NEWCASTLE: The Queen of England has chosen Pakistan-origin Farooq Hakim, a British Telecommunications expert, as the new yearly High Sheriff for Tyne & Wear county, a ceremonial post which he will keep for the year 2021-22, ARY News reported.
The Office of High Sheriff is an independent non-political Royal appointment for a single year and in total there are 55 High Sheriffs serving the counties of England and Wales each year.
Among the duties of High Sheriffs, supporting the Crown and the judiciary remain focus while they actively lend support and encouragement to crime prevention agencies, the emergency services and to the voluntary sector.
Further, a High Sheriff receives no remuneration and no part of the expense of a High Sheriff’s year falls on the public purse.
For the first time, a Pakistani-origin, belonging to Azad Kashmir, Hakim has been appointed as the High Sheriff for Newcastle.
Hakim is presently associated with the telecommunications sector of England and works for Oracle company, which followed his earlier tenure with British Telecommunication (BT).
He has thirty-plus years of involvement in this sector with expertise in business transformation programmes. He has held executive roles as Chief Operating Officer (COO), Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO).
Hakim as further led on a number of major programmes playing a significant part in delivering information and communications technology and business process outsourcing in excess of £4billion.
Farooq has a really entrepreneurial approach to business in creating possibilities and delivering value by applying his excellent communication & commercial skills, drive for innovation and customer focus.
In his previous role in BT Hakim was the CIO for Group Services with responsibility for delivering ICT transformations for a number of group functions globally including Facility Services, Supply Chain, HR Learning and Finance.
In March 2014, Farooq Hakim graduated from Oxford University with an MSc in Major Programme Management. He is also a non-Exec for Sunderland University, North East LEP and North East Chamber of Commerce. In 2018 Farooq was named the Non-Exec of the Year.
In 2014 and 2015 Farooq was included in The Journal’s list of “most influential” people in the North East.
In 2021 Farooq has the honour of being the Tyne & Wear High Sheriff in supporting Her Majesty and the Judiciary.