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Coventry City Council show the way for diversity


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

Councillor Dr Kindy Sandhu will become the first ethnic minority woman appointed to the cabinet, underlining a commitment to diversity. Cllr Sandhu will replace Councillor Kevin Maton, who will be appointed Deputy Lord Mayor. 

For the last two years, Cllr Sandhu 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. In addition, she has been an Earlsdon ward councillor since 2018, becoming the first Labour councillor to win a seat in the ward for more than 20 years.

She commented: “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 11 am at Coventry Cathedral on 20 May 2021. It will be confirmed that all other Cabinet Member positions will remain the same.

Councillor George Duggins, Leader of Coventry City Council, added: “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.”


Written by: David Watkins

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