Our Founder, Q MBE
Qamar Khan MBE, known as ‘Q’, is a philanthropic entrepreneur. His two passions, property and cricket, have led Q to building Hamro Plc, a leading property part-exchange company, and developing Hamro Foundation. Q was awarded an MBE for Services to Cricket and Charity in 2022.
Alongside his work with Hamro Foundation Q has provided funding to a variety of organisations and projects, including: Essex Cricket Foundation, Surrey Foundation, National Fast Bowling Academy, and the MCC Foundation. With both the Essex and Surrey Foundations, Q helped fund projects working with school children to deliver cricketing activities such as tournaments, skill sessions and equipment.
The MCC Foundation funding helped run 54 cricket Hubs across the UK and, in 2020, Q and Hamro Plc became the major sponsor of the MCC’s historic tour to Pakistan, bringing professional cricket back into the country for the first time since the 2009 terrorist attacks.
Q moved to the UK from Pakistan in 1977 and left home four years later, aged 16, after studying Business Studies at Debden College. Q worked through management training placements and as a finance manager before founding Eastway Property Services in 1992. Q went on to found Hamro Plc, a specialist part exchange provider for the new homes sector in 2004 and built the company up to a thriving business working with leading housebuilders such as McCarthy and Stone, Miller Homes and Jones Homes.
Q has a strong belief that being able to share success and touch the lives of others is key to a happier life. Following Q’s success in business, he decided to give back to the community through his main passion of cricket and set up Hamro Foundation in 2017.
In 2021 Q became the owner of the Dambulla Giants, a Sri Lankan T20 cricket team playing in the Lanka Premier League (LPL), following his diagnosis in 2013 with Dystonia, a neurological disorder that is estimated to affect 100,000 people in the UK. The diagnosis limited his ability to play cricket, so he decided to focus on supporting the game through Hamro Foundation and his purchase of the Dambulla Giants.
The LPL celebrated its inaugural season in 2020 and looks to build the presence of domestic cricket in Sri Lanka. Working with the Sri Lankan High Commission in London, the British consulate in Sri Lanka, and the Dambulla Giants, Q hopes to support Sri Lankan communities and use the medium of cricket to teach English, life skills, and provide the opportunity to play high-level cricket.
Dystonia can impact the body in various ways, including painful muscle spasms and nerve damage. Dystonia is a lifelong condition that currently doesn’t have a cure. Charities such as Dystonia UK are supporting those with the condition.