British Indian medics, community champions on King Charles 2024 Honours list

British Indian medics, community champions on King Charles 2024 Honours list

“The New Year’s 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,” said Prime Minister Rishi Sunak as the UK Cabinet Office released King Charles III’s 2024 New Year Honours List.

The annual list recognises selfless service to others from individuals across the UK and this year more than 1,200 recipients have been awarded for their exceptional achievements, with a focus on those who have given with generosity to others in need.

The Cabinet Office said individuals have been recognised for being dedicated community champions, role models in sport, pioneers in the arts, passionate health workers, and supporters of young people.

“The Prime Minister is committed to ensuring that honours are awarded to people across the whole of the UK, so that the honours system captures and celebrates the fantastic contribution of people throughout the country,” it noted.

Here’s a roll call of some of the Indian-origin professionals, academics, healthcare experts, frontline and community workers to make the 2024 New Year Honours List made up of 1,227 high-achieving individuals…


Professor Amritpal Singh HUNGIN OBE DL

Emeritus Professor of General Practice, Newcastle University. For services to Medicine

(Stockton on Tees, County Durham)


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Order of the British Empire

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

(Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire)


Senior Clinical Fellow, Imperial College London. For services to Public Health, the NHS, and to Equality and Diversity

(Colchester, Essex)


Chief Financial Officer, Department for Business and Trade. For Public Service

(London, Greater London)


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Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Baldev Parkash BHARDWAJ

For services to the community in Oldbury, West Midlands

(Oldbury, West Midlands)

Dr Dipankar DATTA

Chair, South Asia Voluntary Enterprise. For services to Charity

(Newton Mearns, Renfrewshire)


Chief Executive Officer, XRAIL Group. For services to Rail Exports

(London, Greater London)


Lately President, The Society of Occupational Medicine. For services to Occupational Health

(London, Greater London)

Rajwinder SINGH

Principal Project Sponsor, Prison Infrastructure Team, Ministry of Justice. For Public Service

(Leicester, Leicestershire)

Vinaichandra Guduguntla VENKATESHAM

Chief Executive Officer, Arsenal Football Club. For services to Sport

(Hertford, Hertfordshire)


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Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Tajinder Kaur BANWAIT

Founder, Urban Apothecary London. For services to Business and to the Beauty Industry

(Huddersfield, West Yorkshire)


Chair, Kick It Out. For services to Sport

(Potters Bar, Hertfordshire)


Lately Clinical Lead, Critical Care. For services to Healthcare, particularly during Covid-19

(Londonderry, County Borough of Londonderry)

Nilesh Bhasker DOSA

Founder, icanyoucantoo. For services to Social Equality

(London, Greater London)

Dr Dinendra Singh GILL

For services to Pre-Hospital and Trauma Care in Wales

(Cardiff, South Glamorgan)

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

(Abingdon, Oxfordshire)

Jasdeep Hari Bhajan Singh KHALSA

Founder, The Sikher Project. For charitable services to the Sikh Community

(London, Greater London)

Dr Meenakshi NAGPAUL (Meena Thakur)

General Practitioner, Honeypot Medical Centre and Clinical Director, Harrow East Primary Care Network. For services to the NHS

(London, Greater London)

Satish Manilal PARMAR

Senior Policy Adviser, Department for Work and Pensions. For Public Service

(London, Greater London)


Trustee and Vice Chair, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Institute of Indian Art and Culture. For services to Indian Culture

(London, Greater London)

Savraj Singh SHETRA

Field Intelligence Officer, Home Office. For Public Service

(High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire)

Dr Hamsaraj Gundal Mahabala SHETTY

Consultant Physician, University Hospital of Wales. For services to Stroke Services in Wales

(Cardiff, South Glamorgan)

Nirmal SINGH

Chaplain, North West Prisons HM Prison and Probation Service. For services to Community Development and Interfaith Integration

(Preston, Lancashire)


Vice Chair, Edinburgh Hindu Mandir and Cultural Centre. For services to the community in Edinburgh

(Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh)


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Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

Chandra Shekhar BIYANI

Consultant Urological Surgeon, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. For services to Medical Education

(Wakefield, West Yorkshire)

Harbaksh Singh GREWAL

Vice Chair, UK Punjab Heritage Association. For services to Punjabi and Sikh Heritage, and to Charity

(Hastings, East Sussex)

Sundeep KAUR

Director, United Sikhs. For services to the community in the West Midlands during Covid-19

(Kingswinford, West Midlands)

Sukhdev Singh PHULL

Engineer, Department for Transport. For services to Transport Technology and for charitable services through the Ekom Charity Trust

(London, Greater London)


Councillor, South Gloucestershire Council and Chair, BAME Conservatives. For Political Service

(Patchway, Gloucestershire)

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