Honours ‘upgrades’ for achievers

There are a number of people in the recent Honours List who picked up an honour for a second time – an ‘upgrade’ if you like.

Generally, if an individual has already recieved an honour, they may be considered for an ‘upgrade’ for one of the following reasons; either they have gone on to achieve even greater things in their chosen field, or they have moved into charitable or philanthropic activities. Take a look at a few examples from the 2014 New Year’s Honours List:

Roger de Haan CBE was awarded a knighthood for services to Education, and to charity in Kent and overseas. A generous and active philanthropist, his Trust pays for skilled workers in key community posts and gives charitable support to many local organisations and community groups.

Professor Celia Mary Hoyles OBE was made a Dame in recognition of her sustained contribution to education. Professor Hoyles, formerly Director of the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics, received both honours for services to education. During her tenure she oversaw a huge increase in the numbers of young people progressing to university to study maths, with many of the brightest going on to enter the teaching profession.

Benjamin Foot MBE was appointed CBE for services to disadvantaged and vulnerable children worldwide. As the country director for Save the Children in Somalia and Somaliland, he played a key role in the response to the severe famine that hit the country from 2010 to 2012.

Lorna Moran, Chief Executive of the Northern Recruitment Group, received an MBE in 2000 for services to employment creation. On the 1st January 2014, she was awarded an OBE for services to enterprise promotion. Lorna is active in numerous organisations in the North East, including the CBI’s North East Regional Council, Maggie’s North East and The Entrepreneur’s Forum. 

Each of these exemplary citizens has received a higher honour for their unique contribution to the community, or society at large. But in each case, since receiving their first honour, the impact of their work has broadened significantly.

Is there someone you know who already has an honour who has continued their good work and gone on to achieve even greater things? Or do you know someone who hasn’t yet been recognised for all their hard work and achievements? They will only be in with a chance of getting the recognition they deserve if you take the time to nominate them! Take a look at our Queen’s honours page for more details.