Ishwer Tailor was born in Kenya and came to study in the UK in 1966. He served an apprenticeship at Leyland Motors and worked in engineering for the next 18 years, although he was also active doing voluntary work in the community. He later became Employment Liaison Officer for the economic development arm of Lancashire County Council, taking responsibility for encouraging and engaging ethnic minority companies and helping them into mainstream business.
The role developed over the years and Ishwer continued to deliver business support for some 25 years. He became Lancashire County Development’s Business Inclusion Manager, where he was engaged in the development of social enterprises and a micro finance loan scheme.
Today, Ishwer continues to work in the community. For 21 years, he was President of the Gujarat Hindu Society and he served as a magistrate for 27 years. He was also a member of the board of Preston’s Racial Equality Council, and is a member of the Preston Mela Trust. He was company secretary of the Lancashire Black & Minority Ethnic Pact (BME) and, at a national level, he served as the President of the Hindu Forum of Britain for four years.
In 2003, Ishwer was awarded the MBE for his work in Race Relations and, in 2004, he was made the Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire by Lord Shuttleworth, Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire. In 2005 the University of Central Lancashire awarded him an Honorary Fellowship for his dedicated voluntary work.