Lifetime Award for a member of our Executive Committee

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The Signature Awards celebrated the strength of Asian professionals within the region in front of a capacity audience at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham.

The awards are the brainchild of Black Country Chamber of Commerce President Ninder Johal and returned for a second year on 14th March.

More than 460 people attended the Lifetime Achievement given to Sewa Singh Mandla, who famously challenged a decision by a Birmingham head teacher to ban a student – Mr Mandla’s son, Gurinder – from wearing a turban.

The fight went all the way to the House of Lords (having generated a particularly dated view of discrimination from Master of the Rolls, Lord Denning, in the Court of Appeal) where the court found that Sikhs were a racial or ethnic group, and therefore came under the protection of the Race Relation Act 1976.

Sewa Singh was formerly a Barrister with the Law Society United Kingdom, Chairman Council of Sikh Gurudwara’s in Birmingham (2002-2007), board member of the Single Regeneration Board Round 6 (SRB6) and Chairman of the Community Health and Social Exclusion group.

He is currently the Legal Advisor to the Nishkam Campus. He is also a member of Birmingham Faith Leaders Group, Vice Chair of the Perry Barr Constituency Strategic Partnership, Champion of the Perry Barr Enterprise and Economic Development Key Priority Group, a member of the Lozells & East Handsworth Advisory Board, Chair of the Roger Hooker Memorial Trust, Chair of Birmingham Council of Faith.

He was formerly a Barrister with the Law Society United Kingdom, Chairman Council of Sikh Gurudwara’s in Birmingham (2002-2007), board member of the Single Regeneration Board Round 6 (SRB6) and Chairman of the Community Health and Social Exclusion group.

Congratulations, Sewa!

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