Luton community champion appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Bedfordshire
A Luton community leader has spoken of his pride at being appointed as Deputy Lieutenant of Bedfordshire at the age of just 38.
Dad-of-four Mostaque Koyes, from Luton, is one of the youngest people to hold the honorary position in the county.
He was named today, along with four others, and serve in the post until the age of 75.
“I am delighted to have received this great honour, which comes with great responsibility,” said Mostaque.
“I am committed to continuing my service to the Bedfordshire community as we look to overcome the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Many people have inspired me and supported me in my journey. The Deputy Lieutenant role is an opportunity for me to continue to work with and inspire others to give back to their communities.”
As a business leader proud of his British Bangladeshi heritage, as well of his Islamic faith, Mostaque says he also want to showcase the contribution people from ethnic minority backgrounds have made to this county.”
With over 10 years of experience as a director at the Luton-based Bartham Group, Mostaque is responsible for overseeing a range of design, media and print services to businesses and charities in the area.
Mostaque grew up in the Bury Park area of Luton, close to the Kenilworth Road stadium of his "beloved" Luton Town Football Club, where he also holds the position of community ambassador.
He is perhaps best known for the annual Luton & Bedfordshire Community Awards, which has recognised hundreds of people for their efforts in the region, and in the process has raised many thousands of pounds for charities.
He is a trustee for Level Trust, a charity that works with families in Luton, as well as a long-time supporter of Luton Foodbank. Mostaque is also a trustee for Squared Housing and Bangladeshi Youth League, and as well as being part of the Bedfordshire Police IAG, he is a past president of the Luton North Rotary Club.