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Queen's Birthday Honours list announced
13/06/2011 - News Update: Awards Intelligence
The 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours list was announced last weekend rewarding extraordinary people who are making a real contribution to society.
Anyone can be nominated for an honour but only exceptional people receive one. People from across the United Kingdom receive honours in recognition of outstanding achievement in their field of work or wider society.
People who received awards this year include a fire station watch manager, a wine waiter, a cake and pastry maker, a school lunchtime supervisor and an organist at Wakefield Cathedral.
Those honoured include people working in a wide variety of fields including academic research, relish making, environmental protection and care for the elderly across the private and public sectors.
Make-up of honours list
• In total 965 people have been recommended to the Queen for an award
• 830 candidates have been selected at MBE and OBE level
• 74 per cent of the recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity
• There are 416 successful women candidates in the list, representing 43.2 per cent of the total
• 7.4 per cent of the successful candidates come from ethnic minority communities
Industry and the economy
Industry and the economy makes up 13.4 per cent of the awards and includes:
Knighthoods / Dames
Brian Souter, the Scottish entrepreneur who co-founded Stagecoach.
Helen Alexander, the former president of the CBI.
Mervyn King, the governor of the Bank of England.
Justin King, CEO of Sainsbury's.
Richard Atkin, the manufacturing tycoon.
Celia Birtwell, the 60s-era textile designer and entrepreneur.
Nick Robertson, co-founder and CEO of online fashion business ASOS.
Christopher Schultheiss, owner and CEO of Supperletter.com.
Thea Green, founder of Nails Inc.
James Timpson, CEO of Timpson.
Namita Panjabi, co-founder of Indian restaurant chain Masala World.
John Winnard, director of William Santus and Co (producers of Uncle Joe's Mint Balls).
Mark and Maria Whitehead, directors of the Hawkshead Relish Company
About 10.2 per cent of honours are for work in education. There is a DBE for Dr Reena Keeble, head teacher, Cannon Lane First School, Harrow, a National Leader of Education who has helped to support other schools across London.
Chris Woodhead, who has had an extensive and distinguished career in education spanning both the local and national level, receives a knighthood. Peter Simpson, Executive Principal, Brooke Weston Partnership, Northamptonshire, who has delivered excellent education to children in a deprived area of the UK, was also awarded a knighthood.
The list of education CBEs includes Deborah Lavin, Principal, Isle of Wight College. She has led the transformation of the college from one with serious difficulties to an outstanding institution which, as the only FE provider on the island, is the focus of the community.
In total 13 head teachers and 12 school and college principals are recommended for honours, as well as 6 school governors. The education MBEs also include an award to Patricia Gilman, who has worked at Kenmore Park First School, Harrow, as a lunchtime supervisor for over 30 years. The school serves a socially and ethnically mixed area and she has been committed to supporting the needs of over 2,700 pupils through the lunch period during her years of service.
Health makes up 8.4 per cent of all honours.
There is a DBE for Ruth Carnall, Chief Executive, London Strategic Health Authority; and the knighthoods include Professor Roger Boyle, National Clinical Director for Heart Disease and Stroke, who has improved services for people with coronary heart disease and stroke.
Also recognised with a knighthood is Professor Robert Edwards, who won the Nobel Prize in 2010 for his work on in-vitro fertilization. There is a rich breadth of vocations within the health sector; recommendations at MBE include 6 Nurses, 4 GPs, a midwife, and a physiotherapist.
Science and technology
Science and technology makes up 2.6 per cent of the awards and include a DBE for Professor Sally Macintyre, Professor of Social and Public Health Science, University of Glasgow, and Director of the Medical Research Council, Social and Public Health Sciences Unit.
The MBEs include an award to Jill Pilkington, who has furthered understanding of the ecology and evolution of Soay Sheep on the remote island of Hirta in the St Kilda archipelago. For 20 years she has spent about half of every year on Hirta collecting core field information on the life histories of these sheep, allowing analysis into a series of key issues in ecological and evolutionary research.
Philanthropy has also been a prominent theme amongst the recipients, including a CBE to Jack Petchey, Founder, Jack Petchey Foundation for Young People.
CBEs are also awarded to Edward Atkin, for services to industry and to charity through the Atkin Foundation and to Charles Jacob, for charitable services.
OBEs go to Marcelle Speller, philanthropist, for services to the voluntary sector; and to Dr Keith Howard, philanthropist, for services to business, sport and to the arts in West Yorkshire.
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