Brief biographical details of the Directors and senior management are set out below:
Tenon Board of Directors
Manjit Rajain – Executive Chairman
Major Manjit Rajain is the Executive Chairman of Tenon Group of Companies. He started the Corporation with Peregrine Guarding in 1995. Presiding at the helm of the Group, he is the source of guidance and sound corporate practices for a highly evolved team. Over twenty years of his leadership, business insight and operational expertise has strengthened the growth trajectory of the company by introducing it to new markets and extending its global reach.
From 2007 to 2014 his entrepreneurial drive spearheaded the continuous expansion of the company portfolio through acquisition and new business ventures. In 2009, Major Rajain augmented his vision by acquiring Roto Power- a leading electrical and mechanical service provider that expanded Tenon’s ability to optimize value by offering a wider range of services.
Major Manjit Rajain clearly draws upon his experience in the Indian Army and the Police Force in order to delineate the ethics of the organization in terms of discipline, deliverance and expertise. In the Indian Army he was commissioned in the 11th Armoured Regiment in 1984. During the 7 years of service he was actively engaged in operations in Rajasthan and Jammu & Kashmir. Subsequent to his service in the Army, he joined the Police force and rapidly rose to the level of Assistant Commissioner of Police.
Major Rajain has received numerous felicitations for his contribution to the security industry- the CAPSI Security Entrepreneur Award in 2008, Security Leadership Award in 2012, International Award for Excellence by the Institute of Economic Studies in September 2015 at Bangkok and Global Achiever’s Award in 2016 in Dubai.It is no surprise that his leadership led Peregrine to be awarded the Fastest Growing Security Company of the Year in 2006. He has been appointed as Chairman, Homeland Security Forum under Indo – American Chamber of Commerce (IACC).
A Paul Harris Fellow, thrice Assistant Governor of Rotary International, Major Rajain is also an active member of various Industry Forums such as FICCI, CII, ASIS and CAPSI where he speaks on issues related to the security industry.
When he’s not working, he enjoys spending his time absorbed in the pages of a good book, on the golf course, shooting ranges and studying for his Doctorate.
Dr. Keith Hellawell QPM – Non-Executive Director
Non-executive Director Dr. Keith Hellawell QPM is an expert in the fields of security and facilities management. Armed with an enviable repository of skills, he has been played a key role in transforming the organization and contributing to its success. Dr. Hellawell’s wealth of experience in corporate governance has natured placed him at the position of mentorship- as a beacon of visionary leadership.
Dr. Hellawell is a highly decorated police officer. He has served as Chief Constable for the West Yorkshire Police and Cleveland Police and advised senior government bodies including the Home Secretary and Prime Minister of the UK, the European Union, former Soviet Bloc countries, Los Angeles Police Department, Government of Cyprus and the FBI on diverse issues relating to combating crime. Aside from this, he has served as a Director of Homework, a UK-based corporation involved in manufacturing and installing security alarms. He continues to play an advisory role to several leading corporations as Non-Executive Director.
An LLB. from London University and MSc. From Cranfield University, he has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the Leeds/Bradford and Huddersfield Universities. Dr. Hellawell has won several professional awards including “Communicator of the Year” (voted by PR industry), Top 50 most powerful men in Britain in a national newspaper survey and “Businessman of the Year” for the Yorkshire and Humber Region.
Ms. Pallavi Bakhru – Chartered Accountant
Ms. Pallavi Bakhru is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years experience in tax advisory and compliance with core strengths in cross border structuring. She is at Head of the $14 Billion Group Tax Vedanta- the largest diversified natural resources company in India with its focus on Zinc, Iron Ore, Lead, Gold, Copper, Aluminum, Power and Oil & Gas. Here she drives a culture of compliance and sees that the company’s long term goals are aligned with its tax functions. She manages risks in multiple jurisdictions and bears an advisory role on significant decisions related to taxation. At Vedanta she is primarily responsible for compliance and guidance on all big ticket tax advice across subsidiaries in Tasmania, Zambia, South Africa, Ireland and the UK, where the parent company is listed
Prior to joining Vedanta, she was a Partner and Head of Tax at Grant Thornton India with focus on inbound and outbound structuring advisory including regulatory compliance for both Indian and foreign investors She successfully ran her own Firm for 14 years before merging it with Grant Thornton. At Grant Thornton she was responsible for growing the tax practice in terms of top line and addition of talented people within the Tier 1.
She has sat on the Tax Advisory Committee (TAC) of Grant Thornton International.
Mrs Pallavi Bakhru is an Alumni of the second batch of FICCI initiative for “Women of Corporate Boards”
Mr. Richard Gubbins
Mr. Richard Gubbins has 27 years of experience as a trusted professional advisor/director/chairman “in the Boardroom” of UK listed PLC’s and is a proven business building executive leader in the UK, European and emerging markets of South-East Asia, Russia and India. His high levels of commercial and financial literacy has built his reputation as a prominent advisor, especially on matters concerning financial transactions and Audit Committees.
He has 20 years of rigorous Executive Management responsibilities fueling his professional growth and was appointed as Director and Chairman of Henderson Alternative Strategies Trust Plc in 2014. His multifaceted experience in the corporate world endows him with an evolved skillset which includes strategic and thought leadership, mentorship, investor communication, governance, risk management, remuneration and incentivisation issues (five years on Remuneration Committee of Ashurst LLP, a top 10 City law firm).
He has wide range of experience in international corporate and commercial activities including fundraisings, flotations, domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, restructurings insolvency, commercial contracts and transactions involving an extensive number of diversified industries in different jurisdictions.
Having set up Ashurst Singapore in 1996 and since returning to London in 2000, Richard is specialized in providing advice on corporate and financing deals with an international dimension.
The Group’s Senior Management includes the following persons:
Brig. Rajan Oberoi, PPMG, VSM – Group CEO
Brig. Rajan Oberoi is an accomplished security professional with over 34 years of experience in his domain. Currently at the helm of Tenon Group of Companies as the Group CEO, Brigadier Oberoi is responsible for all aspects of the various business verticals along with Tenon Group’s long range development plans. As the Managing Director of Peregrine Guarding and head of business operations, he saw that the company continually enhanced the quality of its services, caliber of manpower, training, standardization and customer service enhancement initiatives.
He also oversees various methods of leveraging new technologies to enhance the deliverables of security solutions. Under his able leadership the Tenon Group recently launched their new business venture – Soteria. This world class remote surveillance command center will produce an enhanced suite of services, processes, systems and technological capabilities to deliver the best customer proposition for security from every possible angle.
Prior to joining Peregrine Guarding, he cultivated an erstwhile career in the Indian Army. During his tenure with the Army, Brig. Oberoi raised the first combat elements of the National Security Guards – The “Black Cats”, and subsequently went on to head this elite counter terrorist outfit as their “Force Commander”. Brig. Oberoi’s distinguished services in diverse fields, including counter-terrorism, has earned him accolades while in service, including the prestigious President’s Police Medal for Gallantry(PPMG) and a Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM).
He is an active member of many national business forums such as FICCI, CAPSI and ASIS. These platforms invite him to speak often about issues related to the security industry in terms of insights, trends and sector outlook. He is actively engaged in the Security Sector Skills Development Council that works towards developing a framework for upgrading skills of the Security Guards to international standards.
In association with the political leadership of Meghalaya, Brig. Oberoi has shaped a training and employment program with the youth of the North East to pursue careers in the field of physical security.
Sandeep Gupta- Group CFO
Sandeep is a Chartered Accountant and a certified Treasury Manager professional having worked with various companies including SU-Kam Power Systems Ltd., Acme Cleantech Solutions Limited , Omax Autos Ltd and Transport Corporation of India Ltd. Most recently Sandeep was Chief Financial Officer for SU-Kam Power Systems Ltd, the largest power solutions company in India, which has a presence in 90 countries worldwide.
He possesses 24 years of experience into Strategic Planning & Execution, Budgeting & Forecasting, Cash Flow Optimization, Risk Management & Controls, and Compliance Management etc.He is a recognized leader and a thorough professional, with high caliber, work orientation, and ability to handle multiple functions and activities in a high pressure environment. He has a sound track record of execution of core strategic planning to achieve operational efficiency while delivering optimal results & business value in high-growth environments.
Promila Adhana – Group Head – HR
Promila is an Engineer with master’s in Business Administration with specialization in HR. She brings with her high degree of maturity and professional well-roundedness and offering nearly 21+ years of experience in Human Resource management with reputed Indian and multinational companies of diverse industries like IT, Manufacturing, Healthcare, NGO & Power Industry with employee base of 5000+ employees across India and abroad.
An integration specialist & an expert in start-ups and strategic capability building with strong technical aptitude and ability to constantly work towards increasing knowledge and skill sets. She has served and headed HR function at Indian and multinational companies with expertise in Corporate Strategic Planning, Change Management, Talent Acquisition & Management, Organizational Development, Performance management, Compensation Management, Employee Engagement, Training & Skill Development, and the likes, across diverse sectors.