Women in STEM

Maggie Berry, Sophie Wilson & Lauren Shea recognised for their work in tech in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours List


Maggie Berry, Sophie Wilson and Lauren Shea have been recognised for their work in tech in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Maggie Berry, Executive Director for Europe WEConnect International and Founder of Women in Technology Network has received an OBE for services to Women in Business and Technology.

Sophie Wilson, Director of Integrated Circuit Design, Broadcom Europe Ltd has received a CBE for her services to Computing. Wilson was named as one of the 15 Most Important Women in Tech History, for her part in designing the Acorn Micro-Computer, including its programming language BBC BASIC. Wilson also designed the instruction set of the ARM processor, which is used in most 21st century smartphones.

University student, Lauren Shea, has also been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for her services to Promoting Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to Young People. Shea is an ambassador for STEM promoter, Teen Tech and aims to encourage young people into STEM.

The Queen's Birthday Honours List 2019 recognises the outstanding achievements of people across the UK. In total, 1,073 people received an award this year, with 508 women being recognised, representing 47 per cent of the total. Further statistics show that 10.4 per cent of the successful candidates come from a BAME background; 5.9 per cent consider themselves to have a disability; and 2.8 per cent of recipients identified as being LGBT.

Around 11 per cent of the honours are for work in the Science, Technology and Health sectors. The respective Committees have recommended CBE’s for Professor Kenneth Brown, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Glasgow; Dr Adrian Crellin Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Trustee, Cancer Research UK; Ian Findlay, Chief Officer, Paths for All for his work on healthy lifestyles and outdoor activities; Professor Tamsin Ford, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Exeter; Professor Marie Le Quere, for her work on Climate Change Science; Dr Shubulade Smith, Consultant Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust for services to Forensic Psychiatric Intensive Care; and Professor David Southwood, lately Chair, UK Space Agency.

At OBE level, there are awards for Maureen Bell lately a nurse consultant for vulnerable children at NHS Ayrshire and Arran for her work on child protection; and Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive, British Heart Foundation.