"The company is still trading strongly with those very children
now in the management ranks and myself at the helm," he said.
"Over the years I have championed community and local action
and have held posts in the community, including:
Justice of the Peace, General Commissioner of Income Tax,
Middlesex Probation Committee, Home Office Advisory Council of
Race Relations, Member of Board of Visitors of HM Prison
Pentonville and Mentor to The Prince’s Youth Business Trust," he
In his maiden speech in the House of Lords on 15 January
2015, he said:
"Little did I know back in 1974 when I emigrated from
Kenya to the UK, that I would be bestowed with this great
honour to work alongside your Lordships to continue
contributing towards building a cohesive multi-cultural
society in this country.
"I am humbled to join this House and family, which strive
to represent the diversity of the population in this great
Advocating better mental health for prisoners and deprived
citizens, he said:
"During my involvement as a Voluntary Associate at HM
Prison Wormwood Scrubs, prior to commencing my voluntary
career in Probation and Magistracy, it was evident that poor
mental health and the lack of mental health care provision
hindered people from making the journey to recovery.
"I would like to share a particular case where I
supported a fellow Sikh who was imprisoned for murder.
"This individual who I will call Tej, which is not his
real name, was further isolated in this environment through
lack of communication as he was not literate and unable to
converse in English.
"Tej was fluent in his mother tongue Punjabi which
limited his interactions, intensified his isolation and
sense of hopelessness, contributing to his depression, and
being at a high risk of suicide.
"Through my weekly visits, we established a rapport over
a cup of tea and biscuits.
"Over time Tej was persuaded to join literacy classes in
prison, which reduced some of the isolation, and frequency
of suicidal thoughts.
"Through continual support, Tej was transferred to a
prison nearer to his hometown in order to rebuild his
relationship with his family who had severed all links with
"My work within the prison environment, led me to
visiting the young people at Feltham Young Offenders
"Their mental health contributed to sense of despair and
"It could be said that the young people were like tender
green shoots waiting to be trained along a framework that
would build on their aspirations, acquire new skills,
knowledge through education, which would be utilized in a
productive way to reduce the cost to society, he told the
House of Lords.
"It has been important to me to have put my business skills
into the field and mentored young people through The Prince’s
Youth Business Trust, sharing my knowledge and experience of
starting businesses thereby giving them the tools to take the
first steps in building a new life and contributing to their
community but also to the economy of the country," he concluded.
What influenced his thinking?