Coventry City Council to appoint new Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

Published Friday, 14 May 2021

A Coventry University Research Fellow with a passion for learning will become Coventry City Council’s new Cabinet Member for Education and Skills.

Cllr Sandhu

Councillor Dr Kindy Sandhu will be formally appointed to the position at Coventry City Council’s Annual General Meeting next week. She will become the first ethnic minority woman appointed to the cabinet, underlining a commitment to diversity, and will replace Councillor Kevin Maton who will be appointed Deputy Lord Mayor at the same meeting.

Councillor Sandhu has been an Earlsdon ward councillor since 2018, at the time becoming the first Labour councillor to win a seat in the ward for more than 20 years.

For the last two years she has been Chair of the Council’s Scrutiny Board 2 committee, covering Education and Children’s Services and has previously been a governor at Finham Park and Earlsdon Primary schools.

Her previous jobs have included working as a software engineer at GEC Marconi, a project director for the NHS and a programme manager for the Department for Education.

Councillor George Duggins, Leader of Coventry City Council, is delighted to appoint Cllr Sandhu as Cabinet Member for Education and Skills.

He said: “I welcome Kindy into an already outstanding Cabinet determined to take the city forward still further and I know through her background she will bring a lot to the role.

“The position is central to our objective of working in partnership with our schools to ensure that youngsters are not educationally left behind as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and also in achieving our commitment to increase special educational needs provision in the city.

“She has a good background and understanding of education and I know she will build on the great work that Kevin has overseen over the last six years.”

Councillor Sandhu said she was honoured to have been entrusted with such a crucial Cabinet Member role and is looking forward to the challenges ahead.

She said: “I’m keen to get started, as although so much has been achieved, there are challenges ahead.

“They include minimising the impact the pandemic has had on learning and I am looking forward to working in partnership with schools, colleges and the two great universities in the city that make such a positive difference to so many lives.”

Coventry City Council’s Annual General Meeting will be held from 11am at Coventry Cathedral on 20 May 2021 where it will be confirmed that all other Cabinet Member positions will remain the same.

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