Monisha Shah

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Monisha Shah in 2021

Monisha Shah (born 11 September 1969) is an Indian-born British media professional. She was formerly with BBC Worldwide (BBCW), being involved with the adaptation of Yes Minister to an Indian setting as Ji Mantriji and a composed a version of the associated books. She was promoted as a director of BBCW between 2005 and 2010. She has served on a number of boards and panels of media and creative arts bodies, including the Tate, Ofcom, Office for Students, United Kingdom Government's Committee on Standards in Public Life, and is and lay member and chair of the King's Counsel Selection Panel[1][2][3][4][5]


From Committee on Standards in Public Life blog[edit]

  • However, the pandemic has exposed vast structural inequalities in our systems. The work-place is sharply divided between those who have formal contracts with a right to fair treatment, severance pay and protection from bullying and harassment, and those on zero-hour contracts, or no contracts at all with no rights. News stories highlight how structural weaknesses in the social security system could see many families descend into poverty and how migrants and immigrants can struggle to access benefits even while we continue to benefit from their labour. The disproportionate effect of the pandemic on BAME communities and the fact we have yet to see a plan to deal with that is yet another example.
  • The death of George Floyd in the US and the Black Lives Matter movement has done for racial inequality what William Wilberforce once said about slavery, “You may choose to look the other way, but you can never again say you did not know.”
    • Authorised blog in a personal capacity on the Committee on Standards in Public Life's blog hosted on the United Kingdom's government's website concerning Black lives matter and inequalities highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic.[6]

Commenting on the King’s Counsel 2023 appointment round[edit]

  • I am particularly pleased that the proportion of women amongst those appointed – 38% – matches the proportion of women in the relevant segment of the profession. … The proportion of applicants from minority ethnic backgrounds who have been appointed is also broadly equal to the proportion of advocates in the relevant segment of the profession,
    • Reported by Rigby in the Global legal post to on how Shah justified the ethnic presentation in the numbers appointed to the role of King's Counsel.[7]


  1. Monisha Shah (in en). GOV.UK.
  2. "Birthdays today". The Times. No. 72949. 11 September 2019. p. 27.
  3. Rosser, Michael (2010-04-10). Shah to leave BBCW.
  4. Editor, Diversity UK (2018-02-01). New Board appointments for Ofcom (in en-GB). Diversity UK.
  5. A barbed look at babudom (in en). (2001-08-31).
  6. Building equality into our Coronavirus recovery - Committee on Standards in Public Life (in en).
  7. Rigby, Ben (23 December 2022). Silk numbers fall as just one solicitor-advocate appointed in 2023 round.