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Title: Honours and Appointments Secretariat

Honours and Appointments Secretariat

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Heres the real scandal!
List NY2012 List BD2012 List NY2013 Pop
North East 3.1 2.8 3.4 4.3
North West 10.9 9.8 8.2 11.4
Yorks Humberside 4.6 4.2 6.9 8.4
East Midlands 5.2 5.2 4.7 7.1
West Midlands 6.2 6.8 7.0 8.9
East 9.0 8.8 10.0 9.1
South West 9.0 9.6 10.0 8.1
South East 16.1 15.4 14.4 13.6
London 14.3 17.1 15.2 12.2
Wales 5.8 5.4 4.9 4.9
Northern Ireland 5.6 6.9 5.8 2.9
Scotland 7.2 6.8 7.1 8.6

Todays Presentation
  • Background to the Honours System
  • Who gets honours?
  • And how can we make sure that the right people
  • How to nominate

Honours are for people who demonstrate
exceptional service and achievement
  • People who . . .
  • Have changed things, with an emphasis on
  • Exemplify the best sustained and selfless
    voluntary service
  • Have demonstrated innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Carry the respect of their peers
  • Have shown sustained achievement against the odds
    requiring moral courage
  • Have made significant contributions towards
    building the Big Society
  • Are major philanthropists showing sustained
  • If in paid employment, they are for people who go
    beyond their job

Big Society Examples
  • People working to strengthen communities in
    deprived areas
  • Community organisers
  • People running neighbourhood groups
  • People working for voluntary or charitable
  • Community fundraisers
  • People tackling any extremism which promotes
    violence or hatred
  • People supporting green enterprise at a local

Honours Lists
  • Two lists per year Birthday and New Year
  • Several elements
  • Prime Ministers list (up to 1300 names)
  • Defence Secretarys list (200 names)
  • Foreign Secretarys list (150 names)
  • Others (Privy Counsellors, The Queens personal
    list, some overseas countries)
  • This presentation focuses on PMs list

Levels (1)
  • Companion of Honour (up to 47 in UK)
  • A pre-eminent and sustained contribution in the
    arts, science, medicine, or government (9
  • Knight/Dame 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
  • CBE
  • A prominent national role of a lesser degree, or
    a conspicuous leading role in regional affairs
    through achievement or service to the community
    or a highly distinguished, innovative
    contribution in his or her area of activity.
  • OBE
  • A distinguished regional or county-wide role in
    any field, through achievement or service to the
    community including notable practitioners known

Levels (2)
  • MBE
  • Achievement or service in and to the community
    which is outstanding in its field and has
    delivered sustained and real impact which stands
    out as an example to others.
  • BEM
  • Achievement or contribution of a very hands-on
    service to the community in a local geographical
    area. This might take the form of sustained
    commitment in support of very local charitable
    and/or voluntary activity or innovative work
    that has delivered real impact but that is
    relatively short (three to four years) in

Recent Reforms
  • 1993 (John Major)
  • End of automaticity
  • Introduction of public nominations now 10,000
    enquiries a year, leading to 3,000 nominations
  • 2005 (Tony Blair)
  • Independent Selection Committees.
  • PM passes recommendations direct to HMQ
  • 2012 (David Cameron)
  • Philanthropy and Political Service Committees
  • Reintroduction of British Empire Medal

Who gets them?
  • At New Year 2013 (1223 people)
  • 1068 (87) were at OBE, MBE and BEM level
  • 247 (20) were at OBE
  • 535 (44) were at MBE
  • 286 (23) were at BEM
  • 72 were working in their local community in some
  • 47 were women
  • But only 6 from ethnic minority communities

  • 43 went to people nominated for work in the
    voluntary sector
  • 14 went to people in Business, Science and
  • 10 went to people in Sport
  • 10 went to people in Education
  • 7 went to people in Health
  • 5 went to people working in the cultural economy
    (Arts and Media)

Whos missing?
  • Women
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Philanthropists
  • The retail sector
  • Technology
  • And we need more strong MBE and BEM candidates
    including young people

Women are under-represented
  • Women have never made up more than 47 of the
  • At The Queens Birthday 2012, the proportion
    dropped to only 41.

Its even worse at the higher levels
  • Starkly illustrated by the NY12 List 7 Dames
    compared to 27 Knights. BD12 and NY13 Lists only
    marginally better.

We need more women to submit nominations
  • Nominators of female Candidates
  • Nominators of male Candidates

A great opportunity
  • Honours are a wonderful encouragement
  • To individuals
  • To organisations or businesses
  • To communities
  • To the region
  • Who or what do you want to stimulate in your
  • How can you reach out to your priority areas?

Who do you know who deserves an honour?
  • What is special about his/her achievements?
  • How have they made a difference?
  • How have they have overcome obstacles or gone the
    extra mile? Has it been a sustained performance?
  • What has been their impact?
  • How are they head and shoulders above their peers
    or a role model to others?
  • What has been their voluntary contribution? Dont
    just produce a CV or job description!

Where do I start?
  • Download a nomination pack from
    www.gov.uk/honours or telephone 020 7276 2777
  • Be prepared to provide at least two independent
    letters of support.
  • Then be patient (though you can ring the Cabinet
    Office for a progress report) . . . and remember
    that not all nominations will succeed.
  • If you would like a member of Rutlands Honours
    Advisory Panel to review your Citation before it
    is submitted to the Cabinet Office, please email
    to khaworth_at_rutland.gov.uk who will forward to a
    member of the panel for an overview.
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