(Clockwise from top left) Fashion designer Stella Mc Cartney, Professor Peter Higgs, violinist Nicola Benedetti, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Bernard Hogan-Howe, Cherie Blair and artist Quentin Blake The Rt Hon Margaret Mary Beckett, MP. Principal and chief executive, Birmingham Metropolitan College.
Headmistress, Watford Grammar School for Girls, Hertfordshire, and president, Freedom and Autonomy For Schools National Association. (Radlett, Hertfordshire) Mrs Joan Christine Mc Vittie. For services to the Pension Industry and to Charity. Executive Headteacher, Brindishe Green School, Brindishe Lee School and Lee Manor School, Lewisham. For services to Business and to the community in Stirlingshire. Finance and Programme director, Government Olympic Executive. Director of RAL Space, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. For services to the Transformation of Business Support Schemes. Executive Principal, Comberton Village College, Cambridgeshire, and National Leader in Education, National College for School Leadership. Director, Advanced Manufacturing and Services, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.