Designers and creatives named in New Year’s Honours list 2018

The list includes design industry figures like MagneticNorth founder Lou Cordwell, as well as people involved in public projects such as former HS2 director general Dr David Prout.

Lou Cordwell OBE, founder and CEO MagneticNorth

A number of designers and creatives have received awards in the New Year’s Honours list for 2018.

MagneticNorth founder and CEO Lou Cordwell has received an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the creative and digital economy. As well as running the Manchester-based digital studio, Cordwell is also the director of female entrepreneurs’ network AllBright North and a board member of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership.

Other people who have been received awards for services to design include Professor Richard Sennett, who has been given an OBE for his work as the chair of the London School of Economics’ (LSE) Cities research programme, and Royal Mint Advisory Committee member Blondel Bernadette Rosceilia Cluff, who has been named as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Intellectual Property Office deputy chief executive Sean Dennehey has been awarded a CBE for services to IP, and Design Council trustee Annika Small has been given an OBE for services to social innovation and digital technology.

Cultural and public sector

This year’s list also sees people recognised for their contributions to various cultural and public sector initiatives. Former director general of the HS2 high speed rail network Dr David Prout has been named as an Order of the Bath for services to transport, while a number of people involved in Hull City of Culture 2017 have also received awards. These include the event’s CEO and director Martin Green (CBE), executive director Francesca Hegyi (OBE), chair Rosie Millard (OBE) and Hull Council’s city culture and place manager Jon Pywell (OBE).

Broadcaster Melvyn Bragg (Order of the Companions of Honour), sculptor Richard Long (Knighthood) and Arts Council London chair Veronica Wadley (CBE) have all been recognised for their services to the arts, while former British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman has been given a CBE for services to fashion journalism.

More than 1,000 people have received an award in total, 49% of whom are women. See the list in full here.

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