Diversity UK was founded by three like-minded individuals with different backgrounds and experiences who are all Trustees of the organisation. What holds the group together is that each individual is committed to improving opportunities for others in order to attain greater diversity in the corporate and public sector in the UK.
Diversity UK Board Members & Trustees
Mr Dilip Joshi MBE FCILT - Chair
Dilip Joshi MBE is a seasoned professional with extensive senior level management experience who was awarded the MBE in June 2000 and the prestigious citation of ‘Videsh Samman’ for contributing to Indo– British understanding by the High Commissioner of India. He holds a Masters degree in Transport and Logistics Management and is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. Previously Dilip has coordinated the Hindu Council UK (HCUK) relationship with the Greater London Authority and Central Government and lead the HCUK drive in making private and public sector organisations more representative. Dilip is chair of Asian Welfare and Cultural Association, Eastleigh and a special advisor to the chair of Ethnic Minority Business Group (EMBG).
Ms Sushila Khoot FRSA - Deputy Chair
Sushila Khoot was former Head of Youth Service at the London Borough of Newham. She has operated as a Youth and Community Education Practitioner, Manager and Adviser within an inner-city environment for twenty years, both in the Voluntary and Statutory Youth and Community Service. For more than a decade she has worked as an external examiner and assessor with Higher Education Institutions and has been an Additional Inspector for Ofsted. Sushila’s involvement in the wider services for young people over the years includes becoming an elected fellow at the Royal Society of Arts in 2004 and being the Chair of the Confederation Heads of Children & Young People’s Services (formerly APYCO) in 2005. Over a career spanning 35 years, Sushila has been regionally and nationally recognised for her contribution to youth and community work.
Mrs Lopa Patel MBE FCIM FIDM FRSA - Founder
Lopa Patel MBE is a digital entrepreneur: Founder of South Asian diaspora website NewAsianPost.com; lifestyle site Redhotcurry.com and ecommerce website TheRedhotshop.com. As a media owner she also publishes the 'Asian Power Couples Hot 100' list and the 'Top 100 Asian Stars in UK Tech' lists annually. She is an experienced marketing consultant who previously set up the direct marketing services company DMS Direct Ltd, where she worked with international companies, charities and not-for-profit organisations, marketing agencies and SMEs in a broad range of industry sectors.
She is a Chartered Marketer and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the Institute of Direct Marketing (IDM) and the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA). She was recognised with an MBE for services to the creative industries in 2009 and the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2015.
Lopa is currently a Non-Executive Director of EMBG (Ethnic Minority Business Group) and a Trustee of educational charity Raha International. She is also a Technology Ambassador for STEMNET, helping to encourage girls to take up Science careers. She was previously a Non-Executive Director of NDPB Becta (British Education Communications and Technology Agency); a Board Member of social enterprise venture TSBC (The Small Business Consultancy); a Board Member & Trustee of Tamasha Theatre Company and a Mentor for Young Enterprise UK, assisting girls on the national entrepreneurship programme.