Our Team – Baljit Birring
Indian-born Baljit has extensive knowledge and first-hand experience of leadership, management, equality and diversity both in schools and in the public sector, and on a local, regional and national level.
As Senior Improvement Manager at Kirklees Children and Young People Service, a 4-star local authority, she was responsible for school leadership and management in the Learning Service. Her successes here included leading and managing the Governor Services; leading project teams on reorganisations; successfully liaising with unions; managing complex complaints from parents and head teachers; coordinating and undertaking investigations; coaching, conflict resolution and mediation; and providing essential recruitment and selection support.
In her role as Vice Chair of the Regional Diversity Steering Group, Baljit was instrumental in developing a bespoke regional leadership programme for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) school leaders. She also facilitates on the Equal Access to Promotion and the Regional Diverse Leaders programmes, and as well as contributing to various publications Baljit has shared her knowledge of best practice at local and national conferences.
Socially and culturally aware, and demonstrating superb communication skills, incisive strategic thinking and the highest levels of integrity, Baljit is a passionate advocate of diversity in leadership. She’s also passionate about education and learning. She is a governor and vice chair at Holmfirth High School, chair of the Huddersfield North Trust School and recently been appointed to the Institute of Learning’s Professional Practice Committee Her role at Indigo Diversity gives her the perfect opportunity to combine these two increasingly important areas.
Baljit spends her free time enjoying countryside walks, keeping fit and travelling to far-flung destinations. Married with two teenage children, she lives in Holmfirth in West Yorkshire.
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