Queen’s Birthday Honours list recognises Lancashire’s business people

Six Lancashire business figures have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

AndrewGrahamAndrew Graham, who is chief executive office of international wallcoverings giant Graham & Brown, as well as chairman of the Blackburn Youth Zone charity, receives an MBE for services to manufacturing and voluntary service to young people.

Dr John Cater, vice-chancellor of Edge Hill University, receives a CBE for services to higher education and teacher training. Dr Cater is the longest-serving head of a United Kingdom higher education institution, having been appointed in 1993.

Business consultant Carole Garrett has been awarded the British Empire Medal for contribution to enterprise and skills in Burnley. Carole has worked for the last 13 years in a business advisory role as managing director of Profitoptimiser Enterprises, encouraging and assisting local entrepreneurs.

Leyland-based Nigel Whitehead, group managing director programmes and support at BAE Systems, receives a CBE for services to vocational education and skills.

Hamid Patel, chief executive of Blackburn's Tauheedul Education receives, a CBE for services to education.

Christine Conder, community network volunteer, and Prof Barry Forde, chief executive of Broadband for the Rural North, both receive MBEs for services to superfast broadband in rural communities.