Purpose of the Board of Governors

– To ensure that VHPS provides students with an outstanding education


– This is not an operational body but a governance mechanism towards delivering the school’s mission

– To ensure that VHPS’s Academic Management has set the plans and policies of the school to ensure delivery of the school’s mission

– Engage with stakeholders and champion communication towards 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 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


Sasha Crabb


Sasha has been a literacy advisor in Wales, a Deputy Head Teacher in London and a Head Teacher in Cairo, Egypt. For the past 20 years she has enjoyed working with a diverse mix of educators who are passionate about teaching and learning.  Sasha graduated from Chester with a BEd Honours degree and she gained her NPQH status in 2006.  She continues to think outside the box with school initiatives.  She is passionate about ‘CPD’ for teachers and enjoys bringing out the best in all children in a school. Sasha is currently taking her MSc in Human Resource Management at Liverpool University.

Dinesh Kothari


Mr. Dinesh C. Kothari is the Chairman of Victory Heights Primary School. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with his own financial consultancy practice, as well as a range of other business and educational interests. Mr. Kothari has been successfully managing the operations of schools both in India and UAE since 1998, with a proven track record in the field of education and is considered a leading educationalist. He is also a shareholder and the Managing Director of Delhi Private School in Sharjah, Delhi Private School in Discovery Gardens and Delhi Public School in Jodhpur, India.

Vineeta Nayyar

Managing Director

Ms. Vineeta Nayyar is the Managing Director of Victory Heights Primary School. She is an English law qualified corporate solicitor with a BA (Hons) in Economics and an MA from the University of Bristol as well as her legal qualifications from the College of Law, London. Ms. Nayyar had extensive experience in practicing corporate and commercial law, first as a solicitor with CMS Cameron McKenna in the City of London and then with the Berkshire Hathaway group in Switzerland. Along with Mr. Dinesh Kothari, Ms. Nayyar co-founded and set up The Wonder Years Nursery in 2011 and Victory Heights Primary School in 2013. Ms. Nayyar is responsible for the overall operational, legal and commercial management of both these institutions.

Amit Kothari


Mr. Amit Kothari is a Director of Victory Heights Primary School. He is a corporate finance specialist with an MBA from the University of Cambridge, with 19 years prior finance experience in corporate treasury, mergers and acquisitions and private equity both with the Abraaj Group in the UAE and the Holcim Group in Switzerland. Mr. Kothari is now responsible for all new business development, strategy and finance for all the schools and nurseries.

Dr. Andrew Dalziell Ph.D

Governor of Inclusion

Dr. Andrew Dalziell is a Consultant in Bilateral Integration, a fully qualified and experienced independent Neuro-developmental Practitioner, and a licensed provider of ‘Johansen IAS (Johansen Individualised Auditory Stimulation)’ and a SAMONAS Sound Therapist. Andy is a qualified teacher having graduated from Moray House Institute of Education, and achieved his Doctoral degree at the University of Edinburgh.  Andy previously taught at University of Glasgow before working for the last 15 years in private practice working with infants, children, adolescents and adults with learning and behavioural difficulties as well as those who are underachieving despite good intellectual abilities.

Andy is currently working on a national programme for increasing attainment in deprived areas in Scotland.

Julie Karle

Head of FS1 / Teacher Representative

She is currently the Foundation Stage Y1 leader and teacher here at Victory Heights Primary School. She has been teaching Foundation Stage children for over 15 years. Julie is from the UK and studied at the University of Derby. She moved to the UAE 8 years ago and she enjoys travelling and learning about different countries and cultures.

Marion Sinclair

Independent Academic Expert

Marion Sinclair is an international educator and manager with over 30 years’ experience in the profession.  As a lifelong learner she has pursued many opportunities in education as a teacher, a principal and an investor. Marion has guided and managed schools from inception through design and build projects and, as part of the British Schools in the Middle East organisation, led her school through UK government (British Schools Overseas), BSME accreditation and KHDA/DSIB inspection with outstanding status awarded.
She is a graduate and post graduate of both British and American Universities in education and educational management.

Anju Kurrimboccus

Secretary to the Board of Governors

Anju Kurrimboccus is a corporate accounting professional with over 20years experience in companies ranging from manufacturing, mining and service sectors. She graduated with a Bachelor in Accounting Science degree from South Africa.  Anju joined VHPS in 2013 as Financial Accountant.

Sandra Al-Mehairi

Parent Representative

Sandra  currently has a daughter in the foundation and another to start the school next year. She came to the UAE 18 years ago as a child with her parents and went to school here. After the birth of her first child, she  decided to leave full time employment and focus on her family. She is currently working  part time as a HR consultant with Fujairah Media Group. S do She spends her spare minute down at the stables working with her horses.