Lieutenancy of South Yorkshire

The Awards

The honours system recognises people who have made achievements in public life and committed themselves to serving and helping Britain.

People can receive honours for achievements such as:

  • making a difference to their community or field of work
  • enhancing Britain’s reputation
  • long-term voluntary service
  • innovation and entrepreneurship
  • changing things, with an emphasis on achievement
  • improving life for people less able to help themselves
  • displaying moral courage and doing difficult things

Honours are given to people involved in fields including:

  • community, voluntary and local services
  • arts and media
  • health
  • sport
  • education
  • science and technology
  • business and the economy
  • civil or political service

Whether someone gets an honour - and the honour they get - is decided by an Honours Committee. The committee’s decisions go to the Prime Minister and then to the Queen, who awards the honour.

British Empire Medal (BEM)

Awarded for a ‘hands-on’ service to the local community. This could be a long-term charitable or voluntary activity, or innovative work of a relatively short duration (three to four years) that has made a significant difference.

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Awarded for an outstanding achievement or service to the community. This will have had a long-term, significant impact and stand out as an example to others.

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Awarded for having a major local role in any activity, including people whose work has made them known nationally in their chosen area.

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Awarded for having a prominent but lesser role at national level, or a leading role at regional level. You can also get one for a distinguished, innovative contribution to any area.

Knight/Dame (KBE/DBE)

Awarded in recognition of a pre-eminent contribution in any field of activity usually, but not exclusively, at national level, or in a capacity which will be recognised by peer groups as inspirational and significant nationally, and demonstrates sustained commitment.

Companion of Honour

These are awarded in the UK in recognition of a pre-eminent and sustained contribution in the arts, science, medicine, or government. Only a limited number of people can hold the honour at any one time.

Recipients of the Queen's Birthday Honours 2019

Recipients of the CMG

Recipient To recognise
Professor Richard John Carwardine
Services to the study of American History in the UK and the USA.

Recipients of the DBE

Recipient To recognise
Julie Ann Kenny, CBE
Services to heritage.
Chair, Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust

Recipients of the CBE

Recipient To recognise
Terence William Whittles
Voluntary service to the Armed Forces.
National Chairman, The Royal British Legion

Recipients of the MBE

Recipient To recognise
Professor James Robert Bonham
Services to young people with genetic metabolic diseases.
Director Pharmacy, Diagnostics and Genetics, Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust 
Marlene Dylys Dyke
Services to culture in Barnsley.
Christine Marie Lunn
Services to fostering in Rotherham.
Joanne Elizabeth Pardavila
Services to the economy and the community in Manchester.
Customer Services Manager, Aviva Health Insurance
Susan Savage
Services to the community in Rotherham.

Recipients of the BEM

Recipient To recognise
Shamsa Jabeen Latif
Services to disadvantaged people in South Yorkshire.
Sergeant Hayley Nortcliffe Services to policing.
Alan Neil Vollans
Voluntary service to cricket and to the community in South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire.
Yvonne Dorothy Woodcock
Services to the community in Doncaster.

Recipients of New Year Honours 2019

Recipients of the OBE

Recipient To recognise
Richard Gino Parker
For services to sustainable care. Chief Executive, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Anthony Roy Stewart
For services to business and the community in Rotherham. Managing Director, ASD Lighting plc and Chairman, Rotherham United Football Club.
Angela Elizabeth Windle
For services to Children’s Social Care and the community. Team Leader, child protection, safeguarding and family law team, Department of Education.

Recipients of the MBE

Recipient To recognise
Roger John Blades
For services to athletics and school sport.
Helen Louise Clarke

For services to girl guiding.

Valerie Ann Dunsford
For services to education. Lately Headteacher, Sheffield High School for Girls.
Stephen Craig Harrison
For services to sport and people with disabilities.
Maureen Horton
For services to nursing and the NHS. Community Staff Nurse, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Michael Paul King
For services to disadvantaged young people in Sheffield. Gym Manager, Sheffield Boxing Centre.
Margaret Kitching
For service to nursing. Chief Nurse, north region, NHS England.
Leslie Tomlinson
For services to boxing and young people in Sheffield.

Recipients of the BEM

Recipient To recognise
Lisa Jane Beaumont
For services to the British and World Transplant Games. Therapeutic and Specialist Play Manager, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
Rachel Copley
For services to music charities and the community in South Yorkshire.
David Alan Goy
For political service.
John Wade
For services to the community in Oxspring, South Yorkshire.
Clare Maria Warnock
For services to Cancer Research and cancer patients. Practice Development Sister, Weston Park Cancer Centre, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Previous recipients of honours and awards


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Nominating someone for an honour

Anyone can nominate someone for an honour, but the person you are nominating must still be actively involved in what you’re nominating them for.

You should fill in an 'Honours nomination form' and return it to the Honours and Appointments Secretariat (address below). They can answer any questions you might have about the nomination process. You can also read Gov.UK's How to write a nomination 

Honours and Appointments Secretariat
Admiralty Arch South
London SW1A 2WH
Call: 0207 276 2777

What happens after a nomination

The Honours Committee will review your nomination. You’ll get an acknowledgment - but you may not hear anything else for 12 to 18 months. All nominees will be checked by various government departments to make sure they’re suitable for receiving an honour. This may include checks by HM Revenue and Customs.

Please note: An award is not guaranteed, you should not tell the person that you’ve nominated them for an honour in case they’re not awarded it. 

British Empire Medal Awards

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