A COVENTRY University research fellow investigating the impact of the Windrush scandal is the city council’s new Cabinet Member for Education and Skills.
Dr Kindy Sandhu, who is replacing Coun Kevin Maton, is also the first ethnic minority woman to join the Cabinet.
She will be formally appointed at the council’s AGM in Coventry Cathedral next week on Thursday May 20. Coun Maton will be appointed Deputy Lord Mayor at the same meeting.
Coventry City Council leader, Coun George Duggins, 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.”
Coun 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.
She has previously worked as a software engineer at GEC Marconi, as a project director for the NHS and a programme manager for the Department for Education.
Councillor Sandhu, a post doctoral research fellow at Coventry University researching the impact of Windrush Scandal on victims and their families’ sense of identity and belonging, 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 begin at 11am at Coventry Cathedral on May 20 where it will be confirmed that all other Cabinet member positions will remain the same.