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New Year’s honours

Cambridge Judge alumna Alison Brittain and Advisory Board member Richard Boggis-Rolfe are named in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

New Year's honours

Alison Brittain, CEO of hospitality company Whitbread and an alumna of Cambridge Judge Business School, was awarded a CBE for services to business in the Queen’s New Year Honours list. Alison is an alumna of the Cambridge MBA class of 1994.

Richard Boggis-Rolfe, chairman of executive search firm Odgers Berndtson and a member of the Cambridge Judge Advisory Board, was awarded an OBE for voluntary service to the Armed Forces Reserves.

As Head of Retail Banking for Lloyds Banking Group, Alison was one of the most powerful women in the City of London before taking leadership of Whitbread, the UK’s largest hospitality group, in 2016. Whitbread is the parent company of brands including Premier Inn hotels and Whitbread restaurants. On 3 January 2019 Alison completed the sale of Whitbread brand Costa Coffee to US giant Coca-Cola for an enterprise value of £3.9 billion. Named as Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year in 2017, Alison is also a non-executive board member of retailer Marks & Spencer, and a Council Member and Trustee of The Prince’s Trust.

After a history degree at Trinity College, Cambridge, Richard joined the Coldstream Guards before acquiring Odgers Berndtson in 1998. At the time the firm had just 25 employees, but under Richard’s chairmanship it is now the largest British-owned executive search firm with global revenue of $230 million and offices in 29 countries. He joined the Cambridge Judge Advisory Board in January 2017 and is also Chairman of the National Employers Advisory Board.