The Honours System

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 King’s official birthday. (Please scroll down to see the names of the Surrey residents recognised in the latest Honours list.)

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 2024

Knights Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)

Peter Schofield CB of Redhill, for Public Service

Knights Bachelor (KBE)

Richard Greenhalgh of East Molesey, for services to Education

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Dr Joanne Bray of Epsom, for services to the Automotive Industry

Katharine Davies of Guildford, for services to Government Security

Alan Lenton of Epsom, for services to Veterans and their Families

Timothy Mordan of Epsom, for Public Service

Timothy Oliver of Esher, for services to Local Government

David Rowe of Chiddingfold, for services to the Armed Forces Community

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Bryony Chapman of Thursley, for services to the Costal and Marine Environment

Emily King of Haslemere, for services to Refugee Resettlement

Duncan Nicholls of Warlingham, for services to Aviation Safety and Transport

Lisa O’Keefe of Addlestone, for services to Sport

Dr Richard Torbett of Woking, for services to Life Sciences and to the Pharmaceutical Industry

Ian Wilson of Thames Ditton, for services to Education

Victoria Woodhall of Redhill for services to Cancer Care and Cancer Research for Children

James Woodhall of Redhill, services to Cancer Care and Cancer Research for Children

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

Selwyn Boothe of Staines-Upon-Thames, for services to Education

Eric Champion of Sunbury-on-Thames, for services to Culture in Spelthorne

Lynda Jones of Woking, for voluntary service to the British Red Cross

Lucas Maxwell of Betchworth, for services to Education

Dr Christian Wilcock of Warlingham, for services to the Community in the London Borough of Croydon