Announcements by UK Cabinet Office

The New Year Honours lists 2016, published today, recognise the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the UK.

In addition to the honours recipients, this year sees 3 new admissions to the Order of Merit. The Order of Merit is awarded to those who have rendered exceptionally meritorious services towards the advancement of the arts, learning, literature and science. The award is in the personal gift of the Queen, and is limited to 24 living recipients.

The Queen has admitted Professor The Lord Darzi, for medicine, Professor Dame Ann Dowling for mechanical engineering and Sir James Dyson for his work in industrial design.

Recipients stretch from Cornwall, where Mrs Elizabeth Coot receives a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to fundraising and to the community in Constantine, right up to the Orkney Islands where Mrs Marny Mowatt receives a BEM for her service to the Orkney Agricultural Show.

In total 1,196 people have received an award:

  • 1,044 candidates have been selected at BEM, MBE and OBE level. 329 atBEM, 472 at MBE and 243 at OBE
  • 76% of the recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity
  • There are 578 successful women candidates in the list, representing 48% of the total
  • 5.7% of the successful candidates come from ethnic minority backgrounds
  • 7.5% of the successful candidates consider themselves to have a disability under the Equality Act 2010

Diversity

Whilst maintaining a broadly equitable gender balance (48% female overall) the New Year’s Honours list sees a significant rise in the proportion of awards to women at senior levels (38% female at Knighthood/Damehood/C-level compared to only 31% female at those levels in the 2015 Birthday Honours).

In particular, there are a number of prominent women to highlight, recognised for their support to the UK economy.

Recommendations at DBE include:

  • Carolyn McCall, CEO, EasyJet
  • Natalie Massenet, Founder of Net-A-Porter and CEO, Porter Online Magazine
  • Judith Hackitt, Chair of the Health and Safety Executive

Recommendations at CBE include:

  • Jacqueline Gold, Chief Executive, Ann Summers and Knickerbox
  • Nicola Shaw, CEO, HighSpeed 1
  • Caroline Helen Theobald (Mrs Morse), Founder and Managing Director, Bridge Club Ltd
  • Dr Tracy Long, Founder, Boardroom Review Ltd
  • Lyndy Payne, Founder of the Advertising Agency Register and founding member of the Women in Advertising and Communications London Future Leaders Award, now in its 10th year

Other senior awards to women include:

  • a damehood for Barbara Windsor for services to charity and to entertainment
  • a damehood for actress, Siân Phillips
  • a damehood for Glenys Stacey, Chief Regulator and Chief Executive, Ofqual
  • a damehood for Heather Rabbatts, non-executive Director of the FA and former CEO of Lambeth Council
  • a CBE for actress, Imelda Staunton
  • a CBE for Yasmin Sheikh, co-founder of the British Community Honours Awards
  • a CBE for Annamarie Phelps, voluntary Chair of British Rowing

Local communities

In total, 76% of awards in the New Year’s Honours list will go to people who have undertaken outstanding work in or for their local community.

Those who will receive the British Empire Medal (BEM) include 13 year-old Jonjo Heuerman (the youngest recipient on this list) who has raised over £200,000 for the Bobby Moore Fund at Cancer Research UK; and 99 year-old Dorothy Start (the oldest recipient on this list) for over half a century of committed community work in Friern Barnet and charitable giving.

Also receiving a BEM is Richard Tyler who was in charge of the Red Cross Team during the Shoreham Airshow disaster.

World War 2 commemoration

There are a number of awards in this list for services to World War 2 commemoration.

Agnes Grunwald-Spier, Trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), receives an MBE, as does Susan Pollack whose support and advice to HMD helped to shape the content of the UK Commemorative Ceremony.

Those who will receive a BEM include Ivor Perl, an Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor who has been working with the HMD Trust in local communities to highlight the dangers of hatred and the importance of tolerance.

Ebola campaign

There are also a number of awards on this list that recognise outstanding contributions through the Ebola campaign. Awards include:

  • a knighthood for Dr Michael Jacobs, Clinical Lead in Infectious Diseases, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
  • a CBE for Dr Timothy Brooks, Head of Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory, Public Health England
  • a CBE for Professor Christopher Bulstrode, Emeritus Professor, Green Templeton College, Oxford and Volunteer, Doctors of the World
  • an OBE for Grace Jackson, Sierra Leone Programme Manager, DfID

Well-known names

Among the well-known names being honoured are:

  • a Companion of Honour to Sir Roy Strong for his outstanding contribution to UK cultural life
  • a knighthood for champion jump jockey, AP McCoy
  • a knighthood for former television journalist, Martyn Lewis, for his service to the voluntary and charitable sector
  • a knighthood for the choreographer, Matthew Bourne
  • a CBE for Denis Law for services to football and to charity
  • a CBE for Francis Lee for services to football and to charity
  • an OBE for sports commentator, Sue Barker
  • an OBE for singer-songwriter, Damon Albarn
  • an OBE for actor, James Nesbitt
  • an OBE for actor, David Oyelowo
  • an OBE for actor, Idris Elba
  • an OBE for cyclist, Chris Froome
  • an OBE for snooker player, Ronnie O’Sullivan
  • an MBE to sports broadcaster, Jacqui Oatley

Philanthropy

The list again includes some significant philanthropists.

The recommendations include:

  • a knighthood for Clive Cowdery, for services to children and social mobility, who founded the Resolution Foundation in 2005 and personally contributed £20m to the organisation
  • a knighthood for Jack Petchey who has contributed over £100m since he established his Foundation in 1999 which benefits over 500,000 young people each year
  • a knighthood for Norman Stoller who added a further £50m worth of shares from his personal investments into the Stoller Trust in 2014 alone
  • a knighthood for (John) Michael Uren, a major philanthropist in the medical and biotech sectors. Over the past 8 years his foundation has made gifts totalling over £100m.

Parliamentary

The Parliamentary and Political Service Committee, chaired by Lord Spicer, has recommended a knighthood for Henry Bellingham, MP for North West Norfolk; a damehood for Rosie Winterton, MP for Doncaster Central and Opposition Chief Whip; a knighthood for Edward Davey, lately Energy Secretary; a knighthood for Paul Grice, Clerk and Chief Executive, Scottish Parliament; and a knighthood for Lynton Crosby, lately Campaign Director, Conservative Party, for political service.

Education

In total, about 10% of honours are for work in education. The Education Committee has recommended 26 headteachers in total, including:

  • a damehood for Susan Jowett, Chief Executive of the Spencer Academies Trust
  • a knighthood for Steve Lancashire, founder of REAch2, the largest primary academy sponsor in the country

Other awards in education include a knighthood for Dr David Collins, first Further Education Commissioner; and a knighthood for Professor Paul Curran, VC of City University, London.

Health

Health makes up 7% of all honours. There is a rich breadth of vocations recognised within the health sector including ten awards for nurses at MBElevel.

Awards in health include:

  • a damehood for Professor Margaret Whitehead, Head of Public Health and Policy, Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, University of Liverpool
  • a damehood for Professor Lesley Fallowfield, Director, Sussex Health Outcomes Research and Education in Cancer, University of Sussex
  • a damehood for Professor Til Wykes, Vice-Dean of Psychology and Systems Sciences and Professor of Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation, King’s College London
  • a knighthood for Harpal Kumar, Chief Executive, Cancer Research UK.

Industry and the economy

Industry and the economy make up 12% of this honours list. In addition to the recommendations from the Economy Committee for damehoods for Carolyn McCall (EasyJet), Natalie Massenet (Net-A-Porter), and Judith Hackitt (HSE), there is a knighthood for Robert Stheeman, CEO, Debt Management Office; a knighthood for Alan Yarrow, lately Lord Mayor of London; and a knighthood for David Norgrove, Chair, Low Pay Commission and Chair, Family Justice Board.

A number of strong entrepreneurs are also recognised including:

  • a CBE for Anthony Preston, Founder of Pets at Home
  • an OBE for Simon Devonshire, an entrepreneur who has co-founded six start-ups, three of which are now in multi-million pound revenues
  • an OBE for Amanda Boyle, Founder and CEO, Bloom
  • an MBE for Rekha Mehr, Founder, Pistachio Rose
  • an MBE for Judith Ower, Founder and CEO, Playmob, who won a Talent Unleashed Award in 2014 as a rising entrepreneurial star
  • an MBE for Alison Lewy, Founder, Fashion Angel
  • an MBE for Rebecca Bright, Founder, Therapy Box, whose success within the technology market has been inspirational to other women.

Science and technology

Science and technology make up 2.5% of the total. The awards include:

  • a DBE for Professor Georgina Mace, Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems, and Director, Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research, University College London
  • a DBE for Professor Henrietta Moore, Director, Institute for Global Prosperity
  • knighthood for Professor David MacKay, Regius Professor of Engineering, Cambridge University Engineering Department and lately Chief Scientific Advisor at DECC.

Law and order

In law and order, the awards include a CBE for Timothy Dutton QC, Recorder and Deputy High Court Judge; and a CBE for Christopher Stephens, Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission. The recommendations for state servants include a KCB for Robert Devereux, Permanent Secretary at DWP; a DCB for Lin Homer, Chief Executive of HMRC; and a knighthood for Jon Day, lately Chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee.

Sport

Awards for Sport make up 4% of the total. In addition to the awards highlighted to AP McCoy (Kt), Denis Law (CBE), Francis Lee (CBE), Ronnie O’Sullivan (OBE), and Chris Froome (OBE), the awards include:

  • a CBE for John Surtees for services to motorsport, the only person ever to have won World Championships on both 2 and 4 wheels
  • an MBE for Tracey Neville, Head Coach of the England Netball Squad
  • an MBE for super bantamweight champion boxer, Carl Frampton
  • an MBE for Stephanie Houghton, Captain, England Women’s Football Team
  • an MBE for Fara Williams, most capped player of the England Women’s Football Team.

Awards to grass-roots Sport include MBEs for Ian Mirfin and Janice Eaglesham, Co-Founders of Red Star Athletics Club in Glasgow for their contribution to disabled sport. The couple won the BBC Sports Unsung Hero award for 2011 at the Sports Personality of the Year ceremony, the first joint winners of the award.

And finally, an MBE has been awarded to Clifford Price (more commonly known as Goldie), for his contribution to the music, TV and film industry and his work with a number of charities along the way.

Government seeks ideas from public and industry for the next stage in UK’s digital revolution

Government plans for the next frontier in the UK’s digital revolution early next year in a new Digital Strategy for the UK.

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey has called on public and industry to share their ideas on how the UK’s digital revolution can be taken to the next stage.

In 2010 changes were afoot in east London as a cluster of tech start ups began a digital transformation. Tech City UK was born and in the last five years, the UK’s digital economy has changed beyond recognition – and in ways few people would have predicted.

The UK is now truly a ‘Tech Nation’ with more than 70 per cent of digital businesses now based outside of the capital. This revolution has been led by entrepreneurs but supported by Government in creating the right environment for ideas and businesses to flourish.

Government is now looking at a new Digital Strategy for the UK for the next five years. It wants the UK to be synonymous with digital – a place where digital technologies transform day-to-day life, the economy and government.

Minister for the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey said:

Every part of the UK economy and our lives has been digitised – from how we shop and entertain ourselves to the way we travel to work and manage our health. This digital fever exploded from the cluster in east London, and has spread to every part of the country, making the UK truly a ‘Tech Nation’.

But we need to work hard to make sure we continue to take advantage of the benefits digital transformation has to offer. Come 2020, undoubtedly the UK landscape will have changed to be firmly in the digital age. But how do you want to shape that? Let’s show the rest of the world how it’s done.

Government is looking at a wide range of areas such as:

  • In education, universities and colleges are already using massive open online courses – MOOCs as they’re called – so lectures and courses can reach a much wider audience, costing less. Could schools benefit from similar innovations?
  • In the NHS, it’s already moving from a largely paper-based system to a digital-by-default. What more can we do to make our health system more efficient and joined up, so that our amazing doctors and nurses can spend more time saving lives and improving care?
  • From driverless cars to deliveries by drone – the future imagined by far-fetched science fiction films from only a few years ago is rapidly coming true. How can we make sure the UK is at the cutting edge of these developments?

Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, Matthew Hancock said:

As a Government, we are transforming the relationship between the citizen and the state, making public services — such as renewing your driving licence or paying your tax bill — simpler, clearer and faster.

The potential for transformation driven by digital is vast, and we are reforming public services to take advantage of state-of-the-art technologies, not just now but including innovations to come. We will continually find new opportunities to deliver better public services and to keep the UK contributing as a global digital leader.

We will further invest and develop technology that removes friction, simplifies government and delivers better services for less.

Further details are in the blog from the Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizeyand you can send your thoughts to digitalstrategy@culture.gov.uk by 19 January 2016.

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    • 10 December 2015
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    • CO
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    • 3 December 2015
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    • 2 December 2015
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    • CO
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    • CO and DCLG
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    • 20 November 2015
    • CO, OLHC, OPC and Number 10
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