The honours system is designed to recognise the specific contribution made by individuals from many different walks of life. If you know of someone who would fit some or all of the criteria below, then please consider nominating them for an award:
- exemplify the best sustained and selfless voluntary service
- have changed things, with an emphasis on achievement
- have demonstrated innovation and entrepreneurship
- carry the respect of their peers
- have shown sustained achievement against the odds requiring moral courage
- have made significant contributions towards building 'The Big Society'
- are major philanthropists, showing sustained commitment
- if in paid employment, they are people who go substantially beyond their job
It is important not to let the person know that you are nominating them and please ensure that others whom you involve also keep the process secret to avoid any disappointment. The process will generally take around 12 to 18 months. Each nomination is checked thoroughly before being recommended. They are then subject to scrutiny by independent awarding committees (in the Cabinet Office) in London, before being submitted to the Queen for her approval.
If you would like to nominate someone for an honour, please visit the GOV.UK website which provides guidance on filling in the application and the honours nomination form.
Receiving their British Empire Medal - Mrs Penelope Webb, Mrs Judith Megarry and Cllr Liz Eyre