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DVLA’s Morley picks up CBE in New Year’s Honours list

David Bicknell Published 03 January 2017

Other honour recipients include Northern Ireland IS Shared Services director Barry Lowry, ministry of Justice COO Matthew Coats and Lily Lewis, programme manager at HMRC


The 2017 New Year’s Honours list has brought awards for a number of civil servants, including several whose roles have involved IT or digital transformation.

The best known is Oliver Morley, chief executive of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), who gains a CBE for his work in public sector digital services.  

There is also a CBE for Marie Brennan, Crown Commercial leader in the Cabinet Office, for services provided to commercial capability in the public sector.  In addition, Kim Bromley-Derry, chief executive at the London Borough of Newham received an honour for services to local government; and Philip Duffy, the chief operating officer of Border Force within the Home Office was awarded for services to Border Immigration Policy and Border Security.

Other CBEs go to Angela Macdonald, director of DWP Operations at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), and to Dr David Watson, director of IBM Research UK.

OBEs have been awarded to Barry Lowry, director of IS Shared Services and Strategy in the Northern Ireland Executive for services to government services and the IT Industry in Northern Ireland;  to Lily Lewis, programme manager at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for services to digital transformation and customer service and to Robin Christopherson, head of digital inclusion at AbilityNet. Alesha De-Freitas, head of Digital Single Market at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy also received an honour.

Other recipients include Matthew Coats, chief operating officer of the Ministry of Justice and Dr Elizabeth Hallam Smith, director of information services and librarian at the House of Lords who becomes Companions of the Order of the Bath.

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