The British-Uzbek Society (BUS) is an independent, non-political organisation. It was formally established in July 2002 with the aim of supporting and helping to facilitate cultural, educational and people-to-people links between the United Kingdom and Uzbekistan. The founder members included:
- Dr. V. E. Hartley Booth
- Dr. Shirin Akiner
- H.E. Alisher Faizullaev, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the Court of St James
Hartley Booth was the first Chairman of BUS (2002-2017); Dr Shirin Akiner was Vice-Chairman during this period. Following Dr Booth’s retirement in June 2017, she was elected Chairman by the Board of Directors and members of the Executive Committee. At the Annual General Meeting, held on 17 October 2018, Dr Louis Skyner was elected Chairman of the Society; Shirin Akiner then stepped down and also withdrew from the Executive Committee.
The British Uzbek Society is funded by the subscriptions of corporate and individual members. BUS activities include lectures, as well as receptions to celebrate mutually significant festivals, such as Nauruz (Uzbek New Year) and a joint event to mark Uzbek Constitution Day (8 December) and Christmas.
The BUS website was created by Ramil Minullin; articles were written by Shirin Akiner, unless otherwise indicated. All written material on the website is the copyright of the authors. We have tried to ascertain the copyright of the illustrations, but if we have inadvertently infringed these rights, please inform us and we shall rectify the error immediately.