Portland's former royal comms chief Ed Perkins recognised in Queen's New Year's Honours

Ed Perkins, the former comms secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who recently joined Portland as a senior adviser, has been recognised in the Queen's New Year's Honours list.

Ed Perkins: Honoured along with former British Heart Foundation comms and policy chief Betty McBride
Ed Perkins: Honoured along with former British Heart Foundation comms and policy chief Betty McBride

Perkins, who was also formerly deputy press secretary to the Queen, has been appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order.

He held senior comms roles for the royal household for seven years. Perkins led comms on the birth of Prince George, on the Cambridges' tour of Australia and New Zealand this year, and most recently Prince Harry’s Invictus Games in London.

Meanwhile, Betty McBride, former director of policy and communications at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), has been made an MBE. She retired this year after 14 years at the charity.

The former journalist and BBC documentary maker led several high profile campaigns including those calling for a ban on cigarette vending machines and the Food for Thought campaign tackling childhood obesity.

Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the BHF, said: "Betty’s MBE is testament to a career creating some of the UK’s most memorable charity campaigns. Through Betty’s drive and exceptional leadership, these campaigns have transformed public support for medical research, informed people about heart disease and strongly influenced policy to improve heart health."

Elsewhere, Philippa Ford, public affairs and policy manager at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, has become an OBE for services to physiotherapy.

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