Patrons

Our Patrons play a vital role in supporting our mission to champion excellence amongst charities and organisations that seek to innovative and strive for excellence.

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Jayne-Anne Gadhia

CEO, Virgin Money

Jayne-Anne Gadhia is the CEO of Virgin Money. A Chartered Accountant, she spent six years at Norwich Union (now Aviva) before becoming one of the founders of Virgin Direct in 1995.

In 1998 she set up the Virgin One account which was acquired by the Royal Bank of Scotland in 2001. After five years at RBS as part of the Retail executive Committee, she returned to Virgin as the CEO of Virgin Money. In 2012 Virgin Money acquired Northern Rock and, in 2014, successfully listed on the London Stock Exchange. A vocal supporter of businesses responsibility to make a positive contribution to society Jayne Anne is a trustee of Business in the Community.

In November 2016 Jayne-Anne was announced as the government’s Women in Finance Champion. 

Michael Norton OBE

Michael Norton OBE

Social innovator and entrepreneur

“The Asian presence in philanthropy in the UK is growing in significance, and I welcome the Asian Voice Charity Awards with its emphasis on charities operating internationally to encourage and showcase the many creative initiatives that people in the UK are taking to create a better world.”

Michael Norton OBE is a social innovator and entrepreneur. Through Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action he develops innovative projects including: a banking system for street children in South Asia; village publishing in India; and Changemakers, YouthBank and MyBnk in the UK which provide opportunities to young people to engage in society. He co-founded UnLtd, to support social entrepreneurs and the International Centre for Social Franchising to help successful projects scale up. He writes books on fundraising and everyday activism. He is based in London, and has professorships in social enterprise at universities in China and South Africa.

Nitin Chandra Ganatra,

Nitin Chandra Ganatra

Actor

Nitin Chandra Ganatra is a Kenyan-born English actor, best known for playing Masood Ahmed in the BBC soap-opera EastEnders since 2007.

Nitin Ganatra EastEnders’ is known internationally as Prince Pondicherry in the Tim Burton film ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. He also appeared in the Gurinder Chada’s popular film ‘Bride and Prejudice’ as Kholi Saab and ‘The Mistress of Spices’ as Haroun. He has appeared in a number of TV shows in the UK and won the ‘Best Onscreen Partnership’ alongside Nina Wadia at the 2009 British Soap Awards. Nitin was born in Kenya of Indian parentage and moved with his family to the UK when he was four years old.

Rajesh Agarwal Rational FX

Rajesh Agrawal

Deputy Mayor London

“I am delighted to be a patron of the Asian Voice Charity Awards. These awards recognise the incredible charity work by the Asian Community in the UK. As an entrepreneur I am passionate about promoting entrepreneurship and creating opportunities for young people which is why I am involved in charities which help to support entrepreneurs in some of the most deprived areas in the world. It is important to recognise those who work so hard to bring about social change and I am proud of those charities being acknowledged in this year’s awards.”

Rajesh is an award winning fintech entrepreneur, investor and commentator. An enthusiastic supporter of entrepreneurship, social enterprises and charitable initiatives.Also, a Board member of TiE UK, official Think Tank member of World Entrepreneurship Forum, Member of ABA Committee at London Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) and a member of Young Presidents Organization.