The chairman of governors at a Birmingham girls’ school has been made an MBE for his tireless work with disadvantaged people and promoting stronger community relations between different ethnic groups.

Zafar Iqbal, chairman of governors at Bordesley Green Girls’ School and also a Solihull magistrate, has worked extensively with dyslexic sufferers and visually impaired and blind people.

His contribution to governance at the school was recognised by a Birmingham Governors’ Award in 2005, and he received a distinction in the regional DfES Award for School Governors in 2006.