North West leaders honoured in 2022 New Year Honours

Steven Murrells, CEO, The Co-op Group

The boss of one of Britain’s oldest mutuals was among the leading individuals from across the region who have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List 2022.

Steven Murrells, the CEO of the Co-op Group, has been awarded a CBE for services to the food supply chain.

He joins Professor Malcolm Press, Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University who was also honoured with a CBE for services to higher and technical education and Frank Rogers, former CEO of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Director General, Merseytravel for services to local government reform in the Liverpool City Region.

They join 1,278 people nationally to be honoured in recognition of their ‘outstanding’ contributions to the nation.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “These recipients have inspired and entertained us and given so much to their communities in the UK or in many cases around the world.

“The honours are an opportunity for us to thank them, as a country, for their dedication and outstanding contribution.”

Dr Liane Smith, founder and director of Larkton was also honoured with a CBE for services to engineering and materials science along with Doug Oakervee, Chair, Independent Review of HS2 for services to transport and infrastructure delivery as well as Professor Louise Kenny, Pro Vice-Chancellor Health and Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool for services to research in the NHS.

Founder of MoneySavingExpert, Martin Lewis OBE has now been awarded a CBE for services to broadcasting and consumer rights.

Kevin McGee, joint CEO, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was awarded an OBE for services to the NHS, while Susan Smith, lately director, Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Accelerator Science and Technology Centre was also awarded an OBE for services to science and technology.

Jo Lappin, CEO of Cumbria LEP was honoured with an MBE for services to the economy in Cumbria and Brian Newell, chairman, Shackerley Holdings Group, was honoured for services to the Tiling and Ceramics Industry.

In the charity sector MBEs were handed to Bernadette Conlon, president and CEO of START for services to mental health and to disadvantaged communities in Salford, Greater Manchester, while Michael Evans, trustee at Wood Street Mission was honoured for services to charity and to disadvantaged people in Manchester and Salford.

In sports Olympian Laura Kenny CBE was given a Damehood for her services to cycling.