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New Year Honours for those in the Covid frontline

Alistair Forbes

Alistair Forbes: honoured for setting up Scottish Tech Army

Hundreds of public sector and community workers are honoured in the 2021 New Year Honours List for their commitment to helping others during the coronavirus pandemic.

Britain’s business sector is rewarded, with 111 recipients (9% of the total) receiving recognition for contributions such as diverting their resources or changing business models, as well as to supermarket workers for making sure vulnerable customers were stocked up with essential items.

In a year that has tested the resolve and determination of those on the frontline, the list of 1,239 recipients includes firefighters, medical professionals, teachers, police officers and local government workers. Public sector workers make up 14.8% of the total.

This year’s list is the most ethnically diverse honours list yet, with 14.2% of recipients coming from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background. 

The majority of awards are for the contributions people have made in their communities. Of those receiving an award, 65% are recognised for their community work. 

Charandeep Singh

Charandeep Singh: BEM

British Empire Medals go to Alistair Forbes and Peter Jaco who co-founded the Scottish Tech Army; Keith John Desmond Rutherford, postmaster, Colonsay Post Office; Charandeep Singh, founder of The Sikh Food Bank, and deputy CEO at the Scottish Chambers of Commerce; and Barnabas Cox, of 3D printing and design consultancy Open Factory.

Architect David Chipperfield, whose firm is behind plans for the new concert hall in Edinburgh, is awarded a Companion of Honour, for services to architecture. 

Among those knighted are Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton, Dave Lewis, former chief executive of Tesco, and Robert Chote, head of the Office for Budget Responsibility

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