Which women in business made it onto the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours list?

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The Queen’s Birthday Honours list recognises the achievements of people across the commonwealth – so which women in business were included this year?


The highest accolade went to Carolyn Julie Fairbairn, who has been given a Damehood for services to UK business. Fairbairn started her career as a journalist before moving into management consultancy, then joining the Downing Street Policy Unit under John Major. She later became BBC Director of Strategy and today is the Director General of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).


Other recipients include Melanie Jane Richards, Deputy Chair of KPMG, who was awarded a CBE for services to business and inclusion, and Dr Nneka Abulokwe, CEO of Micromax Consulting, who was awarded an OBE for services to business. 


For the full list, see below:



Carolyn Julie Fairbairn, Director General, Confederation of British Industry. For services to UK business.



Rachel Maud Elizabeth Clacher. For services to business and to disadvantaged young people.

Deborah Mary Gillatt, Director, Business Frameworks, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. For services to the economy.

Sandra Kerr, OBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community. For services to equality and to diversity.

Melanie Jane Richards, Deputy Chair KPMG. For services to business and inclusion.



Dr Nneka Abulokwe, CEO, Micromax Consulting. For services to business.

Margaret Elizabeth Berry, Executive Director for Europe WEConnect International and Founder, Women in Technology Network. For services to women in business and technology.

Gillian Dunion, Chief Executive, The Data Lab. For services to IT and to business.

Edwina Dunn, CEO, Starcount. For services to data and business in the UK.

Irene Rudge Graham, Chief Executive, Scale-Up Institute. For services to business and the economy.

Anne Kiem, Chief Executive, Chartered Association of Business Schools and Executive Director, Small Business Charter. For services to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Dr Julie Mary Mills, Principal and chief executive Milton Keynes College. For services to Promoting Business and to Education Links.

Dr Sarah Marcel Redwood, Deputy Director, European Programmes, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. For services to science and innovation funding.

Sarah Alexandra Smith, Deputy Director, Office for Product Safety and Standards, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. For services to business and to consumers.



Ceinwen Jean Church. For services to business.

Caroline Inez Green, formerly Non-Executive Director, British Business Bank. For services to the economy and to charity.

Elaine Lilley, formerly Chief Executive, Lincolnshire and Rutland Education Business Partnership. For services to improving links between education and business. 

Julianne Mary Miles. For services to business and to equality.

Jane Anne Reynolds. Chair Tees Valley Business Club and Business Development Manager, NorthStar Ventures. For services to SMEs and the Tees Valley Economy.

Maria Coulter, Personal and Business Coach, The Construction Coach. For services to diversity and to inclusion in the construction industry.


Diplomatic service and overseas list

Sophie Caroline Kerschen-Crosby-Browne. Manager, British Chamber of Commerce for Luxembourg. For services to UK/Luxembourg commercial and business relations.


Lupita Quan. For her contribution to sport and business.



Sylvia Nyack. For services to business and community service.

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Cleo Gregory Lorde. For services to entrepreneurship and business


Mary Joan Smith. For services to entrepreneurship and business