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 New Year Honours 2020
Recipients of the BEM
|Robert Austin Lamb
|For services to the preservation of traditional skills and voluntary service to sport in Mexborough, South Yorkshire.|
|Phyliss Doreen Lambe
|For services to the community in Sheffield.|
|Terence James Lowe
|For services to business and skills in the electrical engineering industry.|
|Susan Laura Sibbald
|For services to mental health.|
|For services to young people and the community in West Yorkshire.|
Recipients of the CBE
|Christopher John Rea OBE (Sheffield)||
For services to business, innovation and exports.
Recipients of the OBE
|Fiona Rigby (Sheffield)||For services to education.|
|Linda McAvan (Sheffield)||For services to charitable and political services.|
Recipients of the MBE
|Claire Caroline Pashley (Sheffield)||For services to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.|
|David Allston (Sheffield)||For services to the arts in South Yorkshire.|
|Joseph Root (Sheffield)||For services to cricket.|
|Matthew Wright (Barnsley)||For services to music and young people.|
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