Top 5 couples in Community Affairs
Ravi & Sushma Bhanot are certainly at the forefront of community affairs in Britain. When they are not leading on the International Yoga Day celebrations, they will be organises the Diwali celebrations in Trafalgar Square in 2017. Through the Hemraj Goyal Foundation, Avnish and Anita Goyal undertake a breathtaking array of fundraising campaigns and community activities in Britain, India and other parts of the world. Abhishek and Dipika Khaitan spearheaded this year’s fabulous Akshaya Patra Sparkle Ball and look set to continue activities in 2017 in support of the charity’s school meals programme. Rami and Renu Ranger are rarely off the Top 5 couples list, established as among the most philanthropic, charitable and community-minded British Asian campaigners. Ramesh and Pratibha Sachdev have also stepped up activities at their GMSP Foundation, supporting the launch of the British Asian Trust’s ‘Give A Girl A Future’ campaign with the ‘Rise on the Runway’ catwalk show in September 2016.
Top 5 Couples in Community Affairs 2017
- Ravi & Sushma Bhanot
- Avnish & Anita Goyal
- Abhishek & Dipika Khaitan
- Rami & Renu Ranger
- Ramesh & Pratibha Sachdev
Ravi & Sushma Bhanot
Ravi Bhanot is well known as a charity leader in the British Hindu community and as a pioneer of Eastern herbal medicine in the West. Ravi holds a degree in Pharmacy from John Moores University, Liverpool and started two pharmacies before selling out in 1996. Ravi Bhanot and with his wife Sushma Bhanot have researched and manufacture a number of unique Ayurvedic based health and beauty products Britain, setting up Cool Herbals in 2006. The pair also founded The Ayurveda Institute of Europe and run alternative health clinics in London. Ravi leads the Yoga Sun Salutations with Sushma Bhanot at the Shard Tower, London, in celebration of the International Yoga Day. In October 2016, Ravi was chosen at the Chairperson for the Diwali in London Committee that organises the annual festival celebration in Trafalgar Square.
Sushma Bhanot was born in Punjab, India, emigrating to Bradford,UK, in the early sixties. She qualified as a pharmacist from the Brighton School of Pharmacy where she met Ravi Bhanot, going on to marry him in 1985. She is a co-director of Cool Herbals and supports her husband’s charitable activities but runs her own tutoring centre, the BTTC Centre which she opened in 1998 in Wanstead. She now gives talks on natural health remedies as a means of supporting women into self employment and entrepreneurship.
Avnish & Anita Goyal
Avnish Goyal is the Managing Director, Hallmark Care Homes, a family business that was started in 1997 operating 15 care homes across England. Avnish gained a BA degree from Newcastle University and completed his accountancy training at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) before joining the family business which is now run by him and his two brothers. Avnish is also Founding Trustee of the Hemraj Goyal Foundation which raises and distributes money to organisations that help children from disadvantaged backgrounds, promotes women’s rights, education, and help people with disabilities. Since it was formed in 2010, the Hemraj Goyal Foundation has distributed about £300,000 to worthy causes.
Avnish married Anita Rai in August 2014 at a lavish wedding held at The Langham Hotel in London. Having completed a BSc in Biomedical Material Science & Engineering at Queen Mary College, London, Anita decided to become a teacher in the secondary schools sector. She progressed from Head of Science to Assistant Head Teacher of inclusion and completed a Masters in Special and Inclusive Education. Anita Goyal is currently the Director of Events at the Hemraj Goyal Foundation. The couple also run personal development seminars on finding ‘The Ultimate Partner’.
Abhishek & Dipika Khaitan
Abhishek Khaitan is a Partner of Bower Cotton Solicitors. An LLB (Hons.) graduate and solicitor, he has served on the boards of numerous companies in India and the UK. He has a Bachelors degree in engineering in industrial production, as well as qualifications in managerial finance and managerial accounting from Harvard University, USA.
Dipika Khaitan is Executive Director at education charity The Akshaya Patra Foundation. Following a Bachelor of Commerce qualification from the Modern High School, Kolkata, India, Dipika joined G McKenzie & Co in 1999. From 2009 to 2011 she was Marketing and Sales Director at India Today International before taking up her current role at the charity.
Rami & Renu Ranger
Raminder (Rami) Singh Ranger MBE is a successful entrepreneur and social and political reformer. He founded Sea Air and Land Forwarding Group and Sun Mark Ltd in 1987 and it is now one of Britain’s fastest growing companies with an annual group turnover in excess of £150 million per annum. Rami is active in the British Asian community. He co-founded the British Asian Conservative Link and served the organisation for over a decade as its General Secretary. He is the founder member of the Hindu Forum Britain and set up the Pakistan, India & UK Friendship Forum. He is the Chairman of the British Sikh Association and founded the Shaheed Nanak Singh Foundation in memory of his father.
In November 2012, Rami Ranger was asked to join the Princes Trust Enterprise Fellowship. In 2014, Rami gifted £250,000 to London South Bank University to support student entrepreneurship and £40,000 to the University of West London towards a new group pavilion to enhance the facilities for students. He also donated £100,000 to the Gandhi Statute Memorial Fund and saw it unveiled in March 2015. Ranger was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2005 Birthday Honours for services to business and the Asian community and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to business and community cohesion.
Renu Ranger studied at the Lady Shri Ram College for Women, one of the well known arts colleges of University of Delhi. She currently works at Sunmark Ltd and is the Company Secretary for group companies and undertakes philanthropic work in her spare time.
Ramesh & Pratibha Sachdev
Ramesh Sachdev came to the UK from from Kenya in 1965 and qualified as a chartered accountant, a profession he successfully pursued for several years. In 1987, he and his wife Pratibha Sachdev, formed the Nursing Home Company Life Style Care Plc, and Ramesh assumed the role of Managing Director. Since 1987 Life Style Care Plc has built and operated a total of over 37 Care Homes and is one of the UK’s leading care home operators. The Sunday Times Rich List 2013 puts their combined net worth at about £400 million. Since then, Ramesh sold two businesses but kept the Life Style name and he has other interests including hotels and blue chip properties in central London. Ramesh and Pratibha Sachdev set up GMSP Foundation in 2006 to formalise their charitable giving, which totals nearly £2 million annually, and to give strategically to create social change.
Pratibha Sachdev helped to set up the Sachdev family foundation – God My Silent Partner (GMSP) – and is its Founding Trustee. The Foundation has embarked on a programme that includes micro-financing in Gujarat, India.