Introducing Shila Malhotra, Director of People
Following a thorough interview process, we were delighted to announce Shila Malhotra as our new Director of People, leading the HR team and joining The White Horse Federation Family.
We spoke to Shila to learn a little bit about her as a person, as a professional, and what she would like to bring to the federation.
Shila has over two decades of experience working in Human Resources, initially learning her trade in the commercial sector, before moving into a 9 year position within the NHS. Most recently, Shila worked as HR Director at the University of Wolverhampton Multi Academy Trust, where she developed their HR strategy, systems and processes from the ground up.
As a mother of four, and former school governor, Shila talked about her active interest in making a difference in her local communities, saying: “education is the primary vehicle for aspiration and for changing young people’s lives.”
Asked how she sees her role at TWHF, Shila outlined her vision, saying: “The central premise of my work in HR is to enable school improvement via a solution focussed service.”
“HR can support school improvement in many ways. The most important of these are recruitment, staff engagement, development, and retention."
"I am looking forward to working together with the Senior Leadership Team, our Trustees, school leaders, and the fantastic HR team to enable school improvement in The White Horse Federation family.”
Expanding on the importance of staff development, Shila said: “It’s never too late to develop as a professional, no matter what position you hold in our trust. Career progression and CPD is important for every member of our community, and I want to make sure no staff member is left behind in terms of opportunities to develop and progress.”
“I will be looking to take advantage of the tools available to us, such as the apprenticeship levy to create a learning environment for our workforce to enable school improvement.”
Having spent two weeks at the trust already, we asked Shila what her first impressions were of the federation:
“Before joining TWHF, I was already aware of Nick Capstick’s incredible reputation in Education. Having read the Little Green Book, it was clear to me that the trust’s values resonated with my own.”
“Since joining, I’ve been reassured in my decision to join, having been made to feel really welcome. The Federation has a real family environment, and I already feel a sense of belonging!”
“Nick Capstick, the trustees, and the executive team deserve full compliments in particular for an exceptionally welcoming induction.”
“From a professional standpoint, I have been very impressed with the infrastructure present at the trust, and I see my role as helping the trust take the next step in continuing improvement, developing processes, policies, and systems of an already high level.”
To round off our meeting, we asked Shila if she’d like to share anything about how she likes to spend her free time: “I love spending time with my family and friends, going to the theatre and reading poetry by Maya Angelou. As a working mum, it’s important for me to act as a role model for my children and to continue to encourage aspiration.”
“If commitments allow, I love to travel, and was really privileged to have the opportunity to do so with work during the earlier part of my career.”
Over the next months, Shila will be visiting schools throughout the trust, and is looking forward to meeting many of the fantastic, dedicated, and talented members of staff in The White Horse Federation Family.