Honorary Honours for Outstanding Achievements

Alongside hundreds of British citizens, a dozen or so foreign nationals are presented with honorary Queen’s Honours each year.

Honorary appointees are entitled to use the post-nominal letters, but recipients of damehoods and knighthoods are prohibited from taking the title, Dame or Sir. But this does not mean the awards are any less prestigious; the medals given are the same as those presented to British citizens, and should the person be granted British citizenship, their appointment can be converted from honorary to substantive.

In congruity with British citizens receiving honours, foreign nationals receive their appointments for work that has benefited the UK or its citizens. Take a look at the achievements, impact and influence of three recent honorary appointees. 

In October 2014, it was announced that Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel would receive an honorary knighthood for his philanthropic activities and his support for development of arts and culture in the United Kingdom. Mr Jameel has played a leading role the restoration of the Islamic gallery in the Victoria and Albert museum. In addition to his work with the arts, Mr Jameel is also recognised for his extensive support for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At the institution, he has established the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS).

In January 2013, Uta Frith (pictured above) was presented with an honorary DBE for her outstanding services to the field of psychology. The German born developmental psychologist is currently Emeritus Professor in Cognitive Development at University College London. Professor Firth completed her PHD on autism in 1968, and since then she has made a sustained and influential contribution to research on autism and dyslexia. Among many achievements, she was at the forefront of the study of Asperger’s syndrome in the UK and her work on reading development, spelling and dyslexia has had a huge impact in education. 

In October 2008, Toni Mascolo (pictured above) was awarded an honorary OBE for services to the British hairdressing industry. Toni is the Italian founder and CEO of the international hairdressing chain TONI&GUY. During his fifty-year career, Toni and his brother transformed the face of modern hairdressing. The unique academy training structure he developed and implemented became the blueprint for the industry worldwide. Toni and Guy Mascolo led the way during the franchising boom opening their first francised salon in Brighton in 1988.

If you know someone who is a foreign national and who’s voluntary or professional work is of benefit to the UK they too could become honorary Queen’s honours candidates. Receiving recognition for outstanding achievements will help them to carry on doing even more of their fantastic work, but they must be nominated while they are still involved in their role – so don’t delay! 

For an honest opinion of your nominees chances of success call us now on +44 (0)1444 230130 or email enquiries@awardsintelligence.co.uk. We will give you all the advice and guidance you need to give your candidate the very best chance of receiving the recognition they deserve. 

Please note: individuals profiled or referred to on this Blog are not necessarily clients of Awards Intelligence.