Committee Members

Bharat Joshi

Bharat Joshi, Patron

Bharat is the British Deputy High Commissioner for South India. He joined the FCO in 1995 & has had diplomatic postings in The Gambia, Bangladesh, Qatar & Cameroon. He has been private secretary to 2 British Ministers, & held positions in FCO including the European Union Department & Press Office. He will focus on enhancing trade & investment especially in IT/ITES between UK and TN, Kerala & Puducherry. Contact: / +91 4442192151

Christie Cherian

Christie Cherian, Chairman

Christie is the Chairman of BBG Chennai and in his professional capacity has had over 48 years of experience in international banking / textiles & management consulting around the world. Contact: / +91 9840652884

Peter Spackman

Peter Spackman, Co-Chairman

Peter is the Co-Chariman of BBG Chennai. Peter is now Head of Bus & Cab Engineering, Ashok Leyland. In his professional career he has over 38 years’ experience in the Automotive industry. Peter started his working life in the UK but, as well as spending some significant time working with the Indian Auto industry, has also worked in the USA and Brazil. He currently works with Ashok Leyland. Contact: / +91 9952403836

Ravi Kumar, Co-Chairman

Ravi Kumar, Co-Chairman

Ravi Kumar is a technology entrepreneur, angel investor and previously board director of a FTSE-250 healthcare technology company. He is the Chairman of ZANEC – a technology company; his business interests include Healthcare, Human capital Development and Child Care. Contact: / +91 9840776986

P M Belliappa

P M Belliappa, Member - Guest Speakers

Pemmanda Monnappa Belliappa is a retired IAS officer of Tamil Nadu and in his 37-year service he occupied important posts such as head of the National Hydro-Electric Corporation and CMD of Rural Electrification Corporation of India. In 2010 he was decorated with the “Most Excellent Order” of the “Member of the British Empire (MBE)” by the Queen of England for his contribution towards improving Indo-U.K. relationship, especially in his capacity as president of the Association of British Scholars (ABS) in Chennai. Contact: / +91 9444015219

Jeevanandham Rajagopal, Member

Second generation lawyer practicing in Indian and international transactions space. Madras University 2001 graduate and Fulbright Fellow. Career with Fox Mandal specializing in Renewable projects for wind and solar energy and Corporate law covering foreign investments, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and Intellectual Property strategies / technology transfers. Mentors entrepreneurs and start-ups. Contact: / +91 9841166670

Capt G Ramaswamy, Member - Events

He is a maritime & shipping professional with over 41 years of experience, both as a sailing captain and in ship-management with Wallems, Hong Kong. He is presently the CEO of SeaTeam / Frontline Group, Norway – the largest oil tanker fleet owner. In 2015, he was appointed the Honorary Consul for Rep of Angola in South India. Contact: / +91 9840082276

Prakash Challa, Member

Prakash made career in banking/ aqua-culture /wind energy & construction over 38 years. His real estate property development has spanned over two decades with 20 SPVs valued at Rs. 2500cr. He is Chairman of CREDAI National Finance & Tax Committee & Chairman of Chennai City Connect amongst memberships of several trade and business bodies. Contact 9381059090

Vikas Chawla

Vikas Chawla, Member

Vikas is the Co-Founder of South India’s leading Digital Marketing agency, Social Beat & India’s largest social media influencer network, Vikas is a Post Grad from London School of Economics. Prior to starting up, Vikas was a Brand Manager & Head of digital marketing at TI Cycles (Murugappa Group). His experience spans across Marketing, HR & Strategy at Murugappa & Tata Group. Contact: / +044-42065648

Vijay Krishna, Member

Professional career span of more than 32 years in technology industry clusters including semiconductors, microchip, IT and IT-enabled business segments covering the Asia Pacific, Fareast, Europe, UK & US regions. Heads own technology management consulting firm. He is also director of the India entity of UK based Fircroft which provides global workforce solutions to specialist & technical engineering sectors. Interests include sustainable development, eco & bio-diversity and human capital development. Contact: / +91 9840239882.

Isaac Hewlings

Isaac Hewlings, BDHC Representative

Isaac Hewlings is currently the Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Trade at the British Deputy High Commission, Chennai. Isaac worked in the strategy section of the Department for International Trade (DIT) before joining the Post in Chennai. Prior to this he was Private Secretary to two Ministers of State for Business, focusing on regulatory policy and delivery, trade, and export controls. Contact: / +91 87544 97009

Payal Rajaratnam

Payal Rajaratnam

Payal is a Leadership and Executive Coach, possessing over twenty two years of global corporate experience and close to a decade’s experience in facilitating & training. She is the founder of TEL|The Empowered Leadership an Executive coaching cum consultancy . A significant portion of Payal’s work experience has been in the global organisation British Airways, where she has driven the performance of large & diverse teams. Contact :  / 9940083059