Nitin Palan, MBE
Nitin Palan, MBE, is a highly successful entrepreneur who is the founder of the Golden Tours Company which has been in existence for around thirty-five years and has been synonymous with tourism in the heart of London. The company employs over 200 staff with offices in the UK and India.
From the success of the company, Nitin Palan set up the Foundation in order to ‘give back’ to the communities it serves. The Foundation supports social development projects in education, interfaith and heritage.
Mr Palan has stood on various government-linked and interfaith committees. The most notable being his continued support for the Inter Faith Network for the UK which works for good relations between different faiths in the UK. He is instrumental in working with the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (popularly known as Neasden Temple) Charities which is proactive in organising social action projects in the UK and worldwide.
Some of his projects include the founding of Diwali in London Festival in Trafalgar Square attracting over 35,000 people every year. He has supported causes such as the Queen’s Household Division Charities for serving and retired guardsmen of the Division and their families; The Prince's Charities through British Asian Trust to fund education and Variety, the children’s charity where the Palan Foundation provides their tourist buses to hundreds of disabled people to see the sights of London.
Kamu Palan is the Chief Financial Officer of the Golden Tours travel company which she co-founded with her husband Nitin Palan MBE. Employing more than 200 staff in the UK and India, Golden Tours is synonymous with the blue tourist busses in the heart of London.
Born in Tanzania, East Africa, she is an accountant by profession and a yoga instructor who travels regularly around the UK and the Indian sub-continent to fulfil philanthropic and teaching duties and campaign for better community relations. She sits on the Board of the company’s charitable arm, the Palan Foundation which supports good causes in the areas of education, health, interfaith and heritage.
Through the Foundation, she has help support various cultural projects including Diwali in London at Trafalgar Square; the Queen’s Household Division Charities for serving and retired guardsmen of the Division and their families and the Princes Charities through British Asian Trust to fund education. The Foundation has expanded its projects to include heritage. With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the role of Indian soldiers in WW1 have been highlighted as part of the WW1 Centenary Commemorations.