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King’s birthday honours: London Stock Exchange boss among business leaders recognised

Julia Hoggett and Bill Browder are among the business figures to receive honours in the King's birthday honours list (Neal/PA Wire)
Julia Hoggett and Bill Browder are among the business figures to receive honours in the King's birthday honours list (Neal/PA Wire)

The boss of the London Stock Exchange, Julia Hoggett, has been made a dame today in a list of over 1000 “change makers and innovators” to receive gongs in the King’s birthday honours list.

Dame Julia Hoggett, who took over running the bourse in 2021 and previously held senior roles at the Financial Conduct Authority, has received the honour for services to business and finance.

In a statement, the cabinet office said the King’s birthday list honoured those who “have had an immeasurable impact on the lives of people across the country” by “creating innovative solutions or driving real change in public life”.

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The former subpostmaster Alan Bates has also received a knighthood for services to justice after waging a decades-long campaign against the Post Office which shot into the national consciousness this year.

London Stock Exchange chief Julia Hoggett has been critical of UK investor risk appetites
London Stock Exchange chief Julia Hoggett

Bill Browder, chief executive of Hermitage Capital Management, and head of the Global Magnitsky Justice Campaign, has also been made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in recognition of his “significant and sustained contribution to human rights and anti-corruption”.

Browder has been among the vocal critics of the Kremlin and has campaigned for tighter sanctions on Russia following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

He responded to the honour posting on social media. Browder posted on X: “Completely blown away to be Knighted this evening on the King’s birthday’s honours list. I’ve spent the last 15 years fighting to make sure that Sergei Magnitsky’s death in Russian custody would never happen again.

“Being knighted by King Charles is the ultimate recognition that my work has left a lasting legacy for Sergei Magnitsky and helped other victims around the world. It is the honour of a lifetime.”

The former chief of Unilever, Alan Jope, has also been made a CBE for services to business, while Jennifer Daly, the boss of Taylor Wimpey, was honoured for services to business and the housing sector.

Former Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Nicholas Lyons was awarded a knighthood in the honours also.

He was  honoured for services to the financial sector, to the growth economy, and to financial literacy, after serving as the 694th Lord Mayor of the City of London,

Lyons, who is Chairman of Phoenix Group Holdings said: “It is deeply humbling to receive this honour which reflects the work of many colleagues in the City.

“Our financial services sector is the bedrock of the economy and has a critical role to play in directing the investment needed to deliver growth in productivity and better futures for all.”

Alongside Lyons, London fashion designer Anya Hindmarch was recognised for services to Fashion and to Business.

Alison Gowman, the elected Alderman for the Ward of Dowgate in the Square Mile was awarded a CBE for public and voluntary services and sustainability.

A former Sheriff of the City of London, she said: “I am delighted to be honoured for my work which has, mostly, been pleasurable and only accomplished with the assistance of many excellent colleagues and supporters.”

Meanwhile Barbara Hamilton, the City Corporation’s Head of Adult Skills Education and Apprenticeships received an MBE for services to Adult Education in London.

Judith Finlay, was awarded a CBE for services to children and families in a prior role as executive director of Adult, Children and Public Health Services at Ealing Council. She joined the City Corporation in 2023.

And Elisabeth Hannah, chief of staff at the City Corporation’s Environment Department, was awarded a BEM for charitable services to hospices and child welfare in the City of London and East London. She has been involved in fundraising through cabaret performances and founding the Cabaret vs Cancer charity to support those affected by cancer and loss.

Hannah said: “Cancer is a disease that affects so many. I lost both parents to the disease, and knew I wanted to make a difference.

“Cabaret vs Cancer is a way to support those who are affected by loss and grief. Since 2014 over £350,000 has raised and distributed to good causes.”