Saturday, January 1, 2011


  • Published: Friday, 31 December 2010

The New Year Honours List for 2011 has been published. This year's list of extraordinary people includes a ploughman, a World Cup referee, a record producer and an actor most famous for playing a Belgian detective.

People of outstanding merit

Eric Sutherns, the Bridge Master at Tower Bridge receives an MBE

Anyone can be nominated for an honour, but only exceptional people are honoured. The latest list includes school crossing wardens, pharmacists, fashion designers, foster carers, postmen, charity workers and a beekeeper.

This year those honoured work in a wide range of fields, including academia, local arts and sports projects, school governors, community work, heritage projects, benefits offices and lace making.

In total 997 people have been recommended to The Queen for an award. 74 per cent of the recipients are local heroes, who’ve undertaken outstanding work in their communities.

The vast majority of the awards go not to stars of sport, stage and screen but to extraordinary people who are making a real contribution to their community. A large number of people recognised include those supporting the Big Society by making a real difference to their local community through volunteering, fundraising, social action and philanthropy.

People honoured with an MBE for making a real impact in their community include:

  • Dr Marjorie Ziff, who for nearly 60 years has served the community in Leeds through her philanthropic and charitable giving. She, with her husband who died in 2004, have funded countless projects, events and festivals which have enhanced the life of the city.
  • Douglas Lee and his wife Glynnis Lee, who are co-founders and organisers of the Stonebridge Adventure Playground and Brent Play Association, have been passionately committed to providing play and childcare provision to all local children and young people on the estate.
  • Ratilal Devchand Shah, a philanthropist and selfless volunteer who has used his energy and enthusiasm to build relationships with different communities and faiths locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Roger Malcom Hosking, who founded Highfields Happy Hens, which provides education facilities for young offenders. Hundreds of young people have had their lives radically turned around over the years that Highfields Happy Hens has existed.
  • And an MBE to Jane Howitt, a volunteer since 1988 for East Devon Audio-Description Service for blind and partially sighted people; on average she gives 20 hours a week to the charity.

Philanthropy has also been a prominent theme amongst the recipients, including a GBE for Lord Weidenfeld, who has given a lifetime of public service, most recently through his work to establish the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford; a knighthood for Alec Reed, a social entrepreneur who has used his own money from a successful business career to found a number of new charities; and a knighthood for Vernon Ellis, a central figure in the philanthropic support of musical life in the UK, and in particular through his work with the English National Opera.

In total 997 people have been recommended to The Queen for an award:

  • 852 candidates have been selected at MBE and OBE level: 605 at MBE and 247 at OBE
  • 74 per cent of the recipients are local heroes, who’ve undertaken outstanding work in their communities
  • There are 446 successful women candidates in the List, representing 45 per cent of the total. Women candidates include nine Dames, 26 CBEs and four CB
  • 7.6 per cent of the successful candidates come from ethnic minority communities
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