Zameer Choudrey CBE, chief executive of Bestway Group, will be appointed to the House of Lords after receiving a peerage in former Prime Minister Theresa May’s resignation honours list.
The appointment is in recognition of his contributions to Britain’s domestic and foreign trade as a leading businessman and entrepreneur, his philanthropic work both in the UK and abroad, and his role as chairman of the Conservative Friends of Pakistan.
Choudrey said: “It is an immense honour. I am truly humbled to have been appointed to the House of Lords. I have always viewed the UK to be the land of opportunity and I look forward to contributing to the continued advancement of our great country.”
As chief executive of Bestway Group, Choudrey has driven growth in businesses across the UK and Pakistan, resulting in him being appointed to deputy chairman of the Pakistan Britain Trade & Investment Forum and serving as a member of the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) Economic Affairs Committee in previous years.
He has overseen the growth of Bestway Group into one of the UK’s largest family owned businesses, which employs over 27,000 people worldwide, including 15,000 in the UK.
He also sits as a trustee for several national charities, including CrimeStoppers, Grocery Aid and Bestway Foundation, which has donated over £30m to education and healthcare causes.
Choudrey has also regularly been asked to facilitate private government visits to both Pakistan and the UK for senior government officials from both countries to discuss how both the UK and Pakistan can look to increase trade and investment.
He grew up in a remote village in Pakistan, before moving to the UK at the age of 12. His career success led to him being appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List for services to industry and philanthropy.