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Published: 9 November 2020


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We are delighted to congratulate the following alumni and members of the University recognised in the 2020 Birthday Honours list.*

Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (G.C.M.G.)

Sir Timothy Barrow 1983 Brasenose UK Ambassador to the European Union, Brussels, Belgium. For services to British foreign policy
Sir Julian King 1982 St Peter's Lately European Commissioner for the Security Union, Brussels, Belgium. For services to security in Europe

Knight Commander Order of the Bath (K.C.B.)

Air Chief Marshall Michael Wigston 1986 Oriel  

Dame Commander Order of the Bath (D.C.B.)

Dame Clare Moriarty 1982 Balliol Lately Permanent Secretary, Department for Exiting the European Union and Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. For public service.

Knight Commander Order of the British Empire (K.B.E.)

Air Commodore Paul Lloyd 2015 St Anne's  
Commodore James Parkin 1983 St Edmund Hall  

Dame Commander Order of the British Empire (D.B.E.)

Professor Anne Rafferty 1985 Green Templeton Professor of Nursing Policy, King's College London and President, Royal College of Nursing. For services to Nursing
Ms Emma Walmsley 1987 Christ Church Chief Executive Officer, GlaxoSmithKline. For services to the Pharmaceutical Industry and Business

Knight Bachelor

Professor Sir Richard Catlow 1966 St John's QBH List 2020.  For services to Leadership in Science and Research.
Sir Geoffrey Mulgan 1979 Balliol Chief Executive, NESTA. For services to the Creative Economy

Companion of the Order of the Bath (C.B.)

Miss Samantha Beckett 1985 New College Director General, EU Exit and Analysis, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. For public service
Ms Rowena Collins Rice 1978 Hertford Director General, Attorney General's Office. For public service
The Hon Thomas Hurd 1983 Pembroke Director General, Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, Home Office. For services to National Security
Mr Julian Kelly 1990 Trinity Lately Director General Nuclear, Ministry of Defence. For public service
Ms Sonia Phippard 1978 Somerville Lately Director General, Environment Rural and Marine, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. For public service

Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (C.M.G.)

Mr Andrew Gilmour 1983 Balliol Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights, United Nations, New York, United States of America. For services to human rights
Mr Mark Kent 1983 Lincoln HM Ambassador, Buenos Aires, Argentina. For services to British foreign policy
Mr Daniel Payne 2019 St Hugh's Chief Executive Officer, FCDO Services. For services to the British diplomatic network overseas
Mr Theo Rycroft 1994 Oriel Director, EU Exit, Europe Directorate, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. For services to British foreign policy
Mr Michael Tatham 1984 Merton Deputy Head of Mission, Washington, United States of America. For services to British foreign policy
Dr Peter Tibber 1976 University lately HM Ambassador, Bogota, Colombia. For services to British foreign policy

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.)

Mr Kofi Adjepong Boateng 1985 St Cross Chair, Economic Justice Programme, Open Society Foundations. For services to Philanthropy
Mr William Barnett 1995 Worcester Chief Executive, W&R Barnett Ltd. For services to Economic Development in Northern Ireland
Ms Katharine Birbalsingh 1991 New College Founder and Headmistress, Michaela Community School. For services to Education
Mr Desmond Browne 1965 New College Barrister. For services to the Inns of Court and Diversity at the Bar.
Miss Emma Churchill 1992 St John's QBH List 2020.  For Public services.
Dr Amelia Fletcher 1985 St Edmund Hall Lately Non-Executive Board Member, Financial Conduct Authority and Payment Systems Regulator. For services to the Economy
Professor Keith Hawton 1966 Balliol Consultant Psychiatrist, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Oxford. For services to Suicide Prevention
Mr Christopher Jones 1982 Lincoln Lately Chief Executive, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. For services to the Water Industry in England and Wales
Mr John Osborn   Associate Philanthropist. For services to Education, the Arts and charity
Ms Neeta Patel 1980 Somerville For services to Entrepreneurship and Technology

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.)

Mr John Ainsley 1982 Magdalen Operatic Tenor. For services to Music
Mr Christopher Askew 1985 Brasenose Chief Executive, Diabetes UK. For services to People with Diabetes
Mrs Sandy Brown   Associate National Leader of Education. For services to Education
Mr Ian Dilks 1971 New College Chair, NHS Resolution. For services to the NHS
Ms Rosie Drinkwater   Associate For services to Higher Education, Innovation and Enterprise in the West Midlands
Mr Mark Enzer 1982 Pembroke Chair, Digital Framework Task Group and Chief Technical Officer, Mott MacDonald. For services to the National Infrastructure
Mr Shaun Fenton 1989 Keble Headteacher, Reigate Grammar School, Surrey. For services to Education
Professor Cathy Gormley-Heenan 1994 St Antony's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Impact), Ulster University. For services to Higher Education
Mr Max Haimendorf 1998 St Hugh's Principal, Ark King Solomon Academy, Westminster. For services to Education
Professor Andrew Harrison 1978 St John's QBH List 2020.  For services to Science during the Covid-19 response
Lieutenant Colonel Simon Horne 1990 St John's  
Dr Charles Knight 1985 Merton Chief Executive, St Bartholomew's Hospital, Clinical Director and Consultant Cardiologist, Barts Health NHS Trust. For services to the NHS and People with Heart Disease
Mr Ruairi O'Connell 1996 St Benet's Hall lately HM Ambassador, Pristina, Kosovo. For services to British foreign policy
Mr Alpesh Patel 1995 St Anne's Founder, Praefinium Partners. For services to the Economy and International Trade
Miss Sara Protheroe 1997 Worcester Chief Customer Officer, Pension Protection Fund. For services to Pensioners
Mr Imran Rasul 1995 University Professor of Economics, University College London. For services to Social Sciences
Ms Philippa Saunders 1999 Magdalen Assistant Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street. For services to British Trade Policy
Dr Calum Semple 1992 Merton Professor of Child Health and Outbreak Medicine, University of Liverpool and Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician, Alder Hey Children's Hospital. For services to the Covid-19 response
Professor Andre Singer 1966 Keble Chief Executive Officer and Creative Director, Spring Films. For services to Anthropology and the Documentary Film Industry
Professor Catherine Sudlow 1988 Merton Professor of Neurology and Clinical Epidemiology, University of Edinburgh, Director of BHF Data Science Centre, Health Data Research UK, and lately Chief Scientist, UK Biobank. For services to Medical Research
Mr David Thomas 2008 Exeter Principal, Jane Austen College and Curriculum Lead, Oak National Academy. For services to Education particularly during Covid-19
Dr Sarah Walker 2003 Kellogg Professor, University of Oxford and University College London. For services to Academia and the Covid-19 response
Ms Sally Waples 1997 St Catherine's Sexual Harassment and Personal Safety Lead, Women's Network, Department for International Development. For services to Inclusion.
Ms Gwyneth Williams 1972 St Hugh's For services to Radio and Broadcasting

Member of the Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.)

Mrs Cressida Cowell 1985 Keble For services to Children's Literature
Dr Bijna Dasani   Associate Executive Director, Morgan Stanley. For voluntary services to Diversity and Inclusion in Finance
Ms Sue Day 1991 St John's For services to Gender Equality in Sport
Professor Paul Elkington 1988 Magdalen Professor of Respiratory Medicine, Southampton University. For services to Medicine particularly during Covid-19
Mr Graham Elton 1982 Christ Church Senior Partner, Bain & Co. For services to the Economy
Mr Andrew Gunn 1970 Lincoln Lately Principal Economic Geologist, British Geological Survey. For services to Environmental Research
Dr Edward Hammond 1987 Magdalen Consultant Anaesthetist, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Medical Education
Miss Marianna Hay 2004 Magdalen Founder and Artistic Director, Orchestras For All. For services to Music Education
Dr Thomas Lawton 2001 Green Templeton Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. For services to the NHS during Covid-19
Mrs Jane Leech 1983 Wadham Member, Independent Monitoring Boards. For services to Monitoring the Immigration Detention Estate, work at Yarl’s Wood and helping refugees
Miss Jennifer Pike 2009 LMH For services to Classical Music
Dr Colin Podmore 1978 Keble For services to the Church of England
Mr Jonathan Seaton 2017 Jesus College Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Twinkl. For services to Technology and Education during Covid-19.
Major Andrew Tiernan 2000 St John's  
Major Harry Walter 2005 Lincoln For his Military Service both before and during the pandemic


*This list is correct as of 9 November 2020 according to checks against University records. If you notice any inaccuracies or omissions, please contact us.