First of all, we’d like to welcome you all back after the winter break. We hope it was restful, as 2019 will undoubtedly be another big, busy year for our industry.
Over the festive break, the Queen’s New Year Honours list was announced and it made us very proud to, once again, see so many of our esteemed members and friends from the industry recognised for their work and contribution to British society and our economy.
We would like to congratulate all those who received recognition this year, in particular the following for their work in the digital sector.
Firstly, Katherine Bennett from member company Airbus was awarded a CBE for her for services to the Aerospace and Aviation Sectors. In a similar vein, Paul Flanagan, former Secretary General at UKSpace was recognised for his services to the UK space sector. techUK has worked closely with Paul over the years and in his capacity at UKSpace and we wish him all the best in his retirement.
We also saw Paula Vennells from the Post Office honoured for her services to the Post Office and to charity on the list. Cindy Rose, Microsoft, and Paul Moorby, Chipside Ltd., received OBEs for services to UK Technology and for services to promoting the UK Technology Sector Abroad, respectively.
We were also very pleased to see Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner recognised for her services to Protecting Information and look forward to continuing to work closely with her. Theo Blackwell, Chief Digital officer at the GLA, also received much deserved recognition for his services to Local Government Digital Transformation. This is another area in which we have seen great progress as a result of Theo’s work and our team will continue to help him drive this agenda forward.
Once again, congratulations to all those on the list. We cannot wait to see the great work that many of you will continue to do in the coming 12 months. It is set to be another exciting year and, come late December 2019, we are sure to see many more great names from our sector receiving a Queen’s honour.