The achievements and contributions of six Caians have been recognised in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. The list, which was published on Saturday 8 June, recognises 1,073 extraordinary people, from all backgrounds, across the United Kingdom.
Honorary Fellow Dame Carolyn Fairbairn (1980) has been awarded a damehood for services to UK Business. Dame Carolyn joined the CBI as Director-General in November 2015. Her career spans a range of leadership roles in business, media and government, with particular experience in the finance and broadcasting sectors. Speaking on her recent honour, Dame Carolyn said, "I am thrilled and humbled to have received this honour, particularly at this moment when the role of business in creating prosperity for communities across the UK has never been more important."
Honorary Fellow Sir Simon Russell Beale (1979), has been knighted for services to Drama. Sir Simon is hailed as the greatest stage actor of his generation and is a critically acclaimed talent in British theatre. His career spans four decades and has seen him play iconic theatre roles, and diversify into radio, film and television. He has won numerous awards for his work, including two BAFTAs, four Evening Standard Awards and three Laurence Olivier Theatre Awards, not to mention multiple nominations.
Nicola Shindler (1987), who earlier this year won a special award at the BAFTAs, has been awarded an OBE for services to Broadcasting. Nicola has had an impressive career in film and television. Her company, RED Production, is well known for making innovative UK TV drama and comedy. With Nicola at its helm, it has produced some of the UK’s most popular series, including the ground-breaking drama Queer as Folk (1999-2000), Clocking Off (2000-2003), Happy Valley (2014-2016), Burn It (2003) and Harlan Coben’s Safe (2018). The company has won multiple awards in the UK and internationally. Nicola is “thrilled and proud” to be honoured in this way.
Dr Sarah Redwood (1995), Deputy Director, European Programmes, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has been awarded an OBE for services to Science and Innovation Funding.
Pablo Hepworth Lloyd (1978), Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Visionaires, has been awarded an OBE for services to WorldSkills UK.
Conductor Dr Timothy Reynish (1956) has been awarded an MBE for services to Music.