The honours system rewards people who have made achievements in public life. It highlights the people that have 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
- showing moral courage and doing difficult things
Honours are given to people involved in fields including:
- community, voluntary and local services
- arts and media
- science and technology
- business and the economy
- civil or political service
The honour someone gets is decided by an Honours Committee. The committee’s decisions go to the Prime Minister and then to The King, who awards the honour.
Types of awards
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Awarded for a ‘hands-on’ service to the local community. This could be a long-term charity based or voluntary activity, or work of a shorter duration. This would be fore around three to four years.
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Awarded for an achievement or service to the community. This will have had a long-term 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. This includes people whose work has made them known in their chosen area.
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Awarded for having a vital but lesser role at national level, or a leading role at regional level. You can also get one for contribution to any area.
Awarded for recognising a pre-eminent contribution in any field of activity. This is normally at national level, or some way which will be recognised by peer groups as inspiring.
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Awarded to both men and women for military service or great civil merit. The Companion of the Order of the Bath is second only to a damehood or knighthood.
Companion of Honour
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 Kings' Birthday Honours 2023
Recipients of the MBE
|John Michael Marren DL||Founder, Company Shop Group. For services to alleviating food poverty|
|Ian Malcolm Rogers||Athletics Official. For services to athletics|
|Jacqueline Ann Sawdon||Co-Founder, The Exodus Project. For services to young people and to charity in Barnsley, South Yorkshire|
|Martin Harold Sawdon||Co-Founder, The Exodus Project. For services to young people and to charity in Barnsley, South Yorkshire|
Recipients of the BEM
|Catherine Bailey||Lately Nurse Director for Musculoskeletal Services, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. For services to nursing|
|Kenneth Eliot||Volunteer. For services to table tennis|
|Paul Stead||Leader, 9th Doncaster Scout Group. For services to young people in Doncaster, South Yorkshire|
Recipients of New Year Honours 2023
Recipients of the DBE
|Professor Cathryn Elizabeth Nutbrown||Professor, School of Education, University of Sheffield. For services to early childhood education|
Recipients of the CBE
|Professor Andrew David Curran||Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of Research, Health and Safety Executive. For public service|
Recipients of the OBE
|Mr William Alan Beckett||Chairman, International Trade Forum. For services to manufacturing and to exports|
Recipients of the MBE
|Ms Louise Davies||Lately, Director, Christians on the Left. For political and charitable services|
|Mr Charles James Ritchie||Co-Founder, Gambling with Lives. For services to charity and to the families bereaved by gambling related suicides|
|Mrs Elisabeth Ritchie||Co-Founder, Gambling with Lives. For services to charity and to the families bereaved by gambling related suicides|
|Ms Victoria Schofield||Service Director, Children’s Social Care, Wakefield Metropolitan Borough Council. For services to children and young people|
|Mrs Cynthia Shaw JP||For services to the community in Rotherham, South Yorkshire|
Recipients of the BEM
|Mr Maxwell Apaladaga Ayamba||Founder, Sheffield Environmental Movement. For services to the environment and to the community in Sheffield, South Yorkshire|
|Mrs Jacqueline Higginbottom||For services to the community in Deepcar, South Yorkshire|
Nominating someone for an honour
Anyone can nominate someone for an honour. The person you're 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 Cabinet Office
1 Horseguards Road
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What happens after a nomination
The Honours Committee will review your nomination. You’ll get an acknowledgement but you may not hear anything else for 12 to 18 months. Nominees are checked by various government departments to make sure they’re suitable for receiving an honour. This may include checks by HM Revenue and Customs.
An award isn't guaranteed; you shouldn't tell the person that you’ve nominated them for an honour in case they’re not awarded it.
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