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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

New Year Honours list 2011 - in detail

  • Published: Friday, 31 December 2010

The 2011 New Year Honours list is published today recognising outstanding achievement and service across the whole of the United Kingdom.

Diverse list of winners

The vast majority of the awards go not to stars of sport, stage and screen but to extraordinary people who are making a real contribution to their community. A large number of people recognised include those making a real difference to their local community through volunteering, fundraising, social action and philanthropy.

Birthday Honours 2011

The Queen's Birthday Honours List was published on Saturday, 11 June

Beekeeper, driving instructor, equine physiotherapist

This is one of the most diverse lists yet, fully reflecting the variety and make-up of the population. The list includes a beekeeper,  an equine physiotherapist, the Bridge Master at Tower Bridge, and a founder member of the UK's first gay men’s football team. Awards to women comprise 45 per cent of the total.


Philanthropy has been a prominent theme amongst the recipients, including a GBE for Lord Weidenfeld, who has given a lifetime of public service, most recently through his work to establish the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford; a knighthood for Alec Reed, a social entrepreneur who has used his own money from a successful business career to found a number of new charities; and a knighthood for Vernon Ellis, a central figure in the philanthropic support of musical life in the UK, in particular his work with the English National Opera.


There are also two MPs honoured in this list; Anne Begg, Labour MP for Aberdeen South, receives a DBE for services to Disabled People and to Equal Opportunities; she has been a major force in putting equalities on the Parliamentary agenda. And there is a knighthood for the Conservative MP, Peter Bottomley, who has had a long and distinguished career in the House of Commons and was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Eltham in 1975.

Well-known names

Among the well known names being honoured there are CBEs for the actors David Suchet and Sheila Hancock; a DBE for historian and author Lady Antonia Fraser; a CBE for artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen; an OBE for rugby coach and former World Cup winning rugby player Mike Catt; and MBEs for World Cup Final referee, Howard Webb and golfer Graeme McDowell, who won the 2010 US Open and was a member of the victorious European Ryder Cup Team. 

Awards for education

Community heroes

Douglas Lee MBE and his wife Glynnis Lee MBE are co-founders and organisers of the Stonebridge Adventure Playground and Brent Play Association. They provide play and childcare provision to all local children and young people on the estate

About 11 per cent of honours are for work in education. There is a DBE for Professor Caroline Humphrey, Professor of Collaborative Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, whose award winning research has focused on Siberia and Mongolia in the Soviet and post-Soviet periods; and Susan John, Headteacher of Lampton School in Hounslow, a national leader of education, her school featured in Ofsted’s 2009 publication ‘Twelve Outstanding Secondary Schools – Excelling against the Odds’.

The list of education CBEs includes Howard Goodall, the award winning composer and broadcaster, who has worked tirelessly for the past five years to promote music education in England.

In total 15 head teachers, and 14 school and college principals are recommended for honours, as well as 7 school governors, and 3 school crossing wardens who receive MBEs. The education MBEs also include an award to Julie Stamper, who founded the Schoolgirl Mum’s Unit and has supported hundreds of teenage parents in completing their education.

Awards for health

Health makes up eight per cent of all honours. There is a knighthood for Professor Keith Porter, Consultant at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Birmingham. He is the lead clinician in the care of battle casualties flown back from operational areas such as Afghanistan and Iraq. He is responsible for significant improvements in combat casualty care and has forged ground-breaking procedures to the benefit of the most severely injured Service personnel.

There is a rich diversity of awards overall including honours for six GPs, six nurses, four occupational therapists, three pharmacists and a dentist. There is also an MBE to Grahame Pickering, the Chief Executive of the Great North Air Ambulance Service, an independent charity providing a vital service to people injured seriously on the roads as well as inaccessible sites, such as the Cumbrian mountains.

Awards for industry and the economy

Community heroes

Ratilal Devchand Shah, a philanthropist and selfless volunteer who has used his energy and enthusiasm to build relationships with different communities and faiths locally, nationally and internationally

Industry and the economy make up 14 per cent of the awards.

Roger Carr, Chairman of Centrica, receives a knighthood. He is one of the UK’s leading businessmen and a director of the Court of the Bank of England. And there is a knighthood for Martin Broughton, Chairman of British Airways. He is recognised as an outstanding business leader with a strong track record of service to the wider community.

CBEs include Michael Oglesby, Executive Chairman of the Bruntwood Group, who has supported over 100 charitable organisations in the North West through the Oglesby Charitable Trust. And a CBE to Katherine Hamnett, the fashion designer, who has instigated new styles and trends in fashion over the years, all with a heavy emphasis on ethical production techniques.

OBEs include Margaret and Mark Constantine, the co-founders of Lush Cosmetics. From humble beginnings in a shed in the couple’s garden, the business has become a household name with more than 600 stores in 43 countries. There is also an OBE for Lisa Buckingham, the editor of the Financial Mail on Sunday, and a champion of women’s rights for many years.

There are MBEs for a wide variety of people, including Kathleen White who has worked at Claverley Post Office in Wolverhampton for 68 years, becoming sub-postmistress in 1960. And an MBE to John Mackay who has worked as a postman for over 44 years. He has delivered mail in all weather conditions in the Bettyhill area of Caithness, one of the most challenging delivery routes in the highlands of Scotland.

Awards for science and technology

Science and technology make up three per cent of the awards. It includes a GBE for John Roundell, Earl Selborne, who stands out as a leader of the scientific community. He has been a major contributor to UK society through his involvement in a wide range of select committees and as Chairman of the Foundation for Science and Technology.

Professor Helen Wallace, Centennial Professor, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, receives a DBE. She has had a long and distinguished career and has had a practical impact on a wide range of issues around European integration, on which she is the leading authority.

Among the OBEs is Vivienne Parry who is one of the best known writers and broadcasters on science in the UK. She is passionate about engaging the public with science and her journalism, writing and broadcasting have reached huge audiences.

Awards for arts and media

Community heroes

Dr Marjorie Ziff MBE, who for nearly 60 years has served the community in Leeds through her philanthropic and charitable giving. She and her husband who died in 2004, have funded countless projects, events and festivals which have enhanced the life of the city

Arts and Media make up seven per cent of the total. There is a DBE for Harriet Walter, one of the UK’s greatest classical actresses with an award winning career spanning over three decades. And a DBE for Lady Antonia Fraser, the internationally established historian.

There is a CBE for Steve McQueen, one of Britain’s most influential artists. In collaboration with soldiers’ families, he recently created the exhibit ‘Queen and Country’ featuring a series of postage stamps bearing the portraits of 177 British soldiers killed in action. The list of CBEs also includes Mark Damazar, lately Controller of Radio 4; Richard Wentworth, the sculptor; and Trevor Horn, the record producer who has had a major influence on modern music for three decades.

Amongst the OBEs are lyricist and songwriter, Herbert Kretzmer; the folk musician, Richard Thompson; and the actor, Burt Kwouk, whose success has helped pave the way for other actors from the Chinese community.

Also recognised is Paul Anderson of the Luton Carnival Arts Development Trust. The organisation has established the Luton Carnival as one of the biggest in the UK attracting more than 140,000 people.

Awards for the state sector

The state sector awards include a GCB for Sir David Normington, lately Permanent Secretary at the Home Office, and a KCB for Bruce Robinson, Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

Awards for sport

Awards for sport make up four per cent of the total. George Kerr, the first Scot and youngest person ever to be awarded 10th Dan in Judo, the highest award available, receives a CBE.  So does Joe Brown, one of the foremost rock climber and mountaineers of all time.

In addition to the MBE for the World Cup referee, Howard Webb, there is also an MBE for Terence Farley, who aged 77 has devoted nearly six decades to football refereeing at county FA level in Durham and in the Football League. There is also an MBE for Aslie Pitter who has made an enormous impact tackling homophobia in sports through his role as a founder member of Stonewall FC, the first gay men’s football team in the UK.

There are also MBEs for Sylvia Grice, who, over five decades, has taught thousands of people to swim in Ripon, North Yorkshire and Frederick Shaw who forty years ago started a boxing club for boys in Alderney, in the Channel Islands.

Further information on the honours system

Honours lists are published twice a year at New Year and in mid-June on the date of The Queen's official birthday. Anyone can receive an award if they reach the required standard of merit or service, and honours lists contain a wide variety of people from different backgrounds. Anyone can nominate someone for an award.

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