Graham Layton Trust (GLT) is the UK fundraising arm of the Pakistani based charity Layton Rahmatullah Benevolent Trust (LRBT). LRBT manage the delivery of state of the art medical care for curable eye diseases to Pakistanis for free. GLT and LRBT work very closely together to ensure fundraising efforts are closely linked to the direct needs of the hospitals and patients in Pakistan.
To find out more about LRBT please visit www.lrbt.org.pk.
Lord Michael Dobbs of Wylye
Graham Layton (1917- 1999) MBE OBE
Graham Layton was born in 1917, grew up in north London and was educated at Wellingborough School in Northamptonshire. In 1940 he volunteered as a Sapper in the Royal Engineers and enjoyed a successful military career which took him to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and earned him both an MBE and OBE after serving in Belgium, France and Burma. Graham Layton arrived in Karachi in 1947 where he established the MacDonald Layton Company, one of the largest and most successful construction companies in Pakistan. He retired and returned to England in 1977 to develop a small house-building business in St Albans. He returned to Karachi in 1984 and took Pakistani citizenship, explaining, “This country has been good to me. This is where I made all my money, so why not give something back?”.
Together with his friend Zaka, he decided to establish the Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust. They envisioned an organization which would grow to provide free eye treatment to the poor & underprivileged citizens across the length & breadth of Pakistan so that no Pakistani would go blind just because he/she could not afford the treatment.Throughout the development and rapid expansion of the LRBT hospital network and right up to the last week of his life, Graham Layton continued as the dynamic Chief Executive despite a debilitating stroke in 1989. Graham Layton always remained the hands-on manager with an outstanding ability to motivate and generate loyalty in those around him.
Graham Layton was honoured with the Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam (Star of Pakistan) in 1990 for his tireless work for the underprivileged in Pakistan; he was advanced a CBE in the UK’s 1994 New Year’s Honours. Graham Layton died in 1999 leaving the bulk of his estate to further the work of his remarkable charities.
GLT’s successful fundraising campaign has been led by a dedicated group of trustees:
- Mr Mian Zaheen – Chairman
- Mrs Vica Irani
Partner of an International Law Firm specialising in general corporate and securities law
- Mr Vaiz Karamatullah – Honorary Secretary
- Mr David Kotler
Corporate Financier specialising in Energy & Utilities
- Mr Jehangir Mehta – Honorary Treasurer
Partner of a firm of London Accountants
- Mrs Nusrat Mirza
- Mr Mike Pelham
Engineer, former company Chairman, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
- Dr Yasmin Riaz
- Mr Stuart Sinclair
Qualified engineer and a retired UK Company Director
- Mr John Walker
Retired Aircraft Technician
GLT Advisory Panel (Board)
- Mr. Khalid Aziz, LVO, DL
- The Most Hon. the Marquis of Salisbury, DL,
- Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles KCMG LVO
- Miss Susan Farrington
- Mr Ram Gidoomal CBE
- Lord Hannay of Chiswick GCMG
- Sir Christopher MacRae, KCMG & Lady MacRae
- The Rt. Rev’d. Michael Nazir-Ali, former Bishop of Rochester
- The Rt. Hon. Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG QC
- Lord Michael Sandberg, CBE
Soonu Engineer – GLT General Manager