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News / 19 June, 2017

Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017: find out which Hackney residents are on the list

Jenny Watson, who was previously chair of the Electoral Commission, amongst those recognised for their work

Jenny Watson

Awarded CBE: Jenny Watson, previously chair of the Electoral Commission

Hackney resident Jenny Watson has received a CBE for services to electoral democracy in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Watson served two terms as chair of the Electoral Commission between 2009 and 2016.

Her tenure coincided with a time when the Commission was coming under increased scrutiny over the quality of electoral administration in the UK.

Watson oversaw a number of important reforms designed to improve voting procedures, including individual electoral registration.

The Commission also ran two referendums during her time in the role: the 2011 AV referendum and the 2016 Brexit poll.

Stoke Newington artist Idris Khan has received and OBE for services to art.

The 39-year-old Birmingham-born artist has had a distinguished career as a multimedia artist, with solo exhibitions in eight countries around the world, including four exhibitions at the Victoria Miro Gallery in Islington.

Architect Asif Amir Khan of E9 has received and MBE for services to architecture.

The London-born architect of Pakistani and Tanzanian descent has shot to international fame since setting up his own practice in 2007.

His studio specialises in cultural buildings, exhibitions and installations.

E9 resident Oladele Woye, Executive Officer at Department for Work and Pensions, received an MBE for services to DWP and the community in East London.

Fellow E9 resident Franklyn Harris, Learning Ambassador at the Learning and Work Institute, received an MBE for services to Adult Learning and Skills.

/ 19 June, 2017

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