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Posted on 13 Oct 2016

WA Chair of Governors inaugurated as Chancellor of the University of East London

Westminster Academy would like to congratulate its Chair of Governors, Shabir Randeree CBE, who has been appointed Chancellor of the University of East London (UEL). The inauguration ceremony took place at the university on 6th October, attended by Dr Rana and the Dangoor family. Shabir was congratulated by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who was guest speaker at the ceremony.

A Chancellor is the ceremonial head of a university who promotes the interests of the university and communicates its vision and values to the student body and the wider world. Chair of the Board of Governors at UEL, Mark Stephens CBE, and Vice Chancellor, Professor John Joughin, said, “We certainly believe that (Shabir) will be a great ambassador for UEL. He brings a lifelong interest and a wealth of experience in education, business, entrepreneurship and philanthropy, all underpinned by a strong passion and commitment to equality of opportunity.”

Our Chair of Governors since 2014, Shabir Randeree CBE is an entrepreneur and philanthropist, with a background in finance, commercial real estate, venture capital and banking. In the charitable and voluntary sector, Shabir dedicates a huge amount of time utilising his skills to support diverse organisations, of which Westminster Academy is one of many. In 2013, Shabir was awarded a CBE for his services to both business and education.

On being appointed Chancellor, Shabir was asked to reflect on his views on education and responded, “It was once said to me, ‘If you make a change to the life of just one child in your lifetime, you will have been a success.’ … I have done my best in whatever role I have undertaken, whether charitable, business or educational, to ensure that I have kept that at the forefront of my mind and provided opportunities to everyone that I came across to fulfil their full ambitions in life. I think it’s very important. Perhaps I can quote one of the most famous sayings of the late Nelson Mandela, who said, ’Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.’” A quote we at Westminster Academy know well.

The Academy is extremely proud to benefit from the expertise and experience of Shabir, who very much role models our HERO values. We would like to wish him every success in his new endeavour.

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