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Sumeet Randhawa

Corporate Client Manager

Charities Aid Foundation

SPOTLIGHT ON A TEAM MEMBER - SUMEET RANDHAWA

WHAT OR WHO INSPIRES YOU TO GET OUT OF BED EVERY MORNING?

I am going to answer both;

What: that is easy; food gets me out of bed. The thought of what I will be eating that day, keeps me going.

Who: my dad and two uncles who taught me that you have to work hard to achieve anything worth while.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOUR ROLE AT CAF?

I joined CAF because I wanted a challenge and I can confirm being a Corporate Client Manager is definitely challenging in good way.  I’ve been lucky enough to lead our work in the retail sector which, with developments like the Plastic Bag Levy, has been a fast-paced and exciting sector to work in and has also enabled me to lead some large and exciting projects that involve different departments at CAF.

Also, the Corporate Client team is the best team I have ever been part of in a working environment. Everyone is supportive and works hard but also knows how to have fun. The team is the reason I laugh so much at work.

WHERE'S THE MOST INTERESTING PLACE YOU HAVE TRAVELLED TO?

In 2010 I went to Hemkund Sahib which is a Sikh temple located in the Himalayas. From the temple you are surrounded by seven mountain peaks and a glacial lake – it’s one of the most beautiful views I have ever experienced. The trek takes a few days and the climate was so unpredictable with a rain storm one morning followed by a glorious sunny afternoon.  I have been to India a number of times but never been to a part of India which was so far from Western influence. Little villages with no running water, electricity and no phone service, it was bliss to be so far from my emails.

WHO WOULD YOU INVITE TO A DINNER PARTY?

I love dinner and parties!

Barack and Michelle Obama – I am a huge fan, not only because in my opinion Barack is the best looking President of all time (followed closely by JFK) but because they are a genuine power couple. They are using their fame and fortune to improve the world. I would love to quiz them on their plans for the Obama Foundation.

Jawaharlal Nehru – Nehru had a huge challenge when he came to power as the first Prime Minister of a newly independent India and to be able to discuss those challenges over a samosa or two would be a dream come true.

Katie Piper – is a philanthropist, television presenter and former model who in 2008 was subject to an acid attack arranged by an ex boyfriend. I have recently read Katie’s autobiography regarding the attack that changed her life and was blown away by her determination to survive but then to go on and fight the prejudices people with disfigurements encounter. She is an inspiration and set up the Katie Piper Foundation to raise awareness, as well as funds to allow more people to receive the pioneering treatment she received.

Ant and Dec – I have loved them since they were on Byker Grove. They come across as fun and so can break up the rather serious dinner party if I only invited the four listed above.

Lastly my family (all 17 of them) – they would never forgive me if I invited Barack Obama round and they couldn’t come to pick his brains.

WHAT CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY TRENDS DO YOU SEE EMERGING?

Working with Retailers, I have seen a renewed focus on investing back in local communities. Retailers are building on existing or entirely new programmes that include participation from customers as well as employees. Local community programmes are important but need to work hand in hand with the company’s overall corporate responsibility strategy and Retailers are recognising this. There has been a rise in the ethical consumer and so retailers are showcasing both the work that they do in the local communities and also the steps they are taking to ensure a positive impact along their supply chain.

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