I am a very experienced Director and Manager with extensive business development, sales and account management experience and achievement in the spheres of health management, education, advertising and marketing, in television, newspapers, magazines, travel consultancy and the charitable sector. I am a leader & team player, self-motivated with a pro-active management style, excellent presentation skills and am well versed in varied client & customer service roles.
I am proud of my consistent record of service to my church and of my adult life-time community involvement and several volunteer roles, which compliment my business achievements. I have been a member of various boards since the 1990’s in non-executive director or trustee roles and have chaired 5 boards.
When the founder of PHASCA, in N14, invited me to become Chair of Trustees at the charity I readily agreed and have had no regrets. After seven years chairing that Charity, I co-founded 4-22 Foundation in January 2019 focusing on young people in areas of deprivation in Haringey N17. I currently share my volunteering time between Parity, the established national equality charity, which we are re-focusing to meet current challenges, boys’ education being just one; 4-22 Foundation where I spend a day a week and participating actively in my local community other Trustee roles, governing body and committees
I am fortunate to have some very committed and well connected and knowledgeable Trustees, all Volunteers, as colleagues, which makes my various jobs much less demanding than they could otherwise have been, which in turn enables me to spend some of my working week interviewing and appraising junior doctors in a lay oversight role, with Health Education England, as well as volunteering with Chicken Shed the eclectic multi-award winning theatre company for children with disabilities and those without, working harmoniously together and now recently with the Old Enfield Charitable Trust.
Currently my personal aim is to network further to help to achieve each of my charities’ objectives of and in building productive partnerships to further our aims and to increase our profiles, working alongside colleagues re-appraising policies, business plans and strategic development.
Chandrakant Vaghela was born in Mombasa, Kenya in 1951. After completing his secondary education, he moved to Rugby, England and took up an apprenticeship with a large local employer. He graduated with honours in Electrical & Electronics Engineering and started his career in Quality Management, with responsibility for Quality Management Systems auditing.
He moved to London in 1984 to be employed by a newly formed certification body, a wholly owned subsidiary of a charitable association. He became a Lead Auditor of Quality Management Systems and gained Chartered Engineer status with the Institute of Marine Engineers. He had the privilege of leading the first independent assessment of a UK Certification Body that became the first UK accredited body. He provided consultancy in Quality Management Systems and led independent assessments world-wide in sectors – manufacturing, offshore, civil construction and even UK Government (HM Treasury). He held senior management roles in the company and had responsibility for staff recruitment and certification, including for the UK Medical Devices Directives.
Later he joined as a Quality Manager in charitable association providing approval of electrical contractors and domestic installers. He had responsibility for the consumer complaints against approved electrical contractors and domestic installers.
In the not for profit sector, he had association in secretarial role with the Indian Community Association in Rugby and later was the founding secretary of an Indian Community organisation in London for a number of years. He also had a role as a Schools Appeal Panel member for three years after which he was co-opted as Hon. Secretary of PARITY and then elected at their AGM in 2016.
Honorary Treasurer since 2017 Keith hails originally from Lincolnshire. After gaining a business studies degree he moved down to London in 1981 to start a career as an accountant, qualifying in 1985. He has been involved in all aspects of accounting and finance for almost 30 years in a number of organisations in the commercial, public and voluntary sectors at a senior level. In a number of roles he has been responsible for the provision of a complete finance and accounting service, either as a “one man band” or as the team leader.
I was born in 1932 in North London. My father died early and I together with my sister and mother lead a peripatetic existence during World War 2 landing up in Bristol. We endured a period of bombing but that’s where my formal education started.
I later went to a Grammar School in Bournemouth and from there to Merton College, Oxford. I graduated in 1954 and was promptly conscripted into the forces ( as was every male in those days). I was commissioned and served in Hong Kong.
Upon demobilization, I joined an insurance company and returned to Hong Kong. I then worked in the Far East for 12 years ( Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand) before returning to Europe and spending six years in Denmark.
I worked in London for some years before a period in Dubai. I finally returned to the UK in 1990. I had become a Name at Lloyds and in the following six years until 1996 was Chairman of various action groups pursuing claims against the Lloyds hierarchy for financial misconduct. This involved extensive litigation but eventual great success.
I retired in 2004 and have been actively engaged in charity work since then (Parity, caring charities, and civic societies).