Rewarded for a lifetime of public service

Neena Mahal
Neena Mahal

NHS Lanarkshire’s chairwoman Neena Mahal has been awarded the Scottish Asian Women’s Award for Lifetime Achievement.

The awards aim to inspire Scottish Asian women to achieve their true potential and increase representation and participation in public and political life.

Neena’s award recognises her long term achievements and commitments to public service.

She won after being nominated by Central Scotland list MSP Margaret Mitchell and interviewed by a panel including Depute First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Neena said: “I am absolutely delighted and surprised at having won the award for the Lifetime Achievement at the Scottish Asian Women’s Awards.

“I feel humbled to have been present amongst so many talented Asian Women and receiving this accolade is a privilege.

“It is also a tribute to my family, friends and colleagues, whose support and encouragement has been tremendous in enabling me to do all the things I have done and will continue to do.”

Neena was appointed chairwoman of NHS Lanarkshire in 2013, having served as a non-executive board member since 2004 and vice-chair since 2011.

She has also contributed to public service as a board member of various public bodies, charities and voluntary organisations and is currently a governor of The Glasgow Academy.