Queen’s Birthday Honours

25th June 2012 by Natalie Burns

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The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2012 was announced on Saturday 16 June and included some of the Women of the Year Alumni.

Awards to women in this year’s list comprised 41 per cent of the total. Women candidates include 8 Dames, 39 CBEs and 2 CBs.

The 2010 Women of the Year Outstanding Achievement Award winner Zaha Hadid has been made a Dame. The award-winning architect whose most recent work includes the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park was born in Baghdad. Through her spirit and perseverance she has gained acceptance in a male-dominated world and graced the world with some extraordinary ideas.

Honours were also given to previous attendees of the Women of the Year lunch:

Dr Mary Archer has become a Dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, for services to the NHS in Cambridgeshire. Dr Archer is the driving force behind the formation of Cambridge University Health Partners and a champion of patient care and safety;

Lucy Neville-Rolfe, a role-model for women in business who has led Tesco’s community engagement programme is also to become a Dame;

Tessa Jowell who was a leading member of the 2012 bid team in the previous Labour government will also be made a Dame.

Awarded the Commander of the British Empire, Vikki Heywood of the Royal Shakespeare Company has been recognised for her services to drama.

The Order of the British Empire (OBE) has been awarded to several of our Alumni:

Actress Jenny Agutter for her work with a number of organisations including the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, ovarian cancer charity Ovacome and Action For Children;

The violinist Tasmin Little for her services to music. Tasmin is a world-renowned violinist who has performed in schools, hospitals, and prisons for no financial reward in order to make music accessible to all;

Ruth Owen, Chief executive of Whizz-Kidz, a charity that gives disabled children the chance to lead a more independent life, for her services to Disabled Children and Young People;

Elaine Padmore, musician, singer, writer and broadcaster and former Artistic Director of the Royal Opera House for her services to Opera and music.

Chair of Women of the Year, Teresa Graham CBE, comments, “The Queen’s Birthday Honours recognise the fantastic achievements and service of extraordinary women across the UK. It is brilliant to recognise so many of the recipients as friends of Women of the Year and we would hope to celebrate these achievements at this year’s lunch in October.”


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