Meenu Malhotra, founder is now Group Chairman of a very different business enterprise to the one that he set up 35 years ago. Born in India, he came to the UK in 1979 as an 18-year-old, beginning his career working in a newsagents.
A brief spell in the clothing industry followed before he ventured into property, working independently and registering his own company. Now widely recognised for his instinctive business acumen, he was named Asian Businessman of the Year in 2009 and runner up as Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013.
Meenu remains at the helm on major decision and policy issues. He is also responsible for developing growth strategy and implementation of new business plans for the Group, leaving the day-to-day running of the business to key Board members to direct a team of handpicked professionals.
Meenu presides on many regional and international boards and is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurs Forum.
He is mentor to some twenty SMEs and supports many charities and good causes.
Chief Executive Officer
Bunty (Meenu’s younger brother) moved to the UK in 1986 to support his brother in the fledgling business and has been pivotal in building a formidable care division providing unparalleled specialist care in this area of the company, which he now heads.
Bunty’s energy and fastidious eye for detail ensure that all the care establishments operated under the Prestwick Care brand do so to the highest standards, making them a watchword for quality across the region.
Bunty supports arts & culture initiatives, as well as local sports charities.
Atul is the second generation of the Malhotra family, groomed since childhood to work in the business.
After graduating with a degree in Business Studies, he was tasked with overseeing the growth of the leisure arm of the Group. Under his control the leisure portfolio has grown into an ever-expanding regional collection of hotels, restaurants and bars.
Atul is on the Board of several foundations and supports a range of local charities. In 2015 he was shortlisted for the Institute of Directors North East Young Director of the Year.
Group Finance Director
Martin joined the Group in January 2015 after a long and distinguished career of over 38 years at RBS. Prior to him leaving the bank in December 2014, Martin was Regional Director for their healthcare sector for the North East & Yorkshire regions. Martin brings with him invaluable experience in the key business areas of Corporate Finance, Financial Reporting, Strategic Planning, and Performance Management. Martin is proud to also mentor a number of new and established businesses in the North East area.
In his personal time Martin enjoys playing sport, in particular golf. He is also is a keen keep fit enthusiast.
Alok Loomba is a qualified solicitor and a partner in law firm Sintons LLP based in Newcastle upon Tyne. An experienced real estate practitioner, he works extensively in the Leisure and Healthcare sectors as well as dealing with property development matters. Alok has acted as an advisor to the Malhotra Group for many years and has assisted the Group in its successful expansion and development.
Alok sits as an adviser on the development board for the local Marie Curie Hospice.
Ian joined the Group in May 2016 having previously been a Senior Project Manager with Durham University since 2006. Ian attained a 1st class honours degree in Building Surveying in 2004 whilst employed with the Local Education Authority at North Tyneside Council where he held the position of Directorate Area Programme Manager. Ian has been manging and delivering high value capital and revenue projects for over 25 years. Whilst at Durham University he managed the delivery of their award winning headquarters building (the Palatine Centre) and the new Law School which was named the most impressive Law School Building in the world in 2014. Ian is working alongside Group Board members in the delivery of all new project schemes within our Care and Leisure Divisions. In his spare time Ian enjoys keeping fit, playing golf and walking in the lakes – he is also a keen amateur photographer.
Interior Design Manager
Trish joined the Group in May 2016 having previously been a freelance interior designer. Trish qualified in Vocational Art & Design and Spatial Design in 1986, and brings with her 30 years of continuous service, knowledge and expertise within the commercial and contract interior design profession. Having also had specific dementia design training at Stirling University Trish has been able to directly apply her expertise in the interior design in all of the Group’s new care homes over the past 9 years. As we have an extremely busy period ahead in the development of new and existing Care and Leisure sites it has made for an ideal ‘marriage’ for Trish to agree to join us as a full time employee within the Group. Away from work Trish enjoys spending time with her family, attending art shows and galleries, and going to the theatre.
Kenneth (Ken) Grey BSc- BA- DMS was appointed to the Malhotra Group board as a Non-Executive Director in January 2015. Ken brings with him over 35 years of experience in a varied and successful career with large organisations including BT and the NHS, and as consultant to Barnardo’s North East.
A serving magistrate since 1991, Ken also chairs the Newcastle Healthcare charity and is Independent Chair of the Newcastle Children’s Fund. He is a Non-Executive Director to a number of NHS hospital trusts throughout the region. In addition, he sits as a lay member on NHS regional Medical & Scientific Research Committees and Trusts.
Further afield, Ken is secretary of the Neurosciences Institute of West Bengal’s Hospital & University Appeal, a cause passionately supported and funded by the Malhotra Group and tirelessly championed by Group Chairman, Meenu Malhotra.
Ken will primarily assist the Group with future care-related projects, and with the overall growth strategy of our care division. Additionally, through Ken’s extensive personal network of key professionals and Government departments, he will help the Group in further developing our own market footprint and presence.