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, 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, working within the business from an early age.
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 a member of the Darras Hall Estates Committee and 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.
Non Executive Director
Martin originally joined the Group as Group Finance Director 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’s key areas of expertise are in Corporate Finance, Financial Reporting, Strategic Planning, and Performance Management. Martin took retirement from his full time Group FD role at the end of March 2020, although he has remained actively involved in an advisory capacity to the Group as Non Exec Director.
Aman Sehgal is a qualified solicitor and a Consultant at Keystone Law, a top 100 AIM listed international law firm. Formerly with Womble Bond Dickinson for 15 years, Aman is an experienced Restructuring and Insolvency practitioner with a keen focus on turnaround and recovery. Aman has worked with and advised the Malhotra Group for a number of years.
Aman is a member of The Association of Business Recovery Professionals, sits as a Trustee of the North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund and also regularly partakes in fundraising initiatives to support The Great North Children’s Hospital. In his spare time, Aman enjoys travelling, running and spending time with his young family.
Head of Legal & Group In-House Lawyer
Anu joined the Group in June 2017 after acquiring over 17 years’ worth of experience in the legal sector. She holds an LLB Hons in Law with Economics, completed the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) at Northumbria University in 2000 to train as a barrister and gained her Higher Rights of Audience from the Law Society in 2006. Anu was appointed to the position of Head of Legal 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. Anu will be dealing with all in-house legal matters. Anu is also a Committee member for the Law Society In-House Division. In her spare time Anu enjoys spending time with her family, baking and running.
Director of Care
Eve has been a Registered General Nurse for over 20 years with a background in Surgical Nursing, ITU/CCU with the majority of her career managing the Accident Emergency Trauma Service in Glasgow.
She has vast experience within the private healthcare service, focusing on working with homes that have required change and development both from a care standard and business perspective.
Eve has developed excellent relationships with colleagues across health, CQC and the independent sector. She has been a Care Home Manager, a Regional Support Manager and has also worked within the pharmaceutical industry looking at the clinical aspect and effects of medication in relation to dementia care.
She holds various management qualifications alongside a diploma in dementia, and believes that every older person should be respected and cared for as an individual.
Head of Compliance
Fiona is a registered general nurse, a registered learning disability nurse and has over 30 years of experience of nursing in a variety of positions. The major part of her career has been in nursing homes working as a registered nurse, a home manager, a regional support manager and an operations manager.
Fiona has both professional and personal experiences of supporting people living with dementia and physical disabilities and believes that this has enabled her to have empathy with the individuals Prestwick Care supports.
Fiona’s focus is on improving the experience of those living in the care homes by continually looking for ways that improvements can be made. She has a good understanding of the requirements of both the CQC and the local authorities and uses this to support the home managers to provide exceptional care and support for the individuals living in the care homes.
Head of Leisure Operations
Simon joined the group in December 2017 after opening two large premium dining restaurants for the Thai Leisure Group. Simon has gained vast experience in all aspects of hospitality management along with a proven track record in delivering asset value improvement. Simon spent over 7 years in Walt Disney World Orlando & Disney Cruise Line, along with a privileged opportunity to study at Walt Disney University where he gained vital hospitality leadership qualifications. On Simon’s return to the UK he secured a job within Living Ventures as a General Manager adding a whole new dynamic management style & ethos to his hospitality experience. Simon excels in the management of busy branded and independent restaurant and bars, he also specialises in training & recipe development.
In Simon’s spare time he enjoys anything hospitality related along with travelling and spending valuable time with his young family.
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.
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.