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Sir Anwar Pervez, OBE H Pk

  • Chairman of Bestway (Holdings) Ltd and its subsidiaries, including Bestway Wholesale Ltd and Bestway Cement Ltd
  • Chairman of United Bank Ltd (UBL)
  • Council Member of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bestway Foundation UK
  • Patron-in-Chief of Bestway Foundation Pakistan
  • Trustee of Memorial Gates Trust
  • Charter Member of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award

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Sir Mohammed Anwar Pervez, OBE H Pk is the Chairman of Bestway Group UK and its subsidiaries, which include Bestway Wholesale and Bestway Cement. He is also Chairman of Bestway Northern Limited in the UK and Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Bank Limited.

Sir Anwar began his career in the 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 the seventh-largest family-owned business in the UK.

Today, Bestway is the second-largest wholesaler in the UK, the second-largest cement producer in Pakistan and the second-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 Bachelor in 1999 by Her Majesty the Queen for his services to the food industry and various charitable causes in the UK. In 2000 he was awarded Hilal-e-Pakistan.

In 2005, Sir Anwar Pervez was voted winner of the prestigious Grocer Cup for Outstanding Business Achievement by the Institute of Grocery Distribution in the 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 Law degree by FC College University in Lahore, Pakistan.

In 2012, in recognition of his commitment to business and his philanthropic services to the community, the University of Bradford conferred on Sir Anwar Pervez an honorary Doctor of Law degree.

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

Zameer Choudrey CBE, BA (Hons), FCA

  • Chief Executive of Bestway Group
  • Chief Executive of Bestway Cement Limited
  • Director of United Bank Limited
  • Trustee of Bestway Foundation UK
  • Chairman of Bestway Foundation Pakistan
  • Trustee of Crimestoppers UK
  • Trustee of GroceryAid
  • Member of the Institute of Directors
  • Vice Chairman of the Pakistan Britain Trade & Investment Forum
  • Co Chairman of Conservative Friends of Pakistan
  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales
  • Member of HRH Prince of Wales Pakistan Recovery Fund International Leadership Team
  • Member of British Asian Trust’s UK Advisory Council

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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 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 1987, Zameer was given additional responsibilities of the group’s retail operations and was appointed Managing Director (MD). As MD of retail operations Zameer initiated the expansion strategy and within a year, added 11 stores to the existing portfolio through an acquisition from the Dee Corporation.

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.

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.

In October 2015 Zameer was awarded The Grocer Cup. The Cup is awarded to the individual who has contributed most to the industry over the past year and has shown exceptional leadership in inspiring their company to achieve exceptional results in the preceding year. The award is voted for by readers of the leading trade magazine, The Grocer, and industry professionals.

Philanthropy and voluntary roles

From 1992 to 2002 Zameer served as Governor at North West London’s John Kelly Colleges/Schools (Crest Academies). During his tenure Zameer worked tirelessly to improve the learning experience of the pupils and working environment for the teachers.

Between 2004 and 2008, Zameer had the privilege of serving on the Economic Affairs Committee of the Confederation of British Industry. At the CBI, Zameer was an advocate of issues faced by small businesses in general and independent retailers in particular.

Zameer joined the Board of Crimestoppers Trust in April 2009. Historically the police had faced difficulties in liaising with the Asian / Muslim communities. In order to bridge this gap and to create a better working relationship an Asian / Muslim Forum was organised. This forum was chaired by Zameer. The main purpose of this forum was to bring together communities and to help them over come their insecurities and prejudices to create a safer and harmonious environment by involving more people especially from the Asian / Muslim communities.

In March 2010 Zameer became a Trustees of GroceryAid. By providing the charity with unprecedented access to the communication and distribution channels of Bestway’s network, Zameer has significantly been able to raise the profile of the charity within the independent retailers and the Asian community.

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. By bringing together a cross section of the British Pakistani community and the Conservative Party, CFoP seeks to evolve itself into a broad spectrum of opinion and values promoted by the Conservative Party with the ultimate goal of strengthening the historical bonds between Pakistan and UK.

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Younus Sheikh BSc

  • Chairman of Bestway Wholesale
  • Director of Bestway (Holdings) Ltd and its subsidiaries, and Bestway Northern
  • Council Member of the Federation of Wholesale Distributors
  • Trustee of Bestway Foundation UK and Pakistan

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Younus joined the Group at its inception in 1968. He was a founding director and key member of the team that set up the cash & carry business in 1976. Having risen through the ranks, in 1985 he was appointed Trading Director when he was responsible for setting up the successful Central Buying Office. In 2004 he was appointed Managing Director, and he was then appointed to the position of Chairman in 2016.

In 2015 Younus was honoured with the prestigious Outstanding Achievement award from the Federation of Wholesale Distributors. The award was granted in tribute to his work at the helm of Bestway Wholesale and his incredible dedication to the wholesale channel over the past forty years.

Younus is a science graduate and has a Diploma in Leather Manufacturing.

Rizwan Pervez

  • Director of Bestway (Holdings) Ltd and its subsidiaries, and Bestway Northern
  • Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

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Rizwan graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, USA in 1990 with a BSc in Business Management.

He trained with a leading UK firm of Chartered Accountant and qualified in August 1995. Rizwan is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

He joined Bestway as a Financial Accountant in 1995 and was elected to the Board of Directors in January 2000 as Group Business Development Director. He was responsible for developing the Group’s fascia and delivered business. Rizwan was instrumental in creating the “Best-One” symbol group and Bestway Direct, the Group’s delivered wholesale operation. Best-One now boasts over 1,000 stores throughout the UK and Bestway Direct continues to exhibit double digit growth year on year.

In 2006, Rizwan was appointed Group Operations Director where he led and managed the integration of Bestway and Batleys wholesale operations which created the UK’s largest independent wholesale group.

In 2012, Rizwan was appointed the Group Marketing & PR Director.

In 2014, Rizwan re-assumed the role of the Group Operations Director.

In 2014, Rizwan jointed the Board of United Bank Limited.

Rizwan has served as Governor of John Kelly Schools in North West London playing a leading role in the school’s attainment of ‘academy’ status and establishing the school as a centre of excellence under its new name of The Crest Academy.

Rizwan is a Trustee of Bestway Foundation UK.

Rizwan is also a director on the board of UBL Insurers.

Dawood Pervez BA (Hons), MA (Oxon), FRSA

  • Trading Director of Bestway Wholesale
  • Company Secretary and General Counsel for all Bestway Wholesale companies and Bestway (Holdings) Limited
  • Trustee of the Batleys Retirement Benefits Scheme
  • Trustee of the Bestway Foundation
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales

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Prior to joining Bestway in November 2002, Dawood worked for Linklaters, the pre-eminent global law firm, where he specialised in international corporate and structured finance work.

Dawood was elected to the Board of Directors in July 2004, when he was also appointed Company Secretary for all UK companies.

In relation to the Group, Dawood heads the property investment and development businesses. He is heavily involved in acquisitions and financing, having worked on the Group's acquisitions of Batleys Cash & Carry, United Bank Limited and, more recently, The Co-Operative Pharmacy.

In relation to Bestway Wholesale, Dawood heads up the Marketing and Digital departments and is responsible for Bestway’s digital expansion (web, app and iBeacon). He set up the Group Export Division, which has established trade links to over 20 countries. The Division was awarded the Queen's Awards for Enterprise: International Trade in 2012.

Dawood has served as a Council Member of the Law Society of England and Wales representing Commerce & Industry.

He was educated at Eton College and has degrees from Politics & Modern History (Manchester) and Jurisprudence (Oxon).