Ashwin Soni

Trustee & Treasurer

Ashwin was born in Kampala, Uganda . After graduating became a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Institute of Chemical Engineering. He also held positions as Secretary of Medway Hindu Centre and the International Club, Vice-Chairman of the Community Relations Council. He has helped organise a Hindu centre, Together, a Hindu Cultural Week, trained children to do Ras, Garba and modern dancing routine.

After promotion in his career to Reigate, he joined the Gurjar Hindu Union (GHU), and mproved the management of the organisation, led a project to renovate a derelict warehouse into a modern Mandir (Temple). In 2003 as a Trustee, Ashwin led the project to build a brand new Sanatan Mandir and Community Centre on a green field site. He was a Founder member of Crawley Ethnic Minority Partnership (CEMP), representing 27 different nationalities and communities in Crawley. He was also the Sussex Police Elders’ Commissioner for Crawley for two years.

Currently he is the Chair of Ambassadors at GHU, Treasurer of Crawley Inter Faith Network, Secretary of DiverseCrawley, Trustee and Treasurer of Crawley Voluntary Action. He is an Independent Police Custody Visitor, and Chair of a local Surgery Patient Participation Group.

Married with three grown up children and two lovely grandchildren. He is delighted to be Treasurer of SEDS, knowing Jane Green from the lay clinical commissioning patient group and the excellent work she does for and behalf of SEDS which he thinks needs to be publicised within BAME communities.