I’m an entrepreneur, Liberal Democrat political campaigner, philanthropist and speaker.
After starting out selling travel tickets from a kiosk in Earls Court tube station in 1980, I developed the business into what eventually became eBookers, transforming the travel industry towards an online sales model.
I’m now the CEO of Copper Beech Group, a company which manages investments in sustainable projects such as education, ecotourism and property in Romania and India.
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I’ve been an active member of the Liberal Democrats since 2014 and currently serve as deputy treasurer, and vice-chair of the Federal Board, which is responsible for overseeing the party’s policy-making process. I made London my home more than 30 years ago – raising my children here and growing my business here. In autumn 2018, I was selected as one of four of the party’s nominees for the 2020 London mayoral election.
I care deeply about maintaining London’s place on the European financial stage. I am passionate about climate change and making sure that London keeps its record on clean air. I believe strongly in maintaining peace in Europe and therefore keeping Britain’s ties with European security services and as a first generation immigrant myself, I care deeply about giving immigrants opportunities, education and the chance to excel.
I’m also a spokesperson for and advisor to Open Britain – fighting the case to stay in Europe. I’ve donated over £3 million to charities and has been both advisor and donor to organisations such as Scope and The Winston Churchill Memorial Fund, as well as founding two Indian charities providing support for children in poverty.
I’m also a global trustee of TiE London, an organisation supporting young entrepreneurs by offering education, mentorship, networking and funding opportunities – an issue I care deeply about.