The Honours System

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Honours System

The Honours System offers public recognition to people in all walks of life and all sections of society who have given quite exceptional service and made a difference in their community or in the country. There are several different types of award, each one recognising a different type of contribution (click here).

The British Honours System is one of the oldest in the world. It has evolved over 650 years and today recognises merit, gallantry and service. 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 but it is important to note that longevity in a position is not sufficient in itself and that honours are not usually awarded after someone has retired.

Access to the required form and further information can be obtained by clicking here

To support a nomination, it is essential to source and submit several strong letters of recommendation, from people who know at first hand about the work that has been done by the individual being nominated.

It is important to recognise that a nomination can take around 18 months to go through the vetting process, from the point it is submitted to the Cabinet Office. The fact of nomination should be kept strictly confidential as sadly a relatively few people can be honoured and it is best to avoid disappointment. If a nomination proves unsuccessful. it is sometimes possible for the Lord-Lieutenant to arrange some other form of recognition, as a ‘thank you’ for exceptional service.

Please download a copy of the exclusive Surrey Lieutenancy Honours Leaflet here:



Awards for Surrey residents

Birthday Honours 2021

Companions of the Order of the Bath (CB)

Mr Stephen Philip Oldfield

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Mr Mark Proctor

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Mrs Audrey Gallagher

Professor Joanna Margaret Pritchard MBE

Alexander Murray Russell

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Ms Sophia Tendai Chandauka

Ms Elizabeth Jane Curtis

Mr Jonathan Elliot

Miss Kiran Kumari Jassal

Ms Amanda Jane Lambert

Mrs Deirdre Mary Leach

Reverend Lesley Jane Mason

Mrs Christina Elizabeth Mountain

Mr Robert James Thomas

Ms Sophie Westlake

Mrs Catherine Maria Elizabeth Wharton

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

Councillor Carole Agnes Cockburn

Ms Alison Fielding

Mr Kenneth Iredale

Mr Ian Gareth Jones

Mr Mohammad Jamil Radha

New Year Honours 2021

Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath

Lynn Owens

CBE
Paul Rimmer
Professor Raad Shakir
Professor Sembukuttiarachilage Silva
Keith Weed

OBE
Cassandra Buchanan
John Hambly
John Lillywhite
Nicholas Morgan
Nina Wadia

MBE
Diana Britten
Susan Deaves
Jonathan Freeman
Peter Glover
John Godden
Ryan Kelley
Laura King
Ann Lovelace
Amanda Owen
Susan Owen-Weaver
Mohanned Quazi
Victoria Sellick
Christopher Smith
Andrew Taee
Barry Underwood

MBE (Diplomatic Service)
Patricia Napier

BEM
Samira Ahmad
Jean Casha
Pamela Hypher
Louise Maltby
Emrys Owen
Sara Jane Robertson
Charito Ramono
Andrew Rowe