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Dr Sue Black leads strong feature for tech and entrepreneurship in Queen’s New Year Honours list

This year’s Knights, Dames, MBEs and OBEs have been announced and a slew of media, marketing, business and entrepreneurship names have been awarded.

There was also a heavy skew towards technology and coding this year, with Bletchley Park campaigner and computer scientist Dr Sue Black receiving an OBE.

Simon Devonshire, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills entrepreneur in residence and former Wayra Europe director also received an OBE. Clare Frances Sutcliffe, founder and chief executive of Code Club, received an MBE for services to technology education.

Start-ups and innovators were littered throughout the list and made for an interesting read against the honours for more traditional leaders. For example, in the finance category stalwart businesses such as Nationwide got a mention, thanks to chief executive Graham John Beale, who received a CBE for services to the financial services sector. Also receiving a CBE for services to the financial services sector was Samir Desai, the peer to peer and financial inclusion innovator behind Funding Circle. The brand mantra behind Funding Circle is “to revolutionise the outdated banking system and secure a better deal for everyone”.

A CBE was awarded to Carolyn (Lyndy) Payne, who founded the AAR and is a founding WACL member, for services the advertising and marketing communications industry.

Damehoods were awarded to two key female industry leaders Natalie Sara Massenet, founder of Net-A-Porter Group for services to the fashion and retail industries, and Carolyn Julia McCall, chief executive officer 0f EasyJet for services to the aviation industry.

Celebrities on the list this year include Barbera Windsor, Damon Albarn and Idris Elba. The full New Years Honours list can be read on the UK Government website.

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Charlotte McEleny

Charlotte McEleny is The Drum's Asia Editor, charged with finding all the interesting industry news and insights from the Asia Pacific region. During her year in Asia, she's covered topics as wide ranging as industry overwork to artificial intelligence, and interviewed top CMOs such as Alibaba's Chris Tung, and world famous creatives such as Rankin.

Based in Singapore, she travels the region regularly, attending and presenting at many top events, such as Spikes, Ad Week Asia and Innovfest.

Prior to her role as Asia Editor, she spent 10 years working across the London marketing trade magazines, even picking up an award for Best Digital Team at the PPA Digital Awards during her spell as digital editor at Marketing.

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