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1 Honours and Appointments Secretariat Honours Presentation to Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Denis Brennan Alex McMurtrie 25 September 2008

2 What are honours for? Recognising: –Achievement –Exceptional Service

3 They are for people who: –Have changed things, with an emphasis on achievement –Have delivered in a way that has brought distinction –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

4 AWARDS The most often used awards are: –Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) –Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) –Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) –Knights Bachelor –Dame/Knight Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (DBE/KBE)

5 Levels (1) Companion of Honour (up to 45 in UK) A pre-eminent and sustained contribution in the arts, science, medicine, or government. 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. 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 making a highly distinguished, innovative contribution in his or her area of activity;

6 Levels (2) OBE A distinguished regional or country-wide role in any field, through achievement or service to the community including notable practitioners known nationally; MBE Achievement or service in and to the community of a responsible kind which is outstanding in its field; or a very local “hands-on” service which stands out as an example to others. In both cases awards illuminate areas of dedicated service which merit public recognition.

7 Order of the British Empire Emblem

8 REFORMED SYSTEM 8 new committees, selected under Nolan procedures. Chairs and majority of members independent of government Chairs together form Main honours committee chaired by Sir Gus O’Donnell Looks at shape of list(s) as a whole

9 Process Departments Public Nominations Lord-Lieutenants Departmental Sifts “Central” Sift Ceremonial Secretariat Honours Committees Main Honours Committee PM to The Queen

10 PM’s Role Has set strategic priorities – –main criteria remain achievement and service to community –community participation to be taken more into account, particularly at OBE and MBE Not saying fewer awards to doctors, teachers etc. But should give priority to those who have gone beyond excellence to put something back on a voluntary basis Receives recommendations from the Main Honours Committee Has pledged not to alter them in any way Submits them to The Queen

11 Lord-Lieutenants’ Roles Nominating (or getting their deputies to) outstanding candidates Commenting on recommendations from members of the public (critically important) Looking for ways to improve/sustain the number of women and BME candidates In their Lieutenancies working to spread general understanding of the honours system

12 Our Commitments to Lord- Lieutenants In cases we are handling Ceremonial Secretariat will: - Always take seriously the judgements and markings of the Lord-Lieutenants - Always give L-Ls written feedback on candidates marked outstanding - Always give feedback by phone to anyone who has made a nomination - Always involve a Lord-Lieutenant in our internal sift meetings - Always welcome a Lord-Lieutenant (or deputy) who would like to visit us

13 Who gets them? In Birthday List 2008 (959 people): 86% were at OBE and MBE level 24% were at OBE 63% were at MBE 76% were working in the Community in some way 41% were women, on a rising trend

14 Recent Awards in Greater Manchester K/D CBE OBE MBE Total NY BD NY BD NY BD

15 Distribution % List %Pop East Midlands West Midlands South East South West North East Wales Scotland London Yorks and Humbs North West

16 Sectors 10% went to people in Education 8% went to people in Health 18% went to people in Business, Science and Technology 6% went to people working in the cultural economy 58% went to people nominated for work in the voluntary sector

17 Areas of Deficit Women North of England Retail and Service Sectors Women in industry at senior levels Good quality MBE candidates working very locally (old British Empire Medal) Candidates from Black and Ethnic Minority Communities at all levels.

18 Research Autumn 2007 Perceptions generally positive 75% think honours good way of recognising service and excellence 70% agree honours are awarded mainly for service to local communities 70% believe system open to all not just for celebrities and people in government

19 But 40% thought celebrities were most likely recipients Only 40% believe system is fair in the way it is operated 40% think system is out of date and should be replaced

20 Publicity Campaign Main messages Anyone can nominate Anyone can receive System is relevant today Process is straightforward

21 New Media Articles on web sites: –www.honours.gov.ukwww.honours.gov.uk Interviews on You Tube: –Go to –Search on UK Honours

22 What we can do Provide written briefing material Get some of your successful candidates onto You Tube Help you/colleagues to present the material on honours Take your ideas and spread them more widely

23 Conclusion Honours System has become more: –Transparent –Accountable New energy from the new committees Need for greater out-reach In all this, must not lose sight of over-riding criterion of excellence.


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