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Do Something Amazing, for Someone Amazing – Nominate!  

The Honours System is more representative than ever before, but that wasn't always the case. There's always going to be more to do to make sure it continually truly reflects UK society.


Women and people from an ethnic minority background are often under-represented on successive honours lists due to a lack of nominations. 


The Cabinet Office's Honours and Appointments Secretariat and NBWN came together to demystify the process and bring attendees an insight into how the Honours System operates. As well as giving you the history of the System and outlining the process, attendees were given top tips on how to nominate that person from their family, community or organisation who would be deserving of recognition.


Do Something Amazing, for Someone Amazing – Nominate! was an interactive panel discussion with inspiring honours recipients that gave attendees an in-depth opportunity to find out how receiving an honour has impacted them and why it's worth putting in that nomination form.


Led by

  • Alison Bennett, Deputy Director and Head of Honours, Cabinet OfficeDame Louise Casey DBE, CB

  • Sophie Kimber. Chief of Staff, Cabinet Office

  • Mark Martin MBE, Urban Teacher

  • Margaret Owen OBE who is a barrister specialising in women's and children's rights, mainly in developing countries and those afflicted by conflict and post-conflict violence.


The latter two shared how receiving an honour impacted them personally and professionally.

“I am 87, a Barrister, pro-Bono Human Rights Advocate, and feminist activist and I was awarded the O.B.E when I was 81”

Margaret Owen OBE

Only around 2,000 people are awarded an honour every year. The Honours System is still society’s way of recognising that person in our community who goes above and beyond, of celebrating outstanding achievement and saying thank you to those who make an exceptional contribution.

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