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Kurshida Mirza honoured in Queen's Birthday Honours list

Kurshida Mirza, Chair of Trustee’s at Milton Keynes Community Foundation has been awarded a BEM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Kurshida Mirza, Chair of Trustee’s at Milton Keynes Community Foundation has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list with a British Empire Medal (BEM).

Kurshida has been a trustee at MK Community Foundation since October 2017 and in September took on the role of Chair. Kurshida is actively involved in helping the Community Foundation meet its aims to be fully inclusive through our Diversity Equity and Inclusion working group.  Kurshida also sits on our Property and Governance committees, is a member of our grants panel and a member of the International Women’s Day event committee.

Kurshida is married with two children and has lived in Milton Keynes since 1990.  She has a research, policy and strategy background working within local and central government.  She held many portfolios in Government including leading on housing for vulnerable and older people, community engagement, tackling worklessness and homelessness.

Kurshida is also a former Chair of Citizens MK and founder of Truby’s Garden Tea Room - MK's interfaith café, the Midlands Chair for Housing Learning, and Information Network (a learning and improvement network connecting housing, health and care).  As part of her work with Truby’s she   founded the Great Get Together Iftar MK, which brings people from all faiths and the wider community to join Muslims during Ramadan to break the fast. The Great Get Together Iftar and Truby’s Interfaith Cafe are both growing from strength to strength with a huge following in MK operating as a conduit for positive dialogue between Muslims and the wider community.

Kurshida is passionate about creating opportunities for interfaith dialogue and all her voluntary and community work reflect this.

Kurshida says: “I am truly humbled by this recognition.  All thanks is to Allah and the success of both Trubys Garden Tea Room and the Great Get Together Iftar are because of all our volunteers and partners who work tirelessly throughout the year.”

Ian Revell, Chief Executive at Milton Keynes Community Foundation says: “We are delighted that Kurshida has been honoured in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours list, it is thoroughly deserved as she is such a wonderful community champion, bringing people together and bringing out the best of everyone she works with. Congratulations”

Kurshida’s voluntary work as a Trustee at Milton Keynes Community Foundation has been incredibly impactful, and we are extremely proud to have her as chair of our Trustee’s with all her expertise and knowledge. Congratulations to Kurshida Mirza from everyone at Milton Keynes Community Foundation.