Editor of the Financial Mail on Sunday Lisa Buckingham was the only working journalist to receive a gong in the New Year Honours List – picking up an OBE for services to journalism and women’s issues.
Buckingham, who has been editor of the Financial Mail on Sunday for eight years, was honoured for establishing the Financial Mail Women’s Forum in 2001. The forum provides a network for women at the top of their profession across business, politics, public service, the arts and science.
More recently Buckingham launched the Financial Freedom newsletters, which are distributed to every female prison leaver in the country and to women’s centres. The newsletters provide basic financial advice in an attempt to help cut the high rate of reoffending.
Buckingham said: “To be made an OBE is an immense honour and a wonderful recognition of the superb work done by the team at Financial Mail, not only to produce the best finance section every week but to creatively explore how we can extend this fantastic brand into new areas.”
Several high-profile former journalists also picked up honours in the New Year List.
Former ITN journalist Sandy Gall received the order of St Michael and St George for his charity work.
Gall, 83, set up Sandy Gall’s Afghanistan Appeal in 1986 and since then it has helped supply more than 20,000 artificial limbs and walking aids to disabled people in Afghanistan.
Former Financial Times editor Richard Lambert received a knighthood for services to business for his work as director general of the Confederation of British Industry.
Mark Damazer, who stepped down after six years as director of Radio 4 in October to become head of St Peter’s College, Oxford, received a CBE. He was previously deputy director general at the corporation with responcibility for overseeing news output.