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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

Members:

  • Sir Jonathan Stephens KCB (Chair)
  • Chair of Arts and Media Committee: Rupert Gavin
  • Chair of Community and Voluntary Services Committee: Vacant
  • 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: Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury CBE
  • Chair of Public Services Committee: Professor Dame Barbara Monroe DBE, FRSA
  • 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:

  • Sir Peter Bazalgette - Chair, ITV
  • Sir Nicholas Kenyon CBE - Managing Director, Barbican Centre
  • Kanya King CBE - CEO, MOBO Organisation Ltd
  • Caroline Michel - Chair, Hay Literary Festival
  • Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp CBE FRSA - Freelance Arts Professional
  • Alice Rawsthorn OBE - Design critic and author.

Official members:

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

Community and Voluntary Service

Chair: Vacant

Independent members:

  • Harris Bokhari OBE - Co-founder of the Naz Legacy Foundation and Ambassador of British Asian Trust
  • Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski - Rabbi, Golders Green United Synagogue
  • Carly Jones MBE - Autism Advocate
  • Ros Kerslake OBE - Chief Executive of Heritage Lottery Fund & NHMF
  • Neil Mendoza - Commissioner for Historic England and Chair of Trustees for Landmark Trust
  • Adeeba Malik CBE - Deputy Chief Executive, QED UK
  • Waheed Salim - Managing Director, Waldoc Ltd
  • Ben Summerskill OBE - Chair of the Silver Line and Director of the Criminal Justice Alliance

Official members:

  • Melanie Dawes CB - Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Shan Morgan CMG - Permanent Secretary, Welsh Government
  • Jonathan Slater - Permanent Secretary, Department for Education

The Economy

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

Independent members:

  • Brent Hoberman CBE - Chief Executive, Founders Factory Ltd
  • Professor Heather McGregor CBE - Executive Dean, Edinburgh Business School
  • Dame Minouche Shafik DBE - Director, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • 3 x vacancies

Official members:

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

Education

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 - British Educator
  • 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 - Head of Northern Ireland Civil Service
  • Jonathan Slater - Permanent Secretary, Department for Education

Health

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

Independent members:

  • Sir David Behan CBE - Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission
  • Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz - Vice Chancellor, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Jane Dacre - President of the Royal College of Physicians
  • Baroness Harding of Winscombe - Chair of NHS Improvement
  • Professor Karen Middleton CBE - Chief Executive, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Professor Iqbal Singh - Chair, Centre of Excellence and Safety for Older People (CESOP)
  • 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

Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury CBE - Member, House of Lords (Independent chair)

Independent members:

  • Dr Sue Griffiths - Executive Director, Global Partners Governance
  • The Rt Hon The Lord Alan Haselhurst
  • The Lord Lisvane KCB DL - Former Clerk of the House of Commons
  • Dame Denise Platt - Chair, Commission for Social Care Inspection
  • Sir Paul Silk KCB - President of Study of Parliament Group
  • 1 x Vacancy

Official members:

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

Public Service

Dame Barbara Monroe DBE - Chief Executive, St Christopher’s Hospice (Interim Independent chair)

Independent members:

  • Emir Feisal JP, Trustee, Magistrates Association
  • Alistair Findlay OBE, Faculty Director of Operations, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Shonaig Macpherson CBE FRSE - Former interim Chairman of Interim Business School
  • Maggy Pigott CBE - Vice Chair, Open Age
  • Riaz Ravat BEM DL - Board Member Leicester and Rutland Community Foundation
  • The Venerable Canon David Stanton - Archdeacon and Canon of Westminster Abbey

Official Members:

  • Melanie Dawes CB, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Sir Richard Heaton CB, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice
  • Sir Philip Rutnam KCB, Permanent Secretary, Home Office
  • Jonathan Slater - Permanent Secretary, Department for Education

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
  • 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:

  • Prof Sheila Rowan MBE - Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland
  • Sir Patrick Vallance - Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government
  • Professor Peter Halligan - Chief Scientific Adviser to Wales
  • Gareth Davies - Director General, Business and Science, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Sport

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 CBE - Chief Executive, UK Sport

Official members:

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

State

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

Independent members:

  • Sarah Anderson CBE - Chief Executive, The Listening Place.
  • Isabel Doverty MA, M.Sc, MCIPD - Civil Service Commissioner
  • 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
  • Jenny Rowe CB - Former CEO, Supreme Court
  • Sir John Scarlett KCMG OBE - Chairman, SC Strategy Limited

Official members:

  • Dame Sue Owen DBE - Permanent Secretary, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Sir Jonathan Stephens KCB - Permanent Secretary, Northern Ireland Office

Diversity and Inclusion Group

A group of independent committee members oversee the honours system’s work to embed diversity and equality. It meets twice a year to assess the statistical trends and to maintain momentum behind continuing improvements, and outreach activity.

Chair - vacant

Independent members:

  • Harris Bokhari OBE - Co-founder of the Naz Legacy Foundation and Ambassador of British Asian Trust
  • Donna Fraser - Vice President of UK Athletics
  • Rupert Gavin (Chair, Arts & Media) - Chair, Historic Royal Palaces
  • Lord Kakkar (Chair, Health ) - Director, Thrombosis Research Institute
  • Dame Asha Khemka DBE DL - British Educator
  • Adeeba Malik CBE - Deputy Chief Executive, QED UK
  • Prof Iqbal Singh - Chair, Centre of Excellence and Safety for Older People (CESOP)
  • Prof Steven West CBE DL - Vice Chancellor, University of the West of England

Official members:

  • Dame Sue Owen DBE - Permanent Secretary, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Melanie Dawes CB - Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Vacancies

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

Published 19 March 2013
Last updated 21 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated lists.
  2. Updated lists and membership.
  3. Two people added to the Science and Tech section: Dr Patrick Vallance - Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government and Professor Peter Halligan - Chief Scientific Adviser to Wales
  4. New members added.
  5. Added details for Science and Technology committee member
  6. Updates to the current members
  7. Added new vacancy details - Chair of the Arts and Media Honours Committee
  8. Sport Honours Committee vacancy added
  9. Added details of 2 vacancies for members of the Economy Honours Committee.
  10. Added information about committee vacancies that close on 16 October.
  11. Added new vacancy for Arts and Media Committee.
  12. Updated lists of committee members.
  13. Vacancy information added for 3 posts that close on 30 June 2014.
  14. Removed section on Available committee membership positions as these have now been filled.
  15. Added information on available positions - Chair of Economy Honours Committee and Chair of Science and Technology Honours Committee.
  16. Changed the names of members to reflect current membership lists.
  17. First published.