Life Time Achievement
PEGGY OLIVER

Appointed in 1981, Redbridge’s own celebrity, the Pearly Queen, has now completed 27 years of talks and entertainment events both in and out of the Borough. Fees or donations ‘earned’ have been kindly passed on to various charities located within the Borough. 2003 stands out as a particularly memorable year, with an invitation to a Buckingham Palace Garden Party, and being honoured by Redbridge Council and entered on the Civic list. There is never a dull moment, with visits to hospitals, residential homes for the elderly or handicapped, clubs, organisations and schools. With her infectious smile and good humour, the Pearly Queen is an asset to Redbridge.

KISHOR PANDYA

A former resident of Redbridge, Kishor has eclipsed the world of Bollywood promotions and high profile Asian concert, with A-List Bollywood stars from Amitabh Bhachan and Shah-rukh Khan. He started with Anand Pan Centre in Green Street, Forest Gate in 1980, and added a second outlet in Ilford Lane in 2002, and then a third in Kingsbury, Middlesex… The business empire continues to grow. Anand Pan Centre are masters at arranging garbas and other religious events, aiming to bring the community closer together. A testament to the hard graft and success of Kishor, is the fact that they repeatedly sell the most tickets to any Asian concert. He has been serving the community for almost 30 years now and is well-known and respected by all.

JOGINDER SANGER

Joginder Sanger’s entrepreneurial story began with a travel agency in East London, and an exclusive Air India contract as GSA for UK and India. Since then, he has never looked back! He is the CEO of an exclusive and up market hotel chain in central London, including The Washington and Courthouse Hotels, which have become a home away from home for film stars. The Bentley hotel is one of the most opulent hotels in London, which has the privilege of playing host to many VVIPs - in 2007, the Bentley Hotel hosted the Prime-Minister of India. The group continues its expansionary plans with zeal under his dynamic and prudent leadership and is setting up five more quality hotels. As Vice Chairman of the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Joginder Sanger welcomed HRH to the opening of the Mountbatten Hall. A winner of the prestigious Lloyds Bank Excellence Award, Mr Sanger’s achievements are a testament to where hard work, ambition and determination can take you.

RON JEFFRIES

Enthusiastic and hard-working, Ron Jeffries has been a member of St. Peter’s Aldborough Hatch for the past 64 years. He was appointed as a Justice of Peace in 1980, and sat at Redbridge Magistrates’ Court for 23 years. When elected as Bench Chairman, he launched the Court Drug Initiative and obtained funding to appoint the first Court-based Drug Worker at a London Court. Ron has successfully campaigned to keep Redbridge Magistrates’ Court open, and resisted the development of a racecourse at Fairlop Waters. Ron also serves as a non-executive director with the North East London Mental Health NHS Trust and volunteers, with his wife Yvonne, at the Redbridge Night Shelter for the homeless. Ron’s passion, tireless work and consideration to those around him continues to be inspiring.