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New Year's Honours List

Gadhia and Gloag head business honours in Scotland

Jayne-Anne Gadhia: new honour


Two female entrepreneurs in Scotland, the banker Jayne-Anne Gadhia and transport tycoon Ann Gloag, are appointed Dames in the New Year’s Honours List, together with top sports administrator Louise Martin.

Sixties model Twiggy, real name Lesley Lawson, is also made a dame. Nowadays she is a campaigner for animal welfare, Vision Aid Overseas, and supporter of breast cancer research, and numerous children’s charities.

Monty Python comedian, actor, writer and television presenter, Michael Palin is knighted for services to travel, culture and geography.

Knighthoods are also conferred on former England rugby international Bill Beaumont, now chairman of World Rugby, the recently-retired England cricket captain Alastair Cook, the author Philip Pullman, and former Cabinet Minister John Redwood. Dundee university biochemist Prof Michael Ferguson, and Donald Brydon, chairman of the London Stock Exchange, are also knighted.

Stephen Coleman

Stephen Coleman: OBE (pic: Terry Murden)


Technology leader Stephen Coleman of the Codebase incubator in Edinburgh receives an OBE, as does Doddie Weir, who has been struck down with motor neurone disease and is the founder of My Name’5 Doddie Foundation. Belinda Roberts, founder of WeDo Scotland, receives an MBE.

The George Medal is presented to Richard Stanton and John Volanthen who led the rescue of 12 junior footballers and their coach, who had been lost in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex in Chiang Rai Province. Two other rescuers, Christopher Jewell and Jason Mallinson, receive the Queen’s Gallantry Medal.

Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason are appointed CBEs.

Ms Gadhia, who was until recently chief executive of Virgin Money until its takeover by CYBG, receives her Damehood for services to financial services and women in the financial industry.

She has led the way in getting more women into senior roles in the financial services sector, and led a Government review into why women are so under-represented in the sector, which led to the development of the Women in Finance Charter.

Ms Gloag, who co-founded bus and rail company Stagecoach with her brother Sir Brian Souter in Perth, is honoured for services to business and philanthropy.

The Gloag Foundation supports projects that prevent or relieve poverty and encourage the advancement of education and health in the UK and overseas.

Ms Martin, chairman of SportScotland, led Glasgow’s bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and was a competitor in the 1962 Games in Perth, Australia.

Appointments include:

CBE – Nicola Benedetti (musician); Diana Murray (chairman, Arts and Business Scotland).

OBE – Joan Aitken (Traffic Commissioner), Graham Bell (former CEO at the Kibble Group, board chair of the Scottish Social Enterprise Academy, now a founding director of The Leader – Scotland), Peter Bennett (Managing Director, Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association and Chairman, Access Industry Forum), Annette Bruton (Principal, Edinburgh College), Donald Cameron (Managing Director, Cameron Optometry), Stephen Coleman (chief executive, CodeBase), Baroness Ford (chairman STV), Prof Daniel Gorman (for voluntary service to the promotion of Science and Engineering and STEM Education in Kilmarnock and Ayrshire), Anne Kay (Chief Information Officer, Directorate for Digital, Scottish Government), Sandra Laurenson (chief executive, Lerwick Port Authority), Dr Stephen Lee (Programme Group Manager, Forest Resources and Management, Forestry Commission), Ray Riddoch (UK Managing Director, Nexen), Gareth Southgate (Manager, England Football Team), Geraint Thomas (cyclist), George ‘Doddie’ Weir (founder of My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, for services to rugby, motor neurone disease research and the community in the Scottish Borders).

MBE – Audrey Cumberford (Principal and Chief Executive, West College Scotland), Harry Kane (Tottenham and England footballer), Belinda Roberts (Founder, WeDO Scotland and Managing Director, Marvellous Mustard).

About 70% of the 1,148 recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity; 544 women are recognised in the List, representing 47% of the total; 12% of the successful candidates come from a BAME background.


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