Mr Vimalji Odedra


Vimalji Odedra

Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical-Degree Course) 

Corporate Experience 

** Nisa – Board of Director – 7 years (2013 – 2018)

    Nisa is Buying Consortium with £1.50 Billion Turn Over 

** Retail Experience last 30 years with four mini-supermarket and three post      

   offices. (1991 – Till To date) 

** President of National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) London District   


** Parent Governor & Social Governor in Barnhil Community High School for two

    terms – Chair of Finance Committee (1996-2004)

Social Experience

** President – London Maher Community

** President – Maher Community Association UK

** President – International Maher Supreme Council



Mr. Jitendra Patel

Vice President

I have been in public life for the last 30 years working in many organisations in different roles.
I have been committee member,  treasurer and at present trustee of Sojitra Samaj UK.
I am trustee of Sardar Patel Memorial Society.
At present I am Vice Chairman of National Council of Gujarati Organisation.
I am also Vice Chair of CIO Confederations Of Indian Organisation




Mr. Sanjay Odedra

Secretary General

Sanjay Odedra was born in Kenya and emigrated to the UK in 1972. He is married and has two daughters.

Sanjay has been in business for over 30 years and former Wokingham Councillor for 12 years. He has been on the local village hall committee and in the Maher community for many years and most recently involved in the Maher Samelan in Turkey (2019).

He was also involved in helping many Gujarati’s return home from Gujarat during the pandemic. He enjoys watching Football and support Liverpool FC

Mr. Deepak Patel


Deepak Patel moved to UK from India in 2006 as a student to pursue ACCA. He is now settled here with his family and working as a Group Financial Controller for a Hotel Group.
Deepak is also an active member of various groups, promoting Indian Culture. He is offering his services to National Council of Gujarati Organisation UK as a Treasurer.
He is eager and enthusiastic individual, who is always in fore front to serve the community. He believes humanity comes before everything and this keep him driving.

Mr Sumantrai D Desai

Executive Council

I am Assistant Treasurer for NCGO 2020-2022. I have been Treasurer and Assistant for NCGO for many years.

I am a retired civil servant and am also serving as committee member and President of other organisations at present.

Krishna Pujara

Public Relations Officer

Krishna Pujara, has worked within and helped develop statutory and voluntary sector organisations in UK, with a special interest in supporting Health & Social Care.

At present Krishna is a front runner in developing services to empower women nationwide as the Chief Executive of Enfield Saheli. The organisation aims to enable women to participate fully in the social, cultural and civic life. We are a service-oriented charity providing support to improve the health and well-being of women and their families in UK. We offer Advice, Information, Training, Advocacy & Counselling on a range of issues.

Krishna’s impressive track record of success in promoting the concerns of women regarding Domestic Violence, Forced Marriages, Trafficking and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the UK and over the world speaks volumes about her dedication and commitment to the communities.

Through her work, Krishna has become an active ambassador and voice of the Communities and currently also holds the following executive posts:

Chairperson – ALL (All Ladies League) UK
President – UK-India Business Council of WICCI (Women’s Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry)
Chairperson – Women’s Wing, Lohana Mahaparishad UK
Chairperson – Domestic Abuse Operational Forum for Violence Against Women & Girls (Enfield)
Chairperson – Women’s Wing, National Congress of Gujarati Organisations UK
Secretary General – Sardar Patel Memorial Society UK
Justice & Equality Chairperson – Ladies of All Nations International.
Trustee – North London Asian Care

Krishna has served in various positions in the past as the Chairperson of Women’s Aid, President of London Host Lions Club International, and General Secretary of the Brent Indian Association.
In recognition of all of her work and services to the community, she has been awarded by the various different bodies over the years.

Mr Chandrakant Mehta

Executive Council

I was born in Uganda and have lived and worked in Brighton as a businessman since 1969.

Over the past thirty years I have been actively involved within a number of voluntary & statutory organisations including the Gujarati Culture Society, EC member of VANIK Council UK, Ethics Minority Representative Council. I am currently a trustee and former Chairman of the Black Minority Ethnic Council Partnership, Brighton.

With my wealth of experience in supporting BAME rights in education, health, religion, culture and social matters, I will make a positive contribution in my role as an EC member of NCGO. 
I am confident that all the affiliated Gujarati organisations to NCGO in the UK will promote a lasting legacy of cultural richness in multicultural Britain.

Gargi Patel MBE

Executive Council

I Gargi Patel (MBE) rooted from Village Bhadran educated in Ahmedabad India.

I am a civil servant and work for the Home Office for the National Community Engagement team where I am an Indian community engagement officer. and really passionate about my role and have assisted many members of the Indian community through faith charity organisations. I have a great desire in the community to encourage younger generation to continue the culture inheritance. I was recently awarded a MBE for the work I have done in the Home Office with the Indian community. I love to listen Romantic Bollywood music.

Vandana Joshi

Executive Council

I am currently an Honourable Trustee and a former president of Brahmin Society North London. I Have been serving the community for several years.  I published Jyotirdhar magazine for BSNL in 2011 and had a pleasure of launching an elders’ group.

I have been on EC of NCGO for past four years.

I am a Life member of Gujarati Literary Academy and Shishukunj whereby I served for almost 20 years teaching our mother tongue. I Played an Active leadership role for Shishukunj. I Participated in SHYAM (Satkarma Humanitarian Youth Awakening Mission) Served in SACRE Standing Advisory Committee for Religious Education—— for 5 years in Barnet Council.

I acted as a parent governor for 15 years in Preston Manor High School I was involved in various matters. Participated in approximately 5 to 6 productions of religious musical Ballets.  I Enjoy swimming, playing badminton, and trekking, whereby Climbed the 3 peaks of Brecon Beacon in wales for British heart foundation, annually walk 10K for NSPCC for race for life British diabetics, and Cancer research, participating in fund raising events

I am also involved in South Kenton and Preston Park Residence Association. I Love spending time with 5 grandchildren.


Mr Dhiru Gadhavi

Executive Council

 He is the past very successful Chair of Gujarati Cultural Society of Brighton visit

 He has organised weekly social, cultural and dharmic Zoom events from March lock down. They were very well attended by people in the he South and many other parts of the country and the world

 All above were well planned, organised and controlled under Dhirubhai’s leadership with excellence

 He was the joint social secretary of our Centre, Gurjar Hindu Union in Crawley. Here too he organised 4 events per year, Diaro, Antaxadi, Musical Shows, Plays etc. In so doing he managed to raise good amount of funding for the Union.

 He is a Ghadhavi, very deeply knowledgeable in Gujarat sahitya, Gujarti and Indian culture. He has very deep knowledge of bhajans, religion and powerful commend of Gujarati language. His English level is also good.

He is a team player, deeply committed to public support and service

He has a vast network of social and cultural artists in the UK and India

 He is a singer himself and very good at that too