From stars to heroes of tragedy, the 2019 Queen's honours list felicitates diversity and heroism

From stars to heroes of tragedy, the 2019 Queen's honours list felicitates diversity and heroism

From stars to heroes of tragedy, the 2019 Queen’s honours list felicitates diversity and heroism


The 2019 honours list has plenty of famous faces, but a far greater number of people who quietly work away at doing good for their communities. There were a total of 1,148 people out of which 43 were those recognised for their acts in responding the the Manchester and London terror attacks. 47% women, 12% from the BAME community and 5% from the LGBT community. These awards extol the ethnic diversity and multiculturalism of the UK.

Youth magazine founder Saeed Atcha, 22, is the youngest to be recognised, with an MBE for services to young people and the community in Greater Manchester, while the oldest is 100-year-old World War Two veteran Robert Lingwood, who gets a BEM for services to the community in County Tyrone.

Here are some other people who have made it the list and represented Britain’s diversity:

  • Gurinder Singh Josan, for political service
  • Dr Sridevi Kalidindi, Consultant Psychiatrist in Rehabilitation and Recovery, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust – for services to Rehabilitation Psychiatry
  • Sophie Okonedo OBE Actress for services to Drama
  • Nitin Sawhney, Musician and Composer, for services to Music.
  • Yinka Shonibare MBE, artist, for services to Art.
  • Mustafa Suleyman for services to the UK Technology Industry.
  • Abolade Akinwale Abisogun, Chief Executive Officer, Urbanis Ltd. for services to Diversity and Young People in the Construction Industry.
  • Ruby Khalid Bhatti, for services to Young People and Housing.
  • Farooq Ur Rehman Chaudhry, Producer, for services to Dance and Dance Production.
  • Mustafa Field MBE for services to Faith Communities and Social Cohesion.
  • Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal, Senior Lecturer in Sikh Studies, University of Birmingham for services to Higher Education, Faith Communities and the Voluntary Sector.
  • Dr Vinod Kapashi, for services to Jainism
  • Abyd Karmali, Managing Director of Climate Finance, Bank of America Merrill Lynch for services to International Climate Change and Sustainable Finance.
  • Umer Khan, Superintendent, Greater Manchester Police for services to Policing and Community Cohesion.
  • Ming Wai Kong, Senior Lawyer, Government Legal Department. For services to Energy Policy.
  • Nasar Mahmood Chairman, British Muslim Heritage Centre. For services to Community Relations in Manchester.
  • Imam Mohamed Hassan Yousef Mahmoud, Imam, London. For services to the community in London
  • Aamer Naeem, Chief Executive Officer, Penny Appeal. For services to Muslim Community Development.
  • David Olusoga, For services to History and community integration.
  • Sukhjeev Sandhy Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Audeliss and INvolve. For services to Diversity in Business.
  • Fateha Ahmed For services to Diverse communities in Wales.
  • Sujata Banejee, for services to Dance
  • Paramdeep Singh Bhatia, For voluntary service to Minority Communities.
  • Abul Kalam Azad Choudhury, Founder, Azad Choudhury Academy and Welfare Trust. For services to Education in Bangladesh.
  • Dr Saroj Duggal For services to Asian and Ethnic Minority Women.


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