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Sir Mohammed Anwar Pervez, OBE, H.Pk, Founder Chairman Bestway Group

Sir Mohammed Anwar Pervez, OBE HPk is the founder & Chairman of Bestway Group including its subsidiaries Batleys Limited; Bestway Cement & United Bank Limited. He is also Chairman of Bestway Northern Limited in UK.

Sir Anwar began his career in food business in 1963 when he opened a mini supermarket in London. He ventured into the wholesale business in 1976 and has been responsible for growing Bestway Group into UK’s 7th largest family owned business. 

Bestway Group today is the 2nd largest wholesaler in the UK, the 2nd largest cement producer in Pakistan and the 2nd largest private bank in Pakistan.  The Group provides employment to over 25,700 globally.

Sir Anwar was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1992 and was conferred the title of Knight’s Bachelor in 1999 by Her Majesty the Queen for his services to the food industry and various charitable causes in the UK. 

In March 2000, the President of Pakistan rewarded him the “Hilal-e-Pakistan” (H Pk). No other expatriate has the singular distinction of receiving such an eminent recognition whilst living and working in a foreign country.

In 2005, Sir Anwar Pervez was voted winner of the prestigious “Grocer Cup for Outstanding Business Achievement” by the Institute of Grocery Distribution, UK.  

In 2006 he received ‘Sitra-e-Essar’ by the President of Pakistan.  The same year he was chosen as the ‘Master Entrepreneur – UK’ at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 Awards.

In 2011, Sir Anwar was awarded with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by FC College Lahore.

In 2012, in recognition of his philanthropic services to the Community, the University of Bradford conferred on Sir Anwar Pervez an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. 

He is the Chairman of Bestway Foundation UK and Patron-in-Chief of Bestway Foundation Pakistan and a charter member of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme. 

He supports various charities through the Bestway Foundation, which derives its funds from an annual contribution representing 2.5% of the Group’s profits. In Pakistan Bestway Foundation has adopted 29 Government Village Schools in the rural parts of District Rawalpindi.

Zameer Choudrey CBE, BA (Hons) FCA

Zameer Choudrey is the Chief Executive of Bestway Group.

Zameer Choudrey graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury and is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

He joined Bestway Group’s UK wholesale business as Financial Controller in 1984.  In his role as financial controller, Zameer designed and implemented systems and controls within the business with emphasis on husbandry of stocks and cash management.

He also played a key role in the expansion of the Group's wholesale business through the acquisition of Bashin Cash & Carry in 1984; Crown Crest Limited in 1987 and Link Cash & Carry in 1988.

In 1990 Zameer was appointed the Finance Director of Bestway Group. During the mid 1990s he was assigned the task of business diversification by the Board of Directors and in 1995 he was appointed Chief Executive of Bestway Cement.

Under Zameer’s stewardship, the Group’s cement manufacturing operations have blossomed from being non existent to becoming the 2nd largest in Pakistan with four modern state of the art, environmentally friendly plants with annual capacity of 6 million tonnes.

Bestway is the only British company to set up cement manufacturing operations in Pakistan and has been a strong contributor to local economic growth and employment. BCL provides direct employment to over 3,000 people and indirect employment to many thousands more. 

In October 2002 having led the acquisition of United Bank Limited (UBL),  Zameer was appointed to the Board of UBL. Since then he has served as Chairman of the Board Audit Committee and Director of UBL Insurers.

Following the Board reshuffle in July 2004 Zameer  was promoted to the position of Chief Executive of Bestway Group, consisting of Bestway (Holdings) Limited (and its subsidiaries) and Bestway Northern Limited.

In January 2005 Zameer successfully spearheaded the £100 million acquisition of Batleys Limited.

Zameer has also successfully led the recent acquisition of The Co-operative Pharmacy by Bestway Group in UK and the acquisition of Lafarge Cement by Bestway Cement in Pakistan.

Philanthropy and voluntary roles

From 1992 to 2002 Zameer served as Governor at North West London’s John Kelly Colleges/Schools (Crest Academies).

Between 2004 and 2008, Zameer had the privilege of serving on the Economic Affairs Committee of the Confederation of British Industry.

Zameer joined the Board of Crimestoppers Trust in April 2009.

In March 2010 Zameer became a Trustees of GroceryAid.

In May 2010 Zameer Choudrey was appointed Vice Chairman of Pakistan Britain Trade & Investment Forum.  Zameer’s role is of a trade envoy responsible for fostering and deepening the historical trade links between the two countries. In this context, in September 2011 Zameer co-led the PBTIF’s latest investment delegation to visit Pakistan comprising of British mining companies and financial services providers.

In October 2011 Zameer became a member of HRH Prince of Wales Pakistan Recovery Fund’s international leadership team.  The Fund seeks to alleviate the suffering of communities that have been ravaged by the 2010 floods by rebuilding homes; health and educational facilities in the affected areas.

Having received recognition for his exemplary leadership skills for his work with the Prince of Wales Pakistan Recovery Fund, in April 2013 Zameer Choudrey was invited by the British Asian Trust to join their UK Advisory Council. This new appointment will allow Zameer to increase awareness of the Trust’s work in the UK especially within the independent retail trade as well as the wider Asian Diaspora.

In August 2013 Zameer was appointed as the first co-chairman of Conservative Friends of Pakistan (CFoP). The CFoP is a pioneering endeavour championed by Zameer in an effort to deepen the bonds between Pakistani and British communities.

Mr. Muhammad Irfan A. Sheikh, Director Finance and CFO

Mr. Irfan Sheikh is a young and dynamic professional. He heads the Finance and Information Technology functions at Bestway Cement Limited and Mustehkam Cement Limited. After graduating from the prestigious Hailey College of Commerce, University of the Punjab, Lahore he proceeded to the U.K. where he studied accountancy from Thames Valley University and the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants. Mr. Sheikh trained with a Top-10 Accountancy and Business Advisory firm in the U.K. before he joined the Bestway Group in 1996. Mr. Sheikh was made a Director of the Company in 2001 and Mustehkam Cement Limited at the time of its acquisition by the Group in 2005.

He is a Trustee, the Treasurer and the Secretary of Bestway Foundation, Pakistan.He is also on the Board of Governors of Farrah Pervez Degree College, Thathi, Gujar Khan.

As the Head of Finance & Information Technology, he has been instrumental in maintaining the highest standards of financial discipline and developing the Information Technology infrastructure along most modern lines at Bestway and Mustehkam.

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