Recognising exceptional work in support of the COVID 19 national effort.

If you would like to nominate an individual for a national honour in recognition of their exceptional work in support of the COVID 19 response then please go this link.

The Cabinet Office has put in place an accelerated procedure for COVID 19 honours that has simplified the process and does not require other letters of support; but please follow the instructions at their website carefully. We would also strongly recommend you scan the 8 top tips on how to write a nomination explained further down this page before starting the application process. In particular, capturing the evidence and impact of the exceptional nature of someone’s contribution will be key to success as there are likely to be a very high level of strong candidates nationally. If you wish to nominate someone for an honour that is NOT COVID 19 related then please follow the procedure and advice on the rest of the page.

The honours system

Nominating someone

An Honour is a distinctive way of acknowledging someone’s impact on UK life and recognising that they have achieved something very special and given service above and beyond what would normally be expected of them.

They will usually have made life better for other people or been outstanding at what they do.

Across Devon there are very many people from all walks of life who meet those criteria; you may well know someone who does.

It’s very easy to nominate someone and this part of the website will help you do it.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Devon, David Fursdon

Nominating someone

Who are national honours for?

Honours are for individuals from all walks of life who have achieved something very special. This might be at a national level or maybe for those who are well respected by local people and will have made a difference in their neighbourhood. Over half of all awards go to people who are putting something extra into the community on a voluntary basis.

People get honours for achievements like:

  • making a difference to their community or field of work
  • enhancing Britain’s reputation
  • long-term voluntary service
  • innovation and entrepreneurship
  • changing things, with an emphasis on achievement
  • improving life for people less able to help themselves
  • displaying moral courage

Honours are given to people involved in many different fields including:

  • community, voluntary and local services
  • arts and media
  • health
  • sport
  • education
  • science and technology
  • business and the economy
  • civil or political service

National honours are for individuals, so if you are thinking of nominating a group or organisation please look at our pages on the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

The honours system

What levels of Honours are there?

When writing a nomination you don’t need to say what level of award you are aiming at – this is decided by the Cabinet Office Committees when they read the nomination letters.

But as a guide the National Honours are:


  • British Empire Medal (BEM): awarded for very “hands-on” service to the community in a local geographical area.
  • Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE): recognises an achievement or service to the community which has delivered a sustained impact, and which stands out as an example to others.
  • Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE): recognises those who have performed a distinguished regional or county-wide role in any field.
  • Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE): rewards a prominent national or regional role.
  • Dame or Knight: for those who have made a pre-eminent contribution in any field, usually at a national level.

Who decides

who gets an Honour?

The nomination is assessed by one of nine specialist committees, all independently chaired, using guidelines set out by the Prime Minister. In Devon – as elsewhere in the country – the Lieutenancy is often asked to conduct local Due Diligence checks in support of the process. The nomination is then sent to the main honours committee, which is chaired by the Secretary of the Cabinet. Names, with the recommended level of honour, are then put forward to The Queen.

All nominations for honours are treated in the strictest confidence. It’s really important that the person being nominated should not be told as it wouldn’t be fair to raise expectations in case they are not met: about 1,100 honours are awarded on each occasion, twice a year, and there are many thousands of nominations received, so competition is stiff.

How long does it take

between nomination and an honour being given?

Honours Lists are published in the New Year and on Her Majesty’s Birthday.

You can check published Lists (in the national newsletters, the London Gazette or on the honours website) to see if your candidate has been successful.

If, after three years, you have heard nothing you can usually assume that the nomination has been unsuccessful and has lapsed. However on occasions they can take longer than this.

You can re-nominate, but this is not likely to be successful unless the person you have nominated has had additional achievements.

Making a nomination

So, how do I make a nomination?

It’s quite simple. You can make a nomination on line or in writing. If you click on the link below it will take you straight to the website where you can find full details of the honours system, all the forms, and a step by step guide:

You can also write for information and a form to:

Honours and Appointments Secretariat, Cabinet Office, Ground Floor, 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ.
Tel: (020) 7276 2777
Email: [email protected]

There is also a step by step video guide here:

Making a nomination

Are letters of support required?

Yes. At least two letters of support are expected and should be from others who have personal knowledge of the candidate.

Ask for letters that:

  • Confirm that the person is doing what they are being nominated for;
  • Confirm that an Honour would be supported by the community;
  • Describe recent achievements;
  • Describe the impact that the person has had; for impact, consider what wouldn’t exist or happen without your candidate’s input and whether what they have done is voluntary or in a paid capacity

Making a nomination

When must nominations be sent in?

There are no deadlines for nomination forms but the process is likely to take at least 12 to 18 months.

Nominations should be made while the candidate is still active and, if possible, at least 12 months before he or she is expected to retire or stand down.

Are there any

“Top Tips” when making a nomination?

In the end it is the quality of the case that will determine if a nomination is successful, but the following tips may be helpful:

  • Start with a really strong opening sentence. E.G. “ x would never had happened without the personal involvement of….”
  • Do not use acronyms, abbreviations or flowery language.
  • Talk about the individual personally rather than their organisation or team (if it ends up being about the team then think about a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service or Queen’s Award for Enterprise instead).
  • Only include information about your candidate’s education or early life if it’s strictly relevant to the nomination.
  • Do not use unnecessary comments such as: “an Honour would be the most appropriate recognition of x’s efforts”.
  • Do not use unsubstantiated comments on performance or other ‘padding’.
  • Use no more than 2-3 recent examples, any more and your citation will look like a CV.
  • Make it interesting to read so that it stands out from the competition.

The most important thing is to provide evidence of what your candidate has done and how they’ve improved matters for others. Tell the story of what has changed because of your candidate (Impact) and put it into context for a reader who won’t necessarily have detailed knowledge of the subject.

Making a nomination

And finally…

Do please consider taking just a little time to nominate someone if you believe they deserve recognition. The process is easy to do and can be a really wonderful way of marking the contribution someone has made. The Lieutenancy Office can help with further advice if you would like it.

Recent awards

Her Majesty The Queen’s New Years Honours in Devon 2022

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Mr Adrian Charles VINKEN OBE DL – For services to Theatre

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Mr Robin William CALEY –  For services to Tax and Pandemic Support

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Dr Rhoda ALLISON –  For services to Physiotherapy

Dr Alan Charles COTTON – For services to the Arts in South West England

Mr Reece DUNN – For services to Swimming

Mr Charles Peter Meredith GIRLING – For services to the Housing Sector and to Charity

Mr Karime HASSAN – For services to Local Government

Mrs Janet Belinda LEFLEY – For services to Education

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

Jill DIPROSE –  For services to Families of Children with Special Needs in Dawlish, Devon

Miss Clare Louise GOLLOP – For services to Victims of Modern Slavery and to Vulnerable Young People

Ms Emma JONES –  For services to the community in Plymouth during Covid-19

Mr Gerald Victor MILLINGTON – For services to Local History in Devon and Hertfordshire

Mr Brian Stanley SMITH – For services to the community in Newton Abbott, Devon, particularly during Covid-19

Mrs Janet Patricia WEBBER – For services to Women in the International Maritime Sector

Mr Max WOOSEY – For services to Fundraising for the North Devon Hospice during Covid-19

Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021

Order of the Bath – Companions of the Order of the Bath
Mr Kevin Charles Patrick MCGINTY CBE – for public service (Devon)

Order of the British Empire – Officers of the Order of the British Empire
Dr Cathryn Mary EDWARDS – Lately President, British Society of
Gastroenterology. For services to Medicine (Devon)

Ms Emma Ace GLADSTONE – Lately Artistic Director and Chief
Executive, Dance Umbrella. For services to Dance (Devon)Members of the Order of the British Empire

Captain Georgina Elizabeth CARLO-PAAT  Harbour Master. For services to Promoting the Role of Women at Sea (Devon)

Mr David Julian DRAFFAN – Service Director for Economic Development, Plymouth City Council.
For services to Local Government (Devon)

Mrs Susan Kay DUNBARD – For services to Literature (Devon)

Ms Ceri GODDARD – Director, Equality Impact Investing. For services to Social Justice (Devon)

Professor Ray Brian JONES Professor of Health Informatics,University of Plymouth. For services to
Digital Health and Social Care (Devon)

Dr Miles Victor JOYNER – -Founder, Exeter Leukaemia Fund. For services to People suffering from Blood
Cancer in Devon (Devon)

Mrs Alison Margaret PESSELL – or services to the English Fishing Industry (Devon)

Geoffrey Bernard PRESTON – For services to Stucco and Plastering (Devon)

Mr Christopher John ROBINSON – For services to Heritage, Conservation, Education, Business and Tourism in
Plymouth (Devon)

Mrs Claire TWITCHIN – For services to the community in Teignmouth, Devon particularly during
Covid-19 (Devon)

Ms Hilary Ann WALDEN (HILARY BURNS) – For services to Basket Making and Heritage Crafts

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire

Mrs Claire Louise AUSTIN – For services to the community in Exmouth, Devon during Covid-19 (Devon)

Mrs Elaine Edna CAWTHRAW – For services to the community in Bishopsteignton, Devon during Covid-
19 (Devon)

Mr David Nicholas COX – For services to the community in Teignbridge, Devon during Covid-19 (Devon)

Mr Nicholas David HINDMARSH – Manager, Dartmouth Caring. For services to Vulnerable People during
Covid-19 (Devon)

Mrs Andrea HURREN – For services to the community in Broadclyst, Exeter during Covid-19 (Devon)

Mr Paul David MORRIS – Detachment Commander, Devon Army Cadet Force. For voluntary service to
Young People in Plymouth (Devon)

Mr David MUSGROVE – Co-founder and Chair, British Disabled Water Ski Association. For services to
Disabled People in Torbay, Devon (Devon)

Mrs Nina Joy PIERSON – For services to the community in Devon during Covid-19 (Devon)

Mr Trevor STAVELEY – Co-ordinator, Torbay Street Pastors. For services to Vulnerable People and
to the promotion of Safer Streets in Torbay, Devon.(Devon