Over 50 British Indians receive New Year Honours

15.1% of recipients come from an ethnic minority background, 8.4% of recipients are Asian, in the fourth most ethnically diverse honours list to date.

Tuesday 04th January 2022 06:53 EST

The annual New Year Honours list was released last Friday, which continues to give recognition to those showing courage and leadership in their local areas. 63% of the New Year Honours List recipients have been awarded for community work and Covid-19 initiatives. Over 50 Indians (13 are women) have been named in the New Year Honours list 2022. Last year, there were only 30 names of Indian origin. 


Recognising their leadership battling Covid-19, Knighthoods have been awarded to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England Professor Chris Whitty, CMO for Scotland Gregor Smith and CMO for Wales Frank Atherton. Chief Government Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and Deputy Medical Officers for England Dr Jenny Harries and Professor Jonathan Van-Tam have also been recognised. For her work on the vaccine rollout, Emily Lawson received a Damehood. Others honoured for their response to the pandemic include Alice Jackson, Nicola Perfect and Bridget Stratford who receive BEMs for their community responses to Covid-19. 


Emma Radacanu has received an MBE following her incredible US Open win. Sheila Parker, the first captain of the England Women Football Team, is given an MBE for services to football and charity.


The second-highest honour in the UK, Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) has been conferred upon British Indian academician and House of Lords peer Ajay Kumar Kakkar for his services to healthcare and public service. 


Commanders of the Order of the British Empire or CBE has been awarded to Shalini Khemka for services to entrepreneurship and to the economy; Kamlesh Khunti, Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine, University of Leicester, and a General Practitioner in Leicester, for services to health; Professor Ravi Prakash Mahajan, President, Royal College of Anaesthetists, for services to anaesthesia; and Professor Iqbal Singh OBE, Chair of the Centre of Excellence in Safety for Older People, for services to equality and inclusion in healthcare.  



The Order of the British Empire was awarded to Professor Mahendra Gulabbhai Patel for services to pharmacy. Rizwan Patel has also been awarded an OBE for services to the disadvantaged communities in the UK and abroad, particularly during the pandemic. 


Officers of the Order of the British Empire were also conferred upon people of Indian origin: Dr Hindpal Singh Bhui for services to custody facilities during Covid-19; Dr Japinder Dhesi for public service; Davinder Singh Dhillon for services to the commemoration of Indian forces’ contribution in the First World War; Jagtar Singh Gill for services to the British Sikh and interfaith communities; Sharath Kumar Jeevan for services to education and Amritpal Singh Maan for services to the Sikh community.


Member of the British Empire was awarded to Dr Subramaniam Balachandran for services to the NHS during Covid-19, Anita Choudhrie for services to disability sports, Bina Mehta for services to trade and investments in the UK and female entrepreneurs. Senior Environment Officer, Charan Sekhon has been awarded an MBE. Charan is UK’s first Senior BAME officer from an Indian Sikh background working for the Environment Agency and for the UNISON to receive this honour.


The honours list also recognised many members of the Sikh community, awarding medals to Hardip Singh Atwal for charitable service, Sulakhan Singh Dard for services to healthcare in the Sikh community, Rabinder Singh Dhami for services to fire and rescue. The members of the Muslim community have also been greatly recognised in this year’s honours list. 


James Bond star Daniel Craig was also recognized, receiving a Companion in The Order of St Michael and St George (CMG), the same title possessed by his character, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film. Tony Blair, the former UK prime minister, will be appointed a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter -- the oldest and most senior British Order of Chivalry.


Order of the British Empire 


Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire 


Sara KHAN Lately Lead Commissioner, Commission for Countering Extremism. For services to Human Rights and Counter-Extremism (Watford, Hertfordshire) 


Knights Commander of the Order of the British Empire 


The Right Honourable Professor Ajay Kumar LORD KAKKAR, for services to Healthcare and Public Service (London, Greater London) 

Knights Bachelor 




Professor Shakeel Ahmed QURESHI, Professor of Paediatric Cardiology, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals Foundation Trust. For services to Paediatric Cardiology and Charity (London, Greater London) 

Order of the British Empire 


Commanders of the Order of the British Empire 


Tanweer IKRAM, Deputy Senior District Judge, Magistrates' Court. For services to Judicial Diversity 

(Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire) 


Shalini KHEMKA, For services to Entrepreneurship and to the Economy (London, Greater London) 


Professor Kamlesh KHUNTI, Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine, the University of  Leicester and General Practitioner, Hockley Farm Medical Practice, Leicester. For services to Health  (Leicester, Leicestershire) 


Professor Ravi Prakash MAHAJAN, Lately President, Royal College of Anaesthetists. For services to Anaesthesia (Alfreton, Derbyshire) 


Professor Iqbal SINGH OBE Chair, Centre of Excellence in Safety for Older People. For services to Equality and Inclusion in Healthcare (Blackburn, Lancashire) 

Officers of the Order of the British Empire 


Dr Hindpal Singh BHUI, Inspection Team Leader, HM Inspectorate of Prisons. For services to Custody Facilities during Covid-19 (London, Greater London)


Syed Viqar AHMED, Founder and Chair, Community Energy London. For services to Community Energy, Decarbonisation and Community Benefit in London (London, Greater London) 


Dr Syed AHMED, Clinical Director, Health Protection Scotland. For services to the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme (Glasgow, City of Glasgow) 


Amir ALI, Lately Chair, Civil Court Users Association. For services to Court Users and the Law (Walsall, West Midlands) 


Mohammed Asif AZIZ Director, Healthcare Services, Boots UK Ltd. For services to Pharmacy, especially Testing for Covid-19 (London, Greater London) 


Alpesh CHAUHAN, Music Director, Birmingham Opera Company. For services to the Arts (Coventry, West Midlands) 


Karime HASSAN, Chief Executive and Growth Director, Exeter City Council. For services to Local Government (Honiton, Devon)


Dr Japinder DHESI, Lately Team Leader, Cabinet Office. For Public Service (London, Greater London) 


Davinder Singh DHILLON, Chair, The Chattri Memorial Group. For services to the Commemoration of Indian Forces' Contribution in the First World War (Hove, East Sussex) 


Mohammed Shabir FAZAL, Headteacher, Eden Boys' Leadership Academy, Manchester. For services to Education  (Accrington, Lancashire) 


Nitin GANATRA, Actor. For services to Drama (London, Greater London) 


Sajdah Perveen GHAFOOR, For services to Cultural Awareness and Integration in Cumbria (Carlisle, Cumbria) 


Jagtar Singh GILL, For services to the British Sikh and Interfaith Communities (Kenilworth, Warwickshire) 


Professor Ali Sadiq Mohammad JAWAD, Professor of Rheumatology, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Consultant Rheumatologist, Barts Health NHS Trust. For services to Healthcare (London, Greater London) 


Sharath Kumar JEEVAN, Lately Chief Executive Officer, STiR Education. For services to Education (London, Greater London)


Hanif Mohamed KARA, Design Director and Co-Founder, AKT II and Professor in Practice of Architectural Technology, Harvard Graduate School of Design. For services to Architecture, to Engineering and to Education (London, Greater London) 


Amritpal Singh MAAN, Philanthropist. For services to the Sikh Community and to Charity (London, Greater London) 


Professor Mahendra Gulabbhai PATEL, Pharmacist. For services to Pharmacy (Wakefield, West Yorkshire) 


Rizwan PATEL ,Founder, Lint Group. For services to the Disadvantaged Communities in the UK and abroad, particularly during Covid-19 (London, Greater London) 

Arti PRASHAR, Artist, Director and Consultant. For charitable services to People Living with Dementia (London, Greater London) 


Imran Faisal SHAFI, For Public Service (London, Greater London)  


Rohini SHARMA JOSHI, Lately Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Trust Housing Association, Edinburgh. For services to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (Bonnyrigg, Midlothian) 


Dr Malur SUDHANVA, Consultant Virologist, South London Specialist Virology Centre, King's College Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Healthcare Science particularly during Covid-19 (London, Greater London) 


Rekha THAWRANI, Global Head, NEC Contracts, Thomas Telford Ltd. For services to Infrastructure and British Exports (London, Greater London) 


Sanjiv VEDI, Assistant Director, Head, Office of the Chief Social Care Officer for Wales. For Public, Charitable and Voluntary Service (Cardiff, South Glamorgan) 

Members of the Order of the British Empire 


Professor Nalin Chandra WICKRAMASINGHE For services to Science, Astronomy and Astrobiology (Cardiff, South Glamorgan)


Kamini Harshadbhai MEHTA, (Bina Mehta) Chair, KPMG UK. For services to Trade and Investments in the UK and Female Entrepreneurs (London, Greater London)


Dr Seema Safia ARIF, For services to Health Care amongst the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Community (Cardiff, South Glamorgan) 


Pravesh KUMAR, For services to Theatre (Slough, Berkshire)


Syima ASLAM, Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director, Bradford Literature Festival. For services to Literature (Bradford, West Yorkshire) 


Sanjay LOBO, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, OnHand. For services to Older People, particularly during Covid-19 (London, Greater London)


Dr Subramaniam BALACHANDRAN, Doctor and Lead, Cross Infection, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. For services to the NHS during Covid-19 (Cardiff, South Glamorgan) 


Sushma BHANOT, For services to Wellbeing and the community in Chigwell, Essex, particularly during Covid-19 (Chigwell, Essex) 


Ayaz Mazeed BHUTA, For services to Wheelchair Rugby (Bolton, Greater Manchester) 


Anita CHOUDHRIE, Founder, Path to Success. For services to Disability Sports (London, Greater London) 


Dr Baljinder Singh DHANDA, Co-Chair, UK Cyber Security Council Formation Project. For services to Cyber Security (Amersham, Buckinghamshire) 


Narinderjit DHANDWAR, Business Relationship Manager, Barclays. For services to the Business 

and Financial Sectors in the West Midlands during Covid-19 (Walsall, West Midlands) 


Tara Chand GARLO, Paralegal Assistant, Crown Prosecution Service. For Public Service (London, Greater London) 


Professor Nazira KARODIA Lately Professor of Science Education, University of Wolverhampton. For services to the Chemical Sciences (Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh)


Dr Amar Nath RUGHANI, General Practitioner and Provost, Royal College of General Practitioners, South Yorkshire and North Trent. For services to General Practice (Sheffield, South Yorkshire)


Simon Naresh NAYYAR, For Political Service (London, Greater London)


Virinder Kuljit Kaur RAI, Business Manager, Against Violence and Abuse Charity. For services to the Charity Sector and to the communities in the London Borough of Redbridge and Derbyshire (London, Greater London)


Dr Iram SATTAR, General Practitioner and Trustee, Muslim Women's Network UK and The Passage. For services to the Health and Wellbeing of Vulnerable People (London, Greater London)


Dr Abdul Karim SESAY, Genomics Facility Lead, Medical Research Council Unit, The Gambia. For services to Charity and Medical Research (Living Abroad)


Mitesh Puspakkant SHETH, Chief Executive Officer, Redington. For services to Diversity and Inclusion in the Financial Services Sector (Loughton, Essex)


Mamta Rani SINGHAL, Volunteer, Institution of Engineering and Technology. For services to Engineering (Langley, Berkshire)


Bharatkumar Jagatsingh SISODIA, For services to the Culture, to Heritage and to the community in Greater Manchester (Oldham, Greater Manchester)


Dr Bnar TALABANI, Kidney and Transplant Medical Specialist, University of Wales and Immunology Scientist. For services to the NHS and to the Ethnic Minority Communities in Wales, particularly during Covid-19 (Cardiff, South Glamorgan)


Mandip Kaur SAHOTA, Founder, Strategies and Stories. For Charitable and Public Service (Bradford, West Yorkshire)

Yasmin BATLIWALA, Chief Executive, Advocates for International Development. For  services to Human Rights, the Rule of Law and to International Development 

Manohar Narindas MELWANI, Tailor, Hong Kong. For services to Businesses and Charity in  Hong Kong Arjmund Jabeen BUTT, For services to HM Revenue and Customs and the BAME Community (Bradford, West Yorkshire) 


Hardip Parkesh Singh LAWANA - Senior Officer, Border Force, Home Office. For services to Border Security and to Workplace Wellbeing (London, Greater London)


Senior Environment Officer, Charan Sekhon, for an outstanding achievement or service to the community which has had a long-term, significant impact.



Dr Saleemul HUQ, Director, International Centre for Climate Change and Development. For  services to combatting International Climate Change 

Dr Asyia KAZMI, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For services to Education, particularly  Girls’ Education 

Dr Catherine Lucy MORRIS, Paediatrician, Love the One charity, India. For services to  Healthcare and Child Welfare in India 

Dr Dipti PATEL, Chief Medical Officer, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office.  For services to Government officials and their families and to British nationals overseas 



Meena HANSPAL - Charity Volunteer, Guru Nanak's Mission and Vegetarian Rasoi. For services to the Sikh community in Nottingham (Nottingham, Nottinghamshire)



Mukesh MALHOTRA, For services to the community in the London Borough of Hounslow, particularly during Covid-19 (London, Greater London)


Ranjeet KHARE, For services to the community in Woodford, London Borough of Redbridge during Covid-19 (London, Greater London)


Sulakhan Singh DARD, Ambassador, British Heart Foundation. For services to Healthcare in the Sikh Community (Leicester, Leicestershire)


Hardip Singh ATWAL, For charitable service in Annan, Dumfries and Galloway (Annan, Dumfries)


Rabinder Singh DHAMI, Prevention Manager, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service. For services to Fire and Rescue (Telford, Shropshire)


Gita NATARAJAN, For services to the community in Rugby, Warwickshire (Rugby, Warwickshire)


Vinodkumar Mashri Jeram PANKHANIA, For services to the community in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire (Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire)


Ragini PATEL, For services to the community in Northolt, London Borough of Ealing, particularly during Covid-19 (London, Greater London)


Bansari Nilesh RUPARELIA, For services to the Hindu Community in Leicestershire (Leicester, Leicestershire


Savraj Kaur SINGH, For services to the community in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, particularly during Covid-19 (London, Greater London)

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