The New Year Honours List 2023 has been published, recognising the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the UK, and a raft of people across Oxfordshire have been recognised in list.
Amongst them is Lissie Harper, the widow of PC Andrew Harper, who was killed in the line of duty in 2019. She was pivotal in introducing Harper’s Law, which means mandatory life sentences for anyone convicted of killing an emergency worker whilst committing a crime.
Also on the list is former Radio Oxford presenter Anne Diamond has been made an OBE for her campaign to prevent cot death following the death of her third son Sebastian in 1991. The campaign is reported to have cut cot death incidence in the UK from 2,000 a year to around 300.
Sally Dicketts, who stepped down as the Chief Executive Officer of Activate Learning in April, also received further recognition for her services to education with a damehood. She was instrumental in leading Activate Learning through substantial growth.
Read on to see all the Oxfordshire people recognised in the New Year Honours List 2023 – the first New Year Honours list issued by King Charles.
Professor Dame Hermione LEE DBE FBA
Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford.
For services to English Literature.
Professor Dame Hermione LEE is a scholar, teacher, distinguished biographer and literary critic. Her books include biographies of Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton, Penelope Fitzgerald and Tom Stoppard.
She was awarded the Biographers’ Club Prize for Exceptional Contribution to Biography in 2018 and received the BIO Award 2020 from the Biographers International Organisation.
She became the first woman Goldsmiths’ Professor of English Literature at Oxford in 1998. In 2008 she became the first woman President of Wolfson College, Oxford. Under her stewardship, it became one of Oxford’s largest graduate colleges, with 600 students.
She founded the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing at Wolfson College, which has a national and international reputation both as a significant interdisciplinary cultural presence and as a unique hub of activities related to all kinds of life-writing, reaching out to people and communities beyond the University.
Sally Anne Sheila DICKETTS CBE
Lately, Chief Executive Officer of Activate Learning.
For services to Education.
Sally DICKETTS has been a leading board member of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) since 2017, driving innovation, evidence-based teaching, adaptive leadership and inclusive practice.
She became President of The Association of Colleges in 2020, providing
strong leadership to over 220 colleges, particularly during the pandemic. She plays a leading role on the steering group of the ETF’s Senior Leadership Development Programmes, delivered in partnership with Oxford University’s Saïd Business School.
She mentors newer principals and is also a regular ‘star contributor’ to the Prep for CEO programme at Oxford. She was Chair of the Women’s Leadership Network and AoC’s Employment Committee, leading on issues of equality, diversity and inclusion.
In 2013, she successfully divested Reading College from Thames Valley University, embracing it into Oxford & Cherwell Valley College, creating a new larger college group, ‘Activate Learning’ to include: four University Technical Colleges, two secondary schools, an apprenticeship training provider, workplace training/consulting, and a specialist engineering training provider.
In 2019, she successfully led Activate Learning through further substantial growth, including mergers with Bracknell & Wokingham College and The Guildford College Group.
Professor Ian Trevelyan CHAPMAN
Chief Executive Officer, UK Atomic Energy Authority.
For services to Global Fusion Energy.
Professor Ian CHAPMAN has driven the UK’s fusion programme to be a world leader in the race to transform and develop clean energy.
As CEO of the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), he transformed the organisation to include new commercial areas such as robotics and materials. During Brexit, he enabled the UK-based Joint European Torus
to continue operating, saving over 600 jobs whilst providing critical science for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor collaboration.
In 2019 he was elected Chair of the International Atomic Energy Authority‘s fusion research committee. He is a member of the IEA Fusion Power Coordinating Committee, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Advisory Board (DOE National Lab), ‘NED’ Guernsey Electricity Limited; Clean Energy Adviser to Temasek Holdings, Singapore, Chinese Academy of Science Fusion International Advisory Committee, and EUROfusion General Assembly Member (for the single largest EU collaborative grant).
He previously served on the UK Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board and the UK Government Nuclear Industry Council.
Professor John Mitchell FINNIS AC KC FBA
Professor and Legal Academic.
For services to Legal Scholarship
Professor Sian Meryl GRIFFITHS OBE
Deputy Chair, GambleAware and Chair, Global Health Committee, Public Health England.
For voluntary and charitable services, particularly during COVID-19.
Neil Francis Jeremy THE LORD MENDOZA
Commissioner for Culture.
For services to Arts and Culture.
Dr Gurdial Singh SANGHERA
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Oxford Nanopore Technologies plc.
For services to the Technology Sector.
Alan John EISNER
Lately Chair, Maggie’s.
For services to Charitable Fundraising.
(Asthall Leigh, Oxfordshire)
Dr Richard Alan FORTEY FRS
Senior Palaeontologist, Natural History Museum.
For services to Palaeontology and Geology.
Alaric Guy Code HORRIDGE
Chief Executive, Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation.
For services to Further Education.
(Letcombe Regis, Oxfordshire)
Professor Richard Graham JONES
Science Fellow, Applied International Development, Met Office.
For services to Climate Science.
Dr Krishna Rohan KANDIAH
Founder, The Sanctuary Foundation.
For services to Refugee Integration.
Carol Margaret KEFFORD
Lately Chief Nurse and Clinical Director at Nuffield Health.
For services to Nursing.
Michael Duncan WILLIAMS
Treasurer, World Rowing and Board Member, British Rowing.
For services to Rowing.
Catherine Elizabeth BELTON
Author and Investigative Journalist.
For services to Journalism.
Zoë Althea BOWDEN
Lately Deputy Director of Operations, ISIS Neutron and Muon Source.
For services to Science.
Caroline Mary GRANT
Lately Headteacher, Billing Brook Academy Trust, Northampton, Northamptonshire.
For services to Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
Alicia Charlotte HARPER
Campaigner for Harper’s Law.
For services to Victims of Violent Crime and their Families.
Kim Elizabeth JAMES
Head of School Improvement at Oxfordshire County Council.
For services to Education.
Professor Marian KNIGHT
Professor of Maternal and Child Population Health, University of Oxford.
For services to Maternal and Public Health.
Jennifer Irene NOLAN
Founder and lately Manager, Lawrence Home Nursing Team Limited.
For services to End of Life Care.
(Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire)
John Noah HALL
For services to the community in Cholsey, Oxfordshire, particularly during COVID-19.
Timothy John RANCE
Production Manager, Penlon.
For services to the COVID-19 Response.