Rimla was awarded the Order in recognition of her ongoing work around equality and diversity in sport, both in her role as CEO and Founder of RimJhim Consulting, and as Non-Executive Director where she has worked with the Football Association, Rugby Football League and the Sports Ground Safety Authority, amongst others.
Rimla said: ‘It certainly was a very pleasant surprise to receive notification of the OBE. I am so grateful to everyone who has helped me on my journey, but especially my superstar mother (an MBE herself!) and wonderful brothers.
‘It has been so difficult for so many of us across the world this past year in particular, as inequalities and injustices were exacerbated by the pandemic and divisions grew. But I am also hopeful due to some of the positive changes we have seen, and I aim to continue to contribute by looking in the mirror and first making the changes within me.’
Rimla was awarded an MBE in 2015, also for her extensive work around diversity and inclusion in sport. As well as founding RimJhim Consulting, she also co-founded the global Muslim Women in Sport Network, to inspire Muslim women globally and amplify and support the voices of Muslim women in sport.
Recently Rimla has broadened her scope, bringing her experience into her newest role as a Non-Executive Director for Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate. However, it is clear that her passion and dedication for sport, inclusion and diversity remain undimmed, and she remains a hugely influential figure.