I was born in Nairobi, Kenya and educated at City Primary School and Eastleigh Secondary School in Nairobi.
I came to the UK in 1965 and qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant. Subsequently, I achieved several related qualifications - Chartered Certified Accountant; Chartered Secretary; Certified Internal Auditor; Fellow of the Institute of Management Services and a member of the Chartered Management Institute.
At Eastleigh, I was a Prefect and a member of Zambezi House. My school activities included hockey, football, volleyball, gymnastics, wrestling, scouting and being part of the Debating Society. In 1960, I captained the Gymnastics Club when our school won the Asian High Schools P.E. Competition trophy.
Professionally, I have held several positions. These include: Senior Auditor - South Wales Electricity Board; Cost Accountant - Anglo American Corporation Group, Zambia; Audit Director – Forward Trust Group; Head of Internal Audit HSBC; Finance Director Halfords; Group Finance Director & Executive Vice President - Transax. I am currently the Managing Partner, Sethi & Sethi, Chartered Certified Accountants and Registered Auditors.
I have held several voluntary positions as well – Chairman of the Institute of Management Services, Midlands District Society (1979-82) and President of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Birmingham (1991-93). I was awarded the CIMA Institute Plaque. I was the President and currently a Patron of Shree Geeta Bhawan, a registered charity.
I am married to Suresh and we have four children: Ashwin, Sunita, Punam & Rajesh and nine grandchildren.
- As of May 2017