Top psychiatrists recognised in 2023 Birthday Honours

Online news, Press release
17 June 2023

His Majesty King Charles III has announced his inaugural Birthday Honours list which recognises psychiatrists and others for their contribution to mental health.

We're delighted that two members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists have been recognised for their significant contributions:

RCPsych Member and Honorary Fellow, Professor Louise Michele Howard, Professor Emerita of Women's Mental Health, King's College London, received an Order of the British Empire award for her services to Women's Mental Health.

RCPsych Member, Professor Raja Anindya Sekhar Mukherjee, Consultant Psychiatrist, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, received a Member of the Order of the British Empire award for his services to People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Dr Adrian James, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said:

“Congratulations to our members who have received these prestigious awards. Their Honours are richly deserved and mark considerable contributions to the advancement of mental health across the UK.”

Also recognised

Along with several others, we would like to congratulate a number of our partners recognised in King’s Birthday Honours for their tireless work over the years to improve services and mental health. They are:

Clinical Advisor to the National Clinical Audit of Psychosis run by RCPsych, Professor Jo Smith, Professor of Early Intervention and Psychosis, University of Worcester, received an OBE for her services to Higher Education and to Student Suicide Prevention and Response.

Recipient of the 2021 RCPsych President’s award, Professor Carolyn Anne Chew-Graham, Professor of General Practice Research, Keele University and Lately Chair, Society of Academic Primary Care, received an OBE for her services to General Practice and Patient Care, and to Primary Care Research, particularly into Long Covid.

Angela Yvette Hillery, Chief Executive, NorthamptonshireHealthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, received a CBE for her services to the NHS.

Professor Christopher John Hugh Jones, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Welsh Government, received a CBE for his services to Healthcare.

Dr Miles Bradley Mack, Lately Chair, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland, received an OBE for his services to General Practice.

Dr John Lea Ivens, Executive Headteacher, Maudsley and Bethlem Hospital School, London Borough of Southwark, received an MBE for his services to Education.

Alison Ryland, Lately Head of Healthcare, HM Prisons Uskand Prescoed, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, received an MBE for her services to Prison Healthcare in Monmouthshire.

Jane Elizabeth Hutt MS,​ Minister for Social Justice, Welsh Government and Senedd Member for Vale of Glamorgan, received a CBE for her Political and Public Service.

List of other recipients

Order of the Companions of Honour - Members of the Order of the Companions of Honour

  • Professor Sir John Irving Bell GBE FRS FREng, Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford. For services to Medicine, Medical Research, the Life Science Industry and to Public Health.

Order of the British Empire - Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire

  • Professor Averil Olive Bradley (Averil Mansfield) CBE, For services to Surgery and to Equality in Medicine

Knights Bachelor - Knighthoods

  • Professor Steven George West CBE DL, President, Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of England. For services to Health and to Education.

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

  • Professor Derek Alderson, Chair, Centre for Perioperative Care and lately President, Royal College of Surgeons of England. For services to Surgery.
  • Dr Edward Patrick Morris, Lately President, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Consultant Gynaecologist, Norfolk and Norwich University NHS Foundation Trust. For services to the Improvement of Women's Healthcare and to Patient Safety.
  • Stephen Edward Rogers, Lately District Judge County and Family Court, Chair of Mental Health Tribunal and Recorder of the Crown Court. For services to the Administration of Justice.

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

  • Katherine Ruth Abbott, Capability and Performance Management Lead, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. For services to Human Resources and Mental Health.
  • Jo-Ann D'Costa-Manuel, Autism Ambassador and Parent Advocate. For services to Children and Young People with Autism.
  • Dr Amarjit Raju, Chief Executive, Disability Direct. For services to People with Disabilities, to Carers and to Mental Health.

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

  • Kenneth Robertson Bruce, Broadcaster. For services to Radio, Autism Awareness and Charity.
  • Siena Castellon, Neurodiversity Advocate. For services to Neurodiversity Acceptance, Equality and Inclusion.
  • Jennifer Anne Cross JP, Lately Member, Mental Health and Care Standards Tribunals. For services to the Administration of Justice and to the community in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
  • Dr Nihara Sonali Krause, Founder and Chief Executive, Stem4. For services to the Mental Health of Young People.
  • Charlotte Kume-Holland, Head of Policy, Major Events, Cabinet Office and lately Head of Strategy Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment, Department of Health and Social Care. For Public Service, Mental Health and Wellbeing Leadership, and to the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Janice Kathleen Moore, Senior Psychosocial Practitioner, British Red Cross. For services to Mental Health.
  • Sally Jane Orange, Fundraiser. For services to Charity and to Mental Health.
  • William Peter Upham, Executive Director, Growing Space. For services to Mental Health in Newport, Wales.

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire

  • Rekesh Chauhan, Pianist and Composer. For services to Music, to Charity and to Mental Health in the British Asian Community, particularly during COVID-19.
  • David Harling,​ Deputy Director, Learning Disability Nursing, NHS England. For services to the NHS, People with Learning Disabilities, and to Autistic People and their Families.
  • Mohammad Mirza, Caseworker, HM Revenue and Customs, For services to Mental Health.
  • Ann Elizabeth Norman, Lately Professional Lead for Criminal Justice and Learning Disabilities, Royal College of Nursing. For services to Healthcare Access.
  • David John Stallard, For services to Mental Health in the Scottish Highlands.

The full Birthday Honours list for 2023 is available on the Government’s website.


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