There’s a remarkable degree of interest in the Queen’s birthday honours list, released today. Dr Harry Burns, chief medical officer in Scotland, and Paul Williams, formerly chief executive of the NHS in Wales, are knighted, and Elish Angiolini QC, formerly Lord Advocate in Scotland, is made a Dame. Merfyn Jones, formerly vice-chancellor of Bangor University, is made a CBE, and Noreen Burrows, Professor of European Law at Glasgow University and Ron Johnston, FBA, Professor of Geography at Bristol, are made OBEs. Jeffery Jowell QC, formerly Professor of Public Law at UCL and member of the Venice Commission, is made a KCMG on the overseas list.
Among civil servants, Hugh Rawlings, a civil servant who has been central to the development of devolution in Wales since the mid-1990s, is made a Companion of the Bath. Judith Simpson, Head of Parliament and Constitution Division in the Cabinet Office in London who among other things is clerk of the Privy Council, is made a CBE.
The warmest of congratulations to them all.