Honours nod for local JP and HR boss

Usman Munshi.
Usman Munshi.

A Lancaster magistrate and a human resources manager from Bolton-le-Sands have been listed in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Usman Munshi JP, 61, has been awarded a prestigious MBE for his services to community cohesion and engagement in Lancashire. He has been a magistrate in the district for the last nine years.

Denise Mace has been awarded an MBE.

Denise Mace has been awarded an MBE.

Denise Carol Mace has been awarded an MBE for services to higher education and the community in North Lancashire. She works in HR at the University of Cumbria Lancaster campus.

Usman Munshi said: “I think it’s wonderful. I got the letter from the Queen six or seven weeks ago before the public announcement.

“It’s a big honour and it is absolutely fantastic. Being a public figure since I came from India over 50 years ago, it’s a very small Asian and Muslim community you are a kind of face of the public where people want to come and talk to you. It’s not something you work for but it’s wonderful being recognised.

“My wife Aziza is very pleased, as well as my three children.”

Mr Munshi has devoted countless hours over the last 31 years to supporting his local community.

Denise Mace said: “I am extremely grateful and incredibly humbled for this recognition which is a great honour and has made both myself and my family very proud. It came as the most wonderful surprise.

“I would never have thought of receiving an MBE in a million years!

“I feel flattered to accept such an award after only a few years’ service to Higher Education and Charity.

“It is always a team effort and I would like to pay tribute to all my colleagues I’ve worked with at the University of Cumbria and St John’s Hospice.”