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Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Queen's birthday honours list 2007

  • Published: Saturday, 16 June 2007

This year's birthday honours list was issued today.  This is the fourth list under the new system. There are 8 specialist selection committees; chairs and the majority of members are independent of government. The Prime Minister has submitted the recommendations to The Queen without amendment.

As usual, this honours list reflects and pays tribute to outstanding achievement and service right across the community and the nation as a whole. As a further means of giving public recognition, the new Emblem has been introduced; already more than 3,000 have been sold.

As in previous lists a key aim has been to reward those who work and serve at the sharp end – people who have really changed things, or who have given outstanding service to others in difficult situations. All the names in the list (946) have been nominated by the public or expert organisations. 802 are at OBE and MBE level.

The list also reflects the government's commitment to honouring those in its key priority areas: education, health, law and order and the third sector.


Breakdown of the honours

Education: 9%
Health: 8%
Community voluntary and local service: 43%
Economy, science and technology: 16%
Arts and media: 7%
Sport: 3%
State sector: 14%

Education makes up about 9% of the total awards.

There are Knighthoods for Christopher Bayly, the foremost historian of imperial history at work today who has been instrumental in making sure that the history of regions outside Europe is taken seriously; Charles Gray who has given outstanding service to the delivery both of Scottish education and local government. He stood down as a Councillor in 2007 having completed 51 years of service in the Lanarkshire and Strathclyde areas; David Melville, a distinguished educationist under whose leadership the University of Kent has developed joint degrees with universities in Lille, enabling British and French students to study in both countries and Arthur Rose, who has held several teaching posts including HM Inspector and is widely regarded as a leading policy maker and champion for educational standards.

Among the CBEs are Myles Burnyeat, the foremost authority in ancient philosophy in the world; Ann Clynch, who has been committed to the education of young people at Loreto College, Manchester where she has worked since 1978; Geoffrey Copland, Vice–Chancellor of the University of Westminster who has overseen a transformation of the university's financial position and expanded it with major building and refurbishment programmes; Carol Nicholls who has led Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College for Girls in Croydon to Beacon Status; Jeffrey Threlfall, the outstanding and inspirational head teacher of Wildern School, Southampton who has created an excellent environment for high quality learning and teaching and has won a Future Vision Award from the Specialist Schools Trust and David Young, who has successfully steered the Higher Funding Council for England through a critical period when HE funding has been very much on the political agenda, ensuring continuity and stability. Altogether, 14 head teachers have been recommended. And seven people are involved in special needs work.


Health makes up 8%. The wide range of awards include DBEs for Marcela Contreras, internationally recognised for her research and teaching in blood transfusion and Janet Husband a world renowned figure in radiology and in the development of cancer services nationally.

There are Knighthoods for Peter Carr, a leading figure in health and healthcare for more than 15 years and George Castledine, the voice of nursing education for over four decades.

Among the CBEs are Jane Denton, one of the first nurses to work in the field of assisted reproduction where she has been key in supporting fertility nurses develop specialist practices; Christopher Jones, a General Medical Practitioner who has devoted himself to providing a primary service of excellence to a deprived population in the Rhondda; Mayur Lakhani, who has played a fundamental role in raising the profile of general practise through his chairmanship of the Royal College of General Practitioners and Clare Marx, an outstanding Orthopaedic Surgeon in Ipswich. There are ten nurses in total.

Community voluntary and local service

In the fields of community voluntary and local services (which make up 43% of the awards), including law and order, there are DBEs for Barbara Kelly, widely regarded as one of the outstanding Scotswomen of her generation who has played a leading role in many UK national and Scottish public organisations.

There are Knighthoods for Ian Botham who has, to date, completed 11 charity walks and hosted numerous events for charitable causes, particularly Leukaemia Research and has a record breaking career in cricket; Rodney Brooke, the Chair of the General Social Care Council who had the demanding job of regulating the 1.6 million strong social care workforce; Stephen Bullock, Mayor of the London Borough of Lewisham. Under his leadership Lewisham Council developed into one of the leading councils in England. And Paul Scott–Lee, one of the leading figures in UK policing having held chief officer posts in three forces for almost 15 years, including West Midlands. There are a further 10 police officers in the List, including an OBE for David Gregory, a constable from Hampshire who has spent his entire career on the front line.

Among the CBEs are Shami Chakrabarti, the Director of Liberty who has made an important and valuable contribution to the quality of informed debate in our democracy; Robert Niven, the Chief Executive of the Disability Rights Commission. Under his stewardship the commission has become recognised as an exemplar voice in the country on the rights of disabled people; Jane Tomlinson, who has continued to raise huge sums of money for cancer charities and has become an inspiration to thousands of people who have followed her sporting achievements.

There is an OBE for Joe Ashton, the founder and driving force behind the Association of Former Members of Parliament.

And there is an MBE for Glen Murphy, best know for his role as fireman George Green in the television drama London's Burning who has worked tirelessly over the last twenty years raising funds for various charities.

Economy, science and technology

The economy, science and technology makes up 16% of the awards.

There is a GBE for Sir David Cooksey, who has continued to play a leading role in helping the Government in a number of key areas including bioscience, clinical research and health research technology.

There is a DBE for Mary Perkins, Director of Specsavers, a hugely successful business and a model employer and Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the distinguished astrophysicist who has played a major role in engaging the public in astronomy and has served the cause of women in science for thirty years.

Among the Knighthoods are John Baker, an experienced industrialist who has given freely of his time and commitment to a range of high profile public responsibilities including the Senior Salaries Review Body and the Public Services Remuneration Committee; William Callaghan, who is largely responsible, through his chairmanship of the Health and Safety Commission for bringing the UK's rate of fatal injuries down to the lowest in the EU; John Hegarty, Creative Director nd Chair of Bartle, Bogle Hegarty Ltd who has been at the top of his profession for three decades, based throughout on his combination of world class creative talent and business acumen and George Williamson, successful Chair of the CDC Group who has also led Girobank through a crucial transformation process and has been an exceptional ambassador for the UK financial services sector.

Among the CBEs is Betty Jackson, an internationally renowned fashion designer who has been credited with bringing femininity back into fashion.

And there are OBEs for Nicky Clarke, undisputedly Britain's most famous hair stylist, long heralded as the man who made hair glamorous and exciting and Joe Casely–Hayford, one of Britain’s most successful fashion designers.

There are MBEs for Serena Rees and Joseph Corre, co–founders of Agent Provocateur, the successful and highly influential UK lingerie chain.

Arts and the media

Arts and media makes up 7% of the total.

There is a DBE for Emma Kirkby, the internationally renowned classical concert singer who performs throughout the world, appearing in an ever–widening circle of orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Among the Knighthoods are Peter Cook, an architectural academic who has taught a great many of the younger generation of urban architects who are now at the forefront of their profession; Torquil Norman, who has been fundamental in ensuring north London's cultural icon, the Roundhouse Theatre remains a leading arts centre for many years to come; Norman Rosenthal, for many years the driving force behind the Royal Academy of Arts exhibition programme and Salmon Rushdie, a significant figure in world literature.

There are CBEs for Christiane Amanpour, of the CNN who has reported live from the most troubled areas around the globe; Michael Eavis, the instigator and organiser of the Glastonbury Festival, the largest greenfield festival of music and performing arts in the world; Barry Humphries, the character actor, writer and painter, principally known for the stage personas he has developed over a long career; Stephen Poliakoff, the most original and feted dramatist of the television play and Rose Tremain, one of the leading British literary novelists of her generation.

Among the OBEs are Barbara Taylor Bradford, the author, who has sold more than 75 million books in 40 languages in 90 countries; Joe Cocker, one of the country's greatest rock and blues musicians, with a career that has spanned over four decades; Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, one of the great writing partnerships of television producing some of the nation's best–loved comedy creations including "The Likely Lads" and "Porridge"; Rosalind Plowright, one of Britain's most acclaimed operatic performers; Peter Sallis, actor, best known for his role as the level–headed widower Norman Clegg in BBC's Last of the Summer Wine but also famous for providing the voice for Wallace in the Wallace and Gromit films; Sylvia Syms, one of the most revered actresses of her generation who has enjoyed a varied career on stage and screen.

Among the MBEs is Bill Pertwee, the actor who appeared in Dads Army and starred in the legendary Carry On films who has used his fame and talents to raise funds for numerous good causes.


Awards for sport make up 3% of the total.

There is a CBE for Timothy Phillips, the volunteer chair of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club who has dedicated a huge amount of time working on the development of tennis in the UK and around the world.

And there are OBEs for Ryan Giggs, the Manchester United Footballer who has crowned an outstanding career with the captaincy of his country; Terry Griffiths, the 1979 World Professional Snooker Champion who has built a reputation as one of the world's finest coaches and Geoff Thompson, until recently, the chair of the Football Association and a major administrator in the world of football.

And there are MBEs for Teddy Sherringham, the footballer who has earned 51 England caps scoring 11 goals and Joan Slater, one of the best ice dance teachers in the UK.

State sector

Awards in the state sector makes up 14% of the total.

There is a GCB for Sir Robin Janvrin, Private Secretary to The Queen; a DBE for Elizabeth Keegan, until recently Managing Director of the Government Financial Management in the Treasury and KCBs for Paul Hayter, Clerk of the Parliaments and Leigh Lewis, Permanent Secretary at the Department of Work and Pensions.

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