Scottish Conservatives Friends of BAME Co-Chair & Co-Founder
Puneet Gupta was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and moved to Greenock where he was educated in Scotland to MBA level. Married with two teenage daughters, he has been a Conservative member for a number of years. He has broad industry experience gained in both the public and private sectors ranging from hospital management to pharmaceutical management consultancy, and now as an entrepreneur with a diverse business portfolio. A key position is his role as co-owner and Chief Operating Officer of PG Paper Company Limited, one of Scotland’s largest and most successful exporters with a presence in 55 countries across all continents. PG Paper’s achievements have been recognised by the business community at large, with awards received from various chambers of commerce, Ernst & Young, The Herald Family Awards, Scottish Export Awards, Scottish BQ Awards, Scottish Asian Business Awards, BDO British Indian Awards and the Scottish SME Business Awards.
Puneet is a benefactor of many local, national and international charities, with a particular focus on those working within the spheres of improving outcomes for disadvantaged children, environmental sustainability and medical research. He also holds several trustee positions, directorships and board memberships. His business and family ties ensure a strong and enduring connection with India.
Pam Gosal MSP
Scottish Conservatives Friends of BAME Co-Chair & Co-Founder
Pam Gosal was born in Glasgow and has lived the majority of her life in Scotland. Married with two sons, she is a Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party MSP for the West Scotland. Pam is the first Indian Sikh MSP in the Scottish Parliament. Pam has built up a wealth of knowledge and experience over thirty years across all aspects of public, private and voluntary sectors including economic development, inward investment, business, cultural, legal, and regulatory policies both in Scotland and England. Pam has been instrumental through her previous senior public sector role in supporting businesses and delivering significant inward investment projects resulting in retaining and creating thousands of jobs. From her early teenage years, she has learned the value of entrepreneurism from her late father and understands the importance of creating an environment to let ambition and aspiration thrive. Pam believes that you should never stop learning; and therefore, places great importance to furthering her own education by completing an BA in Consumer Law then an MBA in 2011 and is currently finishing her PhD.
Pam is a great advocate for supporting women and is extremely proud to have won the Women Leaders Business Award 2015 and the Public Service Award 2018. Pam works with the Scottish Conservative Women’s Organisation to support and promote women in politics as well as having a voice on key issues that matter to the people of Scotland. She is a great believer in giving back to the community and strongly believes she will be able to make a difference through her political career as a Scottish Conservative and Unionist advocate for British, Scottish and Indian women.
Naveed A Rana
Naveed A Rana, BA Business M.Sc Entrepreneurial Business Studies is a keen and passionate Conservative who dreams of a highly educated society where everyone is self-sufficient and can reach to the best of their abilities. He is also a keen traveller, a father, a political and community activist.
Having worked with Microsoft UK, Bank of Scotland and Inbev UK, his professional life was shaped within large multinational corporations which instilled the notion of Internationalism within his working life. Leading Naveed to set up his own businesses due to his Entrepreneurial spirit. Naveed aims to be able to help the next generation to become even better integrated and achieve excellence in all aspects of life.
Recently Naveed has been announced as the Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum in Scotland. Helping to engage and promote the community he represents within the party.
He is also the Editor in Chief of Infinity News, an online community channel focusing on the Muslim community in Scotland, sharing news from the British government and passing on vital information regarding health and the economy. Naveed is active within the Scottish political arena, with good community links.
Adebayo Aibinu is a pharmacologist and holds a PhD in molecular neuropharmacology with focus on development of new therapies for the treatment of diabetic neuropathic pain. He sat on the Young Pharmacologists Advisory Group of the British Pharmacological Society and Membership and Awards Committee in London, until 2019. In 2017, he was elected as the local councillor for Victoria Park Ward in Glasgow. Since his election, Adebayo sat on the Health and Social Care Partnership Integration Joint Board, Operational Performance and Delivery Scrutiny Committee, and currently leads budget discussions for the group as the financial services spokesperson. In the 2019 General Election, he was the Scottish Conservative parliamentary candidate for Glasgow North West.
Faten Hameed Aldelemy
Faten Hameed Aldelemy was born in Iraq and moved to Scotland with her husband in the early 1980’s. She graduated from the Veterinary School at Glasgow University, however sadly her husband passed away and she was left to bring up three children on her own. As a widow single mother, she is not shy to admit that she has experienced very tough times in her life which has made her the women she is today. Faten will never forget that Scotland gave her a home and welcomed her with open arms. She has always been passionate about the fight for fairness, equality and justice. Devoting a lot of her time to provide the people of Glasgow a voice through empowering local communities, promoting opportunities for young people, supporting local businesses and to lobby for better services for the elderly and the homeless. Faten’s real life experience has created a pathway into politics, and she has strong ambition to help shape a Scotland that is equal for all as part of the UK.
Vijay Kumar was born in Glasgow, the grandson of an Indian immigrant bus driver and the son of a shopkeeper. Vijay grew up in a working class family, spending evenings and weekends in the family business after school.
After graduating with a BSc in Electronic Engineering from Glasgow University, Vijay went on to an MSc in Laser Physics from Strathclyde University.
At the age of 23 whilst still a student, Vijay started Harveys Laundry from the ground up and built it into a group with interests in Healthcare, Industrial Laundry, Property Development, Co-Working Centres and the Hospitality sector. He is the Managing Director and currently employs over 240 people within the group.
With a lifelong passion for his culture, Vijay is an integral part of his community, supporting all major events. He also devotes a considerable time to mentoring entrepreneurs and guiding their businesses to success - fully believing that we can achieve any outcome with graft, focus and vision.
Vijay is married with 3 children. In his spare time, Vijay enjoys running, watching movies, cooking and spending time with his family. He is an avid reader with a keen interest in economics, philosophy, world history and politics.
Paul Edlin is currently the President of the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council which gives voice and representation to Glasgow’s Jewish community (which accounts for around 80% of Scotland’s total Jewish community). Paul is also an active member of the Board of Deputies of British Jews since 1996; having served as its Vice President 2006-2012.
Now retired, Paul worked as a dentist in general practice and in hospital across his career. He has also been involved in other business affairs and investments, and in communal affairs since around 1990.
The values that have underpinned Paul’s professional and personal life are mirrored in those of the Conservative Party, of which he has been a lifelong supporter. By joining the Scottish Conservatives – Friends of BAME, he is further committed to developing and promoting these values across the communities that we serve.
Born and raised in Perth, Andy attended Craigie Primary School, Perth High School and Perth College UHI where he studied hospitality and tourism, followed by Accountancy at Abertay University.
Andy has broad industry experience gained in both the public and private sectors ranging from hospitality management to finance & accounting management, and now as an entrepreneur with a diverse business portfolio in property management, accounting services, health & fitness and hospitality services.
Active in many community groups, Andy is currently Chairman of the Perth Chinese Association, Committee Member of the Confederation of Chinese Associations in Scotland, Secretary of the Tap Mun Overseas Community Association and a member of the campaign committee of Pitlochry Festival Theatre. He is also a former Chairman of PKAVS, a charity supporting unpaid carers, people recovering from mental illness and minority communities.
Andy has received many awards for his services including Securing the Future – Perth & Kinross Council Award, Chamber of Commerce Award and Excellence in Hospitality – Highland Spring Award.
Andy stood as a Candidate for the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party in the 2020 By-Election for the Perth City South, campaigning to fight to maintain, retain and sustain Perth Royal Infirmary, better education and reduce crime rates in the area.
With a lifelong passion for his culture, Andy is an integral part of his community, organising all Chinese cultural events, and promoting cultural harmony and diversity within Scotland.
In his spare time, Andy enjoys running, cycling and spending time with his family and friends.