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Harpal Singh – A cancer researcher knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

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An Indian-origin cancer research expert Harpal Singh Kumar has been presented with a Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his influential work on prevention and treatment of cancer.

  • Harpal Singh, the chief executive of Cancer Research UK (CRUK) has been honoured for being influential in promoting research into the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and cancer care.
  • He chaired the Independent Cancer Taskforce and authored the NHS Cancer Strategy “Achieving World Class Cancer Outcomes. A Strategy for England 2015-20”.
  • He has pushed for measures to reduce smoking and ban sun-beds for under-18s.
  • He has been actively involved in setting up the Francis Crick Institute as a world-leading centre of biomedical research and innovation.

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Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)

  • Kala Patel, managing director of Kiddycare Ltd Nurseries, for services to childcare business.
  • Daljit Lally, deputy chief executive of Northumberland Country Council for services to integrated care.

Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)

  • Rekha Mehr, founder of Indian sweets inspired bakery Pistachio Rose, for services to entrepreneurship and enterprise.
  • Ayesha Hazarika, chief of staff to the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, for political service.

British Empire Medal

  • Aatin Ashok Anadkat, managing director of Hotel Maiyango for his services to entrepreneurship.

In total, 1,196 people have received an award in 2015. There are 578 successful women candidates in the list, representing 48% of the total and 5.7% of the successful candidates come from ethnic minority backgrounds.

About Knighthood

  • A knighthood is one of the highest honours an individual in the United Kingdom.
  • It cannot be bought and it carries no military obligations to the Sovereign.
  • The Queen or a member of the Royal Family acting on her behalf confers knighthoods in Britain, either at a public investiture or privately.