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Solo banker makes it to New Year honours list

Actress Penelope Keith monopolised the general news headlines after becoming a dame in the latest New Year honours list revealed overnight. But the financial world yielded its own share of interesting appointments as well.

Perhaps the most high-profile gong was awarded to former Bank of England deputy governor Paul Tucker who received a knighthood for services to banking.

However it was a trio of CBEs awarded to leading names from the world of financial services that most caught my eye.

Singled out

First, Virgin Money ‘s chief executive, Jayne-Anne Gadhia, received her award in recognition of her services to banking and voluntary service. As the Financial Times reported Gadhia was the only commercial banker to appear on the entire honours list of 1,195 people. Back in the summer she gave this interview with The Times.

For the first time, women accounted for more than half of the recipients on the list and another high-flying financial type to feature was Katherine Garrett-Cox, chief executive and chief investment office of Alliance Trust. She received her honour for services to the asset management industry and her charitable work as trustee of the Baring Foundation. The Evening Standard’s James Ashton wrote this feature about her in November. Presumably, she already knew about the award but was keeping mum on the subject.

Successful roots

Meanwhile Peter Hargreaves, half of the duo that founded the advice and brokerage firm Hargreaves Lansdown, also received a CBE in recognition for services to business innovation, financial services and to the city of Bristol. Back in 2011, he told The Guardian about his disdain for ostentation plus his love of growing his own veg.

Finally a mention also to Amanda Mackenzie, chief marketing and communications officer at Aviva who received an OBE for her services to marketing. Here’s a Q&A item which appeared in The Marketer at the start of 2013 where she shares her thoughts on the factors which influence a successful rebranding exercise.