Jean Caines, former director of communications at the Department of
Trade and Industry (DTI), and Sandi Rhys Jones, a partner of Rhys Jones
Consultants and member of the IPR, were rewarded in the Queen’s Birthday
Caines, who retired earlier this year, received the CBE for her eight
years of service at the DTI. She took early retirement in March at 50 to
spend more time with her family. Her honour follows that of Romola
Christopherson, director of press and publicity at the Department of
Health, who was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the New
Year’s Honours List (PR Week, 9 January).
Rhys Jones was awarded an OBE for services to the promotion of
opportunities for women in the construction industry. The OBE was in
recognition of her work on the Construction Industry Board’s Working
Group on Equal Opportunities.
She is also a trustee of Women’s Education in Building, which trains
women in building crafts and trades.
She said: ’I am delighted to receive this honour, not only on a personal
level but also because it sends a powerful message to the construction
industry. Construction has a poor reputation for performance,
communications and image -it needs to change.’
This weekend sees the announcement of the list of working peers. Sir Tim
Bell is tipped to join the House of Lords on the Conservative benches.