Meenu Malhotra is founder and Chairman of Malhotra Group PLC. Educated at Sacred Heart Convent School in Ludhiana, India, Meenu came to the UK in 1979 aged nineteen years. Although from an affluent family his introduction to working life in his adopted North East began as a humble newsagent’s assistant. Inherently astute, with a natural business acumen to emerge, his early venture into setting up a fledging fashion and property enterprise rapidly expanded over the years to a multi-tiered PLC that it is today.
Named Asian Businessman of the Year in 2009, and runner-up for Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013, his entrepreneurial skills are internationally acknowledged. A philanthropist by nature and deed, many local/international charities & worthy causes continue to benefit from his patronage and generosity including Mitochondria research at Newcastle University and Little Angels Trust children’s charity which is very close to his heart.
Meenu is involved in seven separate industries and presides on several regional and international boards. He is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurs Forum whilst also mentoring some twenty SME’s and business start ups.
However, Meenu firmly remains at the helm on major business planning, growth strategies and policy issues within each of the group’s divisions. Day to day operational responsibilities are overseen by Board colleagues who in turn manage a workforce of 1100 staff. It is in the care sector in particular where the group is driving through an expansion programme in the North East that will grow their specialist care facilities to over 1200 much needed beds in the coming years.
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.
Group In-House Lawyer
Anu joined the Group in June 2017 after gaining over 17 years’ worth of experience in the legal sector. Anu has been appointed to the position of Head of HR and Group In-House Lawyer and was previously employed as a Senior Employment Solicitor at Collingwood Legal, Thompsons Solicitors and Immigration Solicitor & Supervisor at Browell Smith and Co. She also sits as a Voluntary Board Trustee for Age Northumberland UK. As well as being a point of contact for all staff regarding HR issues, Anu will be dealing with all in-house legal matters. She brings with her vast knowledge in HR and employment law. In her spare time Anu enjoys spending time with her family, swimming and running.
Marcin joined the group in June 2017 as Operations Manager (Leisure) and is reporting directly into Atul Malhotra, Operations Director. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from Szczecinski University in Poland. Marcin has worked in the UK leisure industry for over a decade. Marcin’s role within the group is to lead a team of managers to ensure our sites operate as efficiently and as effectively as possible, whilst also implementing new systems and working practices to ensure the company fully meets with ongoing compliance, health & safety, licensing and legal regulations. In his spare time Marcin enjoys swimming, and family time with his 3 children.
Accommodations and Commercial Manager
Lottie joined the group in June 2013 when we acquired the Grey Street Hotel in the centre of Newcastle. At the time Lottie was the hotel’s General Manager. In June 2015 she was promoted to the role of Accommodation and Commercial Manager and remains in charge of all commercial activities within our hotels where she also oversees our 3 site managers. Lottie has worked in the leisure industry for 24 years. She has a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Manchester Metropolitan University, and in July 2017 completed the Personal Development Programme at Cornell University in America. In her spare time she enjoys endurance sports, mainly running and triathlon based.
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 managing 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.
Joanne joined the group in June 2017 as Project Manager having already worked in the construction industry for 10 years. Prior to joining the group Joanne worked on a number of high profile civil engineering and new build schemes for construction companies in the North East including Balfour Beatty (where she achieved the gold award at the Considerate Constructors Awards for her work on the A1 Western Bypass scheme), Frank Haslam Milan and Kier. Reporting directly to our Project Director Joanne’s responsibilities will include the delivery of in-house development & refurbishment projects from inception to in-use stage. Joanne is currently studying Construction Engineering Management at Northumbria University and has an intermediate RICS Construction Project Management qualification. In her spare time Joanne enjoys going to music festivals, upcycling furniture, and spending valuable time with her partner and 10 year old daughter.
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.