Brian Woods-Scawen, building society chairman and the man who spearheaded Coventry and Warwickshire's efforts to overcome the impact of the closure of Peugeot's Ryton plant, heads the West Midlands New Year Honours list for the business community.
He is appointed CBE for services to business and the community. The 61-year-old chartered accountant is chairman of the West Bromwich Building Society and chairman of the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Partnership (CSWP). He also led the Peugeot Partnership which helped workers to retrain and find new jobs when the French car giant announced it was ceasing production.
Dr Woods-Scawen also heads the Red Balloon Appeal which has raised £2.75 million for burns unit of the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. He said: "I am very pleased to have been honoured and particularly pleased that it is for both business and the community.
"I am a firm believer that everyone in business life has a commitment both to build successful businesses and also to serve the communities in which we live and work.
"The West Bromwich Building Society is a perfect case in point. It is one of the most successful building societies in the UK and the largest financial services organisation owned and managed in the Black Country and Birmingham.
"We are all products of our communities and I have really enjoyed – and will continue to do so – working for the good of Warwickshire and the West Midlands."
Dr Woods-Scawen, who lives in Kenilworth and is married to Jane, was a partner in the Midlands with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he rose to become chairman of the firm's UK supervisory board and a member of the global board.
He is also an adviser to the Prime Minister on governance in public life, a non executive member of the Boards of the Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and of the Government Office for the West Midlands. He was also a founding board member of Advantage West Midlands.
David Cragg, the regional director of the Learning Skills Council, is made OBE for services to training and education.
The former Birmingham City Council officer leads a pioneering and far-reaching strategy to plan and fund all post-16 learning in the region. He was also instrumental in establishing the country’s first operational Business Link in Birmingham.
As one of nine regional directors of the LSC, the 61-year-old has played a key role nationally in helping to build a world class workforce in the UK.
The impact can also be seen across the region, backed by a £750 million budget – the largest capital investment programme for colleges in the country.
Graham Ashmore, head of European and Cluster Policy for UK West Midlands Region, has been made an OBE for his services to international trade. Mr Ashmore, from Stourport on Severn in Worcestershire, has led or organised more than 50 overseas trade missions since 1974.
He started his career working as a trade advisor in the British Solomon Islands and wrote a book called Investing In The British Solomon Islands. In his current role he helps Midland companies to trade overseas.
He said: "I was very surprised and honoured to receive this award. We are holding our own on exports at the moment, despite the trauma of the car industry which was the main export.
"We are still exporting a great deal in transport for example, with components for the car, aerospace and rail sectors.
"Companies are also moving up the technology scale and also providing a service to their clients. They are selling solutions as well as products."
John Joseph Tissiman, chairman of engineering firm Edward Pryor and Son, and vice president of the Engineering Employers Federation was also honoured.
Mr Tissiman, from Stourbridge, was appointed MBE for his services to engineering.
Frances Beatty, former regional director of the Country Land and Business Association, is appointed MBE for services to business in the West Midlands.
Mrs Beatty, aged 60, retired from the association in April after serving on the body for 30 years.
During her three decades with the association she helped champion the rights of farmers and rural businesses as well as highlighting issues such as rural crime, transport, tourism, conservation and rural planning.
Growing out of her work with the association, she helped to found the West Midlands Business Council where she is the voice of the agricultural industry in the region. She also promotes the rights of small rural businesses.
"My passion has always been to make sure the countryside is economically and environmentally sustainable.
"The WMBC has helped to link the region's rural sector with the metropolitan area and so improve its lobbying position," she said.
Mrs Beatty, who is also a governor at the Harper Adams agricultural college, is also a consultant to the Stafford and Rural Homes group, which campaigns for more affordable rural housing.