The City’s former Policy Chair has been awarded a CBE in King Charles’ first New Year Honours list.
Catherine McGuinness, who held the role between 2017 and 2022 – a turbulent period of modern British history during which she led the Square Mile’s response to both Brexit and the pandemic – was commended for her services to the financial sector and to educational inclusion.
McGuinness said: “I am humbled to be awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours. The past five years were exceptionally challenging but I am confident that the City has a bright future ahead.
“It has been a privilege to work with so many dedicated people, whether from the financial and professional services sector, London local government, and indeed our own team, as part of a joint effort to rise to the challenges we face.
“I am very proud to have been able to play a small part in our work – encompassing education, employment, culture and many more areas – across London and the UK to help individuals and communities fulfil their full potential.”
Meanwhile, David Lawes, Temporary Commander of the City of London Police, received an OBE for services to policing, while the Royal Victorian Order was presented to Paul Double LVO, City Remembrancer, for services to the Platinum Jubilee of Her Late Majesty The Queen.