Raj has been living in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) since 1978. Raj is a former Diplomat and worked previously for the Fijian Foreign Service. He has a BA in Public Administration from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, post graduate qualifications from Oxford University, University of London, Cass Business School and an ILM Diploma In Health and Social Care. Raj has spent most of his career working for the Charity sector and for Local Government. Within Local Government he worked as Equal Opportunities Adviser for Oxford City Council, as Community Relations Adviser for RBKC and subsequently as Deputy Manager for the NHS/RBKC Elderly People’s Integrated Care Service, as Assistant Contracts and Commissioning Manager for Adult Social Care for RBKC and on secondment from RBKC as Director of The Pepperpot Centre, a African-Caribbean Centre for Over 50’s. Within the voluntary sector, he has been Director of Age UK Brent and Director of a large BME Community Development Centre in Nottingham.
Over the years, Raj has been involved in a number of health and social care projects or committees. In London, he has been involved with the predecessor bodies to Healthwatch, Patient and Public Involvement Forum and the Community Health Council. He was also a member of the UK Government Advisory Committee on Ageing at the DWP.Most recently, he has been involved with the recruitment of senior management for NHS New Care Models and for Aspiring Chief Executives Programme and other Graduate Programmes for the NHS Leadership Academy. He is also a member of the local Kensington and Chelsea Healthwatch, member of North Kensington Health Recovery Partnership, member of the West London CCG Patient Reference Group and a member of the Palliative Care Working Group for the NHS North West London Collaboration of CCGs.