King’s impact recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017

Queen's New Year's Honours

As testament to the global impact of the King’s Community, a number of King’s alumni and staff have been recognised in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours. Here we give you an exclusive overview of the King’s alumni who have received this great honour.

Professor Simon Lovestone

Simon Lovestone

King’s alumni who were recognised include Professor Simon Lovestone, who has received a Knighthood for services to Neuroscience research. Professor Lovestone was formerly Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience (IoPPN) and Director of King’s Health Partners from 2010-14.

Professor Pamela Taylor

Pamela Taylor

Alumna Professor Pamela Taylor has been awarded a CBE for services to Forensic Psychology. Professor Taylor was formerly Professor of Special Hospital Psychiatry at the IoPPN, between 1995 and 2004.

King’s staff who have been honoured include:

Professor Graham Thornicroft

Graham Thornicroft

Professor Graham Thornicroft, Professor of Community Psychiatry at the IoPPN, has received a Knighthood for services to Mental Health. Professor Thornicroft is also a Consultant Psychiatrist in a community mental health team in Lambeth for the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Professor George Benjamin

George Benjamin

Professor George Benjamin CBE, Henry Purcell Professor of Composition at King's, has received a Knighthood for his services to Music. A composer, conductor and performer, Professor Benjamin has been awarded honorary fellowships by the Guildhall School, the Royal Academy, and the Royal College of Music.

Professor Lucilla Poston

Lucilla Poston

Professor Lucilla Poston has been awarded a CBE for her services to Women’s Health. Head of the King’s Division of Women’s Health, and the Tommy’s Charity Professor of Maternal and Foetal Health, Professor Poston leads a large multidisciplinary research team which investigates complications in pregnancy including premature birth, pre-eclampsia and the complications arising from maternal obesity.

Professor Clive Page

Clive Page

Professor Clive Page, Director of the Sackler Institute of Pulmonary Pharmacology received an OBE for his services to Pharmacology. Professor Page's main research interests are in the pharmacology of inflammation and respiratory disease and he has published over 250 scientific papers. 

Ruth Sara

Ruth Sara

Ruth Sara, GirlGuiding leader at 1st Bath (St Luke’s Guides) has been awarded an MBE for services to young people in the South West of England. Ruth has led 1st Bath (St Luke’s Guides) for 46 years. She has given selflessly of her time as a District, County and Region commissioner, and given her skills, time and energies to BGIFC (British Guides in Foreign Countries) and to education in Bath. 

Lieutenant Colonel Norman Jones

Lieutenant Colonel Norman Jones, Military Senior Lecturer in King’s Centre for Military Health Research at the IoPPN, was also recognised with an MBE in the Military Division of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.


We hope that it brings you pride to know that the King’s community continues to make an important impact on society. As a King’s alumnus, you are a part of a distinguished group of people who are enacting global change at the highest level.

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