Updated: Added new vacancy for Arts and Media Committee.

Honours committees are made up of senior civil servants (‘official members’) and people who are independent of government (‘independent members’). All honours committees have a majority of members who are independent.

Each honours committee has an independent chairperson. A representative from 10 Downing Street is invited to attend all committee meetings.

Honours committees review honours nominations for people involved in specific activities (like arts and media or sport) which are then sent to the main honours committee.

Main committee

Members are:

Head of the Home Civil Service (chair)

Chair of Arts and Media Committee: Sir Vernon Ellis

Chair of Community, Voluntary and Local Services Committee: Dame Clare Tickell DBE

Chair of the Economy Committee: Sir Ian Cheshire, Chief Executive Officer, Kingfisher plc

Chair of Education Committee: Sir Michael Barber

Chair of Health Committee: Professor The Lord Kakkar

Chair of Parliamentary and Political Service Committee: The Rt. Hon. The Lord Spicer

Chair of Science and Technology Committee: Professor Sir John Bell FRS, Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford

Chair of Sport Committee: The Lord Coe of Ranmore KBE CH

Chair of State Committee: Dame Mary Marsh DBE

The Cabinet Secretary

The Permanent Secretary of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Chief of Defence Staff

Another Permanent Secretary (currently Dame Ursula Brennan DCB, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice)

Arts and media

Sir Vernon Ellis – Chair, British Council (independent chair)

Independent members:

The Lord Fellowes of West Stafford DL – writer, actor and director

Dame Liz Forgan DBE – journalist

Julia Peyton Jones OBE – Director, the Serpentine Gallery

Luke Rittner – Chief Executive, Royal Academy of Dance

Sir Peter Stothard – Editor, The Times Literary Supplement

Official members:

Sue Owen CB – Permanent Secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Sir Peter Housden KCB – Permanent Secretary, Scottish Government

Community, voluntary and local services

Dame Clare Tickell DBE – Chief Executive, Hanover Housing Association (independent chair)

Independent members:

Evelyn Asante-Mensah OBE DL – Interim Chief Executive, BHA for Equality

Melanie Bryan OBE – social entrepreneur, Why Not Change?

Sue Charteris – former Director of Shared Intelligence; member of the England Committee, Big Lottery Fund and former Chief Executive of Merton

Dilwar Hussain – Co-founder, New Horizons in British Islam

Dr. Angus Kennedy OBE – Chief Executive, Community Regeneration Partnership

John Knight CBE JP – formerly Director of Policy at Leonard Cheshire Disability and Board Member, Charity Commission

Dame Barbara Monroe DBE – Chief Executive, St. Christopher’s Hospice

Brian O’Doherty – lately Head of Housing, Newcastle City Council

Noreen Oliver MBE – Founder and Chief Executive Officer, BAC O’Connor Centre

The Lord Shipley – Leader, Newcastle City Council

Sir Nicholas Young – former Chief Executive, British Red Cross

Official members:

Helen Edwards – Director General for Localism, Department for Communities and Local Government

Sir Derek Jones KCB – Permanent Secretary, Welsh Government

Mark Sedwill CMG – Permanent Secretary, Home Office

Chris Wormald – Permanent Secretary, Department for Education

The economy

Sir Ian Cheshire (independent chair) – Chief Executive Officer, Kingfisher plc

Independent members:

Dame Helen Alexander DBE – Chair, UBM plc and Chancellor, University of Southampton

Dame Colette Bowe DBE – former Chair, Office of Communications (Ofcom)

Sherry Coutu CBE – angel investor

The Rt Hon Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde – Member, House of Lords Appointment Commission

Anya Hindmarch MBE – fashion designer and businesswoman

Sir Richard Lambert – Chairman, banking Standard Review

Helen Mahy – Group Company Secretary and General Counsel, National Grid

Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE – entrepreneur

Official members:

Martin Donnelly CMG – Permanent Secretary, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Sue Owen CB – Permanent Secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Sir Nicholas MacPherson KCB – Permanent Secretary, HM Treasury

Sir Peter Housden KCB – Permanent Secretary, Scottish Government


Professor Sir Michael Barber – Head, McKinsey’s Global Education Practice (independent chair)

Independent members:

Graham Badman CBE – former Managing Director,Children, Schools and Education Directorate, Kent County Council

Dame Rachel de Souza DBE – Chief Executive Officer, Inspiration Trust

Professor Sir Deian Hopkin – former Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, London South Bank University

Marion Matchett CBE – Civil Service Commissioner for Northern Ireland

Sir Daniel Moynihan – Chief Executive, Harris Federation

Peter Williams CBE – former Chief Executive, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

Official members:

Martin Donnelly CMG – Permanent Secretary, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Chris Wormald – Permanent Secretary, Department for Education

Dr. Malcolm McKibbin – Head, Northern Ireland Civil Service


Professor The Lord Kakkar – Director, Thrombosis Research Institute (independent chair)

Independent members:

Dame Christine Beasley DBE – Chief Nursing Officer for England

Sir Leszek Borysiewicz FRS – Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge

Dame Ruth Carnall DBE – Chief Executive, NHS London

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore – Chair, Liverpool Health Partners, University of Liverpool

Dame Janet Husband DBE – former Chair, Royal College of Radiologists Council

Sir Nicholas Partridge OBE – former Chief Executive, Terrence Higgins Trust

Professor Sir Simon Wessely – Director, King’s Centre for Military Health Research, King’s College London

Official members:

Dame Sally Davies DBE – Chief Medical Officer (England)

Una O’Brien CB – Permanent Secretary, Department of Health

Andrew Goodall – Director General, Department for Health, Social Services and Children, Welsh Government

Parliamentary and political service

The Rt. Hon. The Lord Spicer – Member, House of Lords (independent chair)

Independent members:

Dianne Bevan – Chief Operating Officer, National Assembly for Wales

The Rt Hon the Lord Butler of Brockwell KG GCB CVO - Member, House of Lords

The Rt Hon the Baroness Hayman GBE – former Speaker of the House of Lords

The Rt Hon Peter Riddell CBE – Director, Institute for Government

Sir Robert Rogers KCB

Official members:

The Rt Hon Don Foster MP – Liberal Democrat Chief Whip

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP – Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip

The Rt Hon Rosie Winterton MP – Labour Chief Whip

Science and technology

Professor Sir John Bell FRS – Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford (independent chair)

Independent members:

Professor Sir Tony Atkinson FBA – Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield College

Professor Dame Janet Finch DBE DL – former Vice Chancellor, Keele University

Professor Dame Julia King DBE – Vice-Chancellor, Aston University

Martyn Rose – Director, Martyn Rose Ltd.

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell DBE FRS DL – President and Vice Chancellor, University of Manchester

Official members:

Professor Sir Mark Walport FRS – Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government

Professor Sir John O’Reilly FREng – Director-General, Knowledge and Innovation, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Professor Julie Williams CBE – Chief Scientific Adviser, Welsh Government


The Lord Coe of Ranmore KBE CH – Chairman, CSM (independent chair)

Independent members:

Giles Clarke – Chair, England and Wales Cricket Board and Director, International Cricket Council

The Baroness Grey Thompson of Eaglescliffe DBE – former Paralympic athlete

Tim Lamb - former Chief Executive, Sport and Reaction Alliance

Tim Phillips - former Chairman, All England Lawn Tennis Club

Graham Taylor OBE – former England Football Manager

Official members:

Sue Owens CB – Permanent Secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Dr. Malcolm McKibbin – Head, Northern Ireland Civil Service


Dame Mary Marsh DBE – Director, Clore Social Leadership Programme (independent chair)

Independent members:

The Rt Hon the Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone JP DL – Member, House of Lords and Chair, Board Practice, Odgers Berndtson

Dame Suzi Leather DBE DL – former Chair, Charity Commission

Elizabeth McKeikan – Non-Executive Director, JD Wetherspoon plc. and former Civil Service Commissioner

Dr. Diana Walford CBE – former Principal, Mansfield College, Oxford

Dr. Suzy Walton – Deputy Chairman RSA, University of Westminster and Internet Watch Foundation

Official members:

Dame Ursula Brennan DCB – Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice

Sir Bob Kerslake – Permanent Secretary, DCLG


There is currently 1 vacancy for the Arts and Media Committee. The closing date for applications is 31 December 2014.

Public Appointments: Arts and Media Honours Committee vacancy

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Arts and Media Honours Committee: application form

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