Britain’s Indian-origin Home Secretary, Suella Braverman has been named winner of the first-ever Queen Elizabeth II Woman of the Year award at a ceremony in London. The 42-year-old barrister, who was appointed to the Cabinet earlier this month by British Prime Minister Liz Truss, said it was the “honour of her life” to take on the new role at the Asian Achievers Awards (AAA) 2022 ceremony, dedicated to the memory of the late monarch who passed away recently. Braverman was previously Attorney General between 2020-2022.
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The awards, now in their 20th year, recognise the achievements of individuals from across Britain’s South Asian community via public nominations. Braverman expressed her gratitude for the honour saying that the UK is the best country in the world for anyone, regardless of race or origin. These awards were established in 2000 to honour South Asians for their great achievements in the UK.
About the “Suella” Braverman:
Sue-Ellen Cassiana “Suella” Braverman KC is a British politician and barrister serving as Home Secretary since 6 September 2022. She was the Attorney General for England and Wales from 2020 to 2022. She has been a member of parliament for Fareham in Hampshire since 2015.
Other Indian-origin winners across the different categories include:
- Broadcaster Naga Munchetty in the media category, chairman and CEO of celebrated visual effects firm DNEG Namit Malhotra in the Arts and Culture category
- Captain Harpreet Chandi in the Uniformed and Civil Service category for her solo expedition across the Antarctic to the South Pole earlier this year.
- Professor Sir Shankar Balasubramanian was named Professional of Year for his pioneering DNA sequencing discovery.
- Karenjeet Kaur Bains won Sports Personality of the Year as the first female Sikh powerlifter to represent Britain on the global stage.
- Sherry Vaswani, CEO of IT services firm Xalient, won Entrepreneur of the Year.
- Restaurateur brothers Shamil and Kavi Thakrar were named Business Persons of the Year as the founders of the successful Dishoom chain of restaurants.
- The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Kartar Lalvani, the founder of the UK’s well-known health supplements brand Vitabiotics.