Adam Popat, who lives nearby at Arsenal’s old football ground now redeveloped as Highbury Stadium Square, has recently been co-opted as a governor for Highbury Fields School.
Q: What’s your day job?
I work in Group Corporate Development (mergers & acquisitions) at Standard Chartered Bank, which is a small team responsible for the bank’s acquisitions, disposals and strategic investments. What I like most about my current role is the opportunity to always be learning: each transaction I work on is very different and always teaches you something new.
Q: Why did you want to be a governor at Highbury Fields School?
Education has played a big part in my life – whether it be my mother being a teacher, my own education, my wife currently launching an exciting international nursery group in Islington or my volunteering for an education organisation in East Africa in the past. I was also keen to put my professional skills and experiences to use in my local community. I thought being a governor at Highbury Fields School would be a great way to bring together those two things.
Q: What are you most looking forward to doing as a governor?
Learning about the school; meeting the staff and students; and hopefully in a small way, helping Highbury Fields School overcome some of the challenges it faces, so it can continue to be the outstanding school that it already is.
Q: What committees are you hoping to join and why?
Given my financial background, I am joining the Resources Committee.