Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2015


Asian Community Heroes Recognised

A Birmingham man who helped 13,000 youths get off the streets and into education and employment is among the community heroes that are celebrating after receiving honours in the Queen’s birthday list.

Mohammed ‘Zaf’ Zafran, who has helped thousands of youngsters across the Midlands deal with drug and alcohol addiction and get back into education with a promise of work, has said he is in shock since receiving the news of his Empire Medal (BEM).

“I feel honoured to be on the Queens Honours List and it just shows that when your work is sincere and you are dedicated in whatever profession you take up then it does get recognised, but the kind of work I do when there is no financial gain for myself and the only end result is to improve young lives then it does make me happy. My reaction when I first opened the letter was “Wow, is that for me!”

The number of Asians in this year’s list are:


Mrs Parkash Ahluwalia. For services to the community in Derby. (Mickleover, Derbyshire)

Miss Rimla Akhtar. Chair Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation. For services to Equality and Diversity in Sport. (London)

Mrs Aliya Jafri Azam. For voluntary and charitable services to Community Cohesion, particularly through the Al Khoei Foundation. (London)

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)

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)

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)

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)


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)


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)

Mrs Sadia Rahanara Hussain, JP. For services to Diversity Inclusion and the community. (Southend on Sea, Essex)

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


Ms Zarine Kharas. Founder and chief executive JustGiving.com. For services to Business and Charity. (London)

Dr Nemat Talaat Shafik. Deputy managing director International Monetary Fund. For services to Public Administration and the Global Economy. (London)


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

Hamid Patel. Chief executive Tauheedul Education. For services to Education. (Blackburn, Lancashire)




Air Vice-Marshal Aroop Kumar Mozumder. Royal Air Force


Professor Harshad Kumar Dharamshi Bhadeshia F. R.S., Tata Steel Professor of Metallurgy, University of Cambridge. For services to Science and Technology (Cambridgeshire)



Mohammed Saleh Faisel Choudhry. For services to the Royal Household



Nadeem Fazil Mir. Temporary chief inspector Greater Manchester Police.


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