Queen’s Honours: Very Important Update

Prime Minister, Theresa May, recently made a very important announcement regarding the honours system. I would go so far as to say it’s the most important announcement in a decade or more if you are interested in making an honours nomination.

She said that, from now on, she wants to highlight and reward people who fit one or more of the bullet points below. Her ‘Big 5’ honours priorities are people that:

  • Support young people in achieving their potential
  • Aid social mobility
  • Help local communities
  • Tackle discrimination, and
  • Entrepreneurs and business leaders who boost the economy
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Sir Jonathan Stephens, Chairman of the Honours Committee, said the current list [New Year’s honours list] had partly been compiled by David Cameron, but the next list would have “new priorities” dictated by Mrs May, who wants a more meritocratic system. In particular she wants to reward those who work with children, those who encourage social mobility, people who fight discrimination and those working in enterprise and business.

So, we now have our clearest steer ever from a Prime Minister about what she and her government are looking for in a successful honours nomination.

BBC Radio 5 Live: Mark Llewellyn-Slade talks to Adrian Chiles and Lynn Faulds Wood about how Awards Intelligence help people to make honours nominations (click on above image to listen via YouTube)

We all know that timing is everything in business and life in general so don’t delay. You now know what the new Prime Minister wants. If you can clearly and compellingly demonstrate the above requirements through a well crafted nomination, the odds are now stacked in your favour.

BUT, goalposts have a habit of moving as I’m sure you appreciate, so don’t dilly dally, grasp the nettle and take decisive action now.

I’m delighted that Theresa May has brought much needed clarity and focus to the honours system by setting out her ‘Big 5’ priorities for honours. Many people tick more than one of these 5 boxes of course e.g. entrepreneurs and business leaders who boost the economy by creating wealth, jobs and line the Government’s tax coffers (which is one of the 5 priorities), often also provide a great deal of support to charity and the community across the other 4 priorities the Prime Minister listed. Does this sound like someone you know?