Business leaders from around UK recognised in New Year’s Honours List

Supermarket bosses, accounting chiefs and heads of business organisationsa are among those recognised in the New Year’s Honours List.

Steve Murrells, chief executive of the Co-op Group, and Roger Burnley, who stepped down as Asda chief executive earlier this year, will made CBEs after being honoured for services to the food supply chain, the Government said.

It comes after a year when supermarkets, hospitality firms and suppliers worked to avoid shortages as staff numbers, pandemic restrictions and global disruption caused difficulties. Jo Scott, a shop floor worker and Community Champion at Asda’s Pwllheli, north-west Wales, site also received an BEM.

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The Government has also handed honours to the chair and former chair of two of the country’s biggest auditing giants.

Nick Owen, who left his position at the head of Deloitte UK’s board in May, has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and he s joined on the list by Bina Mehta, KPMG UK’s chair, who was recognised with an OBE “for services to trade and investments in the UK and female entrepreneurs”.

The former chairman of telecoms giant BT and the Government’s preferred choice to chair the UK’s accounting watchdog has received a knighthood in the New Year Honours list.

Jan du Plessis is honoured for services to telecoms and business, having overseen negotiations with regulators of BT’s full fibre broadband rollout.

Meanwhile, Shalini Khemka – the daughter of Indian immigrants who arrived in the UK aged five – has been made a CBE for services to entrepreneurship after setting up a mentoring scheme that now boasts 23,000 budding future business leaders among its ranks.

She said: “I was born in India and came here when I was five years old.

“If you’d asked me when I was young would I have had a CBE in the UK, it never occurred to me that I could even hope to achieve something like this, so I want to encourage young people that there is a huge amount of opportunity and if you really work hard, this country can allow you to thrive.”

Liz Cameron, Scottish Chambers of Commerce chief executive, was honoured with a CBE for services to the promotion of Scottish and UK international trade, while Lesley Moody, president of the North East England Chamber of Commerce, received an OBE for services to business and to the community in the North East.

Former HS2 chair Douglas Oakervee has been awarded a knighthood for services to transport and infrastructure delivery, and Gary Jordan – chairman of the Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 Business Club – has been awarded an MBE for services to the economy and community of Mansfield and Ashfield.

Dr Vivienne Cox, workforce engagement director at pharmaceutical firm GSK, becomes a dame for services to sustainability, and to diversity and inclusion in business, and David Kerfoot, former chair of the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership is made a CBE for services to rural businesses and the voluntary and community sector.

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Graeme WhitfieldRegional business editor