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Haroon and Farouq Sheikh

Haroon and Farouq Sheikh, the founders of the COSARAF Foundation, are two of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs, philanthropists and community figureheads. Their business interests encompass healthcare, private equity, property investment and development.  Best known as co-founders of CareTech Holdings PLC, a respected national provider of specialist services to adults and children with learning, physical disabilities or mental health problems.  Haroon is the CEO and Farouq the Executive Chairman of CareTech Holdings PLC, overseeing an enviable growth of the company over a quarter of a century.   Their most recent business enterprise is as Directors of a burgeoning property and equity investment group, Sheikh Holdings Group (Investments) Limited, which incorporates successful property development and serviced office divisions.

Our history

Alongside a formidably strong work ethic, Haroon and Farouq have always placed great store in supporting those less fortunate in society.  This commitment led, in 2007, to the establishment of the COSARAF Charitable Foundation to benefit communities and individuals in the UK and abroad.  COSARAF stands for ‘Children of Sheikh Abdul Rashid and Fahmida’, in honour of the parents of the founders who gave the inspiration to establish this charitable foundation.

Below, we provide a short summary of the family’s story which provides the backdrop to the remarkable accomplishments of the Foundation and its founders.

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OUR TRUSTEES

Haroon Sheikh

Chairman

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Farouq Sheikh

Executive Chairman

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Akbar Sheikh

Treasurer

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Saba Sheikh

Trustee

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Seema Sheikh

Trustee

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Dr Zayba Sheikh

Trustee

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Naureen Sheikh

Trustee

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Rukhsana Sheikh

Trustee

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Our Team

Jonathan Freeman

Chief Executive Officer (interim)

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Michelle O’Brien

Foundation Manager

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Hamza Sheikh

Associate Director

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Yusuf Sheikh

Associate Director

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