Below are the names of our trustees and management committee serving Bhavan;
Chetana Bhatt-Shah MA Ed JP
A wife, mum, grandmother, magistrate, teacher, Education Advisor, and Inspector of schools. Chetana has been retired from paid work for over 10 years.
Born in Mumbai in 1951 Chetana’s Family migrated to Tanzania (then Tanganyika) when she was a toddler, moved to Kenya until she was fourteen and then her family migrated once more to the UK.
As a student in Nottingham during the late sixties, she was captain of the Women’s Athletics Team, held the record for the fastest time in drinking a yard of ale, was a groupie, drove a red Honda motorbike and finally became a responsible, ambitious High School teacher in 1972.
Chetana taught in the UK for over 10 years and in Kenya for 8 years before joining Kirklees Education Authority, West Yorkshire, UK. In Kirklees she provided advice and in-service training support to schools across all phases monitoring attainment and standards to raise the achievement of minority ethnic pupils. She also worked as a school inspector with OFSTED for over 15 years before retiring in 2007.
Chetana has enjoyed community service ever since she was a child accompanying her mother to the Temple in Moshi, Tanzania where her mother taught Bhagavad Gita classes. It became a passion years later, after attending Swami Ram Devji’s Yoga training in Haridwar, India. She currently serves in 4 charitable organizations that are involved in propagating Indian language and culture. Namely, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Manchester, Shree Bharatiya Mandal Tameside, Annapurna Indian Dance company Halifax and Samskrita Bharati UK. She is also working on a project, as Education Chair for The Thika Alumni Trust U.K, hoping to serve student communities of her old High school in Thika, Kenya.
Chetana has been serving on the magistrate’s bench in the UK since 1995.
At 68 years of age she likes to live life to the full. Consuming a vegetarian diet, minimizing her gluten, dairy & sugar intake, learning Samskrita , training for an Aqua bike (sprint) event and playing hard with 4 grandchildren aged under eight, keeps her fit and happy.