Mo Chaudry Fund

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Mo Chaudry is one of the UK’s top 100 Asian business people, Chairman of the UK’s No. 1 water-based leisure attraction and The M.I.C Group. A former board member of The North Staffordshire Regeneration Partnership and West Midland Business Link. Currently the Deputy Chair and Ambassador for Destination Staffordshire.
A double Honorary Graduate and the winner of The “Star of Pakistan” and award winning businessman and Philanthropist – Mo Chaudry was born in Pakistan in 1960 and moved to Luton, England with his parents in 1969.

Mo set up his first company in 1985, and in 1999 bought Stoke-on-Trent’s loss-making Water World theme park from Rank Leisure. In the last 10 years he and his team have transformed it into the UK’s most visited and profitable water-based leisure attraction. Water World is now the biggest tourist attraction in the Stoke-on-Trent conurbation and amongst the top 4 in the Midlands.

Mo is ranked among
• the top 100 most successful business people in the Midlands;
• the Midlands’ top 10 Asian business people;
• the top 300 business people with property interests in the UK;
• the top 100 Asian business people in the UK;

And plays a significant role within the The Staffordshire business community. As the Ambassador for Staffordshire Tourism, Mo works tirelessly to promote tourism in general and Staffordshire in particular.

Mo started in the financial services industry as an insurance canvasser in 1983. In the late 1980s he established his own group of financial services and property businesses. Currently, he works in a non-executive capacity with a number of businesses in the Stoke-on-Trent area. He works as a Mentor for PM Training.

In 2009 he set up a unique pilot mentoring project with an inner City School to inspire young people by linking them with positive role models.Unable to speak a word of English when he first came to England, and bullied at school, Mo coped with the culture shock by developing his fighting talents. His growing confidence and educational achievements gained him a place at grammar school (first Beech Hill High School, Luton; later Wellington Grammar School, Telford). But his over-confidence resulted in him leaving with just one O-level – in English literature.The failure of his father’s business, his disappointment at his scholastic achievements, and daily encounters with racism spurred him on to reassess his ways. After gaining O- and A-levels, he moved in 1980 to Staffordshire, and took a degree in sports science at Staffordshire University, supporting himself by working as a doorman.It was in March of 2010 that Mo set up the Mo Chaudry fund through the Staffordshire Community Foundation, becoming the Foundation’s single largest private donor. The fund is still in a growth stage, but awarded its first grants in mid 2011 to sporting groups and for sporting activities, representing Mo’s passion in this area.