Celebrating Britain's 101 Most Influential Asians 2024

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Lord Jitesh Gadhia


LORD JITESH GADHIA, who sits as a “non-affiliated peer” in the House of Lords, has many public and private roles. For example, he is a non-executive director on the Court of the Bank of England. He is also a non-executive director at Rolls-Royce Holdings, which has interests in aerospace, defence and power systems, and at the construction group, Taylor Wimpey. Though only 53, he sees his role as acting as a “bridge” between the world of business and parliament, and also between the UK and India. His coat of arms pays homage to Uganda, where he was the born, the UK, his home, and India, the land of his forefathers. He sees Hinduism, his faith, as being a force for bringing people together. He likes to encourage young talent wherever he spots it. At the traditional lunch he hosted in September 2016 when he was formally “introduced” to the House of Lords, his guests included a young MP who had been elected only the previous year in Richmond in Yorkshire in succession to the former Tory leader William Hague. His name was Rishi Sunak, who would rise to become prime minister within six years. Since February 2022, Gadhia has been chairman of the British Asian Trust, a charity which remains close to King Charles’s heart. It was founded by the Prince of Wales in 2007 to “re[1]duce poverty and disadvantage for communities in South Asia”. When Charles succeeded to the throne after the death of the Queen in September 2022, the new monarch admitted he would have to relinquish personal involvement in many of the charities in which he had previously been a patron. But he has made a notable exception for the British Asian Trust. “His Majesty has certainly remained keenly engaged,” Gadhia confirmed enthusiastically. Although Gadhia is very

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