Queen’s Birthday Honours recognises unsung heroes across the region

Tony Lloyd MP
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Manchester United’s Raheem Sterling and MP Tony Lloyd are among scores of unsung heroes recognised from the North West in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

This year’s list is the most ethnically diverse list to date, with 15% of recipients coming from an ethnic minority background.

Those honoured from the North West include business and civic leaders, sporting figures and those leading the way in science and the against Covid.

More than 1,200 people were honoured this year.


Tony Lloyd, MP for Rochdale receives a knighthood for parliamentary and public service

Hamid Patel CBE, CEO, Star Academies for services to Education (Blackburn, Lancashire)

Companions of the Order of the Bath

Wendy Hardaker, Director, Commercial Law Group,Government Legal Department, for services to the Law (Rochdale, Greater Manchester)


Professor Gerald Pillay DL Vice-Chancellor, Liverpool Hope University. For services to Higher Education (Liverpool, Merseyside)

Kevin Sinfield MBE Director of Rugby, Leeds Rhinos for services to Rugby League Football and Charitable Fundraising (Oldham, Greater Manchester)

Professor Solomon, chair of Neurological Science, University of Liverpool for services to Neurological and Emerging Infections Research (Liverpool, Merseyside)

Juliette White, Vice President, Global SHE (Safety, Health and Environment) and Sustainability, AstraZeneca plc for services to Life Sciences and the Medical Supply Chain (Macclesfield, Cheshire)

Theresa Grant, CEO, Northamptonshire County Council for services to Local Government and the Public Sector (Stockport, Greater Manchester)

Professor William Hope, Director, Centre of Excellence in Infectious Disease Research. For services to Infectious Diseases Research during the Covid-19 Pandemic (Lymm, Cheshire)


John Shiels, CEO, Manchester United Foundation for his services to young people through football

Linda Tapner, CEO, Selnet for services to Social Enterprise (Skelmersdale, Lancashire)

David Hunt, Head of Vaccine Operations, AstraZeneca for services to UK Healthcare and the Covid-19 Response (Southport, Merseyside)

Nicholas Abbott, chair, Salford Foundation for services to Young People and Social Inclusion in Salford, Greater Manchester (Stockport, Greater Manchester)

Raheem Sterling for services to Racial Equality in Sport (Crewe, Cheshire)

Jordan Henderson, captain, Liverpool Football Club for services to Football and Charity, particularly during the Covid-19 Pandemic (Knutsford, Cheshire)

Paul Grover (Paul Kallee-Grover) Chair, Liverpool China Partnership for services to International Trade and Investment (Maghull, Sefton, Merseyside)

Katherine Anne O’Connor, Senior Policy Manager, Cities and Local Growth Unit, North West, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for services to Business and the community in North West England

Linda Tapner, CEO, Selnet for services to Social Enterprise (Skelmersdale, Lancashire)