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Friday, 5 October 2012

New Year Honours List 2012 - in detail

  • Published: Saturday, 31 December 2011

The 2012 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 serving their local communities. Most recipients have been recognised for making a real difference to those around them through volunteering, fundraising, social action and philanthropy.

Birthday Honours 2011

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

The 2012 New Year Honours list is extremely varied, reflecting the range of skills and talents across the country. The list includes a Formula One racing driver, a stone mason, a greyhound trainer, a master glazier and the managing director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach. 43 per cent of the awards go to women.


A number of philanthropists have been recognised in the New Year Honours, including 14 at knighthood and CBE level. These include Paul Ruddock, who has helped with the revival of the Victoria and Albert Museum and other cultural institutions; Doug Ellis, who has contributed to charity work as chairman of Aston Villa FC as well as through personal donations and Dr Naim Dangoor, who in his nineties continues to support educational causes and charities.


Three MPs are honoured in the New Year lists: Roger Gale, Conservative MP for North Thanet and Bob Russell, Liberal Democrat MP for Colchester are awarded knighthoods, and Joan Ruddock, Labour MP for Lewisham Deptford receives DBE. Baroness Hayman, the first elected Speaker of the House of Lords, receives a GBE.

Well-known names

Among the well-known names being honoured, there are CBEs for the entertainer Ronnie Corbett, actress Helena Bonham-Carter and the author and broadcaster Clive James. OBEs go to Dennis 'Dickie' Bird, the retired cricket umpire, for services to sport and charity, to Alex Crawford, for journalism, particularly for her live coverage of conflict in Libya and TV presenter Lorraine Kelly for services to charity and the Armed Forces. MBEs go to radio presenter David Rodigan and to the actor David Harewood.

Community heroes

Christopher Preddie receives an OBE for his work in reducing crime, working with Crimestoppers and drawing on his own experience in talking to youth groups and prisoners about the impact crime can have on lives. Jack Livingstone also receives an OBE for four decades of community work in Manchester.

MBE recipients who have made a real difference in their community include Kirsty Ashton, for raising over £87,000 for When You Wish Upon a Star, a charity that supports sick and terminally ill children and Terence Monaghan for setting up Stock Cares, a transport service that takes vulnerable local residents to essential health appointments. Other MBE recipients who have contributed to young peoples' services include Anant Barodekar, who has supported training and the welfare of young people with special needs; Dr Margaret Philippou, in her recent efforts to help young people move away from gang-related crime and Robyn Keeble, who with other young people, helped to set up SW!TCH ID - a scheme that encourages young people to take positive action in in their communities.


Community heroes

Kirsty Ashton receives an MBE for raising over £87,000 for When You Wish Upon a Star, a charity that supports sick and terminally ill children, despite battling her own ill-health.

About 11 per cent of honours are for work in education. There are DBEs for Sylvia Morris, head teacher at the Cathedral School of St Saviour and St Mary Overy, Southwark, rated as outstanding by Ofsted, and Professor Glynis Breakwell, vice-chancellor of University of Bath for increasing its profile as a world-class research institution. Professor Diarmaid Macculloch, Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University, receives a knighthood for his extensive academic work on Christianity and British history.

The list of education CBEs includes Jean Gross, England's Communications Champion for Children, who has helped to improve services for children and young people who have speech, language and communication needs.

In total 15 head teachers, and 10 school and college principals are recommended for honours, as well as 13 school governors. There is also an MBE for Jeannette Orrey, the catering manager who first drew Jamie Oliver's attention to improving school meals in his 2005 'Feed Me Better' TV series; she now advises organisations on how to improve cooking skills and school food.

Awards for health

Health makes up seven per cent of all honours. There is a knighthood for Professor Stephen Bloom, clinical director of pathology and therapy services at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and a leading expert on obesity. Professor Hilary Chapman, chief nurse and operating officer at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust receives a CBE for services to nursing.

There is a rich diversity of awards overall including honours for six GPs, five nurses, a physiotherapist, two pharmacists, a dentist and a Volunteer Ambulance Driver. There is also an MBE for Christine Mills, founder of the cancer charity Hope for Tomorrow, whose fundraising efforts made it possible to open the first mobile chemotherapy unit in the UK.

Awards for industry and the economy

Community heroes

Terence Monaghan set up Stock Cares in Essex, a transport service that takes vulnerable local residents to essential health appointments

Industry and the economy make up 12 per cent of the awards. There are knighthoods for Michael Bear, the Lord Mayor, for his service to regeneration, charity and the City of London; David Reid, formerly Chairman of Tesco plc, for services to business and charity and Andrew Witty, chief executive officer of the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline.

CBEs include Helena Morrissey, chair and chief executive officer of Newton Investment Management Ltd, who formed the 30 Percent Club to encourage companies to employ more female directors. There is an OBE for Barbara Hulanicki, founder of the iconic 1960s fashion store Biba. MBE recipients include Jane Hopkins, who founded MumsClub in 2007 to provide support for mothers working in business.

Awards for science and technology

Science and technology make up three per cent of the awards. There are knighthoods for Professors Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, who were jointly awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize for Physics for their work on the substance graphene at Manchester University, and also for Dr Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, one of three recipients of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the
study of the translation of DNA information into protein by ribosomes.

There is also an MBE for Vincent Wedlock-Ward for his work on the Chale Community Project, based on the Isle of Wight and set up to reduce energy consumption in social housing, create long-term sustainable energy and end local fuel poverty.

Awards for arts and media

Community heroes

For over 25 years, Anant Barodekar has supported the training and welfare of young people, particularly those with special needs arising from ethnic or cultural differences or social problems.

Arts and Media make up seven per cent of the total. Penelope Lively, a popular and critically acclaimed writer of fiction for both adults and children, has been awarded DBE. There are knighthoods for poet and critic Professor Geoffrey Hill, Peter Bazalgette, producer of popular TV programmes such as Ready Steady Cook and Big Brother, and for music director Antonio Pappano, one of the youngest conductors so far to lead the Royal Opera House orchestra.

Other figures to receive awards include poet and playwright Dr Dannie Abse and the record producer Steve Lillywhite, who get CBEs. Lady Rachel Billington, author and vice-president of English PEN, which supports freedom of expression and persecuted writers worldwide is awarded an OBE and the composer John Metcalf receives an MBE.

Also recognised is Barbara Benson-Smith, who receives an MBE for her services to dance and charity: she has co-run the Benson Stage Academy in Whitby for over 58 years, working as a dance teacher as well as raising considerable funds for the NSPCC and local charities.

Awards for the state sector

The state sector awards include KCBs for Jeremy Heywood, Permanent Secretary at Number 10 Downing Street and Alex Allan, lately Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee. There is also a CB for James Bowler, Principal Private Secretary, Number 10.

Awards for sport

Community heroes

Robyn Keeble helped to set up SW!TCH ID to encourage young people to take positive action in in their communities and challenge youth stereotypes

Awards for sport make up four per cent of the total. There are CBEs for former triathlete Professor Sarah Springman and for Giles Clarke, chair of the England and Wales Cricket Board. Sports broadcaster Stuart Hall receives an OBE as does golfer Darren Clarke, winner of the British Open.

Other sports figures to receive recognition include Sarah Stevenson, the Taekwondo World Champion, rugby player Christopher Paterson, who holds a record number of appearances for Scotland, golfer Rory Mcilroy, winner of the US Open and Martyn Williams, Wales' most capped rugby forward.

Two knighthoods have been announced for individual contributions to the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics: these go to Charles Allen, who has supported the games in a number of roles and John Armitt, engineer and chair of the Olympic Delivery Authority.

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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