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Longstanding community leader Dr Manoj Joshi DL awarded MBE in Queen’s Birthday Jubilee Honours

A longstanding community leader, Dr Manoj Joshi DL, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Jubilee Honours.

A well-respected businessman, interfaith activist and community leader has been awarded a title in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Jubilee Honours.

Dr Manoj Joshi DL has been awarded an MBE for his services to the community in Bradford, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The British honours system rewards individuals with honours, decorations and medals in public recognition of their merit, service or bravery.

Honours are announced and awarded twice a year – At New Year’s and in June for the Queen’s Official Birthday – by Her Majesty, with lists consisting of knights and dames, appointments to the Order of the British Empire, and gallantry and bravery awards. Different awards are received depending on an individual’s achievements.

A Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) is awarded to individuals for outstanding achievement or service to the community.

Dr Manoj Joshi DL has been awarded an MBE.

Awardees will have had a long-term, significant impact and stand out as an example to others.

Of the 1134 people who received an award, 304 people have received a BEM, 452 people have received an MBE and 246 people have received an OBE.

The majority of recipients (59.3%) have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity. Out of the people named in the hours, 6.8% are from the Asian community.

Dr Joshi, who is a Ugandan of Gujarati heritage, arrived in England in 1972 as a 21-year-old refugee during the infamous Idi-Amin crisis in his home country. Determined to re-establish the legacy of his pioneering and philanthropist grandfather, Liladhar Meghji, Dr Joshi combined a successful career in pharmaceuticals and created opportunities to provide professional and value-creating services in Bradford.

Dr Joshi has tirelessly volunteered and led causes to alleviate inequality and the disenfranchisement of Asian, Black and Minority Ethnic communities in health, social care services and education.

In Dr Joshi had a 27-year career in pharmaceuticals and health care, including as a Business Development Manager for Big Pharma giant AstraZeneca. In 2002, he became a founding governor of Bradford Academy and revolutionised Girlington Nursing Home as an advisor, almost doubling the number of beds available and funding the training of six nurses from scratch.

He also owned the Post Office in Clayton Road and opened a chemist before retiring from the pharmaceutical industry. In 2011, he was appointed as director of The Bradford Court Chaplaincy Service and most recently was appointed as the chair of Bradford District’s Economic Partnership.

Dr Joshi, who is also a former district governor of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire for Rotary International, has been instrumental in raising money and awareness for the eradication of Polio through End Polio Now. In 2020, the Deputy Lieutenant made international headlines for shaving off his then 52-year-old moustache for the cause, raising thousands of pounds.

Dr Joshi shaved off his famous moustache to raise money and awareness for End Polio Now in 2020.

His efforts were fruitful, with polio almost completely eradicated around the world. In 2020, there were 56 cases of polio in Afghanistan and 84 cases in Pakistan, with four cases reported in Afghanistan last year and just one in Pakistan. So far this year, there have been no reported cases of polio in Pakistan and just one in Afghanistan.

In 2019, Dr Joshi was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Bradford and became a Deputy Lieutenant to perform public duties on behalf of the Lord-Lieutenant, who conducts a wide variety of duties, working closely with voluntary services, charities and local businesses on behalf of The Queen.

Dr Manoj Joshi DL, said: “To receive the recognition in the Queen’s Jubilee this year, after Bradford winning the City of Culture 2025 bid whilst also commemorating 50 years of Ugandan Asians arriving as refugees in Great Britain is just phenomenal.

“I am overwhelmed with the honour for the pursuit of excellence and ‘service above self,’ in my lifetime. This kind of recognition fuels me with momentum to continue the important work of unlocking the wells of potential for the people of Bradford District.

“As a Sevak – of Hindu-Brahmin-Gujarati origin – it is my duty to spread joy and happiness serving humanity. I shall continue this important value-creating work with great honour

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