Queen’s Birthday Honours: Knighthood for BIS perm sec Martin Donnelly

HM Treasury’s John Kingman, Northern Ireland Office’s Malcolm McKibbin and Department for Communities and Local Government’s Louise Casey also receive top accolades

By Jim Dunton

13 Jun 2016

Department for Business Innovation and Skills permanent secretary Martin Donnelly has received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, published over the weekend.

Donnelly’s accolade, which follows more than five years at the helm of BIS is in recognition of  “public service, particularly to business”.

Other recipients of the Knights Commander of the Order of the Bath honour included John Kingman, acting permanent secretary at HM Treasury, and Dr Malcolm McKibbin, permanent secretary and head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

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Kingman is due to depart the Treasury later in the summer when Tom Scholar takes over as permanent secretary. His knighthood was described as “for public service, particularly to the economy”. He was the first chief executive of UK Financial Investments, the state company set up to control the nation’s stake in HBOS and Royal Bank of Scotland at the height of the financial crisis.

The latest honours list also sees Louise Casey become a dame in recognition of services to families and local government. Casey is currently a director general at the Department for Communities and Local Government and leading a review into opportunity and integration within isolated communities. 

She is a former deputy director of housing charity Shelter, and was previously director of the Home Office’s Anti-social Behaviour Unit.

Other high-level honours recipients included Prof Yvonne Doyle, director for London at Public Health England; Jeremy Moore, director general of the Department for Work and Pensions’ Strategy, Policy and Analysis Group; and Katrina Williams, a director-general responsible for the international, science and resilience brief at the Department of Energy and Climate Change. All three were made Companions of the Order of the Bath.

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