Queen's Birthday Honour: 2015

Asians' contribution to be recognised by HM Queen Elizabeth II

Reshma Trilochun Monday 15th June 2015 07:28 EDT

The list has emerged and several Asians are recipients of the Queen's birthday honour in 2015. From police officers, to businessmen, as well as University professors, the list encompasses Asians from many fields who are gaining recognition for their hard work and contribution to society. 

The Queen's birthday honour list, however, has received criticism, in regards to gender inequality. 28-year-old founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, Laura Bates, has been awarded the British Empire Medal, but she feels that the list in itself is a reflexion of sexual inequality, as it creates almost five times more knights than dames. 

Laura Bates stated, "I think it’s probably broadly representative of the problem that we see across different areas of society. We see the same things in business, at the very top, but it’s also important to recognise that this is a massive problem across society. There are still more men called John running FTSE 100 companies than there are women, and in academia 50 per cent of chemistry graduates are women but only six per cent of chemistry professors.” 

This year, out of the 1,163 honoured, 51% are women; this is the second time that women have outnumbered men in the honour list.



Professor Harshad Kumar Dharamshi Bhadeshia F. R.S., Tata Steel Professor of Metallurgy, University of Cambridge. For services to Science and Technology. (Cambridgeshire). Some of the example of his work include his new carbide-free steel for railway lines, now in use in the Channel Tunnel, the Swiss rail network and the French tram system.

Professor Hussein Munir Pirmohamed. David Weatherall Chair of Medicine University of Liverpool. For services to Medicine. (West Kirby, Merseyside)


Mohammed Saleh Faisel Choudhry. For services to the Royal Household.


Andrew Reddy. Gardener Household of The Duke of York.



Ms Zarine Kharas. Founder and chief executive JustGiving.com. For services to Business and Charity. (London). Zarine Kharas is a former lawyer and City banker. She holds a BA in law from Cambridge University and was awarded the RSA’s Albert Medal in 2009 for ‘democratising fundraising and technology for charities’.


Mrs Nusrat Mehboob Lilani, OBE. Founder and Chair, Women of the Future. For services to Women in Business.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul. Chair General Practitioners Committee, British Medical Association. For services to Primary Care. (London). Dr Chaand Nagpaul has been a GP for the past 23 years. He has been a member of the General Practitioners Committee (GPC) since 1996, and has been a Local Medical Committee (LMC) member for over 20 years and vice-chairman for the past 12. Dr Nagpaul is a BMA Council member, a member of its Political Board, and GPC member on the BMA Public Health Committee and Consultants Committee, as well as being Honorary Secretary of his local BMA Division.

Hamid Patel. Chief executive Tauheedul Education. For services to Education. (Blackburn, Lancashire). Tauheedul Education Trust (TET) is a not-for-profit multi-academy trust and is part of the Tauheedul Foundation (TF). TF’s roots in the Muslim faith have inspired its goal – to improve the educational opportunities and life chances of young people locally, nationally and globally.

Ms Jaee Kamalnath Samant. Director Labour Market Policy, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. For services to the Reform of Social Policy. (London)

Dr Hari Prasad Mohan Lal Shukla, OBE. For services to Interfaith and to the community in Tyne and Wear. (Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear)



Harris Bokhari. For services to Young People and Interfaith Relations. (Epsom, Surrey)

Atul Pathak. Managing director Appt Corporation Ltd. For services to Entrepreneurship. (Iver, Buckinghamshire). Appt Corporation Ltd is one of the leading McDonald’s franchisees in London. Atul Pathak came to the UK three decades ago and after running a number of small businesses, he set up Appt Corporation in 2003 and opened his first restaurant with McDonald’s in Hanwell, west London. He now has 26 McDonald’s franchises and employs over 2,000 staff.



Mrs Parkash Ahluwalia. For services to the community in Derby. (Mickleover, Derbyshire). Mrs Ahluwalia has been a pioneer for race relations and has also been a lecturer, a translator for the Probation Service, and a team leader for Derby City Council's education department, based in St Mary's Gate. For more than 40 years, she has also been raising money at charity functions and was involved in the earliest Derby carnivals.

Miss Rimla Akhtar. Chair Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation. For services to Equality and Diversity in Sport. (London). Rimla Akhtar is a committed, visionary and enthusiastic individual who thinks strategically and dynamically to enhance the character and strength of her clients and teams.

Mrs Aliya Jafri Azam. For voluntary and charitable services to Community Cohesion, particularly through the Al Khoei Foundation. (London). Aliya Jafri Azam's responsibilities also include organising inter-faith projects, community cohesion for the Al Khoei Foundation, as well as Muslim representation on the Brent Inter-faith network and Brent SACRE.

Zia Uddin Chaudhry. For services to Interfaith Relations in Merseyside. (Liverpool, Merseyside)

Amir Aziz Cheema. For services to Young People through the Scout Movement. (Bristol)

Mrs Pratibha Dale. Immigration Officer, Immigration Enforcement, Home Office. For services to Vulnerable People. (London)

Mrs Helen Dhaliwal. Co-Founder and director, Red Hot World Buffet. For services to the Hospitality Industry. (Solihull, West Midlands). Red Hot World Buffet was founded in 2004 Helen Dhaliwal, along with her husband, Parmjit Dhaliwal. Red Hot World Buffet now has seven large restaurants across the UK, employing 600 people.

Capt Amir Akbar Esmiley. Surveyor in Charge Maritime and Coastguard Agency. For services to Seafarers. (Chandlers Ford, Hampshire)

Issan Ul-Haque Ghazni. For public and political service. (Nottinghamshire)

Mohammed Aslam Hanif. For services to Community Relations in Teesside. (Ingleby Barwick, North Yorkshire)

Mohammed Umar Hussain. Assistant chief Officer South Wales Police. For services to Policing. (Newport, Gwent)

Mrs Halimah Gulzar Khaled. For services to charity and to Community Relations in Nottingham. (Toton, Nottinghamshire)

Arif Mukadam. Administrative Officer HM Revenue and Customs. For services to Combatting Tax Credits Error and Fraud and voluntary service to the community in Lancashire. (Blackburn, Lancashire)

Ms Rupinder Kaur Nandra. Senior International Projects and Programmes manager. Birmingham Chamber of Commerce. For services to International Business. (Birmingham, West Midlands)

Naran Bhimji Patel. For services to the community and Community Cohesion in Cardiff. (Cardiff)

Mrs Pratima Sengupta. For services to the community in East Renfrewshire. (Giffnock, Renfrewshire)

Ms Yasvanti Govindji Lakhamshi Shah. Head of Adoption and Improvement Kent County Council. For services to Children and Families. (London)

Kiron Kumar Sharma. For services to Business and to charity in Berkshire. (Reading, Berkshire)

Mrs Harsha Yashwant Kumar Shukla. Chair, Lancaster and Morecambe Hindu Society and Chair, Lancaster District Communities Together Group. For services to Interfaith Relations. (Standen Park, Lancashire)



Bibi Tej Kaur Grewal. For services to Interfaith Relations and the Sikh community in Berkshire. (Slough, Berkshire)

Mrs Uttamjit Kaur Gujral. Head of Community Partnerships, London Borough of Hounslow. For services to the community in Hounslow. (London)

Bashir Hasham. For services to the community in Orkney. (Orphir, Orkney)

Sadia Rahanara Hussain. Services to Diversity Inclusion and the Hussain Services to Diversity Inclusion and the community.

Ms Taryn Khanam. Department of Energy and Climate Change. For services to Diversity in Government and the Bengali community in East London. (London)

Ms Narpinderjit Mann. Volunteer Worker and Community Project Coordinator United Sikhs, London Borough of Ealing. For services to the Sikh community. (London)

Zafran Mohammed. Director All 4 Youth. For services to Young People and the community in Birmingham. (Birmingham, West Midlands)

Ms Harbans Kaur Sidhu. Volunteer Worker United Sikhs, London Borough of Ealing. For services to the Sikh community. (London)

Mrs Veena Soni. Head, Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service, Gateshead Council. For services to the community in Tyne and Wear. (Newcastle, Tyne and Wear)



Dr Francis Vijay Narasimhan Rangarajan. Director Europe Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For services to British multilateral diplomacy.




Satpal Dass. Chair and managing director Pacific Interiors. For services to British business in India.


Ms Elizabeth Mehta. Founding director. Muktangan Schools Network. For services to education in India.

Dilip Dayaram Tirathdas. Retired Financial secretary Gibraltar. For public service in Gibraltar.



Ms Christina Rosemary King Fonfe. Founder and director The Sri Lanka Women’s Swimming Project. For services to women, tsunami survivors, and the community in Sri Lanka.




Chief Superintendent Sunita Gamblin. Derbyshire Constabulary.

Nadeem Fazil Mir. Temporary chief inspector Greater Manchester Police.

*This is not a comprehensive list. If your name has been mentioned on this list, please send us your photograph and bio for future reference. Email [email protected]

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