People

Cllr. Gurjit Bains

Gurjit works across the housing, planning and development sectors on local and devolved levels - including for Taylor Wimpey, Sav Group, Imara Group, Peabody and BFI.

Prior to joining Newington, Gurjit worked for two Conservative MPs and on the EU Referendum for the Vote Leave campaign advising on outreach strategies. She has also been a Campaign Manager in two constituencies for both local and national elections and has a degree in Law from the University of Buckingham. Gurjit currently serves as a Conservative Councillor for Gravesham Borough Council and holds a Cabinet portfolio for Community Development.

Meera Sonecha

Meera read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Warwick. Following university she worked in the House of Commons for several years as Sir Edward Garnier’s Parliamentary Assistant and was the Executive Officer of Conservative Friends of India for one year. She was also on the core team of the Andy Street campaign, who is now the Mayor of the West Midlands.

Cllr Gagan Mohindra

Cllr Gagan Mohindra has been a Councillor since 2006 on Epping Forest District Council and is the Finance lead member. He was elected to Essex County Council in 2017 and was promoted onto its Cabinet in May 2018 with responsibility for Economic Development, Planning and Skills Strategy. Gagan has been on the Conservative Party’s Approved Parliamentary List since 2009 and stood as the Conservative candidate in the North Tyneside constituency in the 2010 General Election.

Simmy Sekhon

Simmy Sekhon is a property lawyer and a highly ambitious Property Developer operating in the Yorkshire area of the North of England.

Previously, he has operated and owned a highly successful Solicitors Practice employing over 120 people at the height of the property market prior to 2010.

Smita Sarkar

Communications for PwC, Loomba Foundation, Broadcast (Producer of Features, Interview-shows, Special Shows, Documentaries, Marketing films), Content for print and digital, Developmental work with UNHCR, SEVA. Worked as Special Features Editor for Asian Voice. Sub-editor and writer for the highest circulated English newspaper in Hong Kong The Standard and for travel magazine Jetsetter magazine.

Sunil Chopra

Based in London as the Senior Advisor to the CEO & MD, Sunil joined Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in 2002 responsible for relationship management of top global Banking & Financial Services clients.

Mehreen Malik

Mehreen is currently a Senior Associate at Clifford Chance LLP, where she specialises in Sovereign Debt Restructuring and helped launched the world's first sovereign blue bond to benefit oceans, marine life and the environment.

Cllr. Vidhi Mohan

Vidhi has been a Conservative Councillor in the London Borough of Croydon since 2005, and in 2015 stood as the Parliamentary candidate in Croydon North. For 4 years he served as a Cabinet Member in Croydon. Professionally Vidhi runs his own independent consultancy business, advising clients on the feasibility and financing of transport and infrastructure projects, focussing mainly on the international development sector.

Pradeep Bhardwaj

Pradeep Bhardwaj is Senior Technology Strategist and Head of Industry Standards in the mobile industry. Pradeep has been part of a few historical moments and actually creating them – India’s 1st Public Email service, India’s 1st Public Internet service, India’s 1st Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) service, one of India’s 1st International Digital Exchanges, setting up mobile and international telecom services in Seychelles, the Paradise on Earth, followed by a stint in Melbourne, Australia designing state-of-the-art high-speed data network for INMARSAT using a constellation of satellites, before settling in the UK. He is Deputy Chairman (Political) for Swindon Conservatives and also holds several positions – being Governor of Swindon College, Chairman of Swindon Hindu Temple, Trustee of 3 local charities, Parish Councillor, and avid Division-1 Table-tennis player and umpire. With a global outlook, having travelled extensively to well over 50 countries and lived in many countries, he considers himself a Community champion for the cause of Equality and Diversity, to bring people together and harness their collective power for a bigger vision.

Gurpreet Singh Bhangra

2019 - Councillor, Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
Elected Councillor in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead in May for the ward of Boyn Hill Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.
He had achieved one of the highest vote shares in the local council elections in the Royal Borough and he is also one of only two Sikh candidates elected for the first time in the Royal Borough.

2016 - Executive Officer
Maidenhead Conservative Association
One of two Sikh Association Executive Officer’s elected to the executive for the first time in the associations history.