A great year for tech as leaders recognised in Queen’s New Year’s Honours list

Some of the UK’s most pioneering and dedicated tech trailblazers were rewarded in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list this week for their contributions to the UK’s tech industry.

Winners include IBM’s Dr Dave Watson, whose work on big data research earned him an CBE, and Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts.

The list also recognised the long-standing contribution of many women in tech despite long-standing underrepresentation in the sector.

Many of these women were selected for their tireless work to promote technology skills and education paths to young people.

Stemettes CEO Anne-Marie Imafidon was among those awarded an MBE for her work to help young women into science, technology, engineering and maths roles, alongside TeenTech CEO Maggie Philbin and Decoded’s Kathryn Parsons.

They were joined by Apps For Good’s Debbie Forster. The former TechFuture Head received an MBE for her work to inspire young people about tech skills through app development.

The tech sector contributes over £90 billion a year to the UK economy supporting over 1.5 million jobs.

The Queen’s New Year’s Honours list recognises achievements and service of extraordinary people across the UK every year.

Tech figures recognised this year include:

Justine Roberts from Mumsnet receives a CBE
Dr Dave Watson from IBM Research UK receives a CBE
Hazel Moore from FirstCapital receives an OBE
Debbie Forster from Apps For Good receives an MBE
Anne-Marie Imafidon from Stemettes receives an MBE
Kathryn Parsons from Decoded receives an MBE
Maggie Philbin from TeenTech receives an OBE
Caroline Taylor from IBM receives an OBE
Robin Christopherson from AbilityNet receives an MBE
Alesha De-Freitas from The Department of Business & Energy, UK receives an MBE
Gi Fernando, technology investor, receives an MBE
Michael Hughes from LoopUp and Silicon Valley Internship Programme receives an MBE
Imran Gulamhuseinwala from EY receives an OBE