Management and Operations. I offer my consultancy services to my clients in IT and Management. All in all, I have around 28 years of corporate experience. In my previous roles in companies such as IBM, CSC and Tech Mahindra, I have mentored many young MBAs, Graduates and Apprentices and coached them to be successful Technology/Management Consultants.


I believe primary education is crucial as here, children build foundations for their academic future and careers. I would like to support the school in offering our children the necessary skills and knowledge required for 21st century demands. It’s vital that we ensure the school is providing a support system in achieving this.


As a Governor and Vice Chair I would:

  1. bring forth my corporate knowledge/experience; best practices followed in the industry;
  2. work enthusiastically with the fellow governors, chair, head teacher and her team in raising school standards;
  3. provide effective support and challenge the head teacher by gathering views, asking questions and discussing what's best for the school;
  4. make improvements to promote effective teaching & learning;
  5. make decisions on the school's budget and staffing including the performance management policy;
  6. make sure agreed curriculum is well taught;
  7. set strategic direction to the school without interfering with the day to day operations management which is left to the head teacher & her team;
  8. make sure the school provides for all pupils irrespective of the race, religion, gender, nationality, mother tongue, social status and including those with special needs.


I have maintained 100% attendance at Governors meetings continuously for last 7 years. I look forward to continuing to work diligently for the benefit of our children and our community.


Declaration of interest: None


Other governorships: None


Attendance at Governors meetings (for academic year 2019-20): 100%