Board Members-Education Society

Mrs. Janet Gasper Chowdhury

(President)

Mrs. Janet Gasper Chowdhury is the President of the St. Augustine’s Education Society. Her father the Late C.R. Gasper is the founder of the schools St. Augustine's Day School and she has been serving on the Governing Body of the school for over 25 years.

She has spent most of her career in the Corporate world having worked at leading companies like ABN Amro Bank, Nestle and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She also served as the Chief People Officer (Group Head HR) of Magma Fincorp and Director on the board of Magma HDI General Insurance Company.

She also served on the National Board of the National HRD Network which is the apex body of HR professionals in India. During her career she has been a recipient of professional awards, which include being amongst 100 most influential HR leaders in Asia two years in a row and amongst the 40 most talented HR leaders in Asia by World HRD Congress.

An MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur and an alumnus of Trinity College, London and St. Xavier's College Kolkata, she guides the school management on most matters dealing with Human Resources, new initiatives & infrastructure. She also helps with the Proud to be Augustinian program that serves the community.

She is a sports enthusiast playing squash, badminton and golf in her free time.


Mr. Amitava Chowdhury

(Secretary & CEO)

Amitava Chowdhury has spent nearly 20 years of his career in the Corporate world with multinational companies like Glaxo & Nestle. He has won awards of Star Performer during his career and has pioneered various innovative branding and marketing initiatives at Nestle that have been highly acclaimed. Thereafter he took over as the Chief Executive Officer of The St. Augustine Education Society, which currently owns and manages the schools under the name St. Augustine’s Day School situated Barrackpore & Shyamnagar. Here too he has taken the establishments from strength to strength and implemented turnkey projects that have been highly successful.

An MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur, Amitava is a keen cricketer & a sports and technology enthusiast. He leads the schools focusing on growth, development & brand building whilst introducing state of the art changes in every aspect of the school.


Mrs. Mildred Samuel

She is an Alumus of Loreto and has worked for companies like Brooke Bond & ITC Ltd. She has been associated with our school for over two decades. She strong Corporate background brings a different perspective to the world of education.


Mrs. M.R.Ghosh

Mrs Ghosh, is a keen educationist and has been associated with St. Augustine’s Day School for four decades now. She joined the institution as an Assistant teacher and then occupied prominent positions like Primary Head, Sectional In-charge of the entire school. She was so diligent and dedicated that she became a Senior Management staff and the Head Mistress of St. Augustine’s Day School, Shyamnagar and after 2012 she was associated with the CEO’s office till she retired in 2015. She still continues to provide her guidance as a member of our Governing Body. The fact that she spent 40 years working with our Founder, Mr Gasper makes her one of the most experienced professionals at St. Augustine’s and enables us to ensure continuity of the values & culture that our Founder began the schools with, not to mention the academin and administrative experience that she has gathers working closely with him.

Mr. Xavier Gomes

An alumnus of St. Xavier’s College and IHM, Kolkata, Mr. Gomes has been associated with a number of star rated hospitality Chains in India & abroad. Presently he is associated with Guru Nanak College of Hotel Management under the JIS group as a Principal since 2008.


Rev. Fr. Dominic Gomes

A Liencentiate in Biblical Theology from Gregorian university , Rome and an accomplished academician he went on to occupy some very important positions in some of the reputed institutions. He was the Principal of institutions like St. Joseph’s School (Asansol), St. Mary High School, Loyola High School and the Curate in St. John’s Church (Asansol), St. Mary’s Church, Sacred Heart church and St Ignatius’ Church. He also served as the Diocesan & Regional Youth Director and was the PRO & Director for Biblical, Catechetical, Liturgical Commissions. He also completed his Biblical studies in Rome and since 2012 he was appointed as Vicar General & Chancellor and PRO for the Archdiocese of Kolkata, Coordinator of all 12 commission and the Convener of the Archdiocesan Pastoral plan. His deep experience with educational institutes and working with the youth is an advantage that we leverage.


Ms. Gillian Elizabeth Grey

A master in English and a qualified teacher, Ms Grey was associated with some well known education institutes like Loreto, Asansol and Pratt Memorial, Kolkata, where she offered her services as a teacher, senior co-ordinator and hostel administrator. Apart from her contribution as a teacher she was also in the Managing Committee of Julien Day School, a member of the Governing Council of East India Charitable Trust, served as the President of YWCA and also participated in many philanthropic activities..

She has continuously upgraded her skill and participated in a number of courses on Counselling, school management conducted by various institutions from time to time. She visited the Inner London Education Association Country Hall and Battersea College of Education Home Economic Centre under the aegis of British Council to work on the syllabus of Home Science for the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) and syllabus formation of A and O level of the Cambridge curriculum. She also had the opportunity to work with Prof, H. L. Srivastava on reconstruction of the curriculum in Home Economics for class XII.


Mr. Benny Selwyn

He is an Alumnus of St. Thomas Day School & St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata and an eminent industrialist who has set up three engineering factories manufacturing high-end Petroleum Oil tankers & Underground Petroleum storage tankers. He has occupied prestigious positions in the Committee of a number of social clubs, like Rangers Club, Grail Club and Dulhousie Institute. He had been in the Board of All India Anglo-Indian Association and is also associated with Kolkata Anglo-Indian Service Society. His commercial acumen is a guiding factor to assist us in our financial and commercial decisions.


Rev. Fr. Dr. Xavier Savarimuthu, SJ

Rev. Fr. Dr. S. Xavier, SJ is the Vice Principal of Commerce, Head of Department of Environmental Studies and Asst. Director Central and Goethals’s libraries at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. He is the coordinator for Global Ecology Jesuit Network, and a whole lot of credential which will run into pages. In short he has received special awards and recognition for Best Proficiency in M.Sc in Env. Sc; Best Project work in Env. Sc; First rank and Gold medal in M.Sc from Bharathi Dasan University. He has couple of Paper Publications for international and National levels. Several papers presented and abstracts published in International & National Seminars. He is involved in Consultancy in GO/NGO/Corporate Sectors. He has attended many courses and held many seminars in India and abroad. In various fields he has many interests and one of them is helping the West Bengal Government in alternative water source technologies.


Rev. Fr. Albert

Fr. Albert was involved in the Educational field for the last 15 years at Kharagpur. He was Principal of St. Christopher's Day School, Kharagpur and parish priest of St. Anthony's church Kharagpur and St. Joseph's church Barrackpore. He is now parish priest of. St. Ignatius Church Kiddepore. He was the inspector for the ICSE Schools in Barrackpore for the last 5 years. He also helps and encourages the youth in various academic fields and ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. Besides these he is a lively and jovial person.


Fr. Rodney Borneo

Fr. Rodney Borneo is a Priest of the Archdiocese of Calcutta. He completed his BA from the University of Calcutta and later completed MSc in Psychology- First class First with Gold Medal from Assam Don Bosco University. He also holds a degree in Theology from the Urbania University in Rome and a Diploma in Applied Spirituality from Teresianum University also in Rome. He has worked tirelessly to further the cause of education among the Santhal tribe of West Midnapore district of Bengal. His efforts in education have taken him to Central Australia to work with the Aborigines at Alice Springs. For his various other contributions to the society he was awarded the Dr. M.A. Wajid Miah Gold Medal by Bangladesh. This gold Medal is instituted in memory of the late husband of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. He is presently the principal of Loyola High School, an English Medium school for boys in Kolkata. He regularly conducts orientations and seminars for adolescents and school teachers all across the country. He had the singular honor of leading the Kolkata delegation for the Canonization of St. Teresa of Calcutta at the Vatican. He has been awarded the degree Doctor of Letters by the International Economics University for SAARC Countries. He is also the President of Heads of Anglo Indian schools in West Bengal