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New Year Honours: Bosses At TalkTalk, BAE Systems, AJ Bell, Wetherspoon And Arriva Among Those Recognised

The bosses of TalkTalk, Aviva, AJ Bell, Wetherspoon and BAE Systems are among business leaders on the New Year Honours list.

The boss of arms manufacturer BAE Systems Charles Woodburn was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in a year when weapons companies have become increasingly important with the war in Ukraine set to enter its third year in February.

TalkTalk boss Tristia Harrison, made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, said she was “humbled” to have been recognised for her work recruiting and promoting more women in the technology sector.

Andy Bell, founder of Salford-based investment platform AJ Bell, was made CBE. Liverpool-born Mr Bell co-founded AJ Bell in 1995 alongside Nicholas Littlefair and the group grew into a FTSE 250-listed company.

Dame Amanda Blanc, the chief executive of insurance giant Aviva was also recognised on the list for services to business, gender equality and net zero.

Dame Amanda was born in Wales and worked most of her career across the insurance industry before becoming one of the most high-profile female chief executives in Britain when she was appointed to lead Aviva in 2020.

They joined Mary Portas, a retail consultant and broadcaster known for her TV programmes as well as leading a 2011 review for the Government into the state of the British high street.

She was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to business, broadcasting and charity.

Wetherspoon founder and boss Tim Martin has been knighted – and said the award was really an honour for “the Wetherspoon colleagues and customers”.

Sir Stephen Hester, the former chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland said that he was “delighted” to be on the list.

Sir Stephen, who was made a knight for services to business and the economy, helped steer the struggling bank back from the brink after it came close to collapse during the 2008 financial crisis.

He now chairs easyJet and Scandinavian banking giant Nordea and has previously led RSA Insurance and British Land.

“I suppose this is very cliched, but I’m absolutely delighted, pleased and delighted,” he told the PA news agency.

Mr Woodburn was made a CBE for services to international trade and skills development.

The international trade he has been involved in has included supporting the Ukrainian armed forces.

Mr Woodburn said: “I am humbled to receive this award – it’s a huge honour that belongs to the entire team at BAE Systems, who work tirelessly day in, day out to provide critical capabilities and services to our armed forces, security services and other customers around the world.”

Other prominent business people on the list include WPP boss Mark Read and Anglo American chief executive Mark Cutifanim while Addison Lee founder Sir John Griffin was knighted for services to business and charity.

Manchester Digital’s CEO Katie Gallagher is being made an MBE for services to the digital technology industry in the North West.

Ms Gallagher, founder of the NW Cyber Resilience Centre and chair of UK Tech Cluster Group, said: “I was incredibly surprised to hear I was receiving an OBE. I’m very proud to work with the amazing teams at Manchester Digital and the NWCRC, as well as our innovative tech community in the North West, which is only going from strength to strength.”

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