New Year’s Honours list: who won what

By Michael Stones

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Pesto pioneer Clare Blampied received an OBE
Pesto pioneer Clare Blampied received an OBE

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Pesto pioneer Clare Blampied, md of Sacla UK, was awarded the honour Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the food industry in the New Year’s Honours List, which also featured farmers, engineers and transport and skills specialists.

The Sacla boss – credited with introducing  pesto to the UK in 1991 – has built a food business with an annual turnover of nearly £30M. 

‘Build the business’

Commenting on the honour Sacla said: “With Sacla celebrating 25 years in the UK in 2016, I am immensely grateful to have been selected for such an honour at such a special time. The award is for everyone who has supported me and helped to build the business to where it is today.”

Sacla’s portfolio has broadened to include Italian food and drink, with UK pesto sales alone worth £38.7M. The firm employs 20 people at the UK’s headquarters in Beaconsfield.

Another honours recipient with food industry connections was chief executive of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Helen Dickinson, who won an OBE for services to the retail industry.

Dickinson said: “I am deeply honoured to receive an OBE – it is a testament to the encouragement and support of the BRC’s members as we have sought to promote and serve the industry and to our great BRC team.

‘Passionate about the retail industry’

“I am passionate about the retail industry and its place at the forefront of innovation and social cohesion, touching every aspect of our local communities and the lives of everyone in the country.”

Meanwhile, other food industry figures who received honours included: Ella Tilley, farmer, for services to the food industry, Robin Rowland, chief executive YO! Sushi, for services to the restaurant and hospitality industry and Carmel McConnell, founder Magic Breakfast charity, for services to school food.

Read who won what in the list below.

Order of the Bath (companion)

  • Prof  Paul Anthony Cosford​, director for health protection and medical director, Public Heath England, for services to public health
  • Stephen Leonard Gooding​, formerly director-general, roads, traffic and local group, Department for Transport, for public service to transport

Commander of the Order of the British Empire(CBE)

  • Guy Beringer​, non executive chairman UK Export Finance, for services to export finance and pro bono work for the legal sector
  • Bobby Paton​, md, Accenture (north east), for services to the promotion of IT skills and apprenticeships

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

  • Stephen Ashby​, formerly policy adviser for international plant health, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for services to protecting plant health
  • Clare Blampied​, md Sacla UK, for services to the food industry
  • Terence Cross​, chairman Delta Print and Packaging, for services to the economy and voluntary service in Northern Ireland
  • Helen Dickinson​, chief executive British Retail Consortium, for services to the retail industry
  • Judith Hackitt​, CBE, chair, health and safety executive, for services to engineering and health and safety
  • Edmund King,​ president the Automobile Association for services to road safety
  • Dr Patricia Mucavele​, head of nutrition Children’s Food Trust Charity, for services to children and families and to charity
  • Ian Pigott​, farmer and founder Open Farm Sunday and chairman Farming and Countryside Education for services to agricultural and countryside education
  • Robin Rowland​, chief executive YO! Sushi, for services to the restaurant and hospitality industry

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

  • John Barrowman​, vice president High-Horsepower Manufacturing, Cummins, for services to manufacturing
  • Kevin Courtie​, customer relationship manager Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, for services to preventing tax evasion and the Scottish fishing industry
  • Stella Dean​, for voluntary services to the fishing community in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wright
  • Edwin Derriman​, founding chairman and trustee National Lobster Hatchery Padstow and fisheries officer Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority
  • Andrew Guy​, formerly chief executive Ed’s Easy Diner, for services to the hospitality industry and charity
  • Jane Howorth​, chief executive British Hen Welfare Trust, for services to battery hen welfare
  • Rosalie James​, for services to agriculture in Wales
  • Carmel McConnell,​ founder Magic Breakfast charity, for services to school food
  • Leslie Tait​, North Atlantic Fisheries College Marine Centre and chairman of Shetland Fishermen’s Association, for services to sea fishing
  • Ella Tilley​, farmer, for services to the food industry

British Empire Medal

Norman Stennett​, broadcaster, for services to the farming industry and broadcasting in Lincolnshire 

Read the full honours list here​.

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