Mahendra Sinh C Jadeja

Advisor to CFI

Mahendra’s motto has always been “to serve”. Over the last 3 decades he has dedicated his time to serve the community. A Proud Guajarati and British Community representative, always looking at how the community can lead a more happy and prosperous life to provide a better future for future generations not just in London but across the UK. With BREXIT on the horizon, Mahendra is working tirelessly to further develop and reinforce the ties between the UK and India.

A much-respected community leader, Mahendra is a National Executive Council Member of the National Congress of Gujarati Organisations of the UK (NCGO UK) and served the maximum term as General Secretary for the NCGO UK. As the national organisation which presides over the various regional organisations, responsible in supporting over 800,000 Gujarati origin community members in the UK. From helping with providing guidance in relation to health to the old and infirm, to careers, helping individuals secure employment.

Fundraising for charitable and special causes have always been close to Mahendra and he has both personally and by lobbying to the many community groups Mahendra served. He is proud to have establish fund raising campaigns for great Ormond street children hospital, BAPS Swaminaran, Loomba foundation for widows. In 2001 when the massive earthquake struck Gujarat in India, Mahendra raised funds to aid the relief efforts. The next big effort starts this year in the Summer of 2017 when Mahendra will be driving from London to Delhi in aid of the Loomba foundation which supports widows.

As well as working with the leading Gujarati business leaders to further enhance community contribution and support to the local community right through to bi-lateral trade development between UK and India. Mahendra led the UK Vibrant Saurasra business delegation to India in 2015 and shared the stage with the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and is the Senior Advisor and Board Member for the MakinIndia Organisation, established for the specific enhancement of bi lateral trade between UK and India.

With the Indian originating community living across the UK in particular London and Leicester, Mahendra also spends a lot of time in Leicester and as part of trying to boost the local economy and trade success of the businesses in the region, Mahendra is the Honorary Member of the Leicestershire Asian Business Association.

Serving as National President and the first Asian President of the National Federation of Retail Newsagents, Mahendra transformed the membership by achieving an unprecedented paid membership of over 25, 000 independents and has gone on to become the largest trade organisation in Europe. years. This was a most fulfilling role for Mahendra as he was able to work both at grass roots and national level in assisting the retail outlets to develop a sustainable trade and become part of a pioneering trade membership organisation for the sustainability of their trade and industry.

As a member of Camelot’s advisory panel for corporate responsibility for four years and the Camelot retail panel for six years, Mahendra was able to bring a broader expertise and experience to support the work of Camelot and its collaboration with the independent retail outlets.

Mahendra continuous drive to support and advise on issues of public importance include him carrying out functions of Director of PASS (Proof of Age Standard Scheme) affiliation with the Home Office for four years and the Public Panel member to create National ID card.

Mahendra has spear headed initiatives for the Indian community in relation to access and support from the Indian High Commission in London. He also advises the Indian High Commission in relation to their engagement strategies with the Indian Diaspora in the UK.

See Also

Suresh Joshi

Advisor to CFI
Suresh Joshi is a veteran Journalist Broadcaster, thought leader, Asian pioneer in Independent Radio  -“ Geet Mala”, with LBC Radio – Radio Luxembourg – Star FM – BRMB Radio –  Beacon Radio –Radio 210- Mercia Sound - Radio Harmony - Sky News.
He is the Director General of The Asian Guild – co Founded with Lord King of West Bromwich – Lord Peter Archer of Sandwell.
The General Secretary of the Sandwell Amritsar Friendship Association – First City of India twinned with Sandwell. West Midlands.
Vice Chair Internationalisation –CPD, India’s largest educational group - Hi Tech Hospitals and Medical Colleges, Orissa.

Dr Peter Chadha

Advisor to CFI
Dr Peter Chadha is a man with a vision, which is to help companies drive change and efficiency through well-structured IT and allied functions using effective and commercially sound technology. In a nutshell, he wants information technology to be easy for people and companies to help their decision-making and drive innovation. Since the last two decades, Peter has donned the hats of an independent technology consultant as well as a commentator. He set up his own consultancy called DrPete Technology Experts and co-authored a book on Google titled ‘Thinking Of...Going Google Apps? Ask the Smart Questions’ in 2013. His company boasts of expert business advice in all aspects of IT including  managing IT contracts, software development, cloud consulting,  IT infrastructure, IT strategy, IT architecture and many additional areas. One may also come across his name as a featured writer in the specialist IT press as well as the Financial Times and The Daily Telegraph. 

Amandeep Bhogal

Director of Strategy

Born in the land of the five rivers - the Punjab, Aman grew up on a council estate in south east London before going on to attend BETHS Grammar school in Bexley.
A background in HM diplomatic service; a foundry engineer by profession - Aman joined the Conservative party while still at school.

Simon Nayyar

Director of Strategy
Simon Nayyar is a second generation British Indian of Punjabi heritage, involved in the Conservative Party and active in business.

Simon has been involved in the Conservative Party for 30 years.  He was the Parliamentary Candidate for Hackney South & Shoreditch in 2010, from where, at his social action project in Clapton, David Cameron launched the 2010 general election Short Campaign.

Pranav Bhanot

Director of Event
Having recently been named in the top 100 most influential people in shaping UK and India relations, Pranav is involved in UK local, UK national and Indian politics. He is the convenor of the UK-India Young Leaders Forum and co-chair of the India -UK Legal exchange programme which is working to create a policies for stronger UK and India post-Brexit ties for millennials.

Ekta Gohil

Director Campaigning
Ekta Gohil currently holds a position as a Campaign Manager for the Conservative Party, based predominantly between the London Borough of Harrow and Westminster. She has previously been a Campaign Manager in the London Borough of Brent and is key in helping to connect with the Indian diaspora on the battleground across London, contributing to an increased vote-share in all the elections she has been involved in.

Ekta is keen to connect further with British-Indian voters across London and the U.K and seeks to not only promote Indian candidates within the Conservative Party, but to also encourage the Indian diaspora electorate to renew their faith in the Conservative Party and continue to vote for the party that has their best interests at heart.

Cllr. Hiten Ganatra

Director Fundraising
Graduating in 2004 from Cass Business School in London, Hiten joined PwC on their graduate programme, whilst continuing to develop the property investment business which he set up whilst in his second year at university. Hiten wanted to further his entrepreneurial ambition and so to compliment his property investment business decided to get into the financial services sector where he qualified as a mortgage consultant.

Cllr Ameet Jogia

Director Policy
Ameet Jogia is a young and upcoming British Indian politician in the UK. Ameet is an active member of the Conservative Party, having joined the Party on his 16th birthday. He has been involved with the Party ever since, having been elected as a Local Councillor in his local town of Harrow in 2014, and re-elected in 2018, as well as having recently stood for Parliament in Brent North in the 2017 General Election.

Resham Kotecha

Director of Event
Resham is a strategy consultant, working in the media, telecoms and broadcasting industries for clients such as Facebook, Reuters and the BBC.

Resham has been active in the Conservative Party for the past six years. She stood as a candidate in the 2015 General Election, and was the party’s youngest BME candidate (Dulwich & West Norwood) and the youngest mainstream candidate in London. She was a candidate for a target seat in the 2017 general election (Coventry North West), achieving the party’s highest voteshare since 1979.

Cllr Reena Ranger

Director of Event
Reena was successfully elected as one of the three District Councillors for Moor Park & Eastbury in May 2014. She previously ran as a County Council Candidate 2013 and was a Parliamentary Candidate in the 2017 General Election. She addressed the delegates at the Conservative Party Conference in 2017 on the topic of “Fighting Injustices” and remains active within the Conservative Party.