Honours nominations

Questions Commonly Asked About Honours

WHO CAN MAKE A NOMINATION?
Any person or persons may make a nomination by completing a nomination form and forwarding it to the Honours and Appointments Secretariat at the address listed on the nomination form.

DO I HAVE TO SAY WHAT SORT OF HONOUR I THINK IS DUE?
Honours are given to people from all walks of life and all sections of society who have made a difference to their community. The number of honours available is strictly limited and therefore, however valuable their service, not everyone can receive recognition. It is important to realise that an honour will not automatically follow a submission. The type and level of award need not be stated.

WHEN MAY I SUBMIT A NOMINATION AND HOW LONG WILL THE PROCESS TAKE?
There are no deadlines for the receipt of nomination forms, but their consideration is likely to take at least 12 to 18 months. Therefore, you should not nominate a person for a specific Honours List.

MAY I NOMINATE SOMEONE WHO IS NO LONGER INVOLVED IN THE ACTIVITY(IES) I WISH TO SEE RECOGNISED?
Nominations should be made while the nominee is still active and, if possible, at least 12 months before he/she is expected to retire or stand down.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY NOMINATION IS SUCCESSFUL?
Honours Lists are published at New Year and on the occasion of The Sovereign’s Birthday. Nominators will need to check published Lists (in the London Gazette or national newspapers) to see if their nominee is successful.

IF MY NOMINATION IS NOT SUCCESSFUL, MAY I RE-NOMINATE?
If, after two years, your nominee has not been successful you may assume the nomination has lapsed.

You may re-nominate but a different outcome is unlikely unless your nominee has had additional achievements

SHOULD I TELL THE PERSON I HAVE NOMINATED THEM?
All nominations for honours are treated in the strictest confidence. Nominees should not be informed that they have been nominated, as it is not fair to raise expectations in case they are not met.

WHERE CAN I GET A NOMINATION FORM TO COMPLETE?
Devon Lieutenancy Office:  Tel: 01392 383204  Email:  lieuten@devon.gov.uk

Lieutenancy Office
County Hall
Exeter
EX2 4QD

Additional information can be found at:  www.honours.gov.uk

General enquiries about the honours system should be addressed to:

Honours & Appointments Secretariat
Ground Floor
Admiralty Arch
London
SW1A 2WH

Telephone: 020 7276 2777