Dame Asha Khemka was recently appointed deputy lieutenant of Staffordshire county.
Dame Asha Khemka said she is “proud and humbled” after being named the new deputy lieutenant of Staffordshire county.
The principal and CEO of West Nottinghamshire College was appointed last Tuesday (9) by the lord-lieutenant of Staffordshire Ian James Dudson.
The role of deputy lieutenant is to assist the lord-lieutenant, who is the Queen’s representative in the county, in his ceremonial duties throughout the year.
Appointees are chosen based on their service to the local community or their history of public service in other fields.
Dame Asha said: “Staffordshire is blessed to have many hard-working individuals and dedicated groups and charities that make up the very fabric of its communities, and a plethora of fantastic businesses that contribute enormously to its economic prosperity.
“I am relishing the opportunity to meet many of these in an official capacity and make my own personal contribution to this unique and wonderful county. For me, there will be no greater honour and privilege.”
Having arrived in the UK from India, Dame Asha spent time raising her family before embarking on a career as a college business studies lecturer in 1987 and enjoying success in the further education sector.
She is a winner of Eastern Eye’s Asian Business Awards and also sits on the Cabinet Office’s Education Honours Committee. She was also recently appointed as a board member on the Institute for Apprenticeships.