The boss of Greggs, Microsoft’s UK chief executive and the great-granddaughter of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst all received honours at a Windsor Castle investiture ceremony today.
Roger Whiteside, chief of the Greggs bakery chain, was given an OBE for services to women and equality. In 2016 he joined the Women’s Business Council, which aims to tackle barriers to women’s career progression.
Microsoft UK’s chief executive Cindy Rose also got an OBE at the event for services to UK technology. Prior to joining the US electronics giant, she led the consumer division at telecommunications firm Vodafone.
Roger Whiteside, chief of the Greggs bakery chain, receives an OBE from the Queen for services to women and equality
In 2016, Mr Whiteside joined the Women’s Business Council, which aims to tackle barriers to women’s career progression
Microsoft UK’s chief executive Cindy Rose was given an OBE at the investiture ceremony today for services to UK technology
Prior to joining the US electronics giant, Ms Rose led the consumer division at telecommunications firm Vodafone
The Queen also gave a CBE to women’s rights campaigner Dr Helen Pankhurst for services to gender equality. Dr Pankhurst is a senior adviser to charity Care International and regularly speaks out on gender issues.
The activist, also a writer and academic who recently compared the battle for women’s right to vote a century ago to the #MeToo movement today, was installed as the University of Suffolk’s first chancellor in December.
Dr Pankhurst said her famous ancestor would be ‘delighted’ and ‘amused’ that she had been honoured with a CBE for campaigning on gender equality.
Dr Helen Pankhurst, who is descended from the famous suffragette, was handed the honour by the Queen at Windsor Castle on Friday.
Dr. Helen Pankhurst is made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by the Queen at Windsor Castle today
Dr Pankhurst is a leading feminist and senior adviser to charity Care International – and regularly speaks out on gender issues
Activist Dr Pankhurst, also a writer and academic, was installed as the University of Suffolk’s first chancellor in December
Professor Jane Cummings, ex-chief nursing officer for England, is made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire)
Professor Cummings, who retired last year, receives the award from Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle today
She said: ‘I think the fact that I am being given an honour on gender equality issues and people are still talking about the need to continue to address gender equality… I think she would be amused, but obviously delighted.’
The activist said that while it is important to ‘celebrate success’ on the progress of gender issues, there is still ‘so much that needs to be done’.
She said: ‘In every single area we are not there yet, but the direction of travel and the fact that we all know we are on a journey is really positive.’
Dr Pankhurst said that companies need to engage better with gender issues, calling it ‘disgraceful’ that two-thirds of companies are yet to publish their pay gaps with around a fortnight to go until the deadline.
The Queen presents an OBE to Paul Lindley, who founded organic baby food firm Ella’s Kitchen, at Windsor Castle today
Mr Lindley was given his award from the Queen for services to food and drink exports and children’s welfare
Skateboarder James Threlfall was presented with an MBE by the Queen for his work with young people in Wiltshire
Mr Threlfall is an ambassador for mental health charity Calm (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
Frank Mullane, chief executive of AAFDA (Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse),is awarded an MBE at Windsor Castle today
Mr Mullane is presented with the MBE by the Queen today for his services to families affected by domestic homicide
She said: ‘I think it really is disgraceful.
‘I think we need to continue to push so it is not just companies that have 250 people and above that have to report.
‘Smaller companies don’t need to report, and I think a lot of the inequality can be at the smaller companies as well.’
She added that there was also some ‘hiding of the data’ in cases such as partners of law firms not having to declare all their income.
Dr Pankhurst, who is also a writer and academic, said that a key area of progress on gender issues is that ‘there are so many men who are happy to call themselves feminists that are more involved in bringing up their children and caring for their parents’.
Dr Helen Pankhurst with her CBE medal (left) and Microsoft UK CEO Cindy Rose with her OBE (right) at Windsor Castle today
Roger Whiteside with his OBE medal (left) and Frank Mullane with his MBE medal (right) pose for pictures at Windsor Castle
Professor Jane Cummings with her CBE medal (left) and Paul Lindley with his OBE medal (right) after the ceremony today
James Threlfall poses with his MBE medal today after it was awarded to him by Queen Elizabeth II at an investiture ceremony
The campaigner, who was joined at the ceremony by her children and a friend, added: ‘All of us, we are just absolutely delighted.’
Skateboarder James Threlfall, who is an ambassador for mental health charity Calm (Campaign Against Living Miserably), was presented with an MBE for his work with young people in Wiltshire.
An OBE was given to Paul Lindley, who founded organic baby food firm Ella’s Kitchen, for services to food and drink exports and children’s welfare. Jane Cummings, ex-chief nursing officer for England, received a CBE.
How feminist Dr Helen Pankhurst has spotted parallels between the fight to vote in 1903 and #MeToo today
She might be the great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, but Dr Helen Pankhurst is a leading feminist campaigner in her own right.
The activist is a senior adviser to charity CARE International and regularly speaks out on gender issues. Dr Pankhurst, who is also a writer and academic, was installed as the first chancellor of the University of Suffolk in December.
She has attracted headlines over the past year for her comments on women’s issues. In October she claimed she saw great parallels between the battle for women’s right to vote in 1903 and the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements of today.
Dr Pankhurst told the Cheltenham Literature Festival that the suffragettes fought for many years to win universal suffrage and that change did not happen overnight. And she urged the women of today to take inspiration from the suffragettes.
Women’s rights campaigner Dr Helen Pankhurst (left) is the great-granddaughter of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst (right). Dr Pankhurst is pictured in 2015 in the parlour of her ancestor’s home in Manchester, where the suffragette movement began
Back in May, she claimed traditional women’s roles such as Nursing, teaching and full-time parenting should be valued as much as those in male-dominated sectors. Dr Pankhurst told the Hay Literary Festival that society should ‘revalue’ positions traditionally shunned by feminists and ‘let individuals decide what they want to be’.
She also spoke in February last year about the damaging effect US President Donald Trump could have on men’s perception of women. Publicising her book Deeds Not Words, out on the 100th anniversary of women receiving the vote last year, Dr Pankhurst said her message to Mr Trump would be: ‘The world has changed – look forwards not backwards.