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Honours and Appointments Secretariat

Head of the Honours and Appointments Secretariat and Ceremonial Officer

Denis Brennan


The Honours and Appointments Secretariat manages the UK honours system which is used to reward people for merit, service or bravery. The Secretariat is responsible for matters related to honours, civilian gallantry awards, other civilian service awards and senior state and church appointments.

What are our key responsibilities?

Further information and contact details

Guidance for departments and the public on the UK honours system and how to nominate someone for an award can be found on the UK Honours System pages on the Directgov website [External website].

Honours and Appointments Secretariat
Ground floor
Admiralty Arch
The Mall
London SW1A 2WH

Telephone: 020 7276 2777

The Honours and Appointments Secretariat aim to respond to all correspondence within 15 working days. Current performance against this standard is outlined below.

Honours and Appointments Performance Indicators
 Performance Indicators
 October 2009 November 2009 December 2009
Issues  Volume% to standardVolume% to standardVolume% to standard
Letters Acknowledged (15 day correspondence standard) 607 99 579  100 464 100 
Ministerial Correspondence (15 day correspondence standard) 7 100 2 100 3 100
Forms Acknowledged (15 day correspondence standard) 359 100 289 100 262 100
Phone enquiries 636 N/A 653 N/A 461 N/A