2015 New Year Honours list lauds digital transformation programmes

The 2015 New Year Honours list features a slew of accolades for people involved in digital transformation programmes

The 2015 New Year Honours list featured a slew of accolades for people involved in digital transformation programmes in the government.

Civil servants working in government IT were among those whose work on putting paper-based activities online were lauded in the list.

HM Revenue and Customs digital director Brigid McBride received an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) award for services to UK digital transformation.

Also in the public sector, but in academia, Robert Anthony Day, chief technology officer at Jisc (formerly the Joint Information Systems Committee) and technologies and executive director at Janet – the research and education network – received a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to information technology.

University of Glasgow professor of computer science education Quintin Ivor Cutts was also awarded an MBE for services to computing science.

UKFast CEO and founder Lawrence Jones was awarded an MBE for services to the digital economy.

Andrew Brett Milligan, lately a board member of the technology strategy board and head of global strategy at Standard Life Investments, received an OBE for services to innovation and the economy.

In public service broadcasting, BBC controller of archive development Anthony Ageh also received an OBE for services to digital media.

On the supplier side, Amanda Chessell, a leading software engineer at IBM, received the elevated award of Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Thales UK CEO Victor Chavez was also awarded a CBE for services to the defence and security industry. Chavez was number 16 in Computer Weekly’s recent UK Tech50 awards list. He was appointed CEO of Thales UK in January 2011. 

He is also president of technology trade association TechUK and chair of the joint industry-government Information Economy Council that looks to develop the role and importance of the tech sector in the UK’s economic and political priorities.

CEO and founder of online cards company Moo.com Richard Moross received an OBE for services to entrepreneurship.

In the community at large, Keith Russell Paterson was awarded an MBE for services to promoting information technology to elderly people in the UK.

In the field of information management, Martyn Wade, lately national librarian and chief executive of the National Library of Scotland, was awarded an OBE for services to culture in Scotland. In the same field, president of the Society of Chief Librarians Janene Cox was awarded an OBE for services to Libraries.

Digital government

Other IT professional civil servants who received honours include the following:

  • Raymond Cathline, part of the business support team for the digitalisation programme at the Department for Work and Pensions: an OBE for services to job seekers, diversity and to the community in Enfield.
  • Daksha Dabasia, senior project manager on the business improvement and compliance team at the Crown Prosecution Service in London was awarded an MBE for services to law and order, particularly digital working”.
  • Lynne Kilpatrick, head of video games at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport received an OBE for services to the video games industry.
  • Mizan Syed, internet technical manager at the Cabinet Office received an MBE for services to government digital communication.

In total, 1,164 people received an award and science and technology made up 3% of the total, up by 1% on 2014's total.

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