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Queen’s Birthday Honours for IT and digital specialists

David Bicknell Published 19 June 2017

Dame Stephanie “Steve” Shirley becomes Companion of Honour; permanent secretaries at The Treasury and Department of Health gain KCB awards


The Queen’s Birthday Honours List has seen awards given to IT industry specialists and civil servants in senior managerial or digital roles.

Dame Stephanie “Steve” Shirley, founder of Xansa, now part of the Sopra Steria Gtoup, is made a Companion of Honour for services to the IT industry and philanthropy.

Two Whitehall permanent secretaries have been made Knight Commanders of the Bath (KCB). Sir Thomas Scholar, permanent secretary at the Treasury and his counterpart at the Department of Health, Sir Chris Wormald, are given the awards for public service.

Universal Credit implementation and delivery director Janice Hartley at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is made a Companion of the Bath for services to the development of Universal Credit.

There is also an MBE for Andrew Ballantyne, managing director of C-Software, for services to defence and a British Empire Medal for Dennis Taylor, a higher executive officer within the Department for Work and Pensions for services to the DWP Digital Group and for charitable fundraising.

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