Board

Anthony Good - President

Anthony Good brings over 40 years of industry experience. He was the first ever to float a public relations company (Good Relations) on the London Stock exchange and is known as The PR guru both in the UK and India. He first came to India in 1970, long before it was a business destination, as an advisor to Grindlays Bank. He played a paramount role in the development of the leading travel company, Cox & Kings, and recently celebrated his 40th year as its Group Chairman. Mr. Good was a founder member of the UK-India Business Council (UKIBC) where he served for 10 years until recently.

Mr. Good has brought dozen of companies into India and created their local JVs, with GRI infrastructure and ground assistance. Under his leadership Marks & Spencer established a joint venture with Reliance Industries and Sun Life Insurance was introduced to Birla Group and Scottish & Newcastle to UB Group. Having completed over 400 round trips to India, Mr. Good has an in-depth knowledge of the country, as well as of a broad range of industrial and commercial sectors – finance, insurance, tourism, hospitality, retail, FMCG, aviation and transport are just a few examples.

In 2012 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Public Relations Council of India (PRCI) and by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI) in recognition of his remarkable contribution to the PR Industry. In 2015 Mr. Good has received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his extensive contribution to bringing the UK and India closer in both tourism and business.



Dr. Iris Good – Chairman & MD

Dr. Good brings great leadership, strategic capabilities and understanding of technology and international markets. She has been involved in technology entrepreneurship and commercialization for over 20 years and has over a decade-long experience in market entry to India conducting JVs, product launches and sales. Her solid scientific background - PhD in Biochemistry, two post docs and university lecturer – enables her to bridge science, business and international markets.

Dr. Good co-established UltraShape, acquired by Syneron for $12 million, and then led the business development of MetaCure, opening its commercial operations in India. In 2007 she founded I-Connections, an Indian market entry firm, and brought numerous innovative technologies to the market since. I-Connection was later merged into GRI.

Dr. Good has a Financial Times Non-Executive Director diploma and has sat on several boards in various countries – such as Sight Diagnostics, Touchlight-Genetics, Tikal Networks and Step of Mind. She currently sits on the investment committee of Cambridge Enterprise and is a mentor at London Business School.




Mr. Vijay Rai – Director

Vijay Rai has nearly five decades of experience in various industries out of which 28 years with the Tata group. There, he has been involved with engineering, food processing, industrial chemicals, agrochemicals and fertilisers businesses and served as the CEO of Rallis, the then largest Agrochemicals Company in India for the last 12 years. He was responsible, for its growth, from Rs2,000 million in 1988 to Rs12,500 million in the year 1999-2000. In 1999, he was recognized as the Most Admired Manager in the Pesticide Industry by the PFMA, India.

Mr. Rai served on various boards and was a Vice President of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry during 1999-2000. He is currently a director of several Public Limited Companies such as Punjab Chemicals and Crop Care Ltd., English Indian Clays Ltd., Greaves Cotton Ltd., Greaves Leasing Finance Ltd., Saurab Chemicals Ltd and Akola Chemicals Ltd where he is the promoter chairman. He also serves on boards of several private Indian companies.

Mr. Rai is also a visiting consultant to Kaizen Institute, Japan and to Synkro Apt Germany, specialising in Lean Management and Change Management and has had vast experience in the field across the globe - in India, Africa and Europe. Mr. Rai is a B. Tech from I.I.T. Kharagpur.



 

Lord Gulam Noon - Director

Lord Noon is the founder and Chairman of Noon Products Limited, one of the largest suppliers of Indian food products into Britain's major supermarkets including Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Morrisons and Safeway. He currently holds a number of high profile positions in industry and commerce. Lord Noon is also the Chairman and Managing Director of Bombay Halwa Ltd, suppliers of Indian sweets to the aviation catering industry.

He is also the Founder and former Chairman of the Asian Business Association which works directly under the umbrella of the London Chamber of Commerce and in 1998 he was appointed to the main board of the London Chamber of Commerce itself. In January 2002, he was elected President of the LCCI for an 18 month term. In 1996, he received an MBE in the Queen’s Honours List and this was followed in 2002 by a knighthood bestowed by Her Majesty in her Jubilee Year Birthday Honours List. In 1995, he was appointed Director of the Board of the Covent Garden Market Authority for a six year term which ended in 2001. In July 1994, he was voted ‘The Asian of the Year’ by the community.

In 1998, the Asian Business Network awarded him an ‘Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award’. In September 1999, he was appointed as a Trustee of the British Food Trust. Honorary Doctorates have also been awarded him by Guildhall University London (2001), the University of Central England, Birmingham and Middlesex University (both in 2002), and Kingston University in 2005. Lord Noon was appointed to the Board of Transport for London in 2004, a government body chaired by the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.

Lord Noon has also written an Autobiography, ‘Noon, with a view’ wherein he has written about his struggles in life and how he has overcome all that. The book also has a special chapter on his miraculous escape during two incidents: the Mumbai 26/11 Terror Attacks and the Bombay bomb blasts of 2003.