The Queen's Birthday Honours list sees covid heroes honoured


Felicia Magaret Kwaku, the Associate Director of Nursings at the Kings College NHS Foundation Trust is among a number of individuals who have been recognised and honoured on the Queen's Birthday Honours List. This includes Winsome May Thomas, (pictured above) the Chair of the Trust BAME Nurses and Midwives Network. Their recognition is in line with a notable theme which sees a number of health service personnel recognised for their exceptional efforts in continuing to help save lives in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Birthday Honours list contains individuals from across a variety of fields including musicians, engineers, nurses, writers, community activists and dance instructors.

Why the delay?

The Queen's Birthday Honours list is usually announced in June. As with an endless number of other usual formalities, that was not the case this year. The decision was taken in May to rightly account for the "extraordinary contributions being made by so many in response to Coronavirus”. This represented the first time since the beginning of the Queen's reign in 1952 that the Birthday Honours list had been postponed.

The statistical breakdown for the list as a whole reads as such:

  • 1,358 candidates have been selected at BEM, MBE and OBE level:
  • 537 at BEM 561 at MBE 260 at OBE 1,069 (72%) of the recipients are people who have ‘undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity.’
  • Gender balance: 740 women are recognised in the List, representing 49%
  • More diverse - barely: Of the total, 13% of the successful candidates come from a ‘BAME’ background (previous highest was 12% in NY19)

Notable inclusions

Arguably the most notable inclusion is Manchester United and England forward, Marcus Rashford. His efforts to tackle child food poverty led to the government taking a U-turn on it’s original policy to stop free school meals at the end of the July school term. Other notable inclusions include noveslist and Booker Prize winner Bernardine Anne Mobolaji Evaristo, South London duo Krept (Casyo Johnson) and Konan (Karl Wilson) as well as Dizzee Rascal (Dylan Kwabena Mills). Owner of The Voice, Paulette Simpson has also been acknowledged with a CBE.

Those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds that have been honoured include:

Professor Ramesh Pulendran ARASARADNAM (Consultant Gastroenterologist, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. For services to the NHS during Covid-19) 

• Ali GHORBANGHOLI (Co-Founder and Director of GoodSam. For services to Volunteering during the Covid-19 response)

Felicia Margaret KWAKU (Associate Director of Nursing, Kings College NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Nursing during Covid-19)

Lurine Lilian CATO (For services to Charity and Music)

Imran Rashid DAVJI (Human Resource Administrator, Asda Ltd. For services to the Covid-19 response)

Derrick Errol EVANS (For services to Health and Fitness)

Ijeoma Nwamaka EZEILO (Telecommunications, Sky UK. For services to the Telecommunications Industry during Covid-19)

Adekunle OLULODE (Director, Voice4Change England. For services to the BAME community during Covid-19) Mohamed OMER (For services to the British Muslim community during Covid-19)

Leahman Filmore PRATT (Christian Chaplain, Her Majesty's Prison Exeter. For services to Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service during Covid-19.)

Reza RAHNAMA (Director, Core Voice Services, BT. For services to Telecommunications during the Covid-19 response)

Marcus RASHFORD (Footballer, England and Manchester United. For services to Vulnerable Children in the UK during Covid-19)

Chandni SEJPAL SHAH (For services to the community in North West London during Covid-19)

Carter SINGH (General Practitioner. For services to Healthcare in Nottinghamshire particularly during Covid-19)

Rajinder SINGH HARZALL (For services to Health and Fitness during Covid-19)

Ahmud Raza DOMAH (General Manager, Hill House Care Home. For services to Social Care during Covid-19)

Eno-Obong ESIN (Ward Clerk, Adult Critical Care Services, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. For services to the NHS during Covid-19)

Melesha Katrina O'GARRO (For services to Music and Charity)

Nilima RAHMAN (Bank employee, Virgin Money. For services to the Financial Services sector and the community of South Shields during Covid-19.)

Jitha SAJEEV (Street Population Manager, Newham Council. For services to the Vulnerable and Homeless in Newham during Covid-19.)

Winsome May THOMAS (Matron for Quality and BAME Nurses and Midwives Network Chair, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. For services to Nursing during Covid-19.)

Frank BOWLING (For services to Art)

Kofi Gyasi ADJEPONG-BOATENG (Chair, Economic Justice Programme, Open Society Foundations. For services to Philanthropy)

Joan Anita Barbara ARMATRADING (Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist. For services to Music, charity and Equal Rights)

Farmida BI (Chair, Norton Rose Fulbright 'Europe, Middle East and Asia'. For services to Law and charity)

Yadvinder Singh MALHI FRS (Professor of Ecosystem Science, University of Oxford. For services to Ecosystem Science)

Theresa OJO (Chief Executive, The Diana Award. For services to Young People)

Ighayezomo Philip ORUMWENSE (Lately Head of Applications, Programmes and Platforms, Commercial Directorate, Department for Work and Pensions. For public service)

Ansel Keith David WONG (For services to Arts and Culture)

Abu AHMED (Head, Local Delivery and Communications, Office for Security and Counter Terrorism, Home Office. For public service)

Ayodele Idowu AWOYUNGBO (Senior Crown Prosecutor, International Unit, Crown Prosecution Service. For services to Law and Order)

Joshua Thomas Aderele BABARINDE (Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cracked It. For services to Criminal Justice, Social Enterprise and the Economy)

Deesha CHADHA (Co-Chair, Faiths Forum for London. For services to Faith communities)

Herminder Kaur CHANNA JP (Principal, Ark Boulton Academy. For services to Education)

Yasmine CHINWALA (Partner, New Financial, HM Treasury. For services to the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter)

Bernardine Anne Mobolaji EVARISTO MBE (Author. For services to Literature)

Ali Akbar MOHAMMED (Founder and Trustee, Ansar Finance. For services to Finance and charity)

Sanjiv NICHANI (Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Healing Little Hearts. For services to Medicine and charity)

Muyiwa OLAREWAJU (Gospel Singer. For services to Music)

Luthfur RAHMAN (Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Manchester City Council. For services to Local Government)

Imran RASUL (Professor of Economics, University College London. For services to Social Sciences)

Ahmereen REZA (Founder and Trustee, Developments in Literacy Trust, and Director, Conservative Friends of Pakistan. For public and political service, and Interfaith Work)

Aurangzeb FAROOQ (Mentor, North West Regional Leadership Group, Mosaic. For services to Young People in Manchester)

Kadija GEORGE (SESAY) (Literary Activist, Editor and Publisher. For services to Publishing)

Pushkala GOPAL (Dance Teacher. For services to South Asian Dance)

Molly HENRIQUES-DILLON (Quality Nurse Team Leader, Black Country and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Groups. For services to Nursing during Covid-19)

Sarbjit CLARE (Deputy Medical Director, Clinical Lead Acute Medicine, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust. For services to the NHS during Covid-19)

Harmohinder Singh BHATIA (For services to Race Relations in the West Midlands particularly during Covid-19)

Oliver Luke CHAMBERS (For services to the community in Birmingham, West Midlands during Covid-19)

Adrian Anthony LESTER OBE (Actor. For services to Drama)

Maxie Alphonso HAYLES (Human Rights Campaigner. For services to the community in Birmingham)

Rita HINDOCHA-MORJARIA (Executive Principal and Director of Secondary Education, Mead Educational Trust. For services to Education)

Kobna HOLDBROOK-SMITH (Actor. For services to Drama)

Ching-He HUANG (For services to the Culinary Arts)

Mohammed IQBAL (Member, Pendle Borough Council and Lancashire County Council. For services to Local Government in East Lancashire)

Arinze Mokwe KENE (For services to Drama and Screenwriting)

Julie Dawn KENT (Founder, The Emily Kent Charitable Trust. For services to charity)

Farrah KHAN (Head, Service Delivery, Children's Services, Leeds City Council. For services to Children and Families)

Nasir Ahmed KHAN (Co-Founder, Muslims in Rail. For services to Muslim Representation in the Rail Industry)

Rosemary Jane KIMBER (For services to the community in Potton, Bedfordshire)

Zahava KOHN (For services to Holocaust Education)

Parminder Kaur KONDRAL (Co-ordinator, UK Sikh Healthcare Chaplaincy. For services to the Sikh community)

Ibrar Mohammed MAJID (For services to Healthcare and Community Development in Manchester)

Sajjad MIAH (For services to the community in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets)

Dylan Kwabena MILLS (Rapper. For services to Music)

Asgher MOHAMMED (Managing Director, Abbey Chemist, Paisley and Founder, Scottish Sadaqah Trust, Glasgow. For services to Pharmacy and charity)

Vasant PATEL (Senior Policy Officer, Department for Education. For services to Adopted Children and their Families)

Paulette SIMPSON (Deputy Chair, Windrush Commemoration Committee. For services to the Caribbean community in the UK)

Hemantkumar Kiritbhai PATEL (Lately Trustee and Interim Chair, Royal Armouries. For services to Museums and Heritage)

Sally Selorm Juliet PENNI (Barrister at Law, Kenworthy Chambers. For services to Diversity in the Workplace, Social Mobility and Law)

Paul Andrew PHILBERT (For services to Music)

Baljeet Kaur SANDHU (Founder, Centre for Knowledge Equity. For services to Equality and Civil Society)

Jayantilal SHAH (Founder, Positive Message Ltd. For services to promoting Anti-Racism in Southampton and Hampshire)

Qaisra SHAHRAZ (Founder, Curator and Executive Director, Muslim Arts and Culture Festival. For services to Gender Equality and Cultural Learning)

Mohammed Tayyab SIDAT (Founder, IMO Charity. For charitable services)

Brian STANISLAS (Product Manager, Civil Service Human Resources, Cabinet Office. For services to Flexible Working and Equality in the Workplace)

Michelle Antoinette WALLEN (Singer. For services to Music, Entertainment and charity)

Alfred Chi Bong WONG (Deputy Principal Accountant, Department of Finance, Northern Ireland Executive. For services to Racial Equality and to the Government in Northern Ireland)

Mohammed AZIZ (Chief Inspector, Bedfordshire Police. For services to Policing and Diversity)

Hera HUSSAIN (Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Chayn. For services to charity)

Lord Celal IZCIBAYAR (President, UK Turkish Scouting. For voluntary service to Scouting in the Turkish-Cypriot community in the UK)

Casyo JOHNSON (Musician. For services to Music and the community in Croydon)

Sufu MIAH (For services to the community in Oswestry, Shropshire)

Kurshida MIRZA (Volunteer Organiser, Great Get Together Iftar and Truby's Garden Tea Room 'Inter Faith Cafe'. For services to Inter Faith and Community Cohesion in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire)

Teleola Atoke Martha Ilori OGANLA (Founder, Teleola Martha Christian Organisation. For services to the community in South East London)

Folashade OGINNI (Chair, Carer's Network, Department for Transport. For services to Carers in the Department for Transport)

Tinuola ONI (Project Management Support Officer, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. For public and charitable services)

Parminder Singh PUREWAL (Director, The Normandy Hotel. For services to Hospitality in Renfrew)

Farzaneh SAADAT (Manager, Cecil Court Residential Home. For services to Older People with Dementia)

Parveen SAJID (For services to Vulnerable People in Lebanon and to the community in Glasgow)

Satyavir SINGHAL (For services to the community in Belfast)

Rina SURJAN (For services to the BAME community in Greater Manchester)

Bharat THAKRAR (For voluntary and charitable services in the UK and Abroad)

Karl WILSON (Musician.) For services to Music and the community in Croydon)


For the exhaustive list of all 1,495 names, click on the link here.


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