Queen's Birthday Honours

Connolly, Senior and Purvis in honours roll-call

Billy ConnollyComedian Billy Connolly said he will continue to see himself as the “hairy rebel” after being knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The Big Yin, who received the CBE in 2003, is recognised for his services to entertainment and charity.

Anton Muscatelli, principal of Glasgow University, was also knighted and there were honours for Judy Murray, mother of tennis stars Andy and Jamie, who receives the OBE, and author JK Rowling, who becomes a Companion of Honour for her services to literature and philanthropy.

Nora Senior (pictured above),  executive chairman UK Regions and Ireland of global communications consultancy, Weber Shandwick, receives the CBE.

She said: “I am immensely proud and humbled. It is a huge honour to receive such recognition.”

Mrs Senior’s honour is for services to British and Scottish businesses during her term as president of the British Chambers of Commerce and chairman of Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

CBEs are also presented to Colin Adams, former director of commercialisation and director of Informatics Ventures, University of Edinburgh, Bob Keiller, chairman of Scottish Enterprise and Professor Charles Skene , honorary professor, Aberdeen Business School, for services to business and enterprise.

Dr Adams is recognised for services to innovation and entrepreneurship. Mr Keiller receives his honour for services to business and entrepreneurship.

Polly PurvisPolly Purvis (right), chief executive of ScotlandIS since 2004, has been awarded an OBE.

Mrs Purvis is also the chairman of CodeClan, the skills academy which she and her team were instrumental in establishing in 2015. She has campaigned for many years to bring about action to tackle the digital skills shortage in Scotland and the gender gap in the industry.

She said: “I was surprised and delighted to be included on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.”

Former News International Scotland chief Colin McClatchie, vice-president, Scottish Opera, receives the CBE for services to music and voluntary service in the West of Scotland.

Others awarded the OBE are Richard Simpson, for services to Scottish politics and public life; Professor Polly Louise Arnold , Crum Brown Chair of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh, for services to chemistry and women in STEM; Professor William Buchanan , professor of computing and director, Centre for Networking, Security and Distributed Systems, Edinburgh Napier University, for services to cyber security; Sandy Finlayson , founder, MBM Commercial, for services to entrepreneurship and voluntary service in Scotland.

MBEs are awarded to Professor David Coates , director of life sciences, learning and teaching, University of Dundee, for services to biotechnology; John Howie , divisional chief executive for Marine and Technology at Babcock, for services to business and the economy; Professor Rebecca Lunn, professor, University of Strathclyde, for services to science, technology, engineering and mathematics; William Mackie, lately convener, Peterhead Port Authority, for services to the fishing industry; Jim McLaren, chairman, Quality Meat Scotland, for services to the farming industry in Scotland; Mohammad Ajman (Tommy) Miah, Edinburgh chef and restaurateur, for services to the hospitality industry and charity; and to Peter Arthur Nicol, for services to the Highland Games, the economy and voluntary service in the North of Scotland.

A total of 1,109 people are on the list, of whom 438 are awarded an MBE, 221 an OBE and 303 a BEM.

June Whitfield and Julie Walters have been made dames, as does Oscar-winner Olivia de Havilland, who turns 101 next month, the oldest woman to become a dame

David Walliams and Sarah Lancashire are the OBE.

In a break with tradition, the Queen’s Civilian Gallantry List has been released at the same time as the monarch’s birthday honours.

Police Constable Keith Palmer, who was stabbed to death on the forecourt of the Palace of Westminster in March, is posthumously awarded the George Medal for confronting an armed terrorist to protect others and Parliament.



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