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 New Year Honours 2021

Recipients of the OBE

Recipient To recognise
Professor Lorraine Maltby (Sheffield) Professor of Environmental Biology, University of Sheffield.  For service to environmental biology, animal and plant sciences.
Mrs Dawn Hall (Doncaster) Adult, Family and Community Learning Manager, Doncaster.  For services to further education in South Yorkshire.
Mr Lee Hallam (Sheffield) Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Linbrooke Services Ltd.  For services to business, skills and the community.
Mr Thomas Wood (Barnsley) For service to charitable services.

Recipients of the MBE

Recipient To recognise
Mrs Margaret Roberts (Sheffield) External Examiner and President, Institute of Education and Geographical Association.  For services to education.
Mr Robert Wright (Sheffield) For services to amateur boxing and the young people of Parson Cross, Sheffield.
Mr Brendan Warburton (Sheffield) For services to boxing and the community in Sharrow, Sheffield.
Professor Hora Soltani-Karbaschi (Sheffield) Professor in Maternal and Infant Health, Sheffield Hallam University.  For services to higher education and maternal and infant health.

Professor Adewale Olukayode Adebajo

(South Yorkshire)
Consultant Rheumatologist, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.  For services to inclusive patient and public involvement in research.
Ms Claire Throssell (Sheffield) For services to supporting children experiencing domestic abuse.

Recipients of the BEM

Recipient To recognise
Mr Ziaul Khan  For services to the community in Sheffield.
Mr Stephen Boulton (South Yorkshire) Karate Instructor and Non-Profit owner, MAPS Karate Club.  For services to karate and the community.
Mrs Ella Collins (Doncaster) For services to the economy during COVID-19.
Mr Nadeem Sadiq Khan (Sheffield) For services to the homeless during the COVID-19 response. 

Recipients of the Queen's Birthday Honours 2020

Recipients of the CBE

Recipient To recognise
Mr. Simon Carr
Services to the construction industry and charity. 
Mr Matt Smith
Services to social investment.
Professor Michael Alun West

Professor of Work and Organisational Psychology, Lancaster University. 

Services to compassion and innovation in the NHS. 

Recipients of the OBE

Recipient To recognise
Mr Gordon Wilson Bridge
Services to the community in South Yorkshire. 

Professor Marta Cecilia Cohen 

Clinical Director, Pharmacy Diagnostics and Genetics and Head, Histopathology Department, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. 

Services to the treatment of sudden infant death syndrome.

Professor Stephen John Haake

Professor of Sports Engineering, Sheffield Hallam University.  

Services to sport. 

Mr Neil Andrew Macdonald

Pro Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University. 

Services to education and business. 

Professor Sally Ann Shearer

Executive Director of Nursing, Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation.  

Services to nursing (Grantham, Lincolnshire).

Dr Philip Bryan Robert Smith

Executive Principal, Outwood Academy Portland. 

Services to education. 

Recipients of the MBE

Recipient To recognise
Mrs Jane Ann Havenhand
Services to the community in Dinnington, South Yorkshire particularly during COVID-19.

Professor Nigel Joseph Mathers

Emeritus Professor of Primary Medical Care, University of Sheffield and lately General Practitioner, Bluebell Medical Centre. 

Services to general practice. 

Mr John McHale

Member, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council. 

For public service. 

Professor Helen Dawn Rodd

Professor and Consultant, Paediatric Dentistry, University of Sheffield, School of Clinical Dentistry.  

Services to young people and NHS leadership. 

Mr Jonathan Seaton DL

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Twinkl.

Services to technology and education during COVID-19.

Miss Samantha Louise Siddall
Services to the community in Edlington, South Yorkshire during COVID-19.

Recipients of the BEM

Recipient To recognise

Mr Paul Billam

Driver, Yorkshire Stagecoach.  

Services to transport and the community during COVID-19.

Mr Harold John Burkhill
Services to Macmillian Cancer Support. 
Mrs Bridget Joan Clark
Services to the community in Doncaster, South Yorkshire during COVID-19.
Mr Michael Steven Hart 
Services to the community in Doncaster, South Yorkshire during COVID-19. 
Mr Jeffrey Lunn
Services to nature conservation in Yorkshire. 
Mr Timothy Renshaw
Services to the tackling of homelessness and vulnerable people during COVID-19 (The Archer Project). 
Mrs Elaine Spencer
Services to the community in Rossington, South Yorkshire during COVID-19. 

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

The Lieutenancy has a vital and important part to play in helping South Yorkshire adopt a positive and inclusive way of life in all areas and levels of society.  In response to a question about diversity in the granting of Honours, please see statement from the Cabinet Office.

“The overarching aim is for successive honours lists to be proportionally representative of UK society. Yorkshire and Humberside is one of the regions which is currently under-represented so nominations for people in the region are particularly welcome. We recognise that there is more we can do to ensure that the honours system is inclusive of all of UK society. To find out more about how the honours system is working to be more diverse and inclusive read this report from the Honours and Appointments Secretariat at the Cabinet Office.“

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. 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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