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Awards signal achievements for females

Honours for Bruce and Cameron cap big year for women

Liz CameronThree Scottish women are included at the top of the New Year Honours list to cap an extraordinary 12 months of success for women in business, politics, healthcare, culture and sport.

Edinburgh Council chief executive Sue Bruce is awarded a Damehood, while Ayrshire businesswoman Marie Macklin is appointed a CBE for services to economic generation and entrepreneurship.

An OBE goes to Scottish Chambers of Commerce chief executive Liz Cameron (pictured). Also receiving the OBE is Mike Cantlay for services to tourism and lawyer Bruce Minto for his contribution to culture.

Perhaps more controversially is the MBE awarded to footballer and manager Malky Mackay who was embroiled in a racism row earlier this year.

In Scotland there are 116 recipients in the Queen’s New Year Honours.

Those awarded a Damehood are:

  • Carol Ann Duffy CBE for services to poetry
  • Sue Bruce for services to local government in Scotland

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) include:

  • Raymond Watkins for services to healthcare
  • May Storrie for services to business and philanthropy
  • Marie Macklin for services to economic regeneration and entrepreneurship in Scotland
  • Bridget McConnell for services to culture
  • Ali Smith for services to literature
  • Bill Whyte for services to youth justice in Scotland

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) include:

  • Pauline Howie for services to NHS Scotland and to the Scottish Ambulance Service
  • David Rae FRSE for services to horticulture and education
  • Liz Cameron for services to business and commerce
  • Mike Cantlay for services to the tourism and hospitality industry in Scotland
  • Martyn Wade for services to culture in Scotland
  • Bruce Minto FRS for services to culture
  • Faith Liddell for services to the arts
  • Jon Doig for services to sport
  • Louise Macdonald for services to young people and the community in Scotland
  • Allan Bantick for services to conservation in Scotland

Among those receiving a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) are:

  • Brian Keighley JP for services to healthcare
  • David Troup JP for services to healthcare in Argyll and Bute
  • Margaret Dunbar for services to palliative care
  • Joyce Mouriki for services to mental healthcare
  • Stewart Spence for services to the tourism industry in Scotland
  • Stuart Devine for services to the seafood industry and charity
  • Bryce Wilson for services to culture in the Orkney Isles
  • Andy Cameron for services to entertainment and charity in Glasgow
  • Euan Burton for services to judo
  • Malcolm Mackay for services to football in Glasgow
  • Alexander Pirie for voluntary service in Livingston, West Lothian
  • Denis Curran for services to charity and the homeless in Glasgow

Among those receiving a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) are:

  • Mary Macleod for services to the treatment of breast cancer in Lewis and Harris
  • Henry Douglas for services to the community in Bonchester, Scottish Borders
  • Marion Henderson for services to the Post Office and to the community in Brechin
  • Mark Wylie for services to sport in the Shetland Isles and to charity abroad

The inclusion of so many prominent females in the list of this year’s honours will be most notable given the events of 2014.

Aside from the rise of Nicola Sturgeon to the role of First Minister of Scotland, there has been success in many fields, including:

The Reverend Libby Lane who was announced as the first female bishop for the Church of England

Judith Weir became first female Master of the Queen’s Music

Audra McDonald became the first woman to earn six Tony Award wins

The first women competed in ski jumping at the Olympics

Amelie Mauresmo became the first woman to coach a top male tennis player (Andy Murray)

Corinne Diacre became the first woman to coach a men’s professional soccer team in a competitive match in France

Amy Hughes, from England, ran 53 marathons in 53 days, thus setting the record for the most marathons run on consecutive days by any person, male or female.

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