Honours Committee

The Honours Committee is a committee within the Cabinet Office of the Government of the United Kingdom formed to review nominations for national honours for merit, exceptional achievement or service. Twice yearly the Honours Committee submits formal recommendations for the British monarch's New Years and Birthday Honours. Members of the Honours Committee—which comprises a main committee and nine subcommittees in speciality areas—research and vet nominations for national awards, including knighthoods and the Order of the British Empire.[1]

Honours Committee
Committee overview
Formed2005 (reorganisation)
Headquarters70 Whitehall, London SW1A 2AS
Committee executive
Parent departmentCabinet Office

HistoryEdit

The honours system is an ancient one, particularly in Britain; Æthelstan, King of the English in the 10th century, was knighted by his grandfather, Alfred the Great. Knighthoods were originally conferred as a military honour, often on the battlefield. Later it became customary for only the reigning monarch to bestow the honour.[2] Other honours beyond knighthood were later established, including the Order of the Bath in 1725.[3] In the 20th century, the "Ceremonial Branch" of the government was created in 1937 with the sole purpose of overseeing the honours system. In 2001, the committee became officially known as the Ceremonial Honours and Appointments Secretariat.[4]

Since 1993, members of the public have been eligible to nominate individuals;[5] government agencies may also formally put forward candidates. All citizens of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth nations can be nominated. Non-citizens are eligible for honorary awards.[6][7]

Following his retirement as Permanent Secretary to the Lord Chancellor's Office, Sir Hayden Phillips prepared a report in July 2004 to the Cabinet Secretary suggesting a reform of the current honours nomination system. The next year, following recommendations made in Phillips' report, a new system of eight committees was organised, with each committee focussing on a special area. (In 2012, an additional committee was added.)[1] The committees are composed of senior civil servants and independent experts in specific fields.[7] The majority of the honours committees are non-civil servants.[1]

Each subcommittee oversees nominations for its specialised area: Arts and Media; Community, Voluntary and Local Services; Economy; Education; Health; Parliamentary and Political Service; Science and Technology; Sport; and State.[8] The individual committees assess the nominations and pass the nominations to the Main Honours Committee, whose members select the final list of nominations that are passed to the Queen by the Prime Minister.[7]

Following the Cash for Honours scandal, the Main Honours Committee is required to determine that an individual's nomination for an honour has not been influenced by campaign and political contributions. According to the Cabinet Office's 2011 report, "The Main Honours Committee must satisfy itself that a party political donation has not influenced the decision to award an honour in any way; the committee must be confident that the candidate would have been a meritorious recipient of an honour if he or she had not made a political donation."[9]

The Cabinet's Honours Committee nominates civilians only; military honours, such as the Victoria Cross and the George Cross, are sent to the Queen by the Honours and Decorations Committee of the Ministry of Defence.[10] The honours committee also does not make nominations for peerages, which are created directly by the monarch.

CommitteesEdit

Main committeeEdit

Arts and MediaEdit

  • Rupert Gavin – Chair, Historic Royal Palaces (Independent chair)

Independent membersEdit

Official membersEdit

  • Sarah Healey CB - Permanent Secretary, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Leslie Evans – Permanent Secretary, Scottish Government

Community and Voluntary ServicesEdit

Independent membersEdit

  • Harris Bokhari OBE - Co-founder of the Naz Legacy Foundation and Ambassador of British Asian Trust
  • Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski - Rabbi, Golders Green United Synagogue
  • Carly Jones MBE - Autism Advocate
  • Ros Kerslake OBE - Chief Executive of Heritage Lottery Fund & NHMF
  • Adeeba Malik CBE - Deputy Chief Executive, QED UK
  • Waheed Saleem - Managing Director, Waldoc Ltd
  • Ben Summerskill OBE - Chair of the Silver Line and Director of the Criminal Justice Alliance
  • John Booth - Chairman of the Prince’s Trust

Official membersEdit

  • Dame Melanie Dawes DCB - Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Dame Shan Morgan DCMG - Permanent Secretary, Welsh Government
  • Sarah Healey CB - Permanent Secretary, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

EconomyEdit

  • Sir Ian Cheshire - Chairman, Barclay's UK (Independent chair)

Independent membersEdit

  • Brent Hoberman CBE - Chief Executive, Founders Factory Ltd
  • Prof. Heather McGregor CBE - Executive Dean, Edinburgh Business School
  • Dame Minouche Shafik DBE - Director, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Dame Inga Beale DBE- lately CEO, Lloyds of London
  • Sir Douglas Flint CBE - former Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings
  • Dame Vivian Hunt DBE - managing partner for the consulting firm McKinsey & Company

Official membersEdit

  • Alex Chisholm - Permanent Secretary, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Sarah Healey CB - Permanent Secretary, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Sir Tom Scholar KCB - Permanent Secretary, HM Treasury
  • Leslie Evans – Permanent Secretary, Scottish Government

EducationEdit

  • Sir Daniel Moynihan – Chief Executive, Harris Federation (Independent chair)

Independent membersEdit

  • Prof. Sir David Eastwood DL - Vice Chancellor, University of Birmingham
  • Dr John Guy OBE - former sixth form principal and education consultant
  • Dame Asha Khemka DBE DL - British Educator
  • Dame Alison Peacock DBE DL - Chief Executive, Chartered College of Teaching
  • Prof. Steven West CBE DL - Vice Chancellor, University of the West of England
  • 1 x vacancy

Official membersEdit

HealthEdit

  • The Rt Hon. Lord Kakkar PC – Director, Thrombosis Research Institute (Independent chair)

Independent membersEdit

  • Sir David Behan CBE - Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission
  • Prof. Sir Leszek Borysiewicz - Vice Chancellor, University of Cambridge
  • Prof. Dame Jane Dacre DBE - President of the Royal College of Physicians
  • Baroness Harding of Winscombe - Chair of NHS Improvement
  • Prof. Karen Middleton CBE - Chief Executive, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Prof. Iqbal Singh - Chair, Centre of Excellence and Safety for Older People (CESOP)

Official membersEdit

  • Dame Sally Davies GCB DBE - Chief Medical Officer (England)
  • Sir Chris Wormald KCB - Permanent Secretary, Department of Health and Social Care
  • Dr Andrew Goodall - Director General, Department for Health, Social Services and Children, Welsh Government

Parliamentary and Political ServiceEdit

  • Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury CBE – Member, House of Lords (Independent chair)

Independent membersEdit

  • Dr Sue Griffiths - Executive Director, Global Partners Governance
  • The Rt Hon. Lord Haselhurst PC
  • Lord Lisvane KCB DL - Former Clerk of the House of Commons
  • Dame Denise Platt DBE - Member of the General Medical Council and member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • Sir Paul Silk KCB - President of Study of Parliament Group
  • 1 x Vacancy

Official membersEdit

Public ServiceEdit

  • Dame Barbara Monroe DBE - Chief Executive, St Christopher’s Hospice (Chair)

Independent membersEdit

  • Emir Feisal JP, Trustee, Magistrates Association
  • Alistair Finlay OBE, Faculty Director of Operations, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr Shonaig Macpherson CBE - Former interim Chairman of Interim Business School
  • Maggy Pigott CBE - Vice Chair, Open Age
  • Riaz Ravat BEM DL - Board Member Leicester and Rutland Community Foundation
  • The Ven. Canon David Stanton - Archdeacon and Canon of Westminster Abbey

Official MembersEdit

  • Melanie Dawes CB, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Sir Richard Heaton KCB, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice
  • Matthew Rycroft CBE, Permanent Secretary, Home Office
  • Jonathan Slater - Permanent Secretary, Department for Education

Science and TechnologyEdit

  • Prof. Sir John Bell GBE FRS – Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford (Independent chair)

Independent membersEdit

  • Prof. Dame Glynis Breakwell DBE DL - Vice chancellor, University of Bath
  • Naomi Climer CBE - Trustee, Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Prof. Andrew Scott - Professor of Economics, London Business School
  • Prof. Sir Keith Burnett, CBE, FRS - British physicist and past Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield
  • Prof. Dame Ottoline Leyser DBE FRS - Director and Professor of Plant Development
  • 1x Vacancy

Official membersEdit

SportEdit

  • The Rt Hon. Sir Hugh Robertson KCMG DL - Chair of the British Olympic Association (Chair)

Independent membersEdit

  • Pippa Britton - Chair, Disability Sport Wales
  • Giles Clarke CBE DL - Chair, England and Wales Cricket Board and Director, International Cricket Council
  • Tom Clarke - Former Sports Journalist
  • Donna Fraser - Vice President of UK Athletics
  • Liz Nicholl CBE - Chief Executive, UK Sport

Official membersEdit

  • Sarah Healey CB - Permanent Secretary, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • David Sterling - Head of Northern Ireland Civil Service

StateEdit

  • Mark Addison CB - Public Appointments Assessor and former Civil Service Commissioner (Independent chair)

Independent membersEdit

  • Sarah Anderson CBE - Chief Executive, The Listening Place.
  • Isabel Doverty - Civil Service Commissioner
  • Sir David Hempleman-Adams KCVO OBE DL - Chair, Global Resins limited, Founder and Director of Hempleman Investment Company
  • Prof. David Rhind CBE - Former CEO of Ordnance Survey and former Chair of NHS Trust Board
  • Jenny Rowe CB - Former CEO, Supreme Court
  • Sir John Scarlett KCMG OBE - Chairman, SC Strategy Limited

Official membersEdit

  • Permanent Secretary
  • Sir Jonathan Stephens KCB - Permanent Secretary, Northern Ireland Office

Diversity and Inclusion GroupEdit

A group of independent committee members oversee the honours system’s work to embed diversity and equality. It meets twice a year to assess the statistical trends and to maintain momentum behind continuing improvements, and outreach activity.

  • Chair - Dame Louise Casey DBE

Independent membersEdit

  • Harris Bokhari OBE - Co-founder of the Naz Legacy Foundation and Ambassador of British Asian Trust
  • Donna Fraser - Vice President of UK Athletics
  • Rupert Gavin (Chair, Arts & Media) - Chair, Historic Royal Palaces
  • Lord Kakkar PC (Chair, Health) - Director, Thrombosis Research Institute
  • Dame Asha Khemka DBE DL - British Educator
  • Adeeba Malik CBE - Deputy Chief Executive, QED UK
  • Prof Iqbal Singh - Chair, Centre of Excellence and Safety for Older People (CESOP)
  • Prof Steven West CBE DL - Vice Chancellor, University of the West of England

Official membersEdit

  • Permanent Secretary, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Melanie Dawes CB - Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Honours Committee Post: Background" (PDF). Cabinet Office. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 April 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Knighthoods". Official Website of the British Monarchy. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  3. ^ "The Honours System: Second Report of Session 2012–13" (PDF). House of Commons of the United Kingdom. 17 July 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Recognising exceptional achievement or service". Government of the United Kingdom. Archived from the original on 14 February 2006. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  5. ^ "The honours nomination process explained". Government of Northern Ireland. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Honours nomination". Official Website of the British Monarchy. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  7. ^ a b c "Guide to the Honours". BBC. 28 December 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Honours Committees". Cabinet Office. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Second Report on Operation of the Reformed Honours System (November 2011)" (PDF). Cabinet Office. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Military Honours and Awards". Official Website of the British Monarchy. Retrieved 12 April 2015.

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