UK State Awards – 2023 Birthday Honours: Overseas & International Honours List

St Helena Government, on behalf of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, are now inviting nominations for the 2023 Birthday Honours.

Persons wishing to submit nominations for the 2023 Birthday Honours are reminded that the overriding principle is that Honours are awarded on merit for exceptional achievement or any service recently carried out over and above what normally is expected. This can include making a difference to their community or field of work, innovation and entrepreneurship, improving life for people less able to help themselves and displaying moral courage. Where possible, nominations should place emphasis on voluntary services and the service must be recent.

It should also be noted that age is not a factor in awarding Honours, and younger members of the community who have made an outstanding contribution or have given exceptional service should not be overlooked. It is important that nominations are kept confidential and that nominees are not made aware that they are being proposed for award of an Honour.

To find out more about the different types of Honours Awards please visit: 

In addition to the UK 2023 Birthday Honours, St Helena Government are inviting nominations for the following local government awards:


The Certificate and Badge of Honour Award is presented to public servants on behalf of St Helena Government for loyal and valuable service worthy of recognition or, in the case of other persons, for their loyal and meritorious conduct that has provided exceptional benefit to the people of St Helena. Nominees for this award should be residents of St Helena, either being born on the Island or have been residing on St Helena for not less than ten years prior to the date of the award. 


This award is presented to individuals who have shown a clear display of moral courage and bravery in adverse situations.


This is a new award and for which nominations are being invited for the first time. It is of a higher status than the Certificate and Badge of Honour and is available to both St Helenians and non-St Helenians. The Badge of Honour recognises exceptional service provided by individuals or organisations who make significant contribution to St Helena’s development or by supporting and/or enhancing social, cultural, economic, environmental improvement or the understanding of St Helena internationally. Such contributions or achievements may include, but are not limited to, research, philanthropy, literature, heritage, or promotion and enhancement of St Helena internationally.


This award is also a new award for which nominations are being invited for the first time. This award is symbolic in nature and is the highest-level of local government award that can be conferred. The Freedom of the City of Jamestown is awarded to both St Helenians and non-St Helenians whose achievements are significantly admirable and highly worthy of distinctive recognition. Those who receive this award will have made an outstanding contribution that is of huge national impact to St Helena and its citizens and will have served the best interests of the Island. 

Nomination forms for all of the above awards, are available from Central Support Service at the Castle, Jamestown, or can be requested via email:

Completed forms should be returned to the Castle in a sealed envelope marked ‘Confidential’ addressed to ‘The Secretary, Honours and Awards Committee’, by Friday, 28 October 2022.


6 October 2022

St Helena Government Communications Hub

Telephone: 22470