A number of Brent people have got the New Year off to a very good start by being recognised in the Queen's New Year's Honours list. As well as our amazing foster carer Patrice Thomas another five people connected to the borough were honoured.
Roy Croasdaile, from South Kilburn, has been made an MBE for his services to combating gang crime across London. He is the vice chairman of Brent's Independent Advisory Group, chairman of Brent's Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel, a member of his local ward panel and the Safer Neighbourhood Board and also sits on the board of the Trident Independent Advisory Group.
Robert Devereux, from Kilburn, a permanent secretary of the Department for Work and Pensions, has been knighted for his services to transport and welfare and for voluntary service in Kilburn.
He has volunteered for over 40 years, as a youth worker, school governor, with his local church and on the management board of two charities.
Alice Lester, from Kensal Rise, has been made an MBE for services to planning. She is a programme manager at the Planning Advisory Service (PAS). Before joining the PAS in 2005 she worked as a planner with three London local authorities and she is also a trustee of the Town and Country Planning Association. Alice is an active member of the Gladstone Parkrun and a member of the Queens Park Harriers.
Zameer Mohammed Choudrey founder of company Bestway which is based in Park Royal has been made a CBE for services to the UK wholesale industry and charity in the UK and abroad.
Having graduated in Accountancy from the University of Kent in 1981, Mr Choudrey joined Bestway in 1984 as Financial Controller, before being appointed to the role of Chief Executive for Bestway Group in 2004. Mr Choudrey also sits as a trustee on a number of charities including Crimestoppers and GroceryAid, in addition to playing a leading role in the Advisory Council at the British Asian Trust set up by Prince Charles as part of the Prince's Trust.
Jaz Rabadia, a worshipper and active member of the community at Shree Swaminarayan Mandir in Kingsbury has been made an MBE for service to sustainability and diversity in the STEM sector (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
Congratulations to all of them.