Board of Trustees 2019

Rajeev Subhedar, MML Chair Trustee

Mr.Rajeev Shrikrishna Subhedar is the Chair Trustee of the Maharashtra Mandal London. He is also a trustee and a member of the Board of Directors of Maharashtra Mandal UK Ltd – an associate UK registered charity of Maharashtra Mandal London. In addition to the role of a Chairtrustee, he is also responsible for IT & PR areas concerning the mandal.

He has been associated with the Mandal since 2002 as a life member and had a privilege to be part of the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees/Board Of Director during the period 2002-2012. Following are the highlights, during the period 2004-2012 when he was responsible as a trustee together with other fellow trustees:

  • Celebration of 75th anniversary
  • Major facelift of the mandal’s premises on the occasion of the 75the anniversary
  • Incorporation of progressive and forward looking objective in the constitution aiming towards integration of Maharashtrians with British culture
  • Creation of Maharashtra Mandal UK Ltd. – an entity for holding the property title and receiving VAT input tax credit
  • Introduction of card payments, desktop based receipt system
  • Initiation of website development

Rajeev is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Finance Digital Transformation consultant/architect. His close family consists of wife, two sons and daughter in law. He loves cricket, music and everything that makes being a Maharashtrian a great pride!

The current Board of Trustees aim to bring the mandal on a transformational journey to make it relevant for all sections of the community and fit for the future. Everybody’s support in this endeavour is highly solicited. You may contact him on [email protected] 

Anand Gadre, MML Finance Trustee

Anand Gadre is a Cost and Management Accountant and has worked with Citibank, Deutsche Bank and UBS before retiring 3 years ago. His interests are Cricket, Bridge and learning languages and baking cakes.

You can email Anand on [email protected]

Miss Nina Joshi, MML Building Trustee

Nina Joshi is a second-generation Maharashtrian born in the UK. Her family have been actively involved in Maharashtra Mandal since the 1950s & 1960s with her parents, Vasant & Vandana Joshi both holding several positions within the EC Committee including President and Secretary respectively. Her father has also held the position of Trustee. Her brother Ashish has also served on the EC Committee. Since the days of St Michaels Hall, Golders Green, Nina has been involved in Maharashtra Mandal through Marathi dance performances and her roles in various Marathi Nataks. She now takes a role on the Board of Trustee as of 1st April 2019.

Nina is a qualified solicitor and is the co-founder and Managing Director of the largest Civil Legal Aid practice in England & Wales. Though her firm also has an established private practice, assisting the most vulnerable in society is what has motivated her in her career.

Nina hopes to bring back the second generation to Maharashtra Mandal and in doing so seeks to encourage the third-generation involvement thus securing Maharashtra Mandal’s future.

You can email Nina on [email protected]

Mrs Manik Bapat, MML Trustee of Fundraising

I have been married to my husband of nearly 40 years Ram (who has also served as a Treasurer on the MML Executive Committee) and we have two daughters, Smita and Trupti and one grandson, Rohan.

Before retiring in 2014, I worked in health and social care for 40 years, 23 of these at the London Borough of Barnet, initially in my role as an Occupational Therapist and then as Occupational Therapy & Sensory Impairment Manager for 13 years. I also served on the College of Occupational Therapists R&D Board and have worked on several change projects, including with the Department of Health.

Outside of work, I have previously served as a Secretary on the MML Executive Committee and was a school governor for several years and a member of the PTA at daughters’ school. I enjoy travelling, reading and spending time with my grandson.

My main role as an MML Trustee is fundraising and I am looking forward to exploring and creating new fundraising opportunities for MML and working in collaboration with the BOT and the Executive Committee.

You can email Manik on [email protected]

Mrs Prerana Phadnis, MML Trustee

Prerana is married to Sunil Phadnis and she is the daughter of late Mr D R Pendse, Chief Economic Adviser to the Tata Group and Mrs Jyotsna Pendse of the ‘Waman Hari Pethe’ Jewellers family in Mumbai, She has two sons, Joideep and Satyajeet both doctors and daughters in laws Helen and Kate, Prerana studied Architecture and Industrial Design.

Prerana has been a Business advisor, mentor & coach to SME’s. She has also been nominate “Best Business Advisor”. She has worked for Business Link, UKTI and British Chamber of Commerce to develop business in India for British companies. She established Prefix Associates LLP, a consultancy business to advise UK based SME’s in 2003.

In 2017 Prerana pursued her passion/interest in Public Art, photography and travel, She has been exploring how Mosaic can be used as an art form to convey concepts and stories. She is working on a book which conveys Motivational messages through the use of photography & mosaic and is currently a Trustee at The London School of Mosaic.

Both Prerana and her husband have taken active part in MML activities including acting in Marathi plays and participation in Ganesh Utsav.

You can email Prerana on [email protected]