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Anyone can nominate someone for an honour and anyone can receive an award if they reach the required standard of merit or service.
Honours lists always contain a wide variety of people from different backgrounds. It is important to note, too, that longevity in a position is not sufficient in itself and that honours are not usually awarded after someone has retired from the position which merits consideration. It is important, therefore, to recognise that a nomination can take around 18 months to go through the vetting process, from the point it is submitted to the Cabinet Office.
Access to the required form and further information can be obtained by clicking here.
This web page includes links to the following documents (which can also be downloaded directly from the links below):
‘Nomination pack’ (English, MS Word document, 218KB)
‘Honours: how to write a citation’ (PDF, 185KB)
To support a nomination, it is essential to source and submit several strong letters of recommendation, from people who know at first hand about the work that has been done by the individual being nominated.
The person must still be actively involved in what you’re nominating them for.
You will get an acknowledgment — but you may not hear anything else for 12 to 18 months.
All nominees will be checked by various government departments to make sure they’re suitable for receiving an honour. This may include checks by HM Revenue & Customs.
The fact of nomination should be kept strictly confidential and the person being nominated should not be told of the nomination since sadly only a relatively small number of people can be honoured and it is best to avoid disappointment.
If a nomination proves unsuccessful it is sometimes possible for the Lord-Lieutenant to arrange some other form of recognition, as a ‘thank you’ for exceptional service.
Further enquiries relating to the UK honours system may be answered on the Government website which can be found at www.direct.gov.uk/honours or by writing to:
Honours and Appointments Secretariat,
1 Horse Guards Road
London SW1A 2HQ
Telephone number: (020) 7276 2777
Facsimile number: (020) 7276 2766