A leading businessman and dedicated doctor are the among those featured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

In the North West Khalid Saifullah MD at Star Tissue UK Blackburn was honoured with an MBE for services to the community.

In 2011, Mr Saifullah was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion and featured in the Guardian’s annual poll of the 50 ‘most influential people in the North' of England. Earlier this year he was made a Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire.

Khalid is a co-founder member of the Asian Image newspaper which he helped to establish in 1997. He has also helped to establish a number of community initiatives and supported some of the most high-profile charitable causes in his home town of Blackburn.

He said, “It has been a great year for me first being made a Deputy Lieutenant for Lancashire and now receiving an MBE for my work in business and the community.  This honour really belongs to my friends and family.”

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Former Hyndburn Mayor Munsif Dad was honoured with an MBE.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph: "I'm absolutely delighted to have received this recognition but this is down to the hard work and support of my family.”

Bolton’s Tayyebah Jiva, Adoption Team manager for Penny Appeal was awarded an MBE for services to Children and Families.

Tayyebah is a qualified social worker and has worked with children, young people and families for more than 20 years. he is the Adoption team manager at Penny Appeal (PA), an international charity, where she has worked from 2015.

Her role is to persuade Muslim families of the importance of fostering and adoption and to encourage them to come forward to do so.

She commissioned academic research by the University of Coventry to investigate the attitudes and needs for Muslim foster carers and adopters.

Tayyebah told the Bolton News,  “The letter is very official but until you get the phone call you can’t help but feel someone is playing a practical joke on you.

“The award raises awareness of the work of the charity and the work I do to increase adoption and fostering among the Muslim community.”

Stockport’s Rajesh Patel is Deputy National Medical Director for Primary Care, NHS England and was honoured with an MBE for services to Health Care.

He has been a dedicated GP for 25 years serving the people of Hyde, a deprived area in Greater Manchester.

His proximity to the practice of the convicted GP, Harold Shipman, resulted in him being inadvertently caught up in the case.

He recognised the minimal requirements to cremate the deceased and worked with his colleagues to change their practice in completing cremation forms so that a second doctor can contact relatives if there are any concerns.  Had this been in place, Shipman’s actions may have been uncovered sooner.  He persuaded doctors to adopt the same practices across Manchester and then the Local Medical Committees.

He has since devoted himself to protecting the public from rogue doctors and supporting doctors who find themselves in difficulty.

Narendra Kantilal Solanki is the Chairman of Trustees of Vantage Academies.

He has been honoured for services to education through his voluntary role at SS Simon and Jude’s CE Primary in Great Lever, and later as a trustee to drive up standards and to ensure all children have the same opportunities.

Today he helps raise standards in other local authority schools.

He said, “All the work I have done has been voluntary and people often cannot understand or believe why would you do it and not get paid, but in the end you do it because it needs doing.

“To have this work recognised in this is a huge honour and a reward that will encourage me to continue as long as I am needed.”

Nationally, among the most famous names on the list was rapper MIA, real name Mathangi Arulpragasam was made MBEs for services to music.


The following were awarded an OBE

Arvinda Gohil. Chief executive Officer Community Links. For services to the community and to Housing for Vulnerable People. (London)

Sajid Gulzar. Chief executive Officer Prince Albert Community Trust. For services to Education. (Birmingham, West Midlands)

Arun Kumar Batra. Chief executive Officer National Equality Standard. For services to Faith and Integration in the Public Sector. (London)

Arnab Dutt. For services to Small and Medium-sized Businesses to Diversity and to Equality. (Market Harborough, Leicestershire)

Qadeer Kiani. Chair Arhag Housing Association. For services to Migrants and Refugees. (St Albans, Hertfordshire)

Narinder Kaur Kooner. Councillor Birmingham City Council and director, Sikh Women's Action Network. For services to Supporting Vulnerable People and to the community in the West Midlands. (Birmingham, West Midlands)

Professor Sudhesh Kumar. Dean Warwick Medical School. For services to Medicine and to Diabetes Care. (Solihull, West Midlands)

Manmeet Singh Panesar. Head of Technical Services Office for Product Safety and Standards, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. For services to Product Safety. (London)

Reena Ranger. (Reena Ahuja). Founder and Chair Women Empowered. For services to BAME Women. (Moor Park, Hertfordshire)

The following were awarded an MBE

Amrik Singh Basi. Amateur Boxing Referee. For services to Boxing. (Essex)

Rashid Bhayat. Founder Positive Youth Foundation. For services to Young People in the Midlands. (Coventry, West Midlands)

Dr Ashok Kumar Bhuvanagiri. Founder The Telugu Association of Scotland. For services to Cultural Cohesion and to charity. (East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire)

Dr Navnit Singh Chana. Formerly chairman National Association of Primary Care and General Practitioner, Cricket Green Medical Practice. For services to Clinical Education and Primary and Community Care. (Chipstead, Surrey).

Dr Gulbash Singh Chandok. Senior Partner Guru Nanak Medical Centre. For services to General Practice. (Moor Park, Hertfordshire).

Dr Sengottiyan Chandrasekaran. Medical Lead General Adult Critical Care. For services to the community in Manchester. (Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire)

Dr Mohammad Farsi. Founder CANopen Protocol. For services to the Automotive Industry, to Education and to Cultural Engagement. (Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear)

Skinder Singh Hundal. Chief executive Officer The New Art Exchange. For services to Visual Arts. (Birmingham, West Midlands)

Dawda Jatta. Founder and chief executive Officer Black and Minority Ethnic Environment Network. For services to Recycling and to Energy Saving in Hull. (Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire)

Mahendra Kumar Limbu. Welfare Officer Brigade of Gurkhas. For services to Gurkha Personnel and their Families. (Aldershot, Hampshire)

Dr Syed Muhammed Habib Naqvi. Policy Lead Workforce Race Equality Standard, NHS England. For services to Equality and to Diversity in the NHS. (Knowle, Bristol)

Syed Muhammad Iqbal Nasim. For services to Community Development and to Tackling Poverty. (Surrey, SM3)

Sarabjit Kaur Sahota. For services to Education. (Hitchin, Hertfordshire)

Imran Sanaullah. Chief executive Officer Patchwork Foundation. For services to Young People. (London)

Dr Abdullahi Shehu. For services to Community Cohesion in Coventry. (Coventry, West Midlands)

Aghia Pal Singh. Infrastructure Engineer West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service. For services to charity and to the community in the West Midlands. (Walsall, West Midlands)

Emdad Hossain Talukder. Community Resource Officer Tower Hamlets Social Services Family Placement Services and Foster Carer. For services to Fostering. (London)

The following were awarded an BEM

Ghulam Mohammed Vohra. Vice chairman Coventry Muslim Forum. For services to Community Cohesion. (Coventry, West Midlands)

Saira Wajid. Head of Engagement Museum of London. For services to Culture and to Diversity. (London)

Dr Naeem Ahmed. Consultant Radiologist Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust and Founder, Selfless. For services to volunteering and to Healthcare. (London)

Naseem Akhtar. For services to Health to Fitness and to Sports for Women in Birmingham. (Birmingham, West Midlands)

Dr Sivaramkrishnan Devaraj. Volunteer. For services to Health Charity Fundraising and to General Practice. (London)

Vallabh Kaviraj. For services to Asian Media and to the South Asian community in the UK. (London)

Shamsa Jabeen Latif. For services to Disadvantaged People in South Yorkshire. (Sheffield, South Yorkshire)


Moazzam Tufail Malik. HM Ambassador Jakarta, Indonesia. For services to British foreign policy and international development.