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techUK members and tech pioneers recognised on Queen's Birthday Honours list

techUK is delighted that a number of tech pioneers have been recognised in this year's honours list, including a CBE for Alastair Lukies, CEO of new techUK member Monitise.


Alastair Lukies, Monitise
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to mobile banking and charity.

Alastair has a proven track record of turning visions and concepts into real businesses. He founded Monitise in 2003. Three years later, Monitise was recognised as a 'Technology Pioneer' by the World Economic Forum and in June 2007 Alastair led the company's demerger from Morse and listing on the LSE's AIM market.

He was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2011 Growing Business Awards and in January 2014 was appointed as a Business Ambassador for the financial services industry by the UK Government. Prior to conceiving, financing and successfully building Monitise, Alastair was a co-founder of epolitix.com, the portal for Westminster, Whitehall and the devolved institutions. Alastair leads key relationships with partners, industry stakeholders and major shareholders, plus corporate development for the global Monitise business.


Tony Singleton, G-Cloud
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

The G-Cloud chief received the recognition for services to the provision and improvement of digital public services.

Singleton heads up the G-Cloud programme that now has a team of 25 people and fixed budget of £3.9m. He replaced G-Cloud director Denise McDonagh in June last year after the initiative moved over to the Government Digital Service (GDS).


David Braben, Raspberry Pi creator
OBE for services to the UK computer and video games industry.

A British computer programmer, co-writer of Elite, a space trading computer game, in the early 1980s and works as a trustee for the Raspberry Pi Foundation who in 2012 launched a low-cost computer for education which has transformed access to tech across the globe.


Belinda Parmar, Chief Executive Officer, Lady Geek. For services to Women in Technology.
OBE for services to women in technology.

Parmar is the CEO of Lady Geek and Lady Geek TV. Having left Saatchi and Saatchi in 2001, Parmar stated: "I set up Lady Geek because I was frustrated (and bored) by the way technology companies design and market products. Despite the fact that women account for 4 out of every 10 tech purchases, technology and gaming companies continue to patronise professional women by 'pinking up' and 'dumbing down' their products and marketing". Parmar was a judge at the 2013 Computer Weekly Most Influential Women in IT awards.


Other noteable honours include

  • Michael Demster Brook. Senior Officer, Digital Education Service Designer, London, HM Revenue and Customs. For services to Tax Work.
  • Ms Jaya Chakrabarti Gallemore. Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Nameless. For services to the Creative Digital Industries and the community in Bristol.
  • Dr Paul Martin Hawkins. Managing Director and Chairman, Hawk-Eye Innovations Ltd. For services to Technology and Sport.
  • Robert Gerard Hornby. Project Director, Openreach Next Generation Access, BT. For services to Broadband Access in Rural Communities.
  • Alan George Jowett. Field Co-ordinator, Next Generation Access Fibre Broadband Programme, BT. For services to Broadband service in Scotland and North East England.
  • Peter John Lawrence. Deputy Director, Cabinet Office. For services to Transparency.
  • Christopher David Moore. Officer, Digital Service, Newcastle upon Tyne, HM Revenue and Customs. For services to Taxpayers and Disability Groups.
  • Mark Paul Taylor. Next Generation Access Project Co-ordinator in North West England, BT. For services to Broadband service in North West England.
  • David Jeffrey Thomas TD. Senior Legal Business Advisor, Common Platform Programme, Crown Prosecution Service. For services to Law and Order, particularly Digital Transformation.
  • Professor Dominic Tildesley. Chair, E-infrastructure Leadership Council. For services to Science, Technology and Business.
  • David John Way. Director, Knowledge Exchange and Special Projects, Technology Strategy Board. For services to Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing.



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