MeeLing received an OBE in 2007 for services to the Chinese community. She is an Honorary Fellow of the 48 Group Club and received an Honorary Fellowship from University of London, Goldsmith's College in 2005. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Science in 2010 from London South Bank University for services to healthcare.
She is currently an Independent Governor on the Board of London South Bank University and a Non-Executive Board member of Habinteg Housing Association. Meeling was a Labour councillor for Lewisham for 16 years, chairing major committees and was Deputy Leader and is a founder of Chinese for Labour.
She was a Non-Executive Director on the Board of several public bodies including Her Majesty's Courts Service Board, two NHS Mental Health Trusts and was Chair of the Board of Southwark Primary Care Trust.