Finance sector recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

The former CEO of Grant Thornton, the billionaire brothers who recently acquired Asda and the head of GlaxoSmithkline are amongst those from the finance sector named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020

The list, normally published in June, was deferred in order to consider nominations for people playing crucial roles during the first months of the Covid-19 effort and has prioritised frontline and community heroes who went above and beyond their duties to help others.

Of the 1,495 honours, 72% go to those who have worked for their local community, reflecting the huge voluntary effort across the country in response to Covid-19.

From the world of finance, Mohsin and Zuber Issa from Blackburn have been made CBEs a week after clinching a £6.8bn deal to buy the Asda supermarket chain from Walmart.  The brothers’ business started two decades ago when they began developing an international network of petrol station forecourts.

Emma Walmsley, the chief executive of GlaxoSmithkline which is in the frontline of efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine, is made a dame for services to the pharmaceutical industry.

There is a knighthood for Andrew Mackenzie, the former chief executive officer of mining conglomerate BHP Billiton, for services to business, science, technology and to UK and Australia relations.

Clare Woodman the chief executive officer of Morgan Stanley International and the first woman to lead a top investment bank in the City of London was given a CBE for services to finance.

There are also CBEs for Robin Lawther, non-executive director, UK Government Investments, for  services to diversity and the finance industry, and for Joanna Elson, chief executive of the Money Advice Trust, for services to people in financial difficulty.

Sacha Pemberthy, also known as Sacha Romanovitch, who was previously CEO of Grant Thornton, is awarded an OBE  for supporting the financial wellbeing of those struggling for money by working to provide accessible, fair and affordable services in her role as CEO of Fair4All Finance.

Sheridan Ash, PwC UK’s technology & innovation and women in technology leader, has been awarded an MBE. She founded the Tech She Can Charter in 2018, and has been recognised for services to young girls and women through technology.

With PwC backing, and starting with an initial group of 18 supporting organisations, Tech She Can has now grown to a group of 172 organisations, including Natwest, Zoopla, Rolls Royce, Tesco, Credit Suisse and the Royal Air Force, all working to educate and inspire young girls and women to pursue careers in technology.

Alison Ring’s twenty-five year career with HMRC which saw her in the role of Commissioners' Advisory Accountant is recognised with an OBE. Ring is now director, public sector, at ICAEW.

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