Business leaders from around UK recognised on New Year Honours List

Household names from the business world have been recognised alongside stars and community heroes on the New Year Honours list.

Ross McEwan, outgoing chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, is made a CBE, and Jonathan Symonds, deputy group chairman of HSBC Holdings and chairman of Genomics England, is knighted for services to UK life sciences and to finance.

In technology, Sharon White is made a dame for her work as chief executive of telecommunications regulator Ofcom.

And Paul Foster, the outgoing chief executive of Sellafield Limited, becomes a CBE for services to business after overseeing the former nuclear site of the same name.

Meanwhile, the founder of a network of female plumbers has been made an MBE for her pioneering work to get more women into trades.

In 1990, primary school teacher Hattie Hasan retrained to be a plumber but had to go self-employed while she learned the trade as no-one would take on a woman.

She went on to found the imaginatively named Stopcocks – a network of women plumbers who have been trained to provide excellent customer care.

Ms Hasan said: “I feel I am an ordinary person and if ordinary people can get recognised for the work they do, it is fantastic. I was chuffed to bits.”

She was made an MBE for services to women in the heating and plumbing industry.

Elsewhere, the businessman behind The Black Farmer brand of meat and dairy products, Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, 62, becomes an MBE for services to British farming.

Luxury women’s fashion designer David Nieper is made an OBE for services to UK manufacturing and the apprenticeship development for the David Nieper Education Trust, which sponsors schools in Derbyshire.

Graham Wylie, co-founder of Newcastle tech giant Sage and a prominent charity fundraiser in the North East, has been honoured with a knighthood.

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He said: “You go through a range of emotions – surprise, shock, delight and then I also felt quite humbled.”

Peter Estlin, a former Lord Mayor of London, is knighted for services to international business and to inclusion and skills, while social entrepreneur and designer Hilary Cottam is made an OBE.

Rishi Khosla, chief executive of OakNorth Bank, receives an OBE for services to business, and Helen Lamprell, of Vodafone UK, receives the same honour for services to business and equality.

MBEs go to Sandra Marie Garlick, for services to women in business in the West Midlands, and to Saqib Bhatti, former president of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce who earlier this month was elected to Parliament.