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British exporters and regional business leaders recognised in New Year Honours List 2022

4 January 2022
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The New Year Honours List 2022 has recognised business people from across the region for their exceptional service to business, international trade, investment, and exporting.

Those honoured this time around represent a diverse range of businesses, from retail industry through to the creative industry and government support to sourcing medical equipment and negotiating trade agreements.

Those honours with OBEs, include

Alex Burns, CEO, Robert Harter Ltd, Witney,Oxfordshire

Alex received his OBE for services to the UK Automotive Industry. He was CEO at Williams F1 for 11 years up until 2013. He's currently President of Millbrook, a key part of the automotive and transport industry in the UK best known for its wide variety of test tracks, it helps companies to develop more energy efficient powertrains and vehicles through testing and engineering services; and a senior adviser at LiNa. LiNa Energy is commercialising a lithium-free, cobalt-free solid state sodium battery with the potential to provide low cost energy storage for numerous static and mobile applications.

This busy man is also a part time chairperson at London-based Flexion Energy, which develops, builds, owns and operates energy storage assets in the UK, specifically large-scale batteries connected to and servicing the grid.

Clive Hickman, CEO at the Coventry-based Manufacturing Technology Centre. 

For services to Engineering Manufacturing and Technology Development

Zoe Keeton, Head of Regulatory Affairs at the Swindon-based RWE Renewables

For services to the Renewable Energy Sector

David Sleath, CEO at Slough-based SEGRO plc

For services to Charity and Business

Andrew Smith, Director Corporate Affairs Pinewood Group Ltd and Chair of Buckinghamshire LEP

For services to Business and to the British Film Industry

Michael Donegan, Founder and CEO of the amazing Oxfordshire charity SpecialEffect

For services to Technology for the Disabled

and receiving an MBE is Denise O’Leary. Founder of the Chippenham-based Purpol Marketing

For services to the Construction Industry and Entrepreneurs in South West England and Wales


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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