The Queen's Birthday Honours: Anna Wintour, Calzaghe and Nyman make list
Saturday 14 June 2008
Arts & entertainment: Anna Wintour, British editor of US 'Vogue', wins royal recognition
Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of American Vogue and doyenne of fashion magazine bosses, is among those honoured in the world of arts and media.
She is appointed an OBE in the diplomatic list, for her services to British journalism and British fashion in the US. Given the middle name "Nuclear" by anti-fur critics, who once dumped a dead raccoon in her soup, Wintour has become an inspirational figure and was said to have been the motivation behind the film The Devil Wears Prada.
Monica Mason, the director of the Royal Ballet, becomes a Dame. She joined the company as its youngest member aged 16, before rising to become a principal dancer in 1968.
Victoria Wood, 55, the comedienne who wrote and starred in the TV series dinnerladies and Acorn Antiques, is appointed CBE, as is Richard Calvocoressi, 57, the former director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
Mr Calvocoressi, now director of the Henry Moore Foundation, is credited with building up one of the nation's finest collections of contemporary work – in particular Dada and Surrealist art and literature.
"None of these things were solo achievements," he said yesterday. "I was supported by wonderful staff and a wonderful team of curators."
Michael Nyman, the acclaimed composer, pianist, librettist and musicologist, who wrote the score for the 1993 award-winning film The Piano, is also appointed CBE.
The poet Don Paterson is appointed OBE, as is Eve Pollard, the former editor of the Sunday Mirror and Sunday Express.
There is an MBE for Neil Mantle, the conductor of Scottish Sinfonia and for Justin Fletcher, the presenter and actor who stars in the children's television shows Tikkabilla and Higgledy House on the BBC pre-school TV channel CBeebies .
The actor Don Warrington, who appeared in the cult sitcom Rising Damp alongside Leonard Rossiter and Richard Beckinsale, is appointed an MBE. He has also acted in Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, Lovejoy and Diamond Geezer, as well as appearing in Grumpy Old Men.
Henry Sandon, of the Antiques Roadshow, gets an MBE for "services to ceramics". He is a world expert on Worcester porcelain.
Sport: Boxer, strikers and Grand Slam man make the hit list
Cheering news for the fans – among them Tom Jones – who travelled to Las Vegas in April to watch Joe Calzaghe beat America's Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins. The Welsh world champion boxer, nicknamed the Italian Dragon for his Sardinian parentage, now has a CBE to go with his 32 career knockouts.
Calzaghe, 36, right, is cited for services to boxing and voluntary sport in Wales. He remains unbeaten in his 45 professional matches and as a super middleweight champion is the longest-running titleholder in any weight class in the sport's history. He won the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year title in December.
Bill Beaumont, 56, the Grand Slam-winning former England rugby captain, is also appointed CBE. He led the national side in 21 of his 34 international caps, before becoming a team captain on the BBC TV quiz show A Question of Sport.
Also rewarded for his efforts with the oval ball is Lawrence Dallaglio, 36, another former England captain, who will collect an OBE, having been appointed an MBE in 2003 after winning the World Cup. He was on the losing side in the final last year. He retired in May when his club side, Wasps, won the Guinness Premiership Final in front of 81,600 fans at Twickenham, a world record capacity for a club match.
The former footballer Cyrille Regis, 50, who was born in French Guyana but won five England caps, receives an OBE for services to the voluntary sector and football. The cousin of the sprinter John Regis, he converted to Christianity in 1989, following a car crash that claimed the life of hisfriend and team-mate Laurie Cunningham. He embraced charity work, including support for WaterAid's projects in Ethiopia.
Other footballers to be awarded the OBE include Northern Ireland's David Healy and Kelly Smith, who plays for the England and Arsenal ladies teams.
John Surtees, 74, the former motorcycle and Formula One racing champion, the only person to win world titles on both two and four wheels, is also appointed an OBE.
Business: London's first lady of the City becomes a Dame
The bespectacled blonde who took the City of London by storm seven years ago when she became the first female head of the London Stock Exchange is the leading business figure to be rewarded.
Clara Furse, pictured right, a power-dressing former investment banker in a male-dominated industry, receives a damehood for her services to the financial services industry. Voted one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time magazine last year, the Canadian-born 50-year-old has won admiration for fending off several overseas competitors.
Alan Parker, the CEO of the flourishing hospitality group Whitbread is appointed a CBE. The conglomerate, which dates back to the 18th century, owns budget hotel chain Premier Inn, the Costa coffee shops and the Brewers Fayre and Beefeater pub restaurants.
Parker, 61, joined the hospitality industry following his parents' stewardship of a greasy spoon café.
David and Richard Darling, the co-founders of Codemasters video game developers, are appointede CBEs for their services to the computer games industry.
Peter Scott, QC, the chair of the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers, which oversees and regulates the takeover of all listed companies, is also appointed CBE.
Politics: Honour for 'respect tsar' who said ministers were better when drunk
Tony Blair's former "respect tsar", who famously declared that "doing things sober is no way to get things done", has been given one of Britain's top honours for public service.
Louise Casey, who led the Government's drive against antisocial behaviour, is appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath. Three years ago she sparked outrage with a speech to police officers in which she suggested that ministers might perform better if they "turn up pissed". She also threatened to "deck" officials who talked about "bloody evidence-based policy".
Lin Homer, the chief executive of the Border and Immigration Agency, is also appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath. She was brought in to get a grip on immigration policy after a series of bungles and has impressed ministers. But her offices have faced claims of heavy handedness over the deportation of asylum-seekers.
Helen Ghosh, the permanent secretary at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, becomes a Dame. Her department has faced controversy over its handling of flood defences and EU farm subsidies, and was forced to make cutbacks.
Two senior opposition MPs receive knighthoods: Alan Beith, the former Liberal Democrat deputy leader who now chairs the Commons Constitutional Affairs Committee; and Peter Viggers, the Conservative MP for Gosport, who served as a junior industry and Northern Ireland minister during the 1980s.
Voluntary: Charitable works are deemed tobe the most deserving cause
The man who masterminded the creation of a 10,000-mile network of cycle ways across Britain is to be appointed CBE.
John Grimshaw, pictured right, the founder and chief executive of the sustainable transport pressure group Sustrans, is recognised for his work creating the grid that accounts for 338 million trips a year.
The organisation began in 1977 with a mission to build a 17-mile path along the former Bristol and Bath railway. The route is now used by two million people a year. The network rapidly expanded with £40m of Millennium Commission money. Yesterday, Mr Grimshaw said: "The national cycle network is something we all have been working very hard for ... We think that half of the population are now within a mile of the network."
Also honoured is Barbara Stocking, chief executive of Oxfam in Britain, who becomes a Dame for her work in international development. Hilary Blume, purveyor of good cause gifts and cards, also receives the honour. She founded the Charities Trust and Card Aid before launching the Association of Charity Shops. There is a CBE for Khurshid Ahmed, chairman of the British Muslim Forum, for services to community relations.
Officials said more than three-quarters of the people awarded OBEs and MBEs were involved in charitable or voluntary work.
Unsung hero: RUC officer maimed in bomb attack rewarded for services to health care
A former policeman who overcame the loss of his arms to become one of Europe's leading experts in treating victims of post-traumatic stress disorder has been recognised in the honours list.
Michael Paterson lost his arms in an IRA attack in 1981. Twenty-seven years later, he is appointed OBE for his services to health care in Northern Ireland. News of his award broke just hours after he discovered that he has been voted in as the next president of his professional body, the EMDR Institute, which specialises in dealing with trauma victims.
As a young RUC officer, Paterson's Land Rover was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade which tore his arms from his body and killed a fellow officer. "I had been married three weeks, it was my wife's birthday, and it ended my police career," he recalled. "So I had to find new ways of dealing with life." He then studied psychology at the University of Ulster, and followed it up with a PhD at Queen's University, Belfast, later specialising in clinical psychology. "I have my own past experience and try and use it to help others I treat who have suffered trauma," he said. "After I lost my arms I suffered trauma that became locked in my central nervous system. If I thought about it, I had a tightening of the stomach."
Dr Paterson said he was delighted by his honour but celebrations would have to wait as he was busy preparing for the institute's annual conference.
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