Queen recognises East Mids Business leaders in Birthday Honours

East Midlands business leaders have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Mel Morris, owner and chairman of Derby County, Nora Senior, the Ruddington-based president of the British Chamber of Commerce have received CBE’s. While, Peter Richardson, chairman of the D2N2 LEP,  Arvind Kapur, chairman of the National Space Centre in Leicester, Chandrakant Kataria, chief executive of East Midlands Housing Group, Nikesh Kotecha, chief executive of Leicester firm Morningside Pharmaceuticals and
Suraj Khandelwal, chairman, managing director of S&A Drapers and SDL Secure Deposit and Richard Lake, the Lincolnshire owner of Eastern Airways and Humberside Airport have been awarded OBE’s.

The honours were first created in 1917 by King George V as a way to reward civilians and servicemen in support positions for their contribution to the war effort.

Now they are used to recognise an achievement or service to the community in any area, such as the arts, charity or education.

According to the Cabinet Office, an MBE is given for an “outstanding achievement or service to the community” while an OBE is awarded for having a “major local role in any activity” –  including people whose work has made them known nationally in their chosen area.

A CBE is awarded for having a prominent role at national level, or a leading role at regional level. You can also be awarded one for a distinguished, innovative contribution to any area.