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British business leaders, innovators and international trade champions recognised in the King’s 2024 New Year Honours List

Minister of Business and Trade Kemi Badenoch is congratulating the entrepreneurs, innovators and employees of the Ministry of Business and Trade who have been awarded for their outstanding service to businesses, investments , UK exports and economic growth.

The honorees represent many outstanding individuals who have championed many sectors across the UK economy at home and abroad.

Business and Trade Minister Kemi Badenoch said:

In 2023, we signed ambitious trade deals, removing barriers to market access and supporting British businesses to start, scale and grow.

These outstanding individuals demonstrate an enterprising spirit across the UK, from exporting original products to helping others grow their businesses. I congratulate them on these honors and look forward to seeing their leadership continue to benefit the British people.

Business leaders and entrepreneurs honored in the 2024 New Year Honors List:

Knight of the Order of the British Empire (KBE)

  • John Griffin, Founder, Addison Lee. For services to Business and Charity.

  • Tim Martin, Founder and Chairman, Wetherspoons. For Hospitality and Culture services.

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

  • Kevin Ellis, Alliance Senior Partner, PwC UK and Middle East. For services that promote economic growth and expand social mobility.

  • Paul Golding, Chairman, Pinewood Group. For services to the UK Film Industry and Business.

  • Dr. Charles Woodburn, CEO, BAE Systems. For services to Skills Development and International Trade.

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

  • Rachel Gaisburgh-Watkyn, CEO, Tiny Box Company. For services to Sustainability, Ethical Business Growth and Exports.

  • Catherine McBride, Member, Committee on Commerce and Agriculture. For services to Economic Commentary and Trade Policy.

  • Martin McTague, Low Pay Commissioner and National Chairman, UK Federation of Small Businesses. For small business services.

  • Brian Palmer, Founder and CEO, Tharsus Group Ltd. About services for Manufacturing and Skills.

  • Munir Patel, CEO, XRAIL Group. For railway export services.

  • Ashley Pigott, Chairman and CEO, AJ Power, Northern Ireland. For UK manufacturing and export services.

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

  • Simon Ayers, CEO, TrustMark. For services to Consumer Protection.
  • Kathy Caton, Founder and CEO, Brighton Gin. For services to Commerce and communities in Brighton.
  • Rowan Crozier, CEO, C Brandauer & Co. About services for Manufacturing and Enterprise.
  • Shalom Ijeoma Lloyd, Director, Natural Tiwa Skincare. For services to International Trade and Women in Business.
  • John Norris, Chairman, B&M Longworth (Edgworth) Ltd. About Innovation, Sustainability and International Trade services.

Department of Business and Trade (DBT) employees honored in the 2024 New Year Honors List:

Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)

  • Crawford Falconer, Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser and Second Permanent Secretary, Department of Business and Commerce.

Companions of the Order of Saints Michael and Saint George (CMG)

  • Simon Penney, was recently HM Trade Commissioner for the Middle East and Pakistan and HM Consul General in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

  • Bidesh Sarkar, Chief Financial Officer, Ministry of Business and Commerce.

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

  • Lukas May, Deputy Director of the CPTPP Department of Business and Trade.

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

  • Sophie Dyer, currently Counselor, British Embassy in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Elizabeth McCrory, Area Head, UK Export Finance.
  • Phillip Potter, Area Head, UK Export Finance.

Recipients of the British Empire Medal (BEM)

  • Barbara Williams, Diary Director, Department of Business and Commerce.

Selected quotes from recipients:

1. Kevin Ellis – awarded a CBE for services to promoting Economic Growth and Expanding Social Mobility

As Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC since 2016, Kevin has grown the company by more than a third to 30,211 people. Kevin has made a significant contribution to the growth of PwC and established it as a leader in mobility and social inclusion. Believing that business has a vital role to play in solving society’s biggest problems, Kevin has invested in the most important areas such as the Advanced Research Engineering Center in Belfast, investing more than 40 million pounds to support jobs and skills; and the Technology Hub in Manchester is on track to create 1000 new jobs.

Kevin, Senior Alliance Partner at PwC UK and Middle East said:

I am so grateful to be recognized in this way. During nearly four decades working in the professional services sector, I have had the privilege of working with a wide range of businesses as well as government, education and the third sectors on initiatives that promote prosperity. UK prosperity, social mobility, skills and regional impact. . This recognition inspires me even more.

2. Munir Patel – awarded OBE for services to rail exports

Munir has transformed XRAIL into a globally focused business, generating 80% of its revenue from exports. With Munir, XRAIL achieved the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2022 for its outstanding performance in international trade. He is credited with single-handedly growing the export business at XRAIL and his determination to succeed has resulted in winning contracts against stiff global competition. Munir is a shining example to rail businesses of what can be achieved with a long-term vision, and actively encourages and supports others to develop export capabilities.

Munir, CEO at XRAIL Group:

I am deeply honored and humbled to receive this OBE for international export. Our journey in global trade has been marked by resilience, innovation and a shared vision to create positive impact. Together, we have overcome borders, turning challenges into opportunities. This honor is not just an award for me, but also a celebration of cooperation, determination and the power to promote international relations. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who has participated in this remarkable journey. Thank you for this profound honor.

3. Catherine McBride – awarded OBE for services to Economic Commentary and Trade Policy

As a member of the Committee on Commerce and Agriculture, Catherine is recognized as an expert in her field, specializing in economic and legal topics, global trade, agricultural standards, the environment, and banking. commodities and macroeconomics. Catherine has provided world-class advice to the Government in her role as a TAC member and made a significant impact nationally through her commentary on UK trade policy post-Brexit.

Catherine, Member of the Trade and Agriculture Committee said:

I am delighted to be included in the King’s New Year Honors List for my work promoting the UK’s growth potential as an independent trading nation and the benefits of trade for UK nationals and UK exporters. I am very pleased that my efforts have been recognized and rewarded in this way by the Ministry of Business and Commerce.

4. Shalom Ijeoma Lloyd – awarded MBE for services to International Trade and Women in Business

A qualified pharmacist, Shalom founded Naturally Tiwa Skincare in 2014 after creating a formula using shea butter to alleviate his son’s eczema. Her company creates vegan and cruelty-free skin care products with natural ingredients from Africa. Shalom has made a real difference to the lives of women in Essan, employing up to 70 women in the area and establishing three cooperatives. Based in Milton Keynes, NTS has a turnover of £80,000, of which 10% is exported.

Shalom, Founder and CEO of Natural Tiwa Skincare said:

It is a humbling feeling to be named in the King’s 2024 New Year Honors List and to be awarded an MBE for services to International Trade and Women in Business. I am proud to be a Department of Business and Trade (DBT) Export Champion, so being nominated by DBT for this honor makes it even more special. It is an enormous privilege and I am incredibly proud to lead organizations that play an active role in the lives of people across the globe. This honor reflects the great work of all my colleagues at Naturally Tiwa Skincare, Naturally Tribal Nigeria, eMQT and JE Family.

5. Kathy Caton – awarded an MBE for services to Commerce and the community in Brighton

Kathy is the founder and CEO of Brighton Gin. From humble beginnings in 2012, her company has made great strides and now has seven full-time employees and supports a growing supply chain. The business has successfully exported to 7 markets, including Australia and North America, and is preparing to expand to more markets. As a vocal advocate for the benefits of exporting, she is proactive and always imparts her knowledge and experience. Kathy has been instrumental in the development, innovation and growth of the gin sector, which is now the UK’s fifth largest food and drink export.

Kathy, Founder and CEO of Brighton Gin said:

I was extremely surprised – and humbled – to be nominated for this title, especially given the good things people have said about Brighton Gin’s role in the local community and about supporting and Encourage diversity in the workplace as well as everything. The wonderful things that can bring.


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