Born to Parents who were originally from Pakistan, and whose grandfather served in the British Army during WW2, father of four Adeem, had a modest upbringing in the Eastmoor area of the city.
With firm Yorkshire roots, he attended Outwood Grange School from the age of eleven and it was there that he made up his mind that he wanted to make something of himself.
With hard work and good business practices, he has achieved this. “My life would’ve been very different if I had been born in Pakistan where a lot of my family live, as there is so much poverty in the country.”
“It was whilst on a trip to visit family in Pakistan, my life changed when I met and sponsored a school teacher in a rural village, who was working for very little money at all. When I returned from the trip, I collected my car from the Airport, and drove to the petrol station to fill up for the journey home, at a cost of around £90. Normally I wouldn’t have thought anything about it, but with the trip to Pakistan fresh in my mind, I calculated that the £90 I had just put into my car, would pay the teachers wages for three months. This sparked a fresh idea and another new venture for me. In 2009 Penny Appeal was born, a charity which initially I set up to help eradicate poverty in rural Pakistan and which gave me the opportunity to give something back to society.”
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What I drive: Audi Q7
Favourite holiday destination: Abu Dhabi
Favourite food: Fish & chips
Favourite Restaurant: Cona Restaurant
Favourite gadget: iPhone
Did you know: I am a double Guinness World Record holder!