Naaz Coker, the Chair of St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has won a Lifetime Achievement Award from an awards scheme recognising the contribution of Asian people to UK society and business.

Lloyds TSB Jewel Awards, now in their seventh year, celebrate achievement and success of Asian people in professional services, public service, food retail, business and commerce, healthcare and education, and as entrepreneurs.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is for outstanding individuals who have made a sustained contribution to success in their region. Ms Coker was singled out for her 38-year career in the public and voluntary sector alongside running a management consultancy. She has been Chair of St George’s since 2003 and is also a Non-Executive Director of the Ethical Property Company, trustee of the RSA and Council member of St George’s University of London. Until November 2008, Ms Coker was Chair of Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity and from 1998-2006, she was Chair of British Refugee Council.

The awards ceremony on 7th November focused on people in the south of the UK and follows similar ceremonies in the Midlands and Manchester.

Congratulating Ms Coker on her award, David Astley, St George’s Chief Executive, said: “This award recognises a lifetime of commitment to improving healthcare in the UK. During her time as Chair of St George’s the Trust has made great strides and has seen major improvements in its services that are delivering the highest standards of care to patients.”

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