Our Governing Body

Governor Biographies

Abdul Rahim (Chair)

After completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Coventry, Abdul became a Police Officer, which was to be his career for nearly 10 years. During this time, he served in a variety of roles, as a uniformed officer and also as a Detective, investigating serious and organised crime within the region.  He progressed to the rank of Sergeant, where he managed a team of neighbourhood officers.

In 2008, Abdul moved into a management role in local government, within the borough of Sandwell. Here, Abdul was responsible for managing the multi-agency partnership tasking process and ensured the strategic priorities of the community safety partnership were met.  During his period at Sandwell, Abdul developed and authored a number of borough-wide strategies and policies, and led on a number of high profile projects.  These included developing the area’s three-year Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) strategy.  The success of this work resulted in Abdul being invited to join the Home Office’s ASB and Youth Crime Unit’s National ASB Taskforce.  From here, Abdul worked on a national level, offering guidance and support to other local authorities and being involved in the development of national guidance on ASB tools and powers and also on the early identification of vulnerable victims.

Following this, Abdul moved into a position in Warwickshire, for the County Council, where he was responsible for Community Safety matters for the south of the county, covering the towns of Warwick, Kenilworth, Leamington Spa and Stratford Upon Avon. Abdul worked on a number of community initiatives, using his previous knowledge and experience to help develop and implement a multi-agency process for the early identification of those at greatest risk of harm from acts of ASB.  To complement this work, Abdul also led, and set the groundwork, for the development of an innovative multi-agency information sharing system across the county to help monitor those at greatest risk of harm and ensure agencies undertook a coordinated approach to dealing with perpetrators and victims.

Currently, Abdul is a senior manager at Wolverhampton City Council and has responsibility for managing the Neighbourhood wardens, the multi-agency tasking process and coordinating the Police, community and partnership meetings for the north east of the city. This a challenging role, which involves engaging with local communities and ensuring the effective allocation of resources to areas identified as priorities, or as crime and disorder hotspots.

Abdul also works as an Investigative Consultant. He currently undertakes investigative work for a number of large insurance companies, firms of solicitors and the Ministry of Justice into suspected fraudulent claims, contrived and staged collisions, and completing statements and reports for use in litigation at court.

Having grown up in the Birmingham area, Abdul has a vested and personal interest in ensuring the success of the younger generation of males within this area of the city.

Mumena Begum

Mumena works for the Birmingham Ethnic Advisory Service.   With a degree in Social Policy, Mumena went on to gain a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Literacy and the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA).  Mumena uses her qualifications and competency by additionally teaching at the Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College and also for the Birmingham Adult Education Service.

Mumena has experience of working as a Parent Governor at two schools, Prince Albert and Lozells Primary schools. Within these roles, she served on a Learning and Teaching Committee. Mumema has excellent communication skills and has experience of being involved in Steering Groups.

Mumena volunteers with the local Amirah Foundation, a charity established in 2011 to help vulnerable women play a more active role in society by working to eradicate poverty, tackle homelessness and provide services that support women fleeing domestic violence. Additionally, the Foundation provides a leadership role in relation to the key challenges and issues faced by Muslim women and their children.

Ferzana Govalia

Ferzana has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) to students of all ages and a variety of backgrounds for 15 years. She lived and taught in Lisbon, Portugal for 12 years before moving back to the UK in 2013. Ferzana also worked as a Centre Exams Manager in Lisbon from 2006-2013. This involved pre- and post- exam administration and organisation for Cambridge English Language exams. She continues to work in the same field here in the UK as a Cambridge English Language Assessment inspector, assessing whether the administration of the Cambridge English exams is carried out in accordance with current regulations, providing constructive, supportive feedback to the school/college and providing guidance to the school/college for the areas in which it needs to improve.

Ferzana is also currently teaching EFL at The Language Gallery, a school which is accredited by the British Council as well as being a member of English UK, a highly-respected international English language teaching and accreditation association. She teaches students, again from a very diverse range of backgrounds, cultures and countries including Saudi Arabia, China, Colombia, Greece and Thailand. When not busy teaching or inspecting, Ferzana loves settling down with a good book and is incredibly proud of the fact that she has managed to foster a love of reading in her two young sons. She also loves travelling and exploring new countries, having had amazing experiences in places like Mexico, Brazil and Turkey. As a strong believer in lifelong learning, Ferzana is now trying to learn Arabic and would love to eventually get a qualification in the language.

As part of the Governing Body of Eden Boys School, Ferzana is looking forward to meeting parents and students and is proud of being part of a school which sets such high standards for educational excellence and aspires to provide its students with great opportunities and experiences.

Julie Griffiths

Julie has served as a School Improvement Advisor and an Ofsted Inspector for both Primary and Secondary Education. She now uses this experience to act as an Independent Education Consultant, providing work notably to the British Council, as a CPD expert for their Nexus EAL programme; and also serving as a Tutor at the University of Birmingham within their ‘Bilingualism in Education’ Postgraduate Programme.

Julie has previously had many teaching roles, including working as a Head of Department for English as an Additional Language in a boys’ inner London Comprehensive school and also Teaching ESL in California as part of the British Council Fulbright exchange.

After training as a nurse at St Thomas Hospital, London, Julie then gained an Advanced Diploma in Psychology and special educational needs from the University of London – Institute of Education. She also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Teaching English as an additional language from the University of Bangor.  Julie’s experience covers many areas of education and she has proficiency in many languages

Julie is an active member of the local community and has sat on the Walsall Multi-faith forum and worked with the Polish Supplementary School. Julie now serves as a Director of Xtramile West Midlands, supporting the education of pupils in deprived areas and also as a Director of CEMA, providing training to schools for English as an additional language.

Despite all of her professional and community commitments, Julie also finds time for many leisure interests which include scuba diving, reading, travelling, music, theatre, films, current affairs and history. Julie is excited about the opportunities that will be brought to the local community with the opening of this school and is keen to support the school’s development through her role as governor.

Mohammed Ishaq

After graduating with a BSc in Bio-Chemistry, Mohammed started his career as a medical sales representative, where he worked alongside medical professionals to advise on cost-effective solutions to healthcare, helping hospitals to make the most of their resources in order to improve patient care, whilst taking a pragmatic approach to delivering a high-quality service.

Now a self-employed driving instructor, Mohammed understands the importance of high-quality teaching and enhanced support in helping young people to achieve their ambitions, and he intends to bring his expertise and experience to his role as Governor.

Mohammed is passionate about working alongside the school’s leadership team and his fellow governors to ensure that Eden Boys’ School, Birmingham, delivers an outstanding quality of provision and helps to nurture the leaders of tomorrow, ensuring that all pupils are given the opportunity to develop their individual talents and fulfil their potential.

Amjid Khan

Amjid is a highly successful businessman with over ten years’ experience working with diverse communities across Birmingham. As a community leader, he serves on local neighbourhood boards and strategic groups, championing community cohesion and social action.  He strives to make a difference and is involved in various inter-faith and philanthropic organisations; providing support to Social Enterprises and community groups. Amjid’s passion stems from his voluntary work with youth groups and his first-hand experience of the lack of opportunities and aspirations for many teenagers across North Birmingham, which he hopes to address with the opening of the new school.

Imtiaz Lorgat

Dr Imtiaz is a Dentist for a leading firm in Birmingham, and gained his Dental Surgery BDS degree qualification from the University of Birmingham. His work brings him into contact with patients from all backgrounds and cultures. As a resident of Birmingham, he is a passionate advocate of our School and is committed to work for it to help tackle deprivation, inequality and low aspirations in some of the poorest areas of Birmingham.

Tahir Mahmood

Tahir has worked with children of all ages, including those with special educational needs and disabilities, in his work as a private tutor. He is adept at developing a variety of different strategies to help children overcome  barriers to their learning and is highly regarded in his local community for his voluntary and charity work. He is keen to foster links between the school and the local community and take an active role in fundraising initiatives.

Asiyah Ravat (Principal)

Asiyah has a proven track record as a senior leader and as a Science Advisor for Birmingham Local Education Authority. She has worked in challenging schools and has played a pivotal role as a senior leader in helping schools to achieve “Outstanding” status.  Her previous positions were Deputy Head of Waverley School, Birmingham and School Principal of Eden Girls’ School, Coventry.

Governor Information

Name Date of Appoint. Term of Appoint. Resignation (if applicable) Type of Appoint. Attendance 2015/16 Pecuniary Interests Declared 2015/16
Abdul Rahim Sept 2015 4 Years n/a Trust 4/4 none
Mumena Begum Sept 2015 4 Years n/a Trust  6/7 none
Ferzana Govalia Sept 2015 4 Years n/a Trust 6/7 none
Julie Griffiths Sept 2015 4 Years n/a Trust 6/7 none
Mohammed Ishaq Sept 2015 4 Years n/a Trust 6/7 none
Amjid Khan Sept 2015 4 Years n/a Trust 6/7 none
Imtiaz Lorgat Sept 2015 4 Years n/a Trust 4/7 none
Tahir Mahmood Jul 2016 4 Years n/a Parent n/a none
Asiyah Ravat Sept 2014 4 Years n/a Staff (Principal) 10/10 none
Saleh Islam Nov 2016 4 Years n/a Staff n/a none
Muhammed Abdullah Nov 2016 4 Years n/a Parent n/a none
Name Business Interests Declared
Name of Organisation Nature of Relationship Date from
Abdul Rahim None None None
Mumena Begum None None None
Ferzana Govalia None None None
Julie Griffiths Central Ethnic Minority Achievement Hub (CEMA) CIC Director May 2013
Extra Mile West Midlands CIC Director August 2010
Ark Boulton Chair of Governors September 2015
Mohammed Ishaq None None None
Amjid Khan A&A Foodstore Owner August 2002
Imtiaz Lorgat Healt Cavity Ltd Director September 2014
Tahir Mahmood None None None
Asiyah Ravat None None None
Saleh Islam None None None
Muhammed Abdullah Blue River Academy Chair of Governors Sept 2010
Blue River Support Services Secretary of Company 12th May 2010

Note: All Governors are appointed for a 4 year term of office, except for the Principal, who occupies the office whilst in post.

NB: Some Governors attended Committee meetings in addition to full meetings of the Local Governing Body, which accounts for the difference in the “out of a possible” number of meetings attended.


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