14 British Pakistanis in the King’s Birthday Honours List

The King’s Birthday Honours List this year highlights the exceptional contributions of numerous British Pakistanis who have made significant impacts across various fields. Their dedication to charity, philanthropy, inclusion, and community service has earned them prestigious recognitions, from Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) to Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM).

Of those recognised, 48% are women, 10% come from an ethnic minority background, with 4.6% being from an Asian ethnic group and 1.3% being from a British Pakistani background.

As for the British Pakistani contributions, the King’s Birthday Honours List honours the hard work and efforts of 14 men and women who have made a major impact on communities around the UK. These include: 

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Asif Rangoonwala has been honoured for his extensive work in charity and philanthropy as the Chair of the Rangoonwala Foundation and BPF. His contributions have not only fostered community development but have also significantly impacted numerous charitable initiatives, reflecting his unwavering commitment to societal betterment.

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Tabassum Rizwan Ahmad, the CEO of EmployAbility, has been recognized for her services to inclusive access to employment for neurodivergent and disabled young people. Her work has paved the way for greater employment opportunities and has championed inclusivity in the workforce.

Amira Amzour, Deputy Director for the Environment Bill at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has been commended for her services to environmental legislation. Her efforts have been instrumental in shaping policies that safeguard the environment.

Dr. Hannana Siddiqui, Head of Policy, Complaints, and Research at Southall Black Sisters, has been honoured for her work in preventing violence against women. Her advocacy and policy work have been vital in supporting and protecting vulnerable women.

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Saima Ashraf, Senior Finance Auditor at Merseyside Police, has been recognized for her contributions to policing, particularly in ensuring financial integrity and accountability within the force.

Halima Hashim Atcha, Diversity and Inclusion Lead for the Department for Work and Pensions, has been celebrated for her efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion within the workplace, making significant strides towards a more equitable work environment.

Syed Nasir Jaffri, has been awarded for his services to integration in Glasgow, fostering a more cohesive and inclusive community.

Dr. Samina Khan, Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach at the University of Oxford, has been recognized for her contributions to higher education, enhancing access and outreach to a diverse student body.

Tariq Mahmood, Founder of Feed the Needy and Vice-Chair of the Havering Inter Faith Forum, has been honored for his charitable work and efforts in promoting interfaith relations, bridging communities through compassion and understanding.

Furqan Naeem, Founding Organizer of Greater Manchester Citizens, has been celebrated for his services to interfaith relations and community development in Greater Manchester, fostering unity and cooperation among diverse groups.

Dr. Imran Rafi, General Practitioner and Reader in Primary Care and Genomics at St George’s, University of London, has been recognized for his contributions to general practice and genomics, advancing medical research and patient care.

Dr. Amar Shah, Chief Quality Officer at East London Foundation Trust and National Clinical Director for Improvement at NHS England, has been honored for his work in healthcare improvement, driving quality and innovation in the NHS.

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

Shamza Butt, a member of the National Citizens Service Trust Youth Voice Forum, has been recognized for her services to young people, empowering the next generation through advocacy and engagement.

Rizwan Rehman, Chair of Governors at Lapage Primary School and Nursery in Bradford, West Yorkshire, has been celebrated for his contributions to education, ensuring quality and inclusive education for young learners.

These honours reflect the diverse and impactful contributions of British Pakistanis across various sectors. Their achievements not only enrich the fabric of British society but also inspire future generations to strive for excellence and community service.

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