Leader's statement on King’s Birthday Honours List

The Leader of Hounslow Council, Councillor Shantanu Rajawat, has offered his heartfelt congratulations to Hounslow residents and community members recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours list.

Published: Tuesday, 20th June 2023

Cllr Shantanu Rajawat

Councillor Shantanu Rajawat, Leader of Hounslow Council said:

“It is wonderful to see members of our community recognised in His Majesty The King’s Birthday Honours list.  

“I am delighted that Kathryn Harper-Quinn, who served as the Headteacher at Hounslow Heath Infant and Nursery School for over 25 years has been honoured with an MBE for services to education. Kathryn’s years of dedicated service has helped ensure children in our borough have the best start in life, equipping them with vital skills they need to develop. The work of school staff like Kathryn, has ensured every school in the borough is rated ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ by Ofsted.  

“Hounslow is also home to an incredible range of voluntary and community sector groups and organisations, so it is wonderful to see two residents recognised in the Birthday Honours list for their services to the community and charitable work.  

“Hounslow resident and co-founder of Muslim Hands, Open Kitchen in Heston, Eshan Choudhry was awarded a BEM for his services to the community. The Open Kitchen provides free hot nutritious meals to rough sleepers, low-income families and needy children in the borough, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. This safe space provides a beacon of hope for those in need, where they will be treated with dignity and respect. Eshan’s resolute commitment to others has been felt most in the wake of the pandemic and the cost-of-living crisis which has seen an increasing number of people feel financial pressures. 

“Chiswick resident, Emily Reuben was awarded an OBE for her work in setting up the charity Duchenne UK to provide support to people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Tireless campaigning and fundraising efforts have led to important research advancements and helped to provide improved support to anyone suffering from the disease and to their families.  

“Finally, I would like to extend my congratulations to David Shreeve from Chiswick, who has been awarded an MBE for his services to the environment. A life-long environmentalist, David is the co-founder and Director of The Conservation Foundation. He has worked hard to ensure the preservation of the environment is high on the agenda and that is exactly the case for us in Hounslow as we strive to take swift and effective action on the climate emergency and create a cleaner and greener borough.  

“This is a well-deserved recognition for Kathryn, Ehsan, Emily and David – congratulations for the honour and their contribution to Hounslow, they have all embodied our One Hounslow spirit to support their communities.” 


The Council was also pleased to learn that Isleworth resident, Barry Palmer was awarded a BEM for his services to counter terrorism and the funeral of HM the Queen Elizabeth II. Former serviceman Barry is the Head of Safety and Security for Tate Galleries UK and coordinated the accessible queue for the funeral which ran through Tate Britain and helped in the organisation and counter terrorism planning for operation London Bridge. A fantastic achievement.

If there is anybody else from borough that has been included in the recently published honours list, please let us know by emailing communications@hounslow.gov.uk

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