BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List for 2016 for services to the retail industry. Helen has been in her post for the consortium since January 2013, following a successful career working with retailers at KPMG. At the BRC, Helen is a strong advocate of retail, supporting retailers and influencing governments and stakeholders in order to make a positive difference to the industry and the customers it serves.

Helen says: "I am deeply honoured to receive an OBE – it is a testament to the encouragement and support of the BRC’s members as we have sought to promote and serve the industry and to our great BRC team. I am passionate about the retail industry and its place at the forefront of innovation and social cohesion, touching every aspect of our local communities and the lives of everyone in the country."

Sir Charlie Mayfield, BRC chair, adds: "Helen is a very worthy recipient of this honour. She strives tirelessly to work on behalf of retail, to lead debate and influence policy. The BRC has made great strides since her arrival and we look forward to the future success of the BRC with Helen in the driving seat."