Birthday Honors 2022 for service to the UK overseas and overseas

The 2022 Overseas and International Birthday Honors List released today recognizes 122 extraordinary individuals in a wide range of fields.

  • Queen’s Birthday Honors recognizes 122 people for outstanding service to the UK overseas or overseas
  • the awards recognize extraordinary people in a variety of fields
  • Professors David MacMillan and Linda Colley are among those recognized for their outstanding contributions to science and history respectively

The 2022 Overseas and International Birthday Honors List released today recognizes 122 extraordinary individuals in a wide range of fields. These include contributions made in the areas of business, charity, development, environment, education, foreign policy, health, science and security.

Among this year’s laureates is scientist, Professor David MacMillan, who receives the title of Chevalier for his outstanding contribution to chemistry. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry last year for his groundbreaking work in catalyst development.

Prof. Linda Colley, a highly respected international scholar and historian, receives a DBE [Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire] for his outstanding contribution to British constitutional history.

Professor David Warrell’s research into deadly tropical diseases, such as snakebites, rabies and severe malaria, has saved the lives of thousands of people around the world. Highly respected researcher receives KCMG [Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George] for his outstanding contribution to tropical medicine.

This year’s awards recognize a number of extraordinary achievements by UK nationals who have helped lead the global fight against climate change, including supporting the UK’s successful Presidency of COP26. These include an OBE [Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire] awarded to Helen Clarkson, President and CEO of Climate Group, for her work on global initiatives to improve energy efficiency and increase the adoption of electric vehicles.

Sir Philip Barton, Permanent Under-Secretary in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and Head of the Diplomatic Service, said:

I congratulate all who receive an honor and thank them for their hard work and years of service. The UK’s impact in the world depends on exceptional people like those recognized this year for the Queen’s birthday. I am grateful for their outstanding contribution.

Recipients include:

Paul Symington

Latterly Chairman of Symington Family Estates and John E Fells & Sons, receives CMG [Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George] for services to UK-Portugal relations and social and environmental sustainability in the Douro region of Portugal.

Paul Symington is recognized for his outstanding and sustained contribution as former Managing Director, then Chairman, of Symington Family Estates in the Douro Valley, Portugal. During Mr. Symington’s time as Chairman, he and his cousins ​​transformed the business from a mid-sized producer to a successful one, becoming the largest Port wine producer in the world. He and his family have also led an ambitious long-term sustainability strategy, which has seen the company become the largest organic wine producer in northern Portugal, investing in innovative research and development to adapt to change change and implement a 20-year program of social impact initiatives in the Douro region.

Although recently retired, Mr. Symington remains closely tied to his family business and a powerful advocate for the many social and environmental causes he has championed throughout his career. His reasoned approach to business and his very public devotion to British values ​​greatly enhanced the UK’s reputation in Portugal.

Upon learning of his award, Paul Symington said:

I was born less than 100 meters from the Douro River and my family has been dedicated to this great wine region for centuries, so it was with pride that I learned of the existence of this award because I have always strived to strengthen the old friendship between the United Kingdom and Portugal.

Helene Clarkson

Climate Group CEO receives OBE [Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire] for climate change services and support for the UK Presidency of the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).

Helen Clarkson is recognized for her exceptional and sustained contribution to the fight against climate change. She has been CEO of Climate Group since 2017 and under her leadership, Climate Group has advanced global initiatives that have made significant progress in reducing emissions. A number of them, such as EV100 (members commit to making all their vehicles electric), EP100 (members commit to improving energy efficiency) and RE100 (members commit to source energy from renewable sources) have directly supported COP26 campaigns and helped provide a clear way for businesses to implement the commitments made. The Climate Group-led Under2 Coalition, which includes states and regional governments representing 50% of global GDP, has also raised its ambition by adopting a new net zero pledge.

It was a key COP26 partner in driving climate change commitments from businesses and other non-state actors and provided a major focus for 2 of the 5 COP26 campaigns in particular: clean transport and energy.

Upon learning of her award, Helen Clarkson said:

I am honored to have received this award, which recognizes not only my work, but all members of the Climate Group team, who work hard to accelerate climate action. In 2021, there has been a lot of progress and it’s great that it’s being recognized, but there’s still a long way to go to bring about the change needed – and we’ll certainly keep pushing.

Heather Muntaner

Recently, the principal of Queen’s College in Mallorca, Spain, was awarded an MBE [Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire] for services promoting British education, language and culture in Spain.

Heather Muntaner, Principal of Queen’s College Mallorca for over 3 decades, is recognized for her outstanding contribution to the promotion of British education, language and culture in Spain. Under his leadership the school grew and developed to become one of the most outstanding schools in the Balearic Islands, providing a high quality British education in Spain to UK and international students.

In addition to her role as Principal, Ms. Muntaner was a member of the Inspectorate Service of the National Association of British Schools in Spain (NABSS) where she served for 20 years as a school inspector. For nearly a decade, she made a significant, all-volunteer contribution to the NABSS Executive Committee, first as Secretary and then as a member of the Inspection Oversight Committee. His dedication and commitment over many years has had a positive impact on the delivery of high quality British education, not just in Mallorca, but across Spain.

Upon learning of her award, Heather Muntaner said:

I am truly honored and very happy to receive this award. Working in a British school in Spain with children and young people of all nationalities and languages ​​has been a most rewarding experience, as has the privilege of working with the National Association of British Schools in Spain, an association committed to education British Columbia and the development and high standards of all its member schools. An award is not given by one person, but by teams working together, so I would like to share this honor with all those colleagues and team members, past and present, who have worked with me and supported. Thanks a lot!

Pauline Webber

Retired teacher and founder, The Nick Webber Trust, receives BEM [British Empire Medal] for services to charity, education and justice in Malawi.

Pauline Webber is recognized for her outstanding contribution to charity, education and justice in Malawi through her work as founder of the Nick Webber Trust. Pauline and her children established the Trust in memory of her son, Nick Webber, who tragically died in a car accident at the age of 28 while working in Malawi as a pro bono lawyer. His aim was for the Trust to continue the work done by his son in supporting some of the poorest and most marginalized people in Malawi by funding projects in education, health and community support, as well as l access to justice.

The charity she founded, and still chairs, has funded many such projects, including more than 40 scholarships for secondary education, scholarships for law students engaged in legal aid and shelter for survivors of domestic violence.

Upon learning of her price, Pauline Webber said:

I am surprised but delighted to accept this award on behalf of all those who support the Nick Webber Trust in so many ways, and to dedicate it to the memory of my beloved son, Nick.