New Year’s Honours

December 31, 2019 / by Bridget Osborne

Photographs above: Katharine Braddick; Uri Winterstein; Ann Franke

Among those to be recognised in the New Year’s Honour’s List are three residents from Chiswick.

Katharine Braddick – Order of the Bath

Katharine Braddick, Director General, Financial Services, HM Treasury, has been awarded the Order of the Bath for services to Financial Services.

Katharine began her career as a fast stream civil servant, after university at Warwick and Cambridge.

Her stellar career has taken her from Head of General Insurance regulation at the Association of British Insurers to Head of Banking Policy at the Financial Services Authority and Director of Prudential Policy at the Bank of England, before she joined the Treasury in 2014.

She takes the lead on all aspects of policy for financial services, which means ensuring the delivery of HM Treasury’s work programme, leading the Treasury’s relationships with the regulatory authorities and engaging with external stakeholders in the financial services industry, including consumer groups, industry groups and financial institutions.

I think that’s what they call a ‘Big Job’.

Ann Franke – Order of the British Empire

Ann Porter Franke is Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Management Institute.

She has been awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to Workplace equality.

She started her career at Procter & Gamble and has held senior executive positions at Mars, Boots, Yell and BSI before taking over as head of the CMI.

Author of books on management, including the ‘Financial Times Guide to Management’ and ‘Create a Gender Balanced Workplace’. (Despite the snappy title, the FT says it’s ‘useful, practical and non-preachy’).

She wrote before Christmas:

‘At last we have clarity over Brexit and the UK has a chance to move forward together…

‘It’s clear that the new Conservative government intends to kickstart a major investment programme across the country, and make determined efforts to unite the country.

‘We will see more devolution and active regional policies, especially in the north of England and the Midlands, to address voters’ concerns’.

To her that means addressing a serious gap in the UK’s management skills:

‘We can be one of the world’s most progressive, productive countries if we get this post-Brexit era right. That means managing and leading in an inclusive way that brings people together, rather than divides them’.

Uri Winterstein – British Empire Medal

Uri Winterstein is a survivor of the Holocaust who has dedicated his life to educating new generations about it. He has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to Holocaust Education and Awareness.

Born in Bratislava in Slovakia in October 1943, he was protected because he was put into the care of a non-Jewish woman when he was just a month old, but he lost a large number of his family members to the Holocaust.

Uri’s sister was sent to the infamous Terezin (in German, Theresienstadt) concentration camp near the Polish border where she was one of only 150 children, out of the 15,000 deported, to survive.

He tells school children and university students now that they must be brave enough to stand up to hatred.

Time was, you wouldn’t have thought it necessary for him to get up in front of school children to tell and retell his story, but in a week when Hampstead has been plastered with antisemitic graffiti, it seems the testimony of survivors such as he, is more relevant and necessary than ever.


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