Penny Sehgal read BA (Hons) Accountancy & Law at Newcastle University, graduating with first class honours in 1995. She then trained to become a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (Newcastle) in the Audit department, consequently her professional training is broad and varied; including auditing the financial accounts and accounting systems of local County Councils, Publicly Listed Organisations and Banks. A large part of this work involved interrogating the internal financial systems and checking that robust controls were in place.

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, in 1998, Penny Sehgal continued to work with PwC as a Tax Consultant for 5 years. Following this period, she decided to move into industry. She is now Director in charge of Finance and Marketing for the Michael Sehgal Group, with varied property, healthcare, retail and manufacturing interests and extensive links in the Community to local businesses/professionals.

As an active member of the Hindu Community, Penny regularly organises religious events and festivals in the Hindu Temple. She is also a Trustee of The Michael Sehgal Foundation, a charitable organisation which provides sponsorship to assist deserving overseas students to study Masters courses at Northumbria University and she is a patron member of the Community Foundation, Asian Fund, which provides assistance to numerous local charitable causes.

As Trustee and Chair of the Operations Committee of the Laidlaw Schools Trust, Penny works closely with the CFO, CEO and the Board of Trustees, providing support and oversight into the financial and operational decision making of the Laidlaw School Trust. Her combined business/professional background provides a robust skill set for this role.