New Year’s Honors feature Covid experts with knighted Chris Whitty | New Year’s Honors List

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Leading figures in science and medicine during the coronavirus pandemic have been celebrated on the Queen’s New Year’s honors list, including England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty, who is due to be awarded a title of knight for his role in the fight against Covid-19.

The CMOs for Scotland and Wales, Dr Gregor Smith and Dr Frank Atherton, are also to be appointed as Knights, as are the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, and the Chief from the UK Health Security Agency, Dr Jenny Harries. , who becomes a lady. UK Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance is elevated to the Order of the Bath.

Teenage tennis star Emma Raducanu – praised for her ‘remarkable achievement at such a young age’ by the Queen after her remarkable US Open victory – is set to receive an MBE, after also being crowned Sports Personality of the Year. the BBC.

After a successful Tokyo Olympics – in which the GB team tied their medal harvest in London 2012 to place fourth in the standings and excel in new sports like BMX, skateboarding and weightlifting – 78 Olympians and Paralympians are celebrated for service to the sport this year.

Among them are married Olympians Laura and Jason Kenny who received the title of lady and the title of knight for service to cycling – it is believed to be the first time that a married couple has been recognized at the same time on the same list. Jason Kenny became Britain’s most decorated Olympian after winning gold in men’s keirin at Tokyo 2020, while Laura Kenny became the first British woman to win gold at three Olympics.

Tom Daley: OBE. Photograph: Adam Davy / AP

Wheelchair sprinter Hannah Cockroft, who took her Paralympic gold medal total to six this summer after a decade at the top of her sport, is awarded an OBE. Swimmer Adam Peaty and diver Tom Daley receive OBEs not only for coming home with gold medals but also for raising awareness about mental health and LGBT issues, while sailor Hannah Mills gets an OBE for his prowess on the water and continued to campaign in the Navy. Pollution.

Other recognized Olympians and Paralympians include cyclist Jody Cundy, who earns a CBE, and sprinter and cyclist Kadeena Cox, who receives an OBE. There are MBEs for diver Matty Lee, BMX racer Bethany Shriever and boxer Lauren Price, who said she was “stunned” to receive the award. Price, a football champion turned kickboxer turned boxer, dedicated the honor to her grandparents, with whom she has lived since she was a baby. “My grandmother and my grandfather have always supported and encouraged me. Without them, I would not have achieved what I have today, ”she said.

Actors Joanna Lumley and Vanessa Redgrave become ladies for their services to theater, entertainment and charity, while John Boorman, the director of Hollywood films including Excalibur, Point Blank and Deliverance, is also knighted.

In a move that may raise eyebrows in Whitehall circles, actor Daniel Craig is awarded the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG) for his exceptional contribution to cinema. It’s the same award given to the fictional character he’s best known to play, and an award normally reserved for professional diplomats and intelligence operatives.

Veteran soap opera stars June Brown and William Roache receive OBEs, and actress Cherylee Houston earns an MBE for theater and disabled services. Loose Women star and activist Katie Piper, who suffered life-changing burns in an acid attack in March 2008, receives an OBE for her services to charities and burn victims and other disfigurement injuries.

Elsewhere in the cultural sphere, Sadler’s Wells artistic director Alistair Spalding has been named a knight for service to dance, saying the award is an indication “that our vibrant dance culture is getting better and better.” John Gilhooly, artistic director of Wigmore Hall, is honored with a CBE for services to music, while songwriter Bernie Taupin, best known for his long-term partnership with Sir Elton John, receives a CBE. Melanie Brown of the Spice Girls was named MBE for her work with domestic violence charity Women’s Aid.

In the art world, Peter Murray, who founded Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 1977, is knighted while large-scale installation artist Es Devlin, the first woman to design the British Pavilion for the Expo since its creation in 1851, receives a CBE.

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Mélanie Brown: MBE Photograph: Matt Crossick / PA

Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to the 1,122 personalities celebrated – 361 at BEM, 508 at MBE and 253 at OBE – by thanking them for their contribution to the nation.

“These recipients have inspired and entertained us and have given so much to their communities in the UK or in many cases around the world,” he said. “These distinctions are an opportunity for us to thank them, as a country, for their dedication and exceptional contribution. “

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is named Companion Knight of the Noblest Order of the Garter, the oldest and longest standing Order of Chivalry.

Trevor Phillips, the former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has been knighted for service to equality and human rights. Frank Field, the Member of Parliament for Birkenhead from 1979 to 2019 who now sits in the House of Lords, is made a Fellow of Honor – where membership is limited to 65 – with Nobel Prize-winning geneticist Sir Paul Nurse.

In business, knight titles go to Nigel Wilson, Managing Director of Legal & General, and Ian Livingstone, co-founder of Games Workshop.

Veteran journalist Moira Stuart, who was the first African-Caribbean woman to read the news on British television, is recognized for her media services. She said “it was not easy” but she was “moved and moved” to be appointed CBE.

The continued fight against the coronavirus was high on this year’s honors list again, with Chief Vaccine Dr Emily Lawson making a lady for her work on the Deployment Program, while June Raine Who the committee said as head of the The Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency had made sure labs stay open and do viral work during the pandemic – is becoming a lady too.

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Dr Emily Lawson: Femininity. Photograph: Ian Davidson / Alamy

After a summer in which the England men’s soccer team first reached a Euro final – only for key players to face racist abuse – the list honors the work of Gary Bennett, a former Sunderland footballer and one of the top three patrons. from the Show Racism the Red Card charity.

“I was overwhelmed and grateful for it, proud and honored,” Bennett said. But he added that 30 years after suffering racist abuse as Sunderland’s first black captain, it was time for social media companies to be sanctioned for allowing similar racist abuse on their platforms. “Social media [firms] must be responsible and some form of punishment must be in place, ”he said.

In the list of New Year’s awards 2022, women represent 47.9% of the total awards (drop to 35.9% of recipients at CBE level and above); 25.5% come from a lower socio-economic background; 15.1% are from BAME; 13.3% have a disability; and 3.5% identify as LGBT.

Of those honored, 799 (63%) worked in their community, including the youngest ever included: Tobias Weller, 11, and Max Woosey, 12, who are recognized for their fundraising efforts . during the pandemic. The oldest on the list is Henry Lewis, 102, honorary vice president of The Magic Circle Society of Magicians, who receives an MBE for service to charitable and fundraising causes.


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