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King's Alumni honoured in The Queen's birthday honours

There were 19 King’s alumni who featured in The Queen’s birthday honours in October 2020.

Queens honours (Image credit Royal Communications)

There were 19 King’s alumni who featured in The Queen’s birthday honours in October 2020.

The Queen's Birthday Honours List would usually be unveiled in June but was postponed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A host of alumni have joined King’s President & Principal Professor Sir Edward Byrne AC and academics Dame Anne-Marie Rafferty, Dr Debra Bick OBE and Professor Tim Spector OBE in being honoured by The Queen.

Susan Hill (Arts, 1977) has been awarded a Damehood for services to Literature. Susan started at King’s in 1960 and published The Enclosure whilst in her first year here. She has gone on to write many best-selling novels including I’m the King of the Castle, Mist in the Mirror, Strange Meeting and The Risk of Darkness. Her ghost story The Woman in Black was adapted as a stage-play and is now the second longest-running play in the West End. In 2012, it was made into a film starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Nicholas Dakin (Education) was Knighted for political service after serving as the Member of Parliament for Scunthorpe between 2010-2019, serving as Shadow Minister for Schools between 2015-2016 for the Labour opposition.

Among the honourees were those involved in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic including:

  • Dr Jonathan Kwan (KCSMD, 1981) awarded an MBE for services to the NHS particularly during COVID-19 as the Divisional Medical Director for Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust.

  • Ndidi Okezie (Education Management, 2013) awarded an OBE for services to young people during the COVID-19 response as the Chief Executive Officer of UK Youth.

  • Kay Johnson (Nutrition, 1992) awarded an MBE for services to food nutrition and the community in Lancashire particularly during COVID-19.

  • Dr James Rubin (Psychology as applied to Medicine, 2003) awarded an OBE for services to public health, particularly during COVID-19, as Assistant Director at the Health Protection Research Unit for Emergency Preparedness and Response, King's College London.

  • Kate Tantam (Nursing, 2003) awarded a Medal of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) for services to improving Patient Experience during COVID-19 as the Specialist Senior Sister in Intensive Care at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.

  • Claire Johnstone (Public Health, 2015) awarded a Medal of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) for services to nursing during Covid-19 as the Head of Infection Prevention and Control at the Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust.

  • Dr Gurjinder Sandhu AKC (Medicine, 1998) awarded an MBE for services to the NHS during COVID-19 as a Consultant of Infectious Diseases for London North West University NHS Trust.

The other recipients on The Queen’s Birthday Honours List:

  • Adebusuyi Adeyemi (Global Health and Social Medicine) awarded an OBE for services to healthcare leadership in his role as Senior Policy Advisor to NHS England and NHS Improvement.

  • Alpesh Patel AKC (Law, 1992) awarded an OBE for services to the economy and international trade as the Founder of Praefinium Partners.

  • Dr Ibrar Majid (Physiology with Basic Medical Sciences, 2000) awarded an MBE for services to healthcare and community development in Manchester.

  • Jez Nelson (Anatomy & Human Biology, 1985) awarded an MBE for services to radio.

  • Linda Dann (International Security and Strategy, 2016) awarded a CBE for services to international relations as Head of European Bilateral Relations and EU Exit at the Ministry of Defence.

  • Nasir Khan (Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, 2016) awarded an MBE for services to Muslim representation in the rail industry as the Co-Founder of Muslims in Rail.

  • Nicholas Tanner (Independent Practice, 2017) awarded a BEM for services to homeless people in London and Medway as Lead Nurse for Homelessness at Medway Community Healthcare.

  • Nizam Uddin (Public Policy, 2012) awarded an OBE for services to social mobility and community integration Senior Head, Mosaic at The Prince's Trust.

  • Professor Peter Borriello (Medicine) awarded a Companion of the Order of Bath (CB) for services to global animal health and tackling anti-microbial resistance as Chief Executive of Veterinary Medicines Directorate.

  • Emeritus Professor Peter Lantos (Institute of Psychiatry) awarded a BEM for services to Holocaust education and awareness.

All at King’s would like to congratulate those honoured this year, as further demonstration of the strength of our global alumni community.

See the full honours list here.