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
- 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.
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 2018
Recipients of the KBE
|Professor Christopher Roy Husbands (Sheffield)||Services to higher education. Vice Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University|
Recipients of the OBE
|David Dickinson (Barnsley)||Services to education. Chief Executive Officer, Waterton Academy Trust|
|Jeffrey Ennis (Barnsley)||Parliamentary and political services. Councillor, Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley|
|Hugh David Facey (Sheffield)||Services to manufacturing, to innovation, to exports and to employee ownership. Managing Director and Chairman, Gripple Ltd and Loadhog Ltd|
|Professor Laura Maria Serrant (Sheffield)||Services to health policy. Professor of Nursing, Sheffield Hallam University|
|Professor Samantha Carole Twiselton (Sheffield)||For services to higher education. Director, Sheffield Institute of Education|
Recipients of the MBE
|Robert Conrad Davies (Doncaster)||For services to the Prison Service Sports Association. Senior Executive Officer, HM Prison Berwyn|
|Alan Muddiman (Doncaster)||For services to health and safety. Formerly Chair, Civil Engineering Contractors Association and Head of Health, Safety and Environmental, Renew Holdings plc|
|Lucy Prior (Sheffield)||For services to rail exports. International Trade Director, Rail Alliance|
|Alexander Henry Usborne (Sheffield)||For services to exports in media and promoting disability in film. Co-founder, 104 Films Ltd|
Recipients of the BEM
|Susan Tracy Abnett (Barnsley)||For services to early years education. Childminder and lately volunteer, Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years|
|Olga Margaret Bannister (Sheffield)||For services to those with motor neurone disease and to their carers. Branch Head, South Yorkshire Motor Neurone Disease Association
Read more about Olga receiving her BEM award.
|Garry Swann (Doncaster)||For services to the NHS. Honorary Archivist, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust|
Recipients of New Year Honours 2018
Recipients of the DBE
|Hilary Anne Chapman, CBE (Barnsley)||Services to nursing. Chief Nurse, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.|
Recipients of the OBE
|Kevin Leslie Clifford (Sheffield)||Services to nursing. Lately Chief Nurse, NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group.|
|Jacqueline Hewitt-Maine (Doncaster)||Services to prisoners. Chief Executive Officer, The Cascade Foundation.|
|Stephen Alan Lamb (Sheffield)||Services to improving immigration systems. Lately Director, Immigration Enforcement, Home Office.|
Recipients of the MBE
|Monica Catherine Carroll (Rotherham)||Services to the community in South Yorkshire.|
|Bobby Gurbhej Singh Dev (Rotherham)||Services to young people in Sheffield.|
|Jane Harley (Sheffield)||Services to education and the community in Sheffield. Team Leader, Department for Education.|
|Christopher Paul Hudson (Sheffield)||Services to exports and investment in Sheffield. Founder and owner, Chimo Sheffield (Manufacturing) Ltd.|
|Joan Mary Sanger (Doncaster)||Services to charity and the community in Beckingham.|
|Anne Florence May Shaw (Sheffield)||Services to children and families. Foster carer, Sheffield City Council.|
|Cheryl Barbara Williams (Doncaster)||Services to business and conservation. Director, Yorkshire Wildlife Park.|
Recipients of the BEM
|David John Allen (Barnsley)||Services to the community in Barnsley.|
|Andrew Robert Bromley (Sheffield)||Services to higher education. International Student Support Officer, Sheffield Hallam University.|
|Hilary Cynthia Ford (Doncaster)||Services to education. School volunteer, Herringthorpe Junior School, Rotherham.|
|Hayley Angela Rhodes Nelson (Sheffield)||Services to digital inclusion in Sheffield.|
|Gillian Mary Rhodes (Sheffield)||Services to digital inclusion in Sheffield.|
|Michael John Speight (Rotherham)||Services to the community in Rotherham.|
|Karen Squires (Sheffield)||Services to the community in Sheffield.|
|James Travis (Barnsley)||Services to the community in Silkstone.|
|David Thomas William Woodward (Rotherham)||Services to youth hockey in South Yorkshire.|
|Brian Arthur Frederick Yeoman (Rotherham)||Services to the Lions Club International and the community of Bramley and Wickersley.|
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