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Charan Kanwal Singh Sekhon BSc. MSc. MSc. PgDip. IEMA
Founder, Chairman & Managing Trustee

Charan is a renowned philanthropist with over 20 years’ experience in education, environment, project management, public relations, health wellbeing & yoga, community and charity fundraising. He is a Senior Environment Officer for the Environment Agency UK. A local Councillor for over 15 years, actively involved in youth, charity and sports projects, he led many fund raising campaigns including London Marathon to raise funds for people with disabilities. He holds a number of advisory and voluntary roles including an Adviser for National Indian Students and Alumni Union (NISAU UK), Community Engagement Ambassador for Equality Council, Yoga teacher and an Area Coordinator for PYP (UK) Trust, Welfare and H&S Officer for UNISON and BAME Rep. Working with diverse communities and faith groups, Charan played a key role in raising significant funds for many local and national charity projects. He has been honoured with a number of national and regional awards including the ‘British Asian Pride of Britain’ Award at the House of Commons, Volunteer Fundraiser Award by the Papworth Trust, Cambridge and Bedford Mayor’s ‘Citizen of the Year’ Award for his outstanding community and charity services.

Born and brought up in a rural village of Punjab with limited access to educational advice and support for the rural communities, Charan faced many challenges during his education. He completed his MSc in Applied Physics from Punjabi University, India and MSc Energy & Environment from Cranfield University, UK. He wants to use his experiences to help others which inspired him to form SEVA Trust. He passionately believes in equality and social justice, education opportunities for all and environmental sustainability.

Charan is the founder of SEVA Trust UK with a clear mission of Working Together to Inspire, Support and Lift others.

Twitter: @ckssekhon

Surjit Singh Dhanju
Vice-Chairman &Trustee

Surjit is a prominent businessman of Bedford who is playing a leading role in supporting the community, education and sports projects in the UK and India. In spite of his busy life managing various businesses, he always finds time to support local communities and sponsor various events that help in bringing communities closer. He and his family have been supporting many students especially girls from rural and underprivileged communities in India. His true compassion and care for others is what drives him to make a real difference through SEVA Trust UK.

Dr. Baljit Kaur Upadhyay MD Physician, MSc. MRCPsych

Baljit has been working as a Psychiatrist in the UK for over 10 years with the NHS Trust. She has 6 years’ experience of working in emergency medicine, paediatrics and medicine in India where she was proactively involved in Polio and other WHO projects. She has philanthropic approach to life and has intrigue about science and an intrinsic desire to have a positive impact on health standards in the community. She completed her medicine from Russian State Medical University. Having lived and worked in different countries she has an excellent understanding of diverse cultures, the need to improve and sustain the quality of education, health & wellbeing. She is determined to use her experiences to help the wider communities through SEVA Trust UK.

Shital Gandhi

Shital has been helping many UK charities and community groups through social support, education and yoga projects. Born in Aden, educated in India and the UK, she has a vast experience in many areas including teaching, business, finance, working with BAME communities and women groups. She is well connected with diverse communities and faith groups of Bedfordshire, Leicestershire as well in India. During her studies in India, she successfully overcame many challenges. She is a real advocate of supporting disadvantaged students and girls especially from those parts of India where girls face huge challenges to fulfil their dreams.

Satnam Singh Galsin
Treasurer & Trustee

Satnam is an eminent community volunteer with over 15 years’ experience of volunteer management, fundraising and working in varying roles including a charity Treasurer and Secretary. He works for a leading Logistics Company, as an Oracle Consultant. He has led and coordinated many youth projects. Born and brought up in the UK, he adopted Seva (community service) through his strong belief in Sikhi principles of Kirat Karo (make an honest living), Naam Japo (pray to the one Lord) and Vand Chakho (share what you have with others, especially the poor and underprivileged).

You can contact any of the Trustees on : info@sevatrustuk.org