10 people in innovation and technology in transport recognised in New Year Honours

The New Year Honours List 2020 “recognises the outstanding achievements of people across the United Kingdom” says the Cabinet Office. 

In total 1,097 people received an award: 941 have been selected at BEM, MBE and OBE level – 315 at BEM, 397 at MBE and 229 at OBE.

HM The Queen Elizabeth II

As ‘fountain of honour’ in the UK, The Queen has the sole right of conferring titles of honour on deserving people from all walks of life, in public recognition of their merit, service or bravery.

The most well-known honours are probably MBEs, OBEs and CBEs, but there are a whole range of other honours that The Queen awards in addition to these, such as The Order of Merit, or The Order of St Michael and St George.

The ten people in transport and related sectors who received awards are:


Elizabeth Fagan: Chair D2N2, Chair, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and Non-Executive Chair, Boots UK. For services to Gender Equality in Business

Graham Pendlebury: Director, Local Transport, Department for Transport. For public service

Philip Sellwood: Chief Executive, Energy Saving Trust. For services to Public Policy on Energy Efficiency


Andrew Falvey: Commercial Director, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. For services to Transport

Virginia Graham: Chief Executive Officer, Renewable Energy Assurance Limited. For services to Promoting Renewable Energy

Andrea Pearson: Head of International Rail, Department for Transport. For services to Transport


Adeline Ginn: Founder, Women in Rail. For services to Rail

Amanda Lane: Team Leader, Department for Transport. For services to Transport

Margaret Timmins (Margaret Jackson): Head of Northern and Transport for the North Engagement Team, Department for Transport. For services to Transport


Susannah O’Neill: Bus Driver and Safety Coordinator. For services to Public Transport and to the community in Northern Ireland

Recipients collect their awards from The Queen or another Member of the Royal Family at an Investiture ceremony.

Most honours are awarded on the advice of the Cabinet Office, and anybody can make a recommendation if they know someone they believe to be worthy. 

Read the full New Year Honours List here

Read more about The Queen and Honours here

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