Choudhary Rangzeb

Self employed businessman and former Lord Mayor of Bradford, Choudhary Rangzeb, completed a Diploma in Business & Administration at Bradford College in 1982.

Choudhary RangzebAlthough Choudhary is currently self-employed as a property developer, he has had varied career encompassing textiles, where he worked on spinning machines; banking, where he worked as a cashier and assistant branch manager; insurance; retailing, where a ran a large department store selling furniture and decorating materials; and owning and running his own restaurant.

“I attended Bradford College in 1982 and studied B.E.C in Business & Administration. I enjoyed my time at the College and made many new friends whilst there. At the time I worked for a bank and was unable to take day leave to study so I attended evening classes in my own time and at my own expense to gain qualifications to help progress my banking career. It was a 2 year course with 2 evening’s attendance a week. It was worth the effort as having completed the course the bank recognised my qualifications and this led to promotions and much needed additional pay.”

Choudhary arrived arrived in Bradford in 1967 without being able to speak a word of English and now he is one of the city’s finest ambassadors. Since first being elected to Bradford Council in 1988 he has served on numerous committees and as Lord Mayor he led a prestigious delegation to promote Bradford on an official visit to India and Pakistan in March and April 2007.

Choudhary has been actively involved in the local community and has served on many organisations. He is currently Chair of Pakistan Forum and Chair of the Kashmir Society in West Yorkshire, and Chair of Bradford Eid Lights Committee. Along with his wife, Zahida, he has helped to raise many thousand of pounds for local charities and has taken an active part in sponsored events, for instance, when he suggested and competed in the Ready Steady Cook challenge at Bradford College in May 2007.

“Bradford College is an excellent resource helping thousands of people, young and old, to gain or improve their skills and qualifications. I fully support the College, congratulate it on its 175th anniversary and wish it every success for the future.”

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