The TRC Team
In 2007, we developed a new team profile that aims to move away from the familiar hierarchical framework towards a more lateral approach where individuals take leadership in completing projects. This is not a common trend in Pakistan’s development sector, but we believe it will promote a culture of intellectual integrity and self-accountability, which should help foster effective collaboration across teams and projects. By changing the way we approach our tasks, we are developing the necessary skills for teams to manage conflict, and work together to reach creative and effective solutions for projects and programmes. By supporting all the members of the TRC Team, we provide them the space to approach our values and activities with a sense of ownership, accountability and commitment.
TRC is managed by a professional team of 14 full time and part time staff and is supported by a Governing Body who provides direction in all policy matters.
Training and Development Team (TDT)
Our TDT is involved in a range of educational activities for early childhood and primary education. These include, teacher education and training, classroom support, training and supporting workshop leaders, developing teaching and learning resources for early years’ classrooms, the publication of learning resources for all school levels, curriculum development, educational research, policy dialogue and management of educational events. Based on the TDT’s areas of interest and professional expertise, each member of the team is assigned different tasks.
Office Support Team
Our Office Support Team (OST) is the backbone of TRC. They provide all kinds of support and relief to the TDT and to member schools. Without them, none of the work we do would be possible!
Najam Naqvi is our Office Manager; everyone goes to him for just about everything and Andrew Patrick assists him. Andrew manages the logistical aspects of our workshops and courses and our Membership Network and anything else Najam delegates. We depend on Inayet Khan, our Accountant to deal with all the finances, Shahida Parveen manages the TRC library and Zaeem Samson manages the telephone calls at the reception.
Some of them who have been with us for a long time, share their sentiments:
Maintenance and Logistics Team
Where would we be without our Maintenance and Logistics Team? They are responsible for the travel and transport, deliveries and running around, upkeep and maintenance of the premises. They make sure we have clean, functional offices, classrooms and transport and that we get our cups of refreshing tea, coffee and lunch.
Muhammad Tahir and Asif Bhatti ensure that we have clean premises and willingly do other odd jobs around the office. Muhammad Zada, always punctual and with a positive outlook, Pervez Denial and Mubarak Husain make sure we get to school visits, meetings and the airport for outstation workshops or conferences, on time. Mehtab Husain makes sure the lift stays in working order and that we are ‘safe’ behind the entrance door.
Our Management Team
Seema Malik – Director
Seema’s responsibilities include strategic planning for the growth and sustainability of the organisation, advising the governing body on policy development and soliciting and managing funding from a wide range of donors. Her untiring efforts and drive for quality have resulted in TRCs credibility and the continuous development of the scale of its work … her insight and pursuit for excellence is TRC’s assets.
Mahenaz Mahmud – Advisor
Her multidimensional roles at various levels in TRC, as well as the TRC-Institute of ECE (IECE) are key to the success and quality of our educational interactions. Mahenaz’s expertise in ECE reflects the different layers of experience at both practice and policy levels. Her primary focus is initiating and leading innovative projects in the Government Sector, Katchi Abadis (urban slums), and in rural Sindh. Her responsibilities include designing and leading workshops for whole schools, developing and evaluating teaching and training materials and the training and development of TRC staff. This includes providing coaching and support in teaching strategies, curriculum planning, research initiatives and project management. Mahenaz’s integrity and passion for changing children’s learning experiences makes her an invaluable resource for TRC and the people she works with. Mahenaz has played a key role in the conceptualisation and establishment of TRC’s IECE.
Rubina Naqvi – Senior Manager Membership Network
Rubina shoulders the overall responsibility of the Workshop Programme, which involves liaising with member schools and workshop leaders, for the multi-school and school- focused workshops conducted by TRC. She visits schools to assess their training needs, and solicits feedback on TRC’s services. She has planned and led workshops for teachers and school managers of member schools. In addition to this, she supervises the membership network and also contributes to office management. Her extensive experience with private schools as well as networking skills adds value to TRC services for member schools.
Amima Sayeed – Senior Manager Advocacy & Programme Development
Amima is responsible for managing donor linkages, partnerships and projects. Over the years, Amima has diversified her professional portfolio by moving from pure academic research to monitoring, evaluation and planning in education. As an aspiring learning activist, she focuses on reclaiming common sense, creativity and wisdom from McCauley’s brand of factory schooling. Amima seeks ways of creating alternative spaces for dialogue, reflection and action. For her living is learning and she believes every one can take charge of his or her own learning journey.