Gurmukh Singh was born in India (11 September 1938 at Bhuj in Kutch) and received his school education in Malaysia. He arrived in the UK in 1960 and joined the Board of Trade (later Department of Trade and Industry) in December 1962. He achieved four promotions during a changing race relations period, while retaining his full identity as a Sikh.
He held many high profile positions including departmental representation at European forums and the World Trade Organisation (ex-GATT) at First Secretary equivalent position. On promotion to a policy Principal, he served for 9 years and retired in June 1996 from the Aerospace Division of the Department of Trade and Industry.
Following retirement, he has devoted his full time to community service, supporting and advising many nationwide Sikh organisations, local representatives and Members of Parliament. Through his faith advisory services for many groups within the community, he has played a significant catalytic role in keeping UK Sikh affairs on an even keel, while promoting transparency in Sikh-Government interface. He is closely associated with the original open British Sikh Consultative Forum (BSCF) to bring diverse nationwide Sikh organisations around one table on major issues concerning UK Sikhs. As continuation of the open BSCF, he is serving by invitation as Member of the Board of Jathedars, Sikh Council UK.
He is the Chairperson of the Advisory Board of the Sikh Missionary Society UK.
He writes extensively and has produced many publications including Sikh centennial souvenirs and a Sikh Australian publication about Vaisakhi, and numerous articles on topical issues affecting British Sikhs.
He has given frequent talks and media briefings. In recent years, he has interpreted Sikh scriptures in the context of 21st-century issues. The topics include environmental and the Earth Charter topics, Sikh religious view on ageing and care of the elderly, issues concerning advances in science, and many other educational and welfare topics.
He wrote a weekly column in The Sikh Times published by the Eastern Media Group, for a number of years, and now writes a weekly lead column in English "News & Views" in the UK's Panjab Times.
Awards and honours
Honoured by the Canadian Sikhs with “Sirdar Kapoor Singh Khalsa Millennium Award" in 2001 in recognition of his scholarly interpretation of Sikh ideology.
Honoured by the Gurmat Gian Missionary College, Ludhiana, India, the Sikh Missionary Society UK and by Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Sahib for his services to the community.
Honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the first Guru Nanak Dev ji's Parkaash (birthday) Gurpurb event at the UK Parliament organised by the All Parties Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs, the Sikh Network and the Sikh Federation (UK).
Appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 New Year Honours.
Honoured by the British Community Honours Awards (BCHA) 2016 at the House of Lords for his work to improve the welfare and integration of minority and ethnic communities.
He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ACIS), and Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI).