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Lifetime honour for NHS stalwart

PUBLISHED: 15:37 11 November 2009 | UPDATED: 09:43 12 August 2010

HONOURED: From left, Truett Tate, group executive director wholesale Lloyds TSB, Naaz Coker and Kamel Hothi, Asian markets director Lloyds TSB.

HONOURED: From left, Truett Tate, group executive director wholesale Lloyds TSB, Naaz Coker and Kamel Hothi, Asian markets director Lloyds TSB.

A MEDICAL professional who has worked in the NHS for nearly 40 years has received an award at a ceremony celebrating the achievements of the British Asian community. Naaz Coker, from Bromley, was presented with a lifetime achievement honour at the Lloyds

A MEDICAL professional who has worked in the NHS for nearly 40 years has received an award at a ceremony celebrating the achievements of the British Asian community.

Naaz Coker, from Bromley, was presented with a lifetime achievement honour at the Lloyds TSB Jewel Awards last Saturday at the London Hilton, in Park Lane.

Ms Coker, whose career spans 38 years, was commended for her contribution as chairman of St George's Healthcare NHS Trust, one of London's premier undergraduate teaching hospitals.

She is also non-executive director of the Ethical Property Company and, until November last year, was chair of homelessness charity Shelter. From 1998 to 2006, she was chair of the British Refugee Council.

Receiving her award at the glittering ceremony, she was commended for her voluntary work, which includes being a council member of St George's, University of London.

Ms Coker, 61, said: "I felt proud to get the award but I feel like I have more goals to achieve in my life as chair of the trust, so it was unexpected.

"We have always had the best clinical care in the world but in the past we have failed to deliver on all aspects of care.

"I want us to become a centre of excellence, the hospital of choice. Becoming a foundation trust is an important part of that goal."

The winners were chosen from thousands of nominations from across the region, spanning business, education, politics and the charity sector.

The final decision was made by a panel of judges, who included star of Dragon's Den James Caan.

Now in its seventh year, the event presented nine awards to individuals, including entrepreneurs such as Dr Kartar Lalvani, president and founder of Vitabiotics Ltd, and Rami Ranger, chief executive officer of Sun Mark and Sea and Land Forwarding Ltd.

Commenting on the awards, Kamel Hothi, Asian markets director, Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets, said: "For over half a century, the Asian community in Britain has been making a huge contribution to all aspects of life, not least the economy.

"I would like to congratulate all the winners on their outstanding achievement as they continue to set a benchmark in these challenging economic times, when their abilities and acumen are truly put to the test."

Khalid Darr, chairman of Carter Andersen, organiser of the awards, said: "Asian men and women are truly breaking new ground in their professional careers and adding real value to the UK economy.

"This is what these awards set out to recognise.

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