Brother UK MD, Raspberry Pi inventor, Fujitsu chairman and more celebrated in Queen's Birthday Honours

“To be recognised by Her Majesty the Queen is wonderful,” says Brother UK’s Phil Jones
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A number of tech industry figures have been celebrated in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Phil Jones, managing director of Brother UK, has been awarded an MBE in recognition of his services to business.

Having joined Brother UK as a fax salesman in 1994, Jones has held a series of roles at the firm, including UK sales and marketing director. He was made deputy managing director in 2012 and managing director a year later.

The £100m-turnover business was named by The Sunday Times as one of the 100 Best Places to Work in 2014 and earlier this year became only the second company in the UK to achieve Investors in People Platinum status.

“To be recognised by Her Majesty the Queen is wonderful. I’m passionate about business as a force for good in people’s lives and in our local communities. This is why I spend time sharing any knowledge gained and encouraging other entrepreneurs and businesspeople. Helping other businesses helps Brother UK too. We work hard to ensure that we take on the very best practice that we learn from others,” said Jones.

Another big name in the industry, Raspberry Pi inventor Eben Upton, has been honoured.

Upton has been made a CBE for his services to business and education.

The inventor helped develop the mini computer for children and set up the Raspberry Pi foundation to promote the study of computer science among young people.

Other tech entrepreneurs, execs and veterans celebrated include Philip Hulme, the co-founder of Hadley Trust, Computacenter and Dealogic, who was awarded a knighthood for his services to technology.

Simon Paul Blagden, MBE, chairman of Fujitsu UK, was also celebrated. He received a CBE for his services to the economy and skills.

Back in 1997, Blagden was appointed Member of The Order of The British Empire for services to the telecommunications industry. In 2004, he was appointed as non-executive chairman of Fujitsu Telecommunications for Europe and is a member of Fujitsu UK’s leadership team.

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