Public service leaders recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

19 Jun 17

Public service leaders and commentators were once again recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours.

Niall Dickson, who took over as chief executive of the NHS Confederation this year following years at the helm of the General Medical Council, received the CBE. He is speaking at the CIPFA conference next month.

Commenting on the honour, Stephen Dorrell, NHS Confederation chair, said: “[Niall’s] strong leadership and record of innovation have been hallmarks of every organisation he has led, from the King’s Fund to the GMC and now, of course, at the NHS Confederation.

“Providers and commissioners of care will find no-one better to represent them at a time of unprecedented levels of pressure. He is an invaluable figure to have working in the health and care sector, and we congratulate him on this thoroughly deserved and prestigious honour.”

There was also a CBE for Anita Charlesworth, director of research and economics at the Health Foundation, and frequent commentator on health service finances.

Tom Scholar, permanent secretary at the Treasury, was knighted, as was Chris Wormald, permanent secretary at the Department of Health.

Phillippa Todd, senior fiscal analyst at the Office of Budget Responsibility, was awarded the OBE for services to public finances and transparency.

Peter Schofield, former director general for housing and planning in the Department for Communities and Local Government, was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath.

Many figures in local government, both members and officers, were also recognised, including CIPFA member Alan Gay, deputy chief executive and Section 151 officer at Leeds City Council, who received an OBE. Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, received a CBE.

Thomas Hurst, chief investment officer at Sunderland City Council, also received the OBE for services to local government and economic prosperity through inward investment.

There was an OBE for Izzi Seccombe, leader of Warwickshire County Council and chair of the Local Government Association’s community wellbeing board.

Sally Burlington, head of policy at the LGA, received an OBE for services to adult social care.

Alderman Allan Ewart was made an MBE for services to local government and the community in Northern Ireland.

Other public servants honoured included Thomas Whitfield, director of finance, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust who received the OBE, and Rose Fitzpatrick, deputy chief constable at Police Scotland who was made a CBE.

  • Vivienne Russell

    Vivienne Russell is managing editor of Public Finance magazine and

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