A Liverpool business leader responsible for strengthening the region’s trade ties with China is among those recognized in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honors list.
Awarded an MBE, Paul Kallee-Grover joins a prestigious list of recipients in the annual list announced tonight which also includes community leaders and stars in film, music and sports.
Celebrities such as Prue Leith, Judge Rinder and Lulu were honored, with Manchester City and Liverpool stars Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson receiving MBEs.
Sterling’s award came for service to racial equality in sport amid controversy over England fans booing players kneeling at matches as a gesture against intolerance
Henderson came after raising Â£ 4million for the NHS from other Premier League footballers via the #PlayersTogether call.
Former Liverpool and England manager Roy Hodgson also received a CBE for services rendered to football.
Elsewhere, the life-saving work of designing and delivering the Covid-19 vaccine – as well as many who helped others during the pandemic – were celebrated on the list, including several recipients in the Northwest.
Mr. Kallee-Grover, CEO and Chairman of the Liverpool China Partnership, was awarded an MBE for international trade and investment services.
With over 25 years of experience in exporting, trading and urban regeneration, he has worked to help companies entering foreign markets for the first time to seize global export opportunities.
Mr. Kallee-Grover was elected the new chairman of the Liverpool China Partnership (LCP) – a volunteer role – in 2019.
LCP is an award-winning group created to expand and strengthen business, academic and civic partnerships in promoting commerce and friendship in the Liverpool City and Isle of Man area with counterparts in China.
He said: âAs Chairman of the Liverpool China Partnership, I am proud to receive this honor in recognition of my work with the Department of International Trade for over a decade, as well as the excellent work done by LCP. to promote the Liverpool City region while supporting others on their own export journey.
âI am passionate about growing exports and will continue to champion SMEs to be bold and ready to seize opportunities in the global marketplace, and to celebrate and further develop UK and Liverpool’s relationship with the China. “
Mr. Kallee-Grover is also Vice President of Investor Relations at Barcelona HQ CREA IDEA Lab, a platform bringing together global experts to connect the physical and virtual worlds
He is also Director of Group Planning at Leith Group and has been a Northern Powerhouse Export Champion for the Department of International Trade since April 2019.
The other Liverpool-linked business beneficiaries on the list were those who were praised for their contribution during the pandemic.
Among them was Dr Fiona Angela Olinda Marston. entrepreneur in residence at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Dr Marston, who lives in Reading, Berkshire, has received a CBE for his Covid-19 pandemic response services.
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Southport-based David Kenneth Hunt also received a CBE, Vaccine Operations Manager for AstraZeneca for UK Healthcare Services and Covid-19 Response, just like Leonnard John Broadhurst, who runs St Helens’ Absolute Occupational Health company – for food supply chain services during Covid-19.
Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay, who is Chancellor of the University of Manchester, received an MBE for service to literature and charity.
Former Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner and current Rochdale MP Tony Lloyd has been knighted while Wendy Hardaker of Rochdale, Director of the Commercial Law Group, Government Legal Department, has been appointed journeyman from the order of the bath or services to the law. .
Leeds Rhinos rugby manager Kevin Sinfield of Oldham received an MBE for service to sport and charity.
A CBE was also awarded to Juliette White, Vice President of Global Security, Health and Environment and Sustainability at AstraZeneca.
Based in Macclesfield, she received the gong for life sciences and medical supply chain services.
Steven Mifsud, based in Nantwich, director of Direct Access Consultancy, received an MBE for international trade and investment services while Linda Tapner, managing director of Selnet, based in Lancashire, received the same award for social enterprise services.