Honours committees

This page provides information on how honours committees are made up and who the current members are.

Honours committees are made up of senior civil servants (‘official members’) and people who are independent of government (‘independent members’). All honours committees have a majority of members who are independent.

Each honours committee has an independent chairperson. A representative from 10 Downing Street is invited to attend all committee meetings.

Honours committees review honours nominations for people involved in specific activities (like arts and media or sport) which are then sent to the Main Honours Committee.

Main committee


  • Sir Jonathan Stephens KCB (Chair)
  • Chair of Arts and Media Committee: Rupert Gavin
  • Chair of Community, Voluntary and Local Services Committee: Dame Clare Tickell DBE
  • Chair of Economy Committee: Sir Ian Cheshire
  • Chair of Education Committee: Sir Daniel Moynihan
  • Chair of Health Committee: The Rt Hon The Lord Kakkar
  • Chair of Parliamentary and Political Service Committee: The Rt Hon The Lord Spicer
  • Chair of Science and Technology Committee: Professor Sir John Bell FRS
  • Chair of Sport Committee: The Rt Hon Sir Hugh Robertson KCMG DL
  • Chair of State Committee: Mark Addison CB
  • The Cabinet Secretary
  • The Permanent Under Secretary of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • The Chief of Defence Staff

Arts and media

Rupert Gavin – Chair, Historic Royal Palaces (independent chair)

Independent members:

  • The Lord Fellowes of West Stafford DL - writer, actor and director
  • Sir Nicholas Kenyon CBE - Managing Director, Barbican Centre
  • Kanya King MBE - CEO, MOBO Organisation Ltd
  • Caroline Michel - Chair, Hay Literary Festival
  • Dame Julia Peyton Jones DBE - Senior Global Director, Gallerie Thaddeus Ropac
  • Kennneth Olumuyiwa Tharp CBE FRSA - Freelance Arts Professional

Official members:

  • Sue Owen CB - Permanent Secretary, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Leslie Evans - Permanent Secretary, Scottish Government

Community, voluntary and local services

Dame Clare Tickell DBE – Chief Executive, Action for Children (independent chair)

Independent members:

  • Harris Bokhari OBE - Co. founder of the Naz Legacy Foundation and Ambassador of British Asian Trust
  • Melanie Bryan OBE - social entrepeneur, Why Not Change?
  • Ros Kerslake OBE - Chief Executive of Heritage Lottery Fund & NHMF
  • Shonaig Macpherson CBE FRSE - Former interim Chairman of Interim Business School
  • Neil Mendoza - Commissioner for Historic England and Chair of Trustees for Landmark Trust
  • Dame Barbara Monroe DBE - Chief Executive, St Christopher’s Hospice
  • Riaz Ravat BEM DL - Board Member Leicester and Rutland Community Foundation

Official members:

  • Melanie Dawes CB - Permanent Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government
  • Richard Heaton CB - Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice
  • Shan Morgan CMG - Permanent Secretary, Welsh Government
  • Philip Rutnam - Permanent Secretary, Home Office
  • Jonathan Slater - Permanent Secretary, Department for Education

The economy

Sir Ian Cheshire - Chairman, Barclay’s UK (independent chair)

Independent members:

  • Dame Colette Bowe DBE - Chairman, Banking Standards Board
  • Anya Hindmarch CBE - fashion designer and businesswoman
  • Brent Hoberman CBE - Chief Executive, Founders Factory Ltd
  • Helen Mahy - Group Company Secretary and General Counsel, National Grid
  • Professor Heather McGregor CBE - Executive Dean, Edinburgh Business School
  • Dame Minouche Shafik DBE - Director, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE - Entrepeneur

Official members:

  • Alex Chisholm - Permanent Secretary, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Sue Owen CB - Permanent Secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport
  • Sir Tom Scholar KCB - Permanent Secretary, HM Treasury
  • Leslie Evans - Permanent Secretary, Scottish Government


Sir Daniel Moynihan – Chief Executive, Harris Federation (independent chair)

Independent members:

  • Dame Rachel de Souza DBE - Chief Executive, Inspiration Trust
  • Professor Sir David Eastwood DL - Vice Chancellor, University of Birmingham
  • Dr John Guy OBE - former sixth form principal and education consultant
  • Dame Asha Khemka DBE DL - Principal and Chief Executive, West Nottinghamshire College
  • Dame Alison Peacock DBE DL - Chief Executive, Chartered College of Teaching
  • Professor Steven West CBE DL - Vice Chancellor, University of the West of England

Official members:

  • David Sterling - Interim Head of Northern Ireland Civil Service
  • Jonathan Slater - Permanent Secretary, Department of Education


Professor The Lord Kakkar - Director, Thrombosis Research Institute (independent chair)

Independent members:

  • Dame Christine Beasley DBE - Chief Nursing Officer for England
  • Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz - Vice Chancellor, University of Cambridge
  • Dame Ruth Carnall DBE - Chief Executive, NHS London
  • Professor Sir Ian Gilmore - Chair, Liverpool Health Partners, University of Liverpool
  • Professor Karen Middleton CBE - Chief Executive, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Sir Nicholas Partridge OBE - Former Chief Executive, Terence Higgins Trust
  • Professor Sir Simon Wessely - Director, King’s Centre for Military Health Research, King’s College London

Official members:

  • Dame Sally Davies DBE - Chief Medical Officer (England)
  • Sir Chris Wormald KCB - Permanent Secretary, Department of Health
  • Dr Andrew Goodall - Director General, Department for Health, Social Services and Children, Welsh Government

Parliamentary and political service

The Rt Hon The Lord Spicer - Member, House of Lords (independent chair)

Independent members:

  • Dianne Bevan - Chief Operating Officer, National Assembly for Wales
  • The Rt Hon The Lord Butler of Brockwell KG GCB CVO - Member, House of Lords
  • Lord Evans of Weardale KCB DL - Non-Executive Director, HSBC Holdings PLC, Non-Executive Director, Ark Data Centres Ltd
  • The Rt Hon The Baroness Hayman GBE - Former Speaker of the House of Lords
  • The Lord Lisvane KCB DL - Former Clerk of the House of Commons
  • Sir Paul Silk KCB - President of Study of Parliament Group

Official members:

  • The Rt Hon Julian Smith MP - Government Chief Whip
  • The Rt Hon Nick Brown MP - Opposition Chief Whip

Science and technology

Professor Sir John Bell FRS - Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford (independent chair)

Independent members:

  • Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell DBE DL - Vice chancellor, University of Bath
  • The Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE - Vice Chancellor, Aston University
  • Naomi Climer - Trustee, Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Professor Jason Reese FREng FRSE - Regius Chair of Engineering, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Andrew Scott - Professor of Economics, London Business School

Official members:

  • Position vacant - Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government
  • Position vacant - Chief Scientific Adviser to Wales
  • Mr Gareth Davies - Director General, Business and Science, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


The Rt Hon Sir Hugh Robertson KCMG DL - Chair of the British Olympic Association

Independent members:

  • Pippa Britton - Chair, Disability Sport Wales
  • Giles Clarke CBE DL - Chair, England and Wales Cricket Board and Director, International Cricket Council
  • Tom Clarke - Former Sports Journalist
  • Donna Fraser - Vice President of UK Athletics
  • Liz Nicholl - Chief Executive, UK Sport

Official members:

  • Sue Owen CB - Permanent Secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport
  • David Sterling - Interim Head of Northern Ireland Civil Service


Mark Addison CB - Public Appointments Assessor and former Civil Service Commissioner (independent chair)

Independent members:

  • The Rt Hon The Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone JP DL - Member, House of Lords and Chair, Board Practice, Odgers Berndtson
  • Sir David Hempleman-Adams - Chair, Global Resins limited, Founder and Director of Hempleman Investment Company
  • Professor David Rhind CBE - Former CEO of Ordnance Survey and former Chair of NHS Trust Board
  • Sir John Scarlett KCMG OBE - Chiarman, SC Strategy Limited
  • Dr Suzy Walton - Deputy Chairman RSA, University of Westminster and Internet Watch Foundation

Official members:

  • Position vacant - Permanent Secretary
  • Sir Jonathan Stephens KCB - Permanent Secretary, Northern Ireland Office


From time to time, the Cabinet Office invites applications to fill vacancies on the committees.

Published 19 March 2013
Last updated 19 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. New members added.
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  3. Updates to the current members
  4. Added new vacancy details - Chair of the Arts and Media Honours Committee
  5. Sport Honours Committee vacancy added
  6. Added details of 2 vacancies for members of the Economy Honours Committee.
  7. Added information about committee vacancies that close on 16 October.
  8. Added new vacancy for Arts and Media Committee.
  9. Updated lists of committee members.
  10. Vacancy information added for 3 posts that close on 30 June 2014.
  11. Removed section on Available committee membership positions as these have now been filled.
  12. Added information on available positions - Chair of Economy Honours Committee and Chair of Science and Technology Honours Committee.
  13. Changed the names of members to reflect current membership lists.
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