The first New Year Honours List of King Charles III has been announced and 1,227 people from all over the UK have been honoured for their services to UK society.

The honourees include people who have been devoted to their communities, inspirational in sport, innovative in the arts, caring in health and supportive of young people.

Of those honoured, 48% are women.

Over 13% are from an ethnic minority background.

The honours given out include Companions of Honour (CH), Grand Cross, Order of the Bath (GCB/KCB/CB), Order of St Michael and St George (Knight/GCMG/KCMG/DCMG/CMG), Knighthood and Damehood (Knight/DBE), Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) and British Empire Medal (BEM).

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said: “Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said:

“The New Year Honours List recognises the exceptional achievements of people across the country and those who have shown the highest commitment to selflessness and compassion.

“To all honourees, you are the pride of this country and an inspiration to us all.”

Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden added:

“This year’s New Year Honours List celebrates the most selfless, compassionate people in the UK.

“I send them all my warmest congratulations for what they have achieved.

“Our historic honours system exists to recognise these people and shine a light on their heroic contributions and achievements.

“I hope that the inspiring stories from across the whole of the UK encourage more people to nominate others for an honour in future.”

As for the Asian contributions, the New Year Honours List praises the hard work and efforts of men and women with South Asian roots who have made a significant impact on communities around the UK.

Former Conservative Party Chancellor Sajid Javid received a Knighthood. He is the most prominent political figure to be honoured in the 2024 New Year Honours List.

Arsenal FC CEO Vinaichandra Guduguntla Venkatesham received an OBE for services to sport. Another honoured for their services to sport is Dr Sanjay Bhandari, who received an MBE. He is the Chair of Kick It Out, which works to combat discrimination in football. Speaking about the honour, he said: “I am humbled and honoured to receive an award like this.” “It is a recognition of the team that I have a privilege to lead. This is just as much a recognition of that wonderful team, as it is of my small contribution to it.”

British Asians who have been recognised in the New Year Honours List 2024 include:

Knights Bachelor

  • Professor Amritpal Singh Hungin OBE – Emeritus Professor of General Practice, Newcastle University. For services to Medicine.
  • Sajid Javid MP – Member of Parliament for Bromsgrove. For Political and Public Service.

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

  • Dr Chandra Mohan Kanneganti – General Practitioner, Goldenhill Medical Centre, Stoke-on-Trent. For services to General Practice.
  • Naguib Kheraj – Chair, Rothesay Limited. For services to Business and to the Economy.
  • Dr Mala Rao OBE – Senior Clinical Fellow, Imperial College London. For services to Public Health, the NHS and to Equality and Diversity.
  • Bidesh Sarkar – Chief Financial Officer, Department for Business and Trade. For Public Service.

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

  • Baldev Parkash Bhardwaj – For services to the community in Oldbury, West Midlands.
  • Dr Dipankar Datta – Chair, South Asia Voluntary Enterprise. For services to Charity.
  • Mahboob Hussain JP – For services to the community in Buckinghamshire.
  • Munir Patel – Chief Executive Officer, XRAIL Group. For services to Rail Exports.
  • Dr Shriti Pattani – Lately President, The Society of Occupational Medicine. For services to Occupational Health.
  • Rajwinder Singh – Principal Project Sponsor, Prison Infrastructure Team, Ministry of Justice. For Public Service.
  • Dr Sabesan Sithamparanathan – Founder and President, PervasID and Enterprise Fellow, Girton College, University of Cambridge. For services to Innovation Technology.
  • Vinaichandra Guduguntla Venkatesham – Chief Executive Officer, Arsenal Football Club. For services to Sport.
  • Zehra Zaidi – For services to International Development, to Humanitarian Action and to Community Cohesion.

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

  • Taslima Parveen Ahmad – Founder, Creative Design and Manufacture UK. For services to Disadvantaged People and to the Minority Ethnic Community.
  • Shabnam Ahmed Butt – Lead for Adult Safeguarding, Camden London Borough Council. For services to Social Care.
  • Tajinder Kaur Banwait – Founder, Urban Apothecary London. For services to Business and to the Beauty Industry.
  • Dr Sanjay Bhandari – Chair, Kick It Out. For services to Sport.
  • Dr Manav Bhavsar – Lately Clinical Lead, Critical Care. For services to Healthcare, particularly during Covid-19.
  • Khumi Tonsing Burton JP – For services to the community in Manchester and Cheshire.
  • Nilesh Bhasker Dosa – Founder, icanyoucantoo. For services to Social Equality.
  • Syed Jason Andrew Ghaboos – Deputy Director, Civil Service Employee Experience, Cabinet Office. For Public Service.
  • Dr Dinendra Singh Gill – For services to Pre-Hospital and Trauma Care in Wales.
  • Dr Gian Parkash Gopal – Founder, Oxford Hindu Temple and Community Centre Project. For services to the Hindu Community and to Multi-Faith Cohesion in Oxfordshire.
  • Permjit Gosal MSP – Member of the Scottish Parliament for West Scotland. For services to Business, to Racial Equality and to Charity in Milton Keynes.
  • Zahid Hamid – Lately Member, Peak District National Park Authority. For services to National Parks.
  • Anoushé Husain – Ambassador, Ehlers Danlos Support UK, LimbPower and Disability Champion. For services to People with Disabilities.
  • Dr Muhayman Jamil – Founder, Wheels and Wheelchairs. For services to People with Disabilities.
  • Rizwan Javed – Station Assistant, MTR Elizabeth Line. For services to Vulnerable People.
  • Jasdeep Hari Bhajan Singh Khalsa – Founder, The Sikher Project. For charitable services to the Sikh Community.
  • Mostaque Ahmed Koyes – Director, Community Interest Luton. For services to the community in Luton, Bedfordshire.
  • Mohammed Gulam Moula Miah – Chairman, Rajnagar Business Group and Moula Foundation. For services to the Bangladeshi Community and to Charity.
  • Huda Yassin Mohamed – Female Genital Mutilation Specialist Lead Midwife, Whittington Health NHS Trust. For services to Midwifery.
  • Dr Meenakshi Nagpaul – General Practitioner, Honeypot Medical Centre and Clinical Director, Harrow East Primary Care Network. For services to the NHS.
  • Satish Manilal Parmar – Senior Policy Adviser, Department for Work and Pensions. For Public Service.
  • Imran Adam Patel – For services to the community in Blackburn, Lancashire.
  • Jayshree Rajkotia – Trustee and Vice Chair, Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan, Institute of Indian Art and Culture. For services to Indian Culture.
  • Sadia Sadiq – Manager, Community Care and Wellbeing Services. For services to Minority Ethnic Communities in Wales.
  • Majida Aly Sayam – Founder and Director, Jannaty Women’s Social Society. For charitable services to Ethnic Minority Women.
  • Savraj Singh Shetra – Field Intelligence Officer, Home Office. For Public Service.
  • Dr Hamsaraj Gundal Mahabala Shetty – Consultant Physician, University Hospital of Wales. For services to Stroke Services in Wales.
  • Nirmal Singh – Chaplain, North West Prisons HM Prison and Probation Service. For services to Community Development and Interfaith Integration.
  • Dr Muhammad Saleem Khan Tareen – Psychiatrist, Northern Health and Social Care Trust. For services to Mental Ill Health and to Community Development in Northern Ireland.
  • Suman Vohra – Vice Chair, Edinburgh Hindu Mandir and Cultural Centre. For services to the community in Edinburgh.

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

  • Rasheed Alawiye – Detective Inspector, Metropolitan Police Service. For services to Policing, and to Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Dr Jahangir Alom – Doctor and Campaigner, NHS. For services to Tackling Health Inequalities, particularly during Covid-19.
  • Waqas Arshad – Chair, Bradley Big Local. For services to Families with Mental Health Issues in Lancashire.
  • Saeqa Ashraf – For services to Law Enforcement.
  • Chandra Shekhar Biyani – Consultant Urological Surgeon, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. For services to Medical Education.
  • Asad Mehmood Butt – Volunteer, Chance to Shine. For services to Young People and to the community in the London Borough of Croydon.
  • Harbaksh Singh Grewal – Vice Chair, UK Punjab Heritage Association. For services to Punjabi and Sikh Heritage, and to Charity.
  • Sundeep Kaur – Director, United Sikhs. For services to the community in the West Midlands during Covid-19.
  • Azam Ahmed Khan – Executive Officer, Department for Work and Pensions and Founder, The Akhirah Team. For Charitable Services.
  • Mubarak Hussain Mahmed – Wellbeing and Engagement Coordinator, First Bus North and West Yorkshire. For services to Mental Health.
  • Sukhdev Singh Phull – Engineer, Department for Transport. For services to Transport Technology and for charitable services through the Ekom Charity Trust.
  • Mahbubur Rahman – For services to Charity and to the community in Oldham, Greater Manchester.
  • Rehana Khanam Rahman – For services to the Bangladeshi Community.
  • Sanjay Shambhu – Councillor, South Gloucestershire Council and Chair, BAME Conservatives. For Political Service.
  • Versha Sood-Mahindra – Lately Dementia Lead, BUPA. For services to Community Cohesion and to People with Dementia in Cardiff.



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