Bath residents named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List

By Nick Batten on 13 June, 2022

Two residents of Bath have been named in The Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours List 2022,  which recognises recipients for their outstanding contributions across all sectors, including public service, the environment and sustainability, and youth engagement. 

Calvin Bird (MBE) was awarded for services to the community in Somerset during the Covid-19 pandemic and Sarah Crew, Chief Constable, Avon and Somerset Police was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal.

In addition to this, Ameeta Virk, Market Leader at The Department for International Trade (DIT) and Business West was awarded an MBE for services to the economy.

Over the last eight years, Ameeta has tirelessly championed trade and innovated novel initiatives to drive UK exports into the US and India – directly impacting the growth of South-West businesses. 

Ameeta said, “This incredible honour means everything to me. India, the UK and the USA – where my family is from, where I was born and where I grew up – all mean so much to me personally and professionally. 

“The US and India present huge opportunities for UK business, but there is much work to be done and this recognition has energised me to do even more to drive trade between these markets in the years to come.”

Phil Smith, Managing Director of Business West, said, “All of us at Business West are delighted that Ameeta’s work has been recognised at such a high level.

“Her boundless energy and tireless support of business make her well deserving of this prestigious accolade.” 

Paul Shand, Head of Trade for DIT in the South West added, “Ameeta’s work in introducing businesses to key markets has contributed to the strengthening of the South West economy by forging strong trade connections.

 “I know that she will continue to do great things for companies in the region. Her dedication to the business community is an inspiration to us all.”

Pictured above: Ameeta Virk, MBE