Board of Governors

Purpose of the Board of Governors

  • To ensure that South View School provides students with an outstanding education

Responsibilities

  • This is not an operational body but a governance mechanism aiming to deliver the school’s mission
  • To ensure that SVS’s Senior Leadership Team has set the plans and policies of the school to ensure delivery of the school’s mission
  • To engage with stakeholders and champion communication towards the school meeting its objectives

What is involved?

  • The Board of Governors will be made up of members with different skills, knowledge, and experience
  • The Board of Governors meets as often as its business requires, however, this will be at least once a term
  • The business of the school is progressed by the whole Board of Governors working together in the best interests of the school children

The Board Members

Dinesh Kothari

Dinesh Kothari

Chairman

Dinesh Kothari is the Chairman of Interstar Education and the Founder and Chairman of Victory Heights Primary School, a highly-regarded sister school to South View. Mr. Kothari is a well-known businessman and philanthropist in this region, with a proven track record of successfully founding and managing schools, both in India and the UAE, since 1998.

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Dinesh is also the primary shareholder and the Managing Director of the well-known Delhi Private Schools (‘DPS’), which have 2 branches in the UAE – one in Sharjah and the other in Dubai (Discovery Gardens). He is also the owner of another DPS in Jodhpur, India which is a not-for-profit trust, and he manages the operations of all these schools, both in India and the UAE.

Dinesh is a qualified chartered accountant who has lived and worked in the UAE since 1974. He has extensive experience in the corporate and financial sector and has a range of business interests, including his own financial consulting practice.

Vineeta Nayyar

Vineeta Nayyar

Managing Director

Vineeta Nayyar is the Managing Director and a School Governor of Victory Heights Primary School, South View’s sister school, as well as the Director of The Wonder Years Nursery. Along with Dinesh Kothari, Vineeta co-founded and set up The Wonder Years Nursery in 2011, swiftly followed by Victory Heights Primary School in 2013. She is responsible for the overall strategic, commercial and legal management of both these institutions.
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Vineeta is an English law-qualified solicitor, educated and trained in the UK, with close to a decade’s experience working in corporate and commercial law, first in London and then in Zurich. Prior to entering the field of education, Vineeta worked as a corporate lawyer, first as a solicitor with CMS Cameron McKenna in the City of London, and then as a Senior Contract Manager with the Berkshire Hathaway group in Switzerland.

Vineeta holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and an MA from the University of Bristol, as well as her post-graduate legal qualifications (CPE and LPC) from the College of Law, London.

Amit Kothari

Amit Kothari

Director

Mr. Amit Kothari is a Director of Interstar Education and on the Board of Governors of Victory Heights Primary School, South View’s sister school. Amit is responsible for all new business development, strategy and finance for Interstar Education.
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Amit is a corporate finance specialist with more than 20 years’ experience in corporate treasury, mergers & acquisitions and in private equity. He worked with Abraaj Capital in Dubai for 5 years, and prior to that, with the Holcim group in Zurich, Switzerland for over a decade. In addition to his role as a Director with Interstar Education, Amit has now set up his own strategic consulting practice and advises a range of MNCs on corporate strategy and development.
Amit holds a B.A. (Hons) degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in the U.S., as well as an MBA from the University of Cambridge, in the U.K.

 

Sasha Crabb

Sasha Crabb

Independent Academic Expert

Sasha is the Founding Principal of Victory Heights Primary School and a well-known and highly-regarded British school leader and educator in Dubai. Prior to joining Victory Heights Primary, Sasha worked in senior leadership positions both in the UK and then, in Egypt, at the Modern English School in Cairo.  With a wealth of specialist knowledge and extensive experience, gained over 2 decades of teaching and leadership, Sasha is well-positioned to be a very valuable ‘critical friend’ for South View and support the school on its educational journey.

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Sasha has a proven track record as a successful Founding Principal as evidenced by her being awarded Principal of the Year 2017 by the Education Journal Middle East. She is a passionate and very original school leader who takes a personal interest in the professional development of all her staff and has an incredible knack for bringing out the best in all children. Sasha continues to think ‘outside the box’ with her wide range of highly-regarded school initiatives.

Sasha graduated from the University of Chester in the U.K. with a B.Ed (Hons) degree and she gained her NPQH status in 2006. She is currently completing her MSc. in Human Resource Management at Liverpool University.