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Dr. Robina Shah: First Pakistani-origin Woman Selected as High Sheriff of Greater Manchester

By Maryam Iraj

Dr. Shah, a chartered psychologist and a senior lecturer at Manchester Medical School, University of Manchester, has been appointed as the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester by the Queen. Dr. Shah is also the National Director on Carers for Frenkel Topping Ltd and a Trustee of the Frenkel Topping Charitable Foundation Trust.

Dr. Shah standing in the middle from the right

In her acceptance of the honours, Dr. shah said,  “I am truly honored and humbled to be appointed by her majesty the Queen to take the role of High Sheriff. It is a huge privilege to be the custodian of this historic public service role and I promise to serve the people of Greater Manchester with dignity, humility, and sincerity throughout my year of office,”

Dr Shah was formally presented with her fellowship by the RCGP President, Professor Mike Pringle and the RCGP Chair, Dr Maureen Baker.

She is also the Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine where she holds the membership of the Public Health and Epidemiology Council.

Dr. Shah, throughout her career, held 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. Moreover, She is also a member of the Commitment to Carers Oversight Strategic Group at NHS England.

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Dr. shah excels both in academics and in administrative roles.  She held regulatory and associate roles at the General Medical Council, Health Education England North West and the Care Quality Commission. Dr. Shah has many books to her credit, and also contributed substantially to various national government reports. Her published research papers achieved national and international recognition for breaking new grounds in both social and medical sciences.

I am proud of Dr. Shah as a women and as a Pakistani.