Get on Board Participant Khilna Shah appointed to Wembley National Stadium Trust Board and Finance and Audit Committee Sported

RimJhim Consulting are delighted to announce that Get on Board participant, Khilna Shah has been appointed to the Board of the Wembley National Stadium Trust (WNST) as well as the Finance and Audit Committee of Sported.

Khilna has over ten years’ financial advisory experience, having led high profile transactions in the Energy and Private Equity sectors for KPMG and then going on to be part of the Senior Management Team at one of the largest private companies in the UK.  As a keen sportswoman, Khilna joined the Get on Board programme to share her professional skills and breadth of global experience with sports organisations that aim to use the power of sport for good.

Commenting, she said, “Sport has played a key role throughout my life and I am passionate about its power to improve lives and transform communities. I am absolutely delighted to be joining two organisations who share the same passion – WNST with its focus on delivering transformational impact in Brent, my local area, and Sported who support young people to thrive. I am really looking forward to working with the strong, diverse leadership at both organisations to help ensure that sport continues to be accessible for all.”

RimJhim Consulting’s Get on Board Programme was funded by Sport England. Working with Perrett Laver and a consortium of training partners, RimJhim Consulting prepared BAME  women for board level positions. The initiative lasted ten months and offered support from a high-level mentor, targeted seminars, a range of professional training and access to insider knowledge from within the sports industry.

“Whilst the programme has concluded for this cohort, our support to them and to the sports industry continues, as does our success in helping to diversify sports leadership.  Khilna is clearly a strong candidate for any organisation, but she chose WNST and Sported for their strong community focus that aligned directly with her desire to give back using the power of sport.  She has the knowledge, passion and skills that will ensure that she is able to support the growth and success of both WNST and Sported.  We at RimJhim Consulting are extremely proud to have supported her as a Get on Board programme participant and congratulate her on her appointment,” Rimla Akhtar MBE, founder of RimJhim Consulting.

Dinah Cox OBE, Chair of Trustees at WNST welcomed Khilna’s appointment to the Board.  She told us, “As a charitable foundation working extensively in the London Borough of Brent, one of the most ethnically diverse and culturally rich areas of the country, we understand the importance of the inclusion and diversity agenda in ensuring we have the relevant skills to serve our communities well. Our Board now comprises a majority of female members, a Paralympian who brings wide-ranging lived experience of disability issues, as well as several people who are local to Brent.  As one of the few Black Chairs of Trustees across the trusts and foundations movement, I can see the difference it makes to have a broader range of voices around the Board table as it brings a variety of skills, understanding and knowledge to our decision making. I also know that Khilna’s business experience, her love of sport and knowledge of the local area around Wembley will be significant assets as we take the Trust forward in years to come.  Welcome!”

Chair of Sported, Simon Cummins, said, “Sported are delighted to welcome Khilna Shah onto our Finance and Audit Committee. Khilna has superb finance and strategy experience and a passionate belief in the aims of Sported to empower communities to tackle inequalities. The introduction to Khilna, as a direct result of networking events organised by RimJhim Consulting, was one that might otherwise not have happened. Sported have gratefully benefitted from access to great talent as well as a broader level of board diversity by working in partnership with them.”