The King’s Birthday Honours list recognises the achievements and service of people across the UK – here’s a breakdown of all the key Huddersfield business leaders and figures who were named in the King’s Birthday Honours List 2024.

Former Kirklees Council chief executive, Jacqui Gedman, has been awarded an OBE for her services to local Government.

In a 22-year career at Kirklees, Jacqui held several posts at the council, including director of economy, environment and skills, before being appointed chief executive in 2017. Jacqui oversaw the council’s plans for major economic investment for Huddersfield, Dewsbury and urban centres across Kirklees.

Her successor as chief executive, Steve Mawson, said, “Jacqui has been a tough act to follow. She is hugely respected not just by her council colleagues but by local councillors and all those partner organisations who deliver public services in Kirklees. On behalf of her former colleagues, I’m delighted to see that Jacqui’s immense contribution to Kirklees has been recognised.”

Supriya Nagarajan, the founder of the arts organisation, Manasamitra, which often holds events in Huddersfield, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to music.

As founder, chief executive officer and artistic director of Manasamitra, Supriya was recommended by the Prime Minister on the advice of the independent Main Honours Committee following an independent assessment process. 

Speaking of the award, Supriya said, “I am incredibly proud to have been awarded a British Empire Medal and be recognised amongst so many other wonderful individuals. Through Manasamitra, I am honoured to be able to connect with so many people through arts, helping them to express themselves, experience different cultures, and transport people into a mindful space. Music and the arts have allowed me to follow my passion and help others to do the same. The arts are so important to our communities here in the UK, I hope that my recognition will help to showcase the importance and value of the arts, here in Yorkshire and across the nation.”  

James Sommerville, was awarded an OBE for his services to the creative industry. This was through his Huddersfield-based start-up company, The ATTIK, funded by The King’s Trust.

Susan Grant, founder of eye care specialist, The Body Doctor, was awarded an MBE for services to entrepreneurship.