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.


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


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 (YPO).

Patron of The Prince’s Trust and The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.


Alex Kann

Chief Executive, Community Channel

“I am delighted to be a patron of this year’s Asian Voice Charity Awards. Now more than ever we need to showcase and shout loudly about the crucial work charities do to support lives and communities across the UK and beyond. From established charities to the start-ups, I look forward to celebrating the worthy winners and nominees in this year’s awards. Kann has extensive experience in the charity sector.”

At Media Trust, he is Director of Community Channel and Audiences, responsible for the channel’s charity partnerships, distribution and media, broadcast and digital. Since joining the Community Channel, Alex has tripled audiences and delivered around two thousand hours of new programming, helping showcase 3,000 community and charity stories. At My Life Films, Alex helps the team navigate the third sector by providing advice on measuring impact and securing funding.


Javed Khan

Chief Executive, Barnardo’s

“I am delighted to have become a Patron of the Asian Voice Charity Awards powered by Charity Clarity. The awards present a great opportunity for organisations to showcase the excellent work they do across communities.”

Javed Khan is a leading figure in the UK public and voluntary sectors, with thirty years’ experience developing a track record of successfully managing change through key high profile leadership roles.

Javed is Chief Executive of Barnardo’s, the UK’s oldest and largest children’s charity. With HRH The Queen as its Patron, Barnardo’s runs 960 services in local communities, including support for children who have been sexually exploited, young people leaving the care system, children with a parent in prison and families struggling to cope. Barnardo’s also finds loving adoptive homes and foster placements for children in care. Last year it helped transform the lives of more than 240,000 of the UK’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families. Many more were helped by campaigning to change policy and public opinion. He leads a staff team of over 8,500, with 16,000 volunteers across 960 services, with a retail chain of 640 shops, making it the seventh largest charity in the UK. As a British Pakistani, he is the first non white CEO in Barnardo’s 150 year history.

Monica M

Monica Michael

Singer/Song Writer & Rapper

“She is a singer and rapper who is best known for her time as a contestant on the British reality TV series The X Factor.”

She appeared during its 12th season in 2015. BEFORE FAME She worked as a youth worker in North London. She had auditioned for the 11th season of The X Factor, but did not make it past the 6 chair challenge.

TRIVIA During week 3 of the show, she was in the bottom three contestants. She finished in 8th place, narrowly missing a spot on The X Factor Live Tour 2016. She was declared the only wild card of the series unanimously by the 4 judges.
FAMILY LIFE She was born and raised in North London, England.
ASSOCIATED WITH She was mentored by Rita Ora during her time on The X Factor.