Birthday Honour’s List 2023

Mrs Diane Hawkins the Lord-Lieutenant in uniform outside Manchester Cathedral
Mrs Diane Hawkins JP LLB, the Lord-Lieutenant

The Lord-Lieutenant would like to congratulate all the Greater Manchester recipients of Honours in The King’s Birthday Honour’s List. Honours are a fantastic way of thanking ordinary people doing extraordinary things and this would not be possible without the people taking the time to nominate them, whom she would also like to particularly thank. Should you know of someone who deserves to be nominated then please go to our honours website where you can find out how to do it: The Cabinet Office have also created a very informative website about the UK Honours System which can be found here:

The people who live in Greater Manchester and have received an Honour in the Birthday List are as follows:

The Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George

The Order of St Michael and St George was founded in 1818. It was originally bestowed solely upon those in high positions in the Mediterranean (Malta and the Ionian Islands) but now recognises service to the UK, overseas or internationally, or in relation to Foreign and Commonwealth affairs. This could be, for example, senior diplomats for exceptional service, outstanding contributions to major International Organisations and the Sovereign’s Representatives in Commonwealth Realms.

Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George

A Companion of the Order recognises prominent and highly distinguished contributions overseas and in international affairs for example exceptional service in the senior international roles.

Geoffrey Charles KNUPFER
A resident of Manchester. Lately Lead Forensic Scientist and Head of Investigation Team, Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains. For Public Service

Order of The British Empire

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations, and public service outside the civil service. It was established on 4 June 1917 by King George V.

Officers of the Order of the British Empire

An OBE for a female and other medals of the Order of the British Empire
An OBE for a Female Recipient

An OBE is given to someone who has demonstrated a distinguished regional or county-wide role in any field, through achievement or service to the community including notable practitioners known nationally. The following people have been awarded an OBE:

Jonathan Michael DUTTON
A resident of Wigan. Chief Executive Officer, Rugby League World Cup. For services to Rugby

Suzanne Lisa GRIFFIN
A resident of Bolton. Deputy Director, DWP Digital, Department for Work and Pensions. For Public Service

Graham QUINN
A resident of Bury. Chief Executive Officer, New Bridge Multi Academy Trust, Oldham, For services to Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Nicola Jayne SMITH
a resident of Bolton. Governor, HM Prison Risley. For services to HM Prison and Probation Service

Members of the Order of the British Empire

An MBE for a Male Recipient

An MBE is given to a person for achievement or service in and to the community which is outstanding in its field and has delivered sustained and real impact which stands out as an example to others. The following people have been awarded the MBE:

Deborah Jayne BLACKBURN
A resident of Stockport. Assistant Principal, Finance, Aquinas College, Stockport, Greater Manchester. For services to Further Education

Professor Frank BOWLING
A resident of Bolton. Professor of Translational and Experimental Medicine; Departments of Diabetes and Vascular Surgery, Manchester Foundation Trust. For services to Medical Organisations Overseas.

A resident of Bolton. Fellow, Faculty of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of England. For services to the Oral Health of People with Disabilities

Hayley Karen CITRINE
A resident of Trafford. Lately Chief Nurse North West, NHS England. For services to Nursing

Denise EAD
A resident of Stockport. Former Charity Trustee, Helping Uganda Schools. For services to the Education and Health of Children in Uganda and Rwanda

Jonathan Grant EVANS
A resident of Trafford. For services to Association Football in Northern Ireland

Nicola Jean FLEURY
A resident of Salford. Managing Director, Kidzrus Nursery Group, Salford. For services to Early Years Education and to the community in Salford

Peter HART
A resident of Wigan. District Executive Committee Member, Wigan and District Scout Council. For services to Young People in Greater Manchester

Zoe Branka HOLLAND
A resident of Trafford. For Charitable Service, particularly during Covid-19

Dr Rosemary MCCARTHY
A resident of Trafford. Head of Global Workforce, Education and Research, Health Education England. For services to Midwifery and Maternity Healthcare

Michelle Sharon MORRIS
A resident of Salford. Early Years Language and Communication Pathway Lead, Greater Manchester Combined Authority. For services to Speech and Language Therapy

Professor Robert Charles PEARSON
A resident of Stockport. Lately Chair, Clinical Ethics Committee, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Medicine, to Medical Education and to Health Research and Innovation

A resident of Tameside. Board Chairman, Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain. For services to the Ukrainian Community

Alison ROSS
A resident of Manchester. Operations and Culture Director, Auto Trader. For services to the Digital and Technology Industry

Mercy Lusungu SHIBEMBA
A resident of Oldham. Speaker and Campaigner. For services to People with HIV

A resident of Stockport. Chair, Customs and Export Licensing Committee, British Exporters Association. For services to British Exporters

Lloyd Justin THOMAS
A resident of Salford. Lead, Apprenticeships and Funded Skills, The Co-operative Group. For services to Food Retail

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire

A British Empire Medal in its box
British Empire Medals

A BEM is awarded to people who have contributed a very hands-on service to the community in a local geographical area. Either sustained commitment in support of local charitable or voluntary activity or innovative work that has delivered real impact in a short period (3/4 years). The following people have been awarded a BEM:

Idris ALI
A resident of Oldham. Provision Contracts Manager, Department for Work and Pensions. For voluntary service to the community in Oldham

Icek Jankel ALTERMAN
A resident of Bury. For services to Holocaust Remembrance and Education

Robert Frank BONNER
A resident of Rochdale. Curator, Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum Trust. For services to Fire and Rescue Heritage

Norman BROWN
A resident of Wigan. Group Scout Leader, 3rd Hindley Scout Group. For services to Young People

A resident of Tameside. Voluntary Boxing Coach. For services to Boxing and to Young People

Carol Janice Veronica GODBY
A resident of Rochdale. Drama Workshop Leader and Agent. For services to Drama and to the community in North West England

Oyovwe Sagbodje KIGHO
A resident of Oldham. Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Widows Empowerment Trust. For services to Bereaved People in Manchester

A resident of Tameside. Football Coach. For services to Association Football and to Young People in Manchester

Mohammad MIRZA
A resident of Tameside. Caseworker, HM Revenue and Customs. For services to Mental Health

Geoffrey Bruce SWORD
A resident of Bury. Lately Chair, Summerseat Players. For services to Drama and to the communities of Greater Manchester and East Lancashire