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The Queen’s List Sustainability Leaders
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The Queen’s List Sustainability Leaders

(L-R) Oxford University Professor Myles Alan, Climate Change Committee adaptation lead Kathryn Brown and Environment Agency officer Charan Singh (pictured with Emma Howard-Boyd) were among the figures from the UK's green economy on this year's list

In this year’s New Years Honours list, the Queen recognized the outstanding achievements of many people who work in the UK’s sustainable business community and environmental space. Continue reading to learn about the new awardees scientists, innovators, and conservationists.

(L-R) Oxford University Professor Myles Alan, Climate Change Committee adaptation lead Kathryn Brown and Environment Agency officer Charan Singh (pictured with Emma Howard-Boyd) were among the figures from the UK's green economy on this year's list

(L-R), Professor Myles Alan from Oxford University, Kathryn Brown the Climate Change Committee adaptation lead, and Charan Singh, an Environment Agency officer (pictured together with Emma Howard-Boyd), were among the figures from the UK’s green economy who were on this year’s list.

When the 2022 list for New Year Honours was published on Saturday (1 January), much of the tabloid coverage highlighted former Primer Minister Tony Blair’s knighthood, as well as the accolades for England’s chief medical officer (CMO) Professor Chris Whitty and deputy CMO Jonathan Van-Tam for their roles in the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

But there were also dozens of appointments for those currently working tirelessly in sustainability-related fields across the UK – and those with a decades-long legacy in these fields.

The Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), was one of the candidates. Professor Myles Alle, the University of Oxford’s professor of geosystem science. He was the first UK scientist, in 2006, to show the need for a global transition towards net-zero emissions. This is according to the UK Government. As well as teaching at Oxford, he has written for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) special report on 1.5C, published in 2018, as well as several of the Panel’s assessments and synthesis reports.

Also on the CBE list from the UK’s environmental academic space are Swansea University’s glaciology professor Tavi Murray and the University of St Andrews’ professor of ecology and evolution Anne Magurran.

CBEs were also given to the following individuals, who edie readers might be familiar with:

  • Jonathan Broomfield, Director, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (Defra),
  • Defra’s deputy director for plant and bee health and chief plant officer Professor Nicola Horsley
  • Environment Agency board member Professor Lynne Frostick
  • The Energy Institute’s chief executive Louise Kingham
  • Co-operative Group’s chief executive Steve Murrells
  • Shalini Khemka, founder of E2Exchange and UK Export Finance (UKEF), advisor
  • Highland Renewables’ chief executive Leslie Montgomery
  • WSP’s executive director Rachel Skinner
  • Larkton Ltd’s founder and director Dr Liane Smith
  • Harper Adams University’s Vice-Chancellor Dr David Llewellyn


In the meantime, Officer of the British Empire titles were given to figures such as RWE Renewables UK head of regulatory Affairs. Zoe Keeton, who has worked in the UK’s renewable energy sector for more than 20 years.

Keeton said: “The many achievements of the renewable energy industry have been a collaborative effort, and so I consider this as due recognition for the incredible work of the whole sector not just myself.”

Also receiving OBEs for work in clean energy are Community Energy London’s founder and chair Syed Ahmed, National Grid’s head of futures Dr Catherine McClay, Wales and West Utilities’ chief executive Graham Edwards and Nuclear Transport Solutions’ manager Thomas Spedding.

The OBE list for New Year 2022 also includes:

  • The Committee on Climate Change’s head of climate adaptation Kathryn Brown
  • The Scottish Government’s head of seed testing and agriculture advice, Valerie Cockerell
  • Defra’s deputy director Reverend James Cruddas
  • Defra’s co-head of international forests and land use, Dr Joanna Macrae
  • The Environment Agency’s director of flood risk management strategy and national adaptation, Julie Foley
  • The University of St Andrews’ director of sea mammal research Professor Alisa Hall
  • The University of Nottingham’s professor of materials chemistry Professor Robert Mokaya. Mokaya specializes in hydrogen and carbon sequestration technologies.
  • University College London’s professor of intensive care medicine professor Hugh Montgomery. Montgomery is a founding Member of the UK Climate and Health Council
  • The University of Strathclyde’s professor of geological engineering professor Zoe Shipton
  • The Local Government Association’s chairman James Jamieson
  • AKT II’s co-founder and design director Hanif Kara
  • Hannah Mills, Olympic sailor Hannah Mills MBE
  • Catalyst’s chief executive Stephen Orr
  • The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) policy manager for consumers and engagement David Newton
  • The Science and Technology Facilities Council’s director for the Accelerator Science and Technology Centre Susan Smith

MBEs and BEMs

As you can see, several sustainability champions have been elected Members of the Order of the British Empire or Medallists of the British Empire.


  • Northern Trains’ regional community and sustainability manager Marie Addison
  • FareShare’s chief executive Gareth Batty
  • The University of York’s professor of atmospheric chemistry professor Lucy Carpenter
  • The University of Wolverhampton’s professor of science education professor Nazira Karodia
  • Forest Services’ woodland officer Jeremy Dick
  • Nissan’s section manager for the global training centre and Nissan Skills Foundation, Ian Green
  • The Environment Agency’s team leader for hydrometry and telemetry Geoffrey Hardwicke
  • The Environment Agency’s deputy director for climate change Liz Parkes
  • The Environment Agency’s senior environment officer Charan Singh
  • SSE’s head of customer relations Jacqueline Maxwell
  • Ocean Generation’s founder Joanna Ruxton
  • Imperial College London’s senior lecturer in nuclear engineering Dr Norman Waterman
  • The University of Bath’s professor of environmental psychology Dr Lorraine Whitmarsh


  • Forestry England’s works supervisor Timothy Aldous
  • The London Borough of Bromley’s environmental campaigns officer Jacqueline Baxter
  • BEIS’s senior policy advisor Peter Gysin
  • The University of Edinburgh’s health, safety and sustainability advisor Elizabeth Kinnear
  • Natural England’s senior adviser Amanda Mathews
  • Ella Meek is co-founder of Kids Against Plastic. Meek, along her sister Amy has been encouraging youth social action on plastic pollution. This includes beach clean-ups as well as policy campaigns.

Sarah George

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