The Honours System

As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, Investitures at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle will be rearranged to later dates and the announcement of the 2020 Birthday Honours has been delayed until September 2020.

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

Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020

Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Graham Wrigley 
Order of the British Empire 

CBE
Richard Gleave OBE 
Rosaleen Kerslake OBE 
John McAdam 

OBE
Christopher Askew 
Ian Edwin Dilks 
Shaun Alan Fenton
Hedley Finn MBE 
Grahaeme Henderson
Julie Iles
Natalie Jones
Michael Whittingham

MBE
Joel Baseley
Brendan Doyle 
Selvarani Elahi 
Manjit Kaur Gill 
Suzanne Gooch 
Ching-He Huang
Geraldine Lundy
Doris Neville-Davies
Aline Poulter
Graham Race
Sylvia Silver
John Simpson
Karen Sugarman
Seonaid Webb 

BEM
Raymond Blowers
Kimberley Bottomley
Christopher Britton
Cedric Charlton
Valerie Dixon Henry
Karen Edwards
Susan Handley
Wayne Horlock
Paul Jameson
Ursula Johnston
Terence Keen
Sean Ruth QFSM
Kevin Webber
Laurie WILLS

New Year Honours 2020

Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Caroline Palmer Yeates 
Professor Magdalene Odundo 

Companion of the Order of the Bath
Philippa Helme

CBE
Philip Sellwood 
Dr Susan Pember 
Colin Graves 

OBE
Matthew Ward 
David Gray 
John Banks 
Elaine Tisdall
Charlotte Dring 

MBE
Lady Lamport (Angela)
Reverend Canon David Wilbraham 
Colin Simpson Todd 
Polly Brooks 
Marilyn Scott 
Neil Dallen 
Michael Blower 

BEM
Owen Francis O’Toole 
Kanubhai Patel 
Bridget Hancock
Malcolm Loveday
Dr Jocelyn Johnston