About us

About us

Choice International (Choice) is a UK based, not-for-profit, international development organisation. Choice promotes diversity and inclusion in the UK and overseas. We do this via innovative and collaborative projects with corporates, social enterprises and other community organisations.

Choice’s current focus is on disability equality and social inclusion, in particular around disability sports and inclusive fitness. We use disability sports as a platform to address social inequality and implement innovative projects to promote diversity and social inclusion in the UK and overseas.

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Manoj soma

Manoj has both academic and professional experience in disability sports, equality, diversity, inclusion, and international development. He has a Master degree in Human Resource Management and is a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).

Throughout his career he has worked on promoting disability equality, disability sports, fitness, diversity and inclusion. Manoj has also helped organisations comply with legislative requirements and in the promotion of the business case for equality, diversity and inclusion. His experience includes sports, coaching, workforce equality and management, cultural integration and strategic HR planning and support.

Manoj is passionate about disability sports and inclusion. He plays and coaches Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Tennis. Manoj is also a Personal Trainer.

Manoj has led many international disability development projects, in particular around disability sports development. Manoj also has several years of experience advising and training International NGOs on mainstreaming disability equality.

richardfrost

Richard is a highly experienced Director in the international disability development sector. He is passionate about disability sports and social inclusion.

Richard is one of the founders of The Motivation Charitable Trust and he served as its CEO from its inception until December 2016. .Motivation’s mission is to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities, predominantly in developing countries.

While he was working as CEO of Motivation he became an Advisor for Choice. Richard has over 25 years’ experience in the international disability development sector and with a wealth of relevant experience, he now supports Choice as a Director, to build a sustainable future.

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Subhash Thakrar

Subhash Thakrar the Deputy President of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a Partner at CBW Blackstone Franks LLP and previously a senior partner at the firm of chartered accountants and corporate financiers called Blackstone Franks LLP based in central London, UK. Subhash has practiced as a professional chartered accountant for nearly 30 years and is actively involved in advising UK and international corporations in conducting business in the UK as well as cross-border joint ventures. Blackstone Franks is part of an international advisers group called IAG International with associates all over Europe, Canada and the US.

In the early 1990′s, as a result of economic liberalisation in India, Subhash identified the potential of doing business in India and also investing. Since then, he has founded an equity fund, called INVIL investing in the Indian Equity Market called India Value Investments Ltd. The fund has had a spectacular growth from the original £1 invested to over £5 after taking account of recent Stock Market turmoil as well as the Indian Rupee which has over the years fluctuated against the British Pound.

In 2008, Subhash jointly promoted a real estate fund for India called Triangle Real Estate India Fund with Old Mutual of South Africa. The Fund has already participated in the development of shopping malls in India. Triangle is listed on Mauritius stock exchange.

Subhash sits on the Board of the London Chamber of Commerce and was formerly the Chairman of the Asian Business Association in the UK. In 2010, he was elected as the Chairman of London Chamber.

Subhash, until recently, had other business interests in India in the field of property management (jointly with Old Mutual Group of South Africa), an architectural services company called Bentel International in India and a professional car park management company (joint venture with an Australian group called Secure). He divested from these in 2010. Subhash has had extensive experience in dealing with joint venture and collaboration arrangements as a principle promoter and as an advisor.

As part of his corporate social responsibilities, Subhash sits on the Board of a number of charities including a Commonwealth Education Fund (to promote the 100% primary and equal gender education in Commonwealth countries), and 3R’s Trust (for education of the poor in India). He is also a former Trustee of Attlee Foundation, set up for the well-being of deprived children in the UK.

In 2005, Subhash was invited to join Prime Minister Blair’s business mission to India.

Subhash is a joint author to a number of publications including The UK as a Tax Haven (The Economist), The Blackstone Franks Good Investment Guide, Blackstone Franks Guide to Creating Cash and Blackstone Franks Guide to Living in Spain.

Marks

Mark works as a consultant delivering workshops and seminars and providing guidance to a wide range of stakeholders in inclusive sport & physical activity utilising more than 25 years of experience in Paralympic/disability sport, sports development & the broader social impact of sport. He is passionate about inclusion, wellbeing, healthy lifestyles & nutrition. He has travelled to more than 80 countries developing and promoting wheelchair tennis and attended four Paralympic Games & two Olympic Games. He has extensive experience of delivering sports programmes in developing countries and is a qualified tennis coach and an experienced public speaker. He is an advisor to Choice International, a Member of IPC Paralympic Games Committee and a member of the University of Nottingham Sports Board.

Chris Underhill

With regard to disability and mental health, Underhill has founded a number of organisations including Thrive (formerly known as Horticultural Therapy), a UK based charity working with disabled people and medical professionals in horticulture, gardening and agriculture, Action on Disability and Development, a development agency targeting disabled people in the third world, and BasicNeeds, which works with people with mental disorders and their carers in Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Lao PDR and Vietnam.

He has also served as chief executive of the Intermediate Technology Development Group (now Practical Action), the charity founded by E.F. Schumacher, author of Small is Beautiful. He went on to found the UK member organization of International Development Enterprises known as IDE UK and he is currently Chair of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy.

Regarding leadership notably in the Third Sector he is Member of the Board of Impetus a leader in venture philanthropy in the UK and is the founding Chair and trustee of the Leaders’ Quest Foundation, from 2004-2011. Formerly he was a board member of Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health in Ireland, the Chair of Action Health which amalgamated with Skillshare International in 2000, Digital Links (retired July 2007), Friends of APD (founder Chair) and Oxfam Chair of Committee for Africa, Staff (HR), and Trustee Role and Council Structure working party whose task was the reorganisation of the Board of Trustees.

Subhash sits on the Board of the London Chamber of Commerce and was formerly the Chairman of the Asian Business Association in the UK. In 2010, he was elected as the Chairman of London Chamber.

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Mark Walker has competed at Paralympic level with the Australian Wheelchair Basketball team and at the Atlanta games in the US. He was part of a team to win the first ever gold medal for Australia. He has also represented Australia as coach,competing at national level in 1993, 1995, and 1996, and won the ‘coach of thetournament’ award in 1995. Mark has also developed domestic basketball at a locallevel, working with children from 4 through to 19 years of age. Alongside his own club he runs camps and clinics as part of the consultancy work he offers.

Mark’s coaching career has also taken him beyond Australia, to coach in geographicalareas as diverse as Thailand (1997), South Africa (1999), and South Korea (2007,2010). He has challenged himself by taking on teams presenting new and interesting challenges depending on the stage of the tournament and the players he has had to work with. In 2011 he participated in the Master Class Coaching Clinic in Moscow, Russia. Mark has worked with both male and female teams, which, he says, respond to different teaching methods.

Mark has gained experience of promoting disabled sports to the media, including working with television and radio. The current focus of Mark’s sparkling career is as Coaching Director where his role is to develop coaches’ skills along with the athletes in their charge.

Along with all the able bodied coaching he has done he has coached Australian teams for deaf basketball, and those with intellectual disability in which he coached the first Men’s Paralympic team at the test games in Madrid in 1992.

funke

Funke is currently the strategic lead for The Football Association on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Funke previously held national roles for the LTA managing the network of City Tennis Clubs primarily in urban deprived areas in England. Funke is currently an LTA Councillor, nominated by the Tennis Foundation.

JAYANT MISTRY

Jayant is a former international wheelchair tennis player who competed for Great Britain for 20 years. During that time Jayant competed at 4 Paralympic Games and won a total of 68 international career titles (including the inaugural Wimbledon doubles championship in 2005). Jayant also helped to develop wheelchair tennis programs in different countries including India, visiting the country on several times through the silver fund program of the international tennis federation.

Since then he has become a tutor and mentor and has trained and developed many wheelchair basketball / tennis coaches. Jayant has also helped to develop the Leicester Cobras wheelchair basketball club as well as working for other notable bodies including the Jaguar academy of sport. Jayant currently works part time for the English Federation of Disability Sport (the strategic lead for disability sport in England).