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Girtonians recognised in 2024 King's Birthday Honours list

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We send our heartfelt congratulations to those Girtonians recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours List for 2024.

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Dawn Airey (1981, Geography), Chair, National Youth Theatre. For services to Theatre and to Charity.

Dawn commented:

"I was humbled and thrilled to receive this honour. But I regard it as a collective recognition for all the great work of the charities I work with."

Dawn is a phenomenal figure in the world of broadcasting and beyond holding senior positions at ITV, Channel 5, Sky and Channel 4 amongst others. She has also previously been the CEO of Getty Images.  

Dawn is currently Vice Chair of Channel 4 and is on the Board of Grosvenor Estates and as well as being the Chair of Trustees of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Chair of the FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship Board and Chancellor of Edgehill University. She is also a founder of Moon&Back. 
Dawn’s roles reflect her passion for the creative arts, sport, and inclusion.

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Lucy-Marie Hagues (Sharpe) (1996, Engineering), Chief Executive Officer, Capital One UK. For services to Education and Skills.

Lucy-Marie commented:

“I am thrilled and incredibly proud to have been awarded an MBE in the King’s Birthday Honours List. 

This award is testament to the great work done by the fabulous team I lead at Capital One UK and the partners we work with - especially the brilliant team at National Numeracy. 

As the head of a major, data-led UK company, I see every day the importance of numeracy and data-literacy in our workforce. I have long been an advocate of encouraging a more positive relationship with numbers and data, especially amongst those groups who typically think maths “isn’t for them”.  

In particular, I’m dedicated to making sure that girls, women, and those who didn’t grow up in number-confident households, feel able to challenge themselves and reject the myth that maths ability belongs only to the lucky few.”

Lucy-Marie Hagues is CEO of Capital One UK and Head of International. Lucy-Marie was appointed UK CEO in 2020, having joined Capital One as a graduate trainee in 2000. She has worked in many areas of the business, including underwriting, operations and risk management and prior to becoming UK CEO she served as Chief Marketing Officer. 

Lucy-Marie grew up in Oldham, and she and her five siblings are the first generation in their family to go on to university.

Lucy-Marie has a long held belief that anyone can be good with numbers and that the fear many people feel can be addressed through effective support and encouragement. This led Lucy-Marie to initiate Capital One’s partnership with National Numeracy, to help promote data and number confidence, with a focus on girls and young women and how numbers can be a gateway for increasing social mobility.  

Lucy-Marie was appointed to the Prime Minister’s Maths to 18 expert advisory group in 2023. 

Lucy-Marie has recently completed her three-year term as a Board member at UK Finance, the country's leading financial services trade association. She also sits on their Personal Finance Board.

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