LONDON: The Queen has appointed Pakistani origin Briton Dr Robina Shah MBE JP DL as the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester. Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK Syed Ibne Abbas was among the prominent attendees at the installation ceremony on Thursday 12 April 2018.
Dr Robina Shah MBE JPDL, who is an academic at the University of Manchester, has an extensive public service record spanning over 25 years. In recognition of her services, Her Majesty the Queen appointed her the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester.
She is the first British Pakistani woman to achieve this honour. Meanwhile, during his one day stay at Manchester, the High Commissioner also interacted with the British Pakistani community and discussed with them the various issues being based by the Pakistani diaspora in Britain. Talking to ‘The Nation’, Syed Ibne Abbas expressed his pleasing sentiments over the appointment of Dr.Robina Shah and said that we all Pakistanis are proud of her installation.
“Our diaspora is very active in promoting the image of their country which is a matter of great satisfaction and proud”, he added. Dr. Robina is a Chartered Psychologist and Senior Lecturer at Manchester Medical School, University of Manchester.
Robina is also the National Director on Carers for Frenkel Topping Ltd and a Trustee of the Frenkel Topping Charitable Foundation Trust. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine where she is a member of the Public Health and Epidemiology Council.
Dr. Robina holds many national leadership roles including: The Standing Commission on Carers, Department of Health; member of the Independent Cross- Government Advisory Group on Hate Crime, Ministry of Justice; Member of the RCGP Trustee Board and the UK Chair of the RCGP Patients and Carers Partnership Group. She is also a member of the Commitment to Carers Oversight Strategic Group at NHS England. Robina also hold regulatory and associate roles at the General Medical Council, Health Education England North West and the Care Quality Commission. She is the author of numerous books and has contributed to various national government reports.
Her published research has achieved national and international recognition for breaking new ground. It may pertinent to mention here that each year a parchment called the Litesis presented to Her Majesty by the Chancellor of the Duchy with the names of those recommended to become High Sheriffs for the ensuing year.
The Queen personally marks the selected name with a small hole made by a bodkin in a ceremony believed to date back to the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Lacking a pen, Elizabeth I decided to use her bodkin to mark each name instead. The Office of High Sheriff is a year-long independent non-political Royal appointment, whose date back to Saxon times, when the ‘Shire Reeve’ was responsible to the king for the maintenance of law and order within the shire, or county, and for the collection and return of taxes due to the Crown.
The High Sheriffs central role Is to support the Crown and the judiciary. They also support the police, emergency services, probation, prison services and voluntary sector organisations. Dr Shah will also support charities and organisations working with young people and other vulnerable members of the community. These include The University of Manchester scholarship programme for disadvantaged children called Access Manchester the Greater Manchester High Sheriff’s Police Trust and “We Love Manchester” Emergency Fund.