LONDON — The Queen’s Birthday Honours list has been published — and it only includes three names from the world of UK tech.
The 2016 Birthday Honours list included 25 people from the technology industry, meaning the number of founders and investors awarded on the list has been dramatically scaled back.
This year, Dame Stephanie Shirley has been made a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour. She came to the UK as a child refugee and went on to build a business in the IT industry.
Dame Stephanie Shirley helped women to work part time in the technology industry, and has gone on to be an outspoken champion of women’s rights, as well as autism awareness.
Another name awarded this year is Melvyn Morris, a non-executive chairman of game developer King. King is best known for developing the “Candy Crush” games. Morris receives a CBE for services to business and charitable services.
Finally, technology investor Mark Mason receives an MBE for services to the digital economy. He founded mobile consultancy and app developer Mubaloo but stepped down in 2015.
The most recent Honours list published in December included 16 people from UK tech. Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts was made a CBE, and investor Danny Rimer from Index Ventures was made an OBE.
Last year’s Birthday Honours list included 25 people from tech. TechCrunch editor-at-large Mike Butcher was made an MBE, and LocalGlobe investor Saul Klein was made an OBE.