Royal honours

Tech stars headline Queen’s Birthday Honours

By Oliver Smith 15 June 2015
The Queen.

Here are the top 7 tech names that the Queen awarded with Britain’s highest honours.

Leading figures from London’s tech community including Eileen Burbidge and Andy McLoughlin were among those recognised on the Queen’s birthday honours list on Saturday.

Here’s the who’s who of awards given to those in the tech community from London and around the world:

Eileen Burbidge, on the Queen honours list.

Eileen Burbidge, partner Passion Capital

Burbidge was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to business. The prominent venture capitalist, who has been outspoken in her support for London’s tech community, said she was honoured to be counted among her peers on the list. Passion Capital, whose past investments include Duedil, Mendeley and Gosquared, recently raised £45m to continue investing in small digital businesses.

Nicola Mendelsohn, on the Queen's honours list.

Nicola Mendelsohn, VP EMEA Facebook

Mendelsohn was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), the second-highest honour behind being made a dame or knight, for services to the creative industries. Mendelsohn is Facebook’s most senior employee outside of the US and when she isn’t working at the social network she is also co-chair of the government’s forum with the creative industries, the Creative Industries Council.

Andy McLoughlin, on the Queen's honours list.

Andy McLoughlin, founder of Huddle

McLoughlin was made an overseas Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to UK business and technology leadership. McLoughlin founded Huddle, the cloud collaboration platform for businesses, and is a prominent venture capitalist working at SoftTech VC in San Francisco.

Jenny Griffiths, on the Queen's honours list.

Jenny Griffiths, founder and CEO of Snap Fashion,

Griffiths was given an MBE for her services to digital innovation in the fashion industry. Griffiths is the founder of Snap Fashion, a service that lets you identify and buy clothing based on a photo of an item you send them.

The Birches, on the Queen's honours list.

Michael Birch and Xochi Birch, founders and owners of Bebo

The husband and wife team of entrepreneurs were given an overseas OBE for services to technology and online services. The Birches founded and then sold social network Bebo for $850m in 2008, pocketing a combined $595m in the deal. In 2013 the couple bought Bebo back for $1m and continue to run the business today. Outside of Bebo their latest project saw the couple bringing London’s private members club scene to San Francisco with the opening of The Battery.

Zarine Kharas, CEO JustGiving

Kharas has been made a Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her services to business and charity. Kharas co-founded online giving platform JustGiving in 2001 and it has since raised £2bn for charity.

James Murray Wells, founder Glasses Direct

Wells was given an OBE for his services to Business. He founded online glasses retailer Glasses Direct in 2004 while at university before selling it to Cipio Partners in 2013. Wells is now industry head of retail at Google UK.

Read the full list of the 2015 Queen’s Birthday honours here.