2020 New Year Honours List

2020 New Year Honours List

2020 New Year Honours List

Queen’s Honours

By Donna O’Toole

Happy New Year! And congratulations to the 1097 people who are starting 2020 with a huge accomplishment: receiving an honour from The Queen.

England Cricketer Ben Stokes, singer-songwriter Sir Elton John and Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain are among the famous faces receiving honours.

But we want to shine a light on the everyday extraordinary people receiving the highest honours in the UK. Over a thousand people will receive awards as follows:

  • 315 people to receive a British Empire Medal (BEM)
  • 397 to receive a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
  • 229 to receive an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
  • 100 people receive the highest honour of Commander of the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
  • 56 people to become Knights and Dames

Awards are given out for a multitude of reasons, and this year some of those outstanding statistics show that:

  • 789 (72%) of the recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities
  • 556 of recipients are women (51%)
  • 8.7% of awards are for work in education
  • Industry and the economy make up 12.3% of the List
  • 14.6% of honours are for work in the Science, Technology and Health sectors

Inspiring Individuals

Honours are given to individuals who have gone above and beyond in their community, charity work, their industry or their field of interest/expertise (sports, arts, subjects etc.)

The level of honour BEM, MBE, OBE, CBE, Knighthood or Damehood, is determined by the Main Honours Committee with guidance from The Queen, Prime Minister and members of the nine specialist committees that consider different areas of society.

This year the honours system has continued to reward individuals who support children and young people to achieve their potential, enhance life opportunities, remove barriers to success and work to tackle discrimination.

How to nominate someone for a Queen’s Honour

Noone receives an award without being nominated by a third party. So if you want to find out how to nominate someone for an honour you can read our handy guide here.

Carry on reading to see just some of the people who made it on this year’s New Year Honours List and for what reason.

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BEM

315 people will receive a British Empire Medal including;

  • Suzanne Barnley – For voluntary and charitable service
  • Richard Frank Elam – For services to Business and the community in York
  • Ruth Lachs – For services to Holocaust Education
  • Isabel Susan Ingerid Oswell – For services to Public Libraries and Entrepreneurship
  • Hannah Maria Phillips – For services to charity
  • Lesley Anne Rudd – For services to UK Energy Markets and Clean Growth
  • Paramjit Singh Sandhu – For services to Community Engagement

MBE

397 individuals will receive an MBE;

  • Mark Edward Apsey – For services to Sustainable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  • Helen Elizabeth Baden – For services to Diversity and Inclusion and the Industrial Strategy
  • Elaine Margaret Billington – For services to Apprenticeships and Young People in North West England
  • Christopher Bridgman – For services to the community in Wolverton and Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
  • Heidi Lorraine Fisher – For services to Innovation in Social Enterprise and Impact Measurement
  • Simon Graham Hunter – For services to Business and the Economy
  • Sally Louise Preston – For services to Entrepreneurship

OBE

229 people will receive an OBE from The Queen at Buckingham Palace, including;

  • Carl Jason Austin-Behan – For services to charity, LGBTQ+ Equality and the community in Greater Manchester
  • Ruth Elizabeth Chapman – For services to the International Fashion Retail Industry
  • Thomas Watson Chapman – For services to the International Fashion Retail Industry
  • Dr Peter David Englander – For services to charity and Philanthropy
  • Simon Neville John Everest – For services to International Trade
  • Mr Keith John Morris – For services to the Insurance Industry and Philanthropy
  • Barbara Anne Vest – For services to the Energy Industry

CBE

The New Year Honours List sees 100 people receive a CBE including;

  • Amanda Melanie Brooks – For services to Economic Growth
  • Jonson Cox – For services to the Water Industry
  • Ian Barrett Curle – For services to the Scotch Whisky Industry
  • Elizabeth Fagan – For services to Gender Equality in Business
  • Ross Maxwell McEwan – For services to the Financial Sector
  • Keith Charles William Morgan – For services to Small Business Finance
  • Philip Henry George Sellwood – For services to Public Policy on Energy Efficiency

Knights and Dames

Amongst those receiving knighthoods and damehoods are;

  • Dr Caroline Allen OBE – For services to Education
  • Teresa Colomba Graham CBE – For services to Small Businesses
  • Professor Sarah Jane Whatmore FBA – For services to the Study of Environmental Policy
  • Professor Anthony Kevin Cheetham FRS – For services to Material Chemistry, UK Science and Global Outreach
  • Peter Kenneth Estlin – For services to International Business, Inclusion and Skills
  • Andrew William Graham Wylie CBE – For services to Business and charity

You can find the full 2020 New Year Honours List here.

 

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Personal Branding for Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs

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Personal Branding for Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs

Business Awards

By Donna O’Toole

We were honoured to be invited to the Natwest Entrepreneur Accelerator Brighton Hub to talk about the importance of awards for personal branding and thought leadership.

Hosted by Natwest Entrepreneur Development Manager Kristina Pereckaite, the #PowerUp your Personal Brand event was a wonderful opportunity to talk to aspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders, giving them actionable takeaways to improve their personal brands.

WINNING AWARDS TO BUILD YOUR PERSONAL BRAND

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August CEO Donna O’Toole took to the stage to inspire the room to take their personal branding seriously and enhance their reputation!

Donna shared her entrepreneurial story and demonstrated how you can use your unique story and business results to win awards and raise your profile, no matter the size of your business.

Gaining external credibility and recognition from awards verifies your achievements and gives you third-party credibility, which instils trust in your expertise and ultimately business. Winning awards gives you valuable PR opportunities, fantastic networking events, and provides a step-up to the next level in your entrepreneurial journey.

PERSONAL BRANDING 101

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The panel consisted of five personal branding gurus. All focusing on their own area of expertise;

  • Donna O’Toole our very own awards expert, talked the audience through getting into the right awards competitions and how to write your entry for the best chance of winning.
  • Kerry Watkins founder of Social Brighton ran-through some thought-provoking activities about the impact of personal LinkedIn profiles on your personal brand.
  • Jude Bolton, founder of Speaking Works demonstrated the importance of voice, breathing and balance when public speaking or presenting in business pitches.
  • Louise Stevenson, CEO of Speakeasy Coaching demonstrated how to exude confidence when speaking, and how to inject humour for audience engagement.
  • Personal Branding Coach Vicky Booker explained how physical appearance (clothes, make-up, grooming etc.) impacts on how you are perceived, and what message your image gives to prospective customers and partners.

It was great to hear from each one of the fantastic speakers. Everyone in the room was excited to take their hints and tips and start improving their personal brands and we are looking forward to seeing the accelerator entrepreneurs start winning awards for their achievements soon!

 

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Inspirational Individuals recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019

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Inspirational Individuals recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019

Queen’s Honours

By Donna O’Toole

Inspirational Individuals Recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019

On Saturday 8th June 2019, Her Majesty The Queen’s official birthday, the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours list was published. With 1073 individuals receiving CBEs, OBEs, MBEs, BEMs, Knighthoods and Damehoods for their fantastic personal achievements. Here’s this year’s roundup:

  • 920 candidates have been selected at BEM, MBE and OBE level: 306 at BEM, 399 at MBE and 215 at OBE
  • 75% of the recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity
  • 508 women are recognised in the List, representing 47% of the total
  • 10.4% of the successful candidates come from a BAME background
  • 5.9% of the successful candidates consider themselves to have a disability (under the Equality Act 2010)
  • 2.8% of recipients identified as being LGBT

Honours for Economic Activity

The Economy Committee is responsible for highlighting hard-working, successful entrepreneurs, emerging sectors and those who have innovated in established sectors and leading the industry.

Industry and the economy make up 13% of the total honours list with CBEs going to Rachel Clacher, Co-founder of MoneyPenny and founder of WemindTheGap for both her services to business and supporting disadvantaged young people. A CBE also went to Paul Clarke, Chief Technology Officer at Ocado.

There were also OBEs for Gillian Docherty, CEO of Data Lab, Maggie Berry, Founder of the Women in Technology Network, and to Catherine Mead for her services to cheese making and the community in the South West.

Charity and Young People

For this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List, the Prime Minister suggested to the Main Honours Committee that the Honours System should support children and young people to reach their full potential, provide better opportunities, remove barriers, and tackle discrimination.

The Education Honours Committee recommended a knighthood for CEO of United Learning, Jonathan Coles. CBEs have been awarded to Rebecca Meredith, CEO of Transform Trust and a CBE for Professor Michele Burman, for her work on gender-based violence at The University of Glasgow.

OBEs went to husband and wife co-founders of Operation Encompass, David and Elizabeth Carney-Haworth for their work with children affected by domestic violence.

Famous Faces

Every list features a number of familiar names, from sporting backgrounds, TV and film, authors and musicians. CBEs were awarded to Oscar-Winning actress Olivia Coleman, author Lee Child, pianist and Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music, Joanna MacGregor, and author Joanna Trollope.

Adventure, survivalist and TV presenter Bear Grylls has been presented with an OBE, alongside musician Elvis Costello and producer of David Attenborough’s critically-acclaimed Blue Planet and Planet Earth, Alistair Fothergill.

The List also includes seven individuals who are Holocaust survivors and have dedicated their lives to remembrance and education by sharing their stories with thousands of school children from around the UK.

Who Can Receive an Honour?

The Honours System rewards people for their outstanding achievements, those who have shown great commitment to serving and supporting the UK, and those who have demonstrated exceptional service to their industries, communities and professional disciplines.

If you have made life better for others, led a public service, inspired others with measurable results, or influence others by excelling at what you do… or you have a friend, family member or colleague who is doing any of the above, you should consider if you or they are eligible for an honour from The Queen – all you need is the nomination to start the ball rolling!

Anyone can be nominated for an Honour. However, the entry process is not to be taken lightly. Read here to find out more about the nomination process.

Get in Touch

If you know someone who you think would be a great candidate to nominate for a Queen’s Honour, get in touch!

Donna has successfully overseen hundreds of Queen’s honours nominations during her career and knows exactly what it takes to succeed. Get in touch today to find out if you could be a potential candidate or if you know someone who could be in line for an honour.

 

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Who is your Pride of Britain?

Who is your Pride of Britain?

Who is your Pride of Britain?

Inspirational Recognition

By Donna O’Toole

Pride of Britain Awards 

The Pride of Britain Awards give us faith in humanity as they celebrate and recognise some of our most inspiring Britons.

Thousands of nominations from the public are submitted for recognition of courageous, brave and outstanding individuals from everyday walks of life. A judging panel narrow down the shortlist and pick the winners (and we thought judging business awards were hard!). This year’s judging panel included Ben Shepherd and Susanna Reid, Coronation Street star Kym Marsh, broadcasting legend Sir Trevor McDonald, and Police Commissioner Cressida Dick.

2018 Pride of Britain Awards Winners

Amongst the winners were 11 year old Ella Chadwick who won the Child of Courage Award for her amazing positivity and fundraising following numerous operations on her liver, and finally a liver transplant which saved her life. You can read Ella’s story here.

One of the most poignant parts of the evening was the moment the 12 young Thai boys who were trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand were reunited with their rescuers. The British Cave Rescue Team were awarded for their outstanding bravery as they escorted the boys one-by-one through the complex and dangerous cave system 10km underground.

The Lifetime Achievement award went to Eddie O’Gorman OBE, who founded the charity Children with Cancer UK alongside his late wife, and in memory of his two children. The charity has raised over £230 million since 1987 and was back by Princess Diana.

Inspirational Recognition

Inspirational recognition means different things to different people, but it has one key attribute. It is there to recognise and celebrate the people who genuinely change things for the better for others. Whether that’s in a professional, charitable, or a personal capacity.

Every year we are delighted to work with the colleagues, families and friend of outstanding individuals to make sure that their legacy is never forgotten, and they are rewarded for their contribution to society.

Thanks to these individuals, we have a better future, whether that’s through their incredible contribution to charity, their inspirational impact on their profession, or their influential nature that changes life for the better.

Receiving a personal honour from Her Majesty The Queen, like an MBE, OBE, CBE or even a knighthood, is often the result of years of hard work that the individual has undertaken.

Would you Like to be Recognised?

Our experience of helping individuals to achieve this recognition is second to none, and starts with an outstanding nomination that supports all the key criteria for a relevant award. And they don’t have to be a Briton, recognition is possible for all individuals across the world if they are doing good work in the UK, or for Britons who are doing good work at home and overseas.

But it’s without this experience, it’s hard to know whether your candidate is really likely to succeed with their nomination. You don’t need to be an action hero to be recognised, just someone working to make life better for others in your own way.

If you would like to recognise someone for their outstanding achievements we can help you with a free assessment of their likelihood of success, and tell you everything you need to know to get you on the winning track.

So the question is…who would you like to receive the most inspirational recognition in the world?

Take a look at our Queen’s Honours service for more information and get in touch today.

 

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Could you be Eligible for a Queen’s Honour?

Could you be Eligible for a Queen’s Honour?

Could you be Eligible for a Queen’s Honour?

Queen’s Honours

By Donna O’Toole

Could you be eligible for a Queen’s Honour?

The 2018 New Years Honours list featured a wide range of extraordinary people from every corner of the UK, with ages ranging from 18 – 101 years old! Amongst the award winners were author Michael Morpurgo who received a knighthood for his services to Literature and Charity. More famous faces joined the list;

  • Drummer Richard Starkey (AKA Ringo Starr) of The Beatles received a knighthood
  • PR Consultant Lynne Franks received an OBE for her services to business, fashion and women empowerment
  • The First British Astronaut Helen Sharman received one of the highest honours, The Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for her services to education in science and technology

Of the 1123, Lucia Mee is the youngest. At only 18 years old, she has undergone three liver transplants following her diagnosis of autoimmune hepatitis. Lucia is being awarded a BEM for dedicating her time to promoting and spreading awareness about organ donation.

The list features individuals who have dedicated their lifetime to helping others. Two individuals stand out in particular, at 101 years old Lt Col. Mordaunt Cohen receives an MBE for his services to WW2 education. Also, 101 years old,  Helena Jones receives a BEM for her services to young people in the Brecon, Powys community. What an incredible legacy for their families!

How do you get an MBE, OBE, CBE or Knighthood?

The honours system rewards people for their outstanding achievements, those who have shown great commitment to serving and supporting Britain, and those who have demonstrated exceptional service to their industries, communities and professional disciplines.

If you have made life better for others or are excel at what you do – you or a friend, family member or colleague could be eligible for an honour from The Queen!

Anyone can be nominated for an Honour. However, the entry process is not to be taken lightly.

Creating a nomination involves compiling an outstanding narrative, testimonials and evidence, then putting it all together in a clear, cohesive and comprehensible way. Once submitted it can take between 12-18 months or longer to get a response.

The entries are rigorously checked by an Honours Committee to decide who shall receive the prestigious awards at either The Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June or in the New Year Honours List. In total there are around 2200 awards given out every year!

Types of National Honours

There are several types of Queen’s honours you can receive. These range from;

  • Dame or Knighthood
  • Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
  • Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
  • Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
  • British Empire Medal

Each honour is awarded depending on the achievements you have detailed in your nomination, you do not specifically choose which one you would like to apply for.

What receiving an honour from The Queen could do for you

Receiving an honour is such a huge achievement and you should reap the rewards it brings. When you receive an honour you are invited to Buckingham Palace and presented with your medal by The Queen or a member of the Royal family. Your name and achievements are published in major national and international publications and if you are awarded a Damehood or Knighthood you receive the title ‘Sir’ or ‘Dame’, for other honours you have the letters of the award added to your name.

What an amazing platform for sharing your story with others and motivate more people to look after their communities or expand their profession with their commitment!

Who do you know that could be worthy of an honour from The Queen?

Donna has successfully overseen hundreds of honours applications and knows what it takes to win. Get in touch today to find out if your candidate could be in line for an honour too.

 

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