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King’s Birthday Honours 2024

Buckingham PalaceUniv is delighted to report that the following alumni were recognised in the King’s Birthday Year Honours announced earlier this month.

Richard Fuller (1981) was awarded a CBE for Political and Public Service. He recently stepped down as MP for North East Bedfordshire. A member of the Conservative Party, he previously represented Bedford from 2010 to 2017. He initially achieved prominence as the leader of the Young Conservatives from 1985 to 1987.

Armando Iannucci (1982, English) was awarded a CBE for services to Film and Television. Critically acclaimed and commercially successful across radio, television and film, Armando has blazed a trail in comedy and cutting-edge satire with a range of productions that include The Thick of It, Alan Partridge, The Death of Stalin and Veep.

Dr Alexander “Xa” John Sturgis (1982, History) was awarded a CBE for services to Culture. He is the current Director of the Ashmolean Museum. Dr Sturgis studied at Univ before pursuing his MA and PhD in art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He became Director of the Holburne Museum in Bath, overseeing a £13m extension. Xa Sturgis replaced Christopher Brown as Director of the Ashmolean Museum in October 2014 and was also appointed Supernumerary Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford.

Jean-Christophe Gray CBE (1994, Modern History) was awarded an LVO as former Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales. He was previously Head of General Expenditure Policy at Her Majesty’s Treasury and the official spokesperson to the former Prime Minister David Cameron. In the 2015 dissolution honours, Gray was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for public serice.

Published: 25 June 2024

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