Fleur Bothwick, an askGrapevine HR advisory board member, received the award for services to inclusion and diversity in the workplace.
The award, which Bothwick will receive at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London, recognises the achievements and service of people right across the United Kingdom.
It reflects a track record of leading and developing integrated diversity frameworks across large organisations – including the global services firm Lehman Brothers, Ernst & Young in the UK and, most recently, Ernst & Young across EMEIA.
Fleur says: "I first heard I'd been nominated in November, but it wasn’t confirmed until the honours list was published in late December – I am extremely honoured and excited."
Fleur's successes at Ernst & Young include developing one of the UK's first black and minority ethnic leadership programmes, introducing a Sponsors for Educational Opportunities programme to the professional services sector and a pilot summer graduate scheme for disabled interns.
Whilst delighted to be recognised, Fleur is quick to stress that her role is a catalyst for change, and she has "worked closely with talented colleagues on a variety of projects", and feels the award reflects "how committed our leaders are to D&I."