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 this year, she was elected Chairman by the Board of Directors and members of the Executive Committee.
The British Uzbek Society is funded by the subscriptions of corporate and individual members. BUS activities include lectures, art exhibitions, music and dance performances, film shows, and cookery displays, as well as receptions to celebrate mutually significant festivals, such as Christmas and Nauruz (Uzbek New Year). Since 2008, BUS has produced a regular Newsletter, which provides background information on these events, also on individual initiatives and achievements relating to British-Uzbek cultural activities.