Sport, public sector and charity comms pros receive gongs in Queen's honours

Jackie Brock-Doyle is among five comms professionals to have made it onto the latest Queen’s Birthday Honours List.


Jackie Brock-Doyle, executive director, communications, at World Athletics, has been made a CBE “for services to sport” in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. 

She is one of a number of PR professionals to have been included on the list, which recognises the “outstanding achievements of people across the United Kingdom”.

Brock-Doyle has spent more than 35 years in comms, in a career that started at Paragon Communications in 1984, and has encompassed stints at Kingfisher, Capital Public Relations, and a decade at the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralypic Games - where she was director of comms and public affairs. She went on to hold a number of senior roles, including chair of Good Relations, before taking up her current role four years ago.

Commenting on her CBE, she told PRWeek how she “took one for the amazing teams I am always lucky enough to work with. To those teams at Invictus Games (London and Orlando), Glasgow Commonwealth Games and at World Athletics, this is our award to share, thank you!”

The other comms professionals to receive honours were: 

Abu Ahmed, head of counter-terrorism comms and engagement, at the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism, Home Office, has been made an OBE “for public service.” He has been a civil servant for 15 years and has worked on the 'Prevent' policy for a decade. 

Maria Wardrobe, the former director of comms and external relations at National Energy Action, has also been made an OBE. In her case, it is is for “services to tackling fuel poverty”. Wardrobe retired in late 2019 and is now on NEA’s Board of Trustees. “Over the 26 years I worked at NEA I was part of a fantastic team of dedicated and passionate individuals. This award is recognition of all their efforts, not just mine,” she said.

Vinny Bolina, former area comms manager at the Crown Prosecution Service, has been made an MBE “for services to law and order”. He is a CIPR Accredited PR Practitioner, and in 2004 he won the Outstanding Contribution to Engaging Local Communities category at the Justice Awards.

Mark Ormrod, marketing and comms officer at the Royal Marines Association and Charity, has also been made an MBE. In his case, it is for “services to the Royal Marines and veterans”. Ormrod is a former Royal Marines Commando and became a triple amputee after an Improvised Explosive Device exploded during a patrol in Helmand, Afghanistan, in December 2007. Ormrod has both legs amputated above the knee and his right arm amputated above the elbow.



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