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Chavez heads thin honours list for digital Britain



Few digital leaders feature in the annual hand-out of awards for public service

Victor Chavez, chief executive of engineering giant Thales UK and president of techUK, is one of the few figures on the digital public sector scene to feature in the New Year's Honours list published today. Chavez, who co-chairs the Information Economy Council with digital economy minister Ed Vaizey, becomes a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) "for services to the defence and security industry".

The same award goes to the head of the agency responsible for one of the first digital by default exemplar services to go live. Alan Eccles, chief executive of the Office of the Public Guardian, which is responsible for the digital lasting power of attorney service, is honoured for "services to the administration of justice and vulnerable adults".

Elsewhere in the list, OBEs go to:

Anthony Ageh, controller of archive development, BBC, Raymond Cathline, digitalisation programme at the Department for Work and Pensions, and Brigid McBride, digital director, London, at HM Revenue
and Customs.

MBEs are awarded to: Dr Robert Day, chief technology officer, Jisc and executive director, Janet; Lawrence Jones, chief executive of UKFast; Keith Paterson for "promoting information technology to elderly people in the UK"; Gail Ramsden, IT skills and capability manager at the Valuation Office Agency; Mizan Syed, internet technical manager, Cabinet Office and Robert Twitchin, former chair of IT Can Help.

The full list is available as a PDF here.

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