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Lloyds TSB Northern Jewels crowned
Leading G8 Summit legal activist and G8 Alternatives Spokesperson, Aamer Anwar,
and prominent Founding Member of the Bradford and District Ethnic Minority
Police Liaison Committee, Nirmal Singh were amongst the delighted winners,
scooping top honours at this year’s Lloyds TSB Northern Jewel Awards.
The Healthcare & Education Excellence Jewel Award: Dr Robina Shah
Robina has given 13 years to public service, most of which has been to the NHS and the Magistracy and the University of Manchester. In 2000, she was appointed as chairman of Stockport NHS Trust, later to become one of the first wave of Foundation Trust Hospitals in the NHS in 2004. Robina was awarded the MBE in 2003 for services to disabled children, and received the commission of Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester and Lancashire on 28th April 2006.
The Business & Commerce Excellence Jewel Award:
The Retail Food & Franchise Excellence Jewel Award:
The Public Service Excellence Jewel Award: Sergeant Nita Jhanji-Garrod
Nita has been serving as an officer for Greater Manchester Police for 20 years, being the first Asian policewoman to join the force in 1986. In August 2005, she joined the newly-established Diversity Command, which spearheads GMP’s strategic approach to diversity. Nita is an executive member of the Black and Asian Police Association as a key player in GMP’s journey towards greater diversity in employment and service provision.
The Entrepreneur Excellence Jewel Award: Asif Dean
Rochdale-based Asif Dean’s major breakthrough came when he decided to set up Dean Solicitors – his own legal practice – in early 2002, specialising in the fields of Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Employment, Commercial and Residential Conveyancing and Immigration Law. Having achieved the Investors in People standard in 2003, the practice has expanded to establish further offices in Bury and Bradford.
The Lifetime Achievement Jewel Award: Nirmal Singh MBE
Over the last 30 years, Nirmal Singh has worked across business, public, community
and charitable work sectors, recognised for his achievements when he was
awarded an MBE by Prince Charles, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen. Arriving
in Britain in 1967, Nirmal set up Nirmal Razia Mart in Bradford, a retail
mart and manufacturing business that now serves 600 UK retail outlets. He
has chaired and been an active leading founder member of a number of Asian
business organisations, including Bradford Asian Business Association, the
Yorkshire Sikh Forum and the Bradford and District Ethnic Minority Police
Truett Tate, Group Executive Director, Wholesale & International Banking, Lloyds TSB, said: “The success of Britain’s Asian community is a shining example to us all. We have established ourselves as a bank with a real edge when it comes to serving Britain’s communities. Our Islamic financial services and India Banking Service are just two examples of initiatives we have launched to cater for the needs of our increasingly diverse population.”
Lloyds TSB’s sponsorship of the Jewel Awards is just one aspect of the
bank’s continuing involvement with the UK’s fast growing Asian
population, as an employer and a financial services provider. The Group has
also developed a range of products and services catering for the community’s
unique financial needs.