Dr Jenny Harries, Chief Executive of UKHSA, has been made a Dame in the Queen’s New Year honours list for her outstanding contribution to public health.
Some of her colleagues have also been honoured by Her Majesty, including Jonathan Turner, Head of Scientific and Technical Services, who has been awarded an MBE and Professor Kevin Fenton, London Regional Director of Public Health, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, who has been awarded a CBE.
Dr Jenny Harries has become a familiar figure to the British people during the nearly two-year battle against COVID-19 and has provided excellent leadership through her reliable health advice, particularly aimed at those most at risk. This has been particularly notable in her role as Deputy Chief Medical Officer.
Responding to her Damehood, Dame Dr Jenny Harries said, “I am hugely honoured to receive this award. It is accepted on behalf of the countless brilliant and committed colleagues in clinical and scientific communities as well as those who provide such dedicated operational response through every health protection incident and emergency. It is they who have inspired and supported me throughout my career and who continue to work tirelessly to make the UK a safer place, often largely out of sight of the public”.