Oxfordshire Residents Recognised in the New Year Honours List

24 Residents and workers in Oxfordshire have been recognised in King Charles’ first New Year Honours list.

1,107 Recipients in the New Year Honours List have been awarded for their outstanding contributions across all parts of the UK for their work on areas including sustained public service, youth engagement and community work.

The honours system has 5 classes of appointment to the Order of the British Empire and in order of importance are:

  • Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (GBE)
  • Knight Commander or Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE or DBE)
  • Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)
  • Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)
  • Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)

There is representation across Oxfordshire in the senior ranks with Oxford Universities Professor Dame Hermione Lee awarded the GBE for services to English Literature. And Dame Sally Dicketts is awarded the DBE for services to Education.


Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
Professor Dame Hermione LEE DBE FBA(Oxford, Oxfordshire)Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford. For services to English Literature
Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Sally Anne Sheila DICKETTS CBE(Oxford, Oxfordshire)Lately Chief Executive Officer, Activate Learning. For services to Education
Professor Ian Trevelyan CHAPMAN (Abingdon, Oxfordshire)Chief Executive Officer, UK Atomic Energy Authority. For services to Global Fusion Energy
Commanders of the Order of the British Empire
Professor John Mitchell FINNIS AC KC FBA(Oxford, Oxfordshire)Professor and Legal Academic. For services to Legal Scholarship
Professor Sian Meryl GRIFFITHS OBE(Kidlington, Oxfordshire)Deputy Chair, GambleAware and Chair, Global Health Committee, Public Health England. For voluntary and charitable services, particularly during Covid-19
Neil Francis Jeremy THE LORD MENDOZA (Oxford, Oxfordshire)Commissioner for Culture. For services to Arts and Culture
Dr Gurdial Singh SANGHERA (Oxford, Oxfordshire)Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Oxford Nanopore Technologies plc. For services to the Technology Sector
Officers of the Order of the British Empire
Alan John EISNER(Asthall Leigh, Oxfordshire)Lately Chair, Maggie’s. For services to Charitable Fundraising
Dr Richard Alan FORTEY FRS(Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire)Senior Palaeontologist, Natural History Museum. For services to Palaeontology and Geology
Alaric Guy Code HORRIDGE(Letcombe Regis, Oxfordshire)Chief Executive, Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation. For services to Further Education
Professor Richard Graham JONES (Oxford, Oxfordshire)Science Fellow, Applied International Development, Met Office. For services to Climate Science
Dr Krishna Rohan KANDIAH (Henley, Oxfordshire)Founder, The Sanctuary Foundation. For services to Refugee Integration
Carol Margaret KEFFORD (Witney, Oxfordshire)Lately Chief Nurse and Clinical Director, Nuffield Health. For services to Nursing
Michael Duncan WILLIAMS (Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire)Treasurer, World Rowing and Board Member, British Rowing. For services to Rowing
Members of the Order of the British Empire
Catherine Elizabeth BELTON (Oxford, Oxfordshire)Author and Investigative Journalist. For services to Journalism
Zoë Althea BOWDEN (Wantage, Oxfordshire)Lately Deputy Director of Operations, ISIS Neutron and Muon Source. For services to Science
Caroline Mary GRANT (Banbury, Oxfordshire)Lately Headteacher, Billing Brook Academy Trust, Northampton, Northamptonshire. For services to Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Alicia Charlotte HARPER (Wallingford, Oxfordshire)Campaigner for Harper’s Law. For services to Victims of Violent Crime and their Families
Kim Elizabeth JAMES (Wantage, Oxfordshire)Head of School Improvement. Oxfordshire County Council. For services to Education.
Professor Marian KNIGHT (Kidlington, Oxfordshire)Professor of Maternal and Child Population Health, University of Oxford. For services to Maternal and Public Health
Jennifer Irene NOLAN (Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire)Founder and lately Manager, Lawrence Home Nursing Team Limited. For services to End of Life Care
Medallists of the Order of the British Empire
Jacqueline Joan BEAUMONT (Aynho, Northamptonshire)Founder and Patron, Oxfordshire Oesophageal and Stomach Organisation. For services to People with Cancer
 John Noah HALL(Didcot, Oxfordshire)For services to the community in Cholsey, Oxfordshire, particularly during Covid-19
 Timothy John RANCE (Didcot, Oxfordshire)Production Manager, Penlon. For services to the Covid-19 Response