UK tech pioneers earn top places in 2018 New Year’s Honours List

A number of British tech innovators have been recognised in the List, including DWP’s Ray Long and techUK’s Jacqueline de Rojas

Posted 4 January 2018 by Gary Flood

A number of UK technology industry luminaries received awards in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

These included:

  • Former BCS president and DWP programme director Ray Long becoming a Companion of the Order of the Bath
  • Advanced Computer Software founder Vinodka Murria, who becomes an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to the UK digital economy and advancing women in the software sector
  • Bernard Parsons, co-founder and chief executive of security specialist Becrypt, who becomes a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to digital technology
  • and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to International Trade in the technology industry to Demis Hassibis, founder and chief executive of Google’s British-born AI off-shoot, DeepMind.

Trade sector body techUK’s President, Jacqueline de Rojas, also received a CBE in recognition of her service to international trade in the UK tech sector.

“To be included in the New Year Honours List is an incredible endorsement of the progress made by the UK tech industry,” said de Rojas.

“We are a digital nation of significance and must now prepare to embrace a future where tech underpins a thriving open economy that provides for all UK citizens – skills, inclusion and diversity must all be at the forefront of this change.”

“We are thrilled to see so many tech entrepreneurs recognised as part of the New Year’s Honours List,” added the organisation’s CEO, Julian David.

“All these exceptionally passionate people have been a driving force in ensuring that tech innovation is at the heart of the UK’s economy.

“Congratulations to all those on the Honours List this year.”