A POP sensation, a trailblazing female finance leader, a renowned whisky writer, and Scotland’s recently retired chief nursing officer are among those recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Others among the 47 recipients connected to Scotland include health and education leaders for their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic – as well as the scion of the Harris Tweed-weaving Campbell family.

Singer Lulu has been made a CBE. The 72-year-old has turned her hand to musical theatre, television and more across a six-decade career and is recognised for services to music, entertainment and charity.

Anne Richards, the chief executive of the Fidelity International investing

firm, said she was delighted to be made a dame and hopes it “highlights to women the wonderful opportunities that a career in financial services can offer”.

The 57-year-old, from Edinburgh, who initially studied electronic and electrical engineering, said she went to a “great local comprehensive school” and had “no exposure to financial services”.

She went on: “When I later started my business degree, I had very little understanding of how the world of finance worked but I quickly developed a love for financial markets.

“All of these opportunities helped to open the door to a long and rewarding career where I’ve worked with many fantastic friends and colleagues. I’m grateful to work in an industry where every day we can say we are helping people to build better financial futures.”

Elsewhere, Professor Fiona McQueen, from Ayrshire, who retired as the country’s chief nursing officer earlier this year after seven years in the role, gets a CBE for services to the NHS in Scotland. Another woman being made an OBE is Catherine Campbell, of the Isle of Harris, the descendant of the Campbell family of the small crofting village of Plocrapool where Harris Tweed was first hand-woven.

She is given the honour for services to the Harris Tweed industry and economy on the Isle of Harris.

Meanwhile, Charles MacLean, an author of 18 books whose specialist subject is Scotch, becomes an MBE for services to Scotch whisky, to UK exports, and to charity.

The 69-year-old, from Edinburgh, said he was “gobsmacked and honoured”, adding: “The recognition like this means so much to me – it’s a wonderful thing to have been awarded.”

Paul Cackette, of Edinburgh, Holyrood’s former legal director and now director of outbreak control management, is made a CBE for services to the Scottish Government.

Teaching chief Ken Muir, of Ladybank, Fife, is also made a CBE for services to education in light of his work during the pandemic.

He retired as head of the General Teaching Council for Scotland earlier this year was recently made an honorary professor at the University of the West of Scotland.

Meanwhile, Brexiteers are also among those to have been recognised in the list, with Conservative former minister Andrea Leadsom (below) leading the political recipients by being made a dame.

The National: Commons leader Andrea Leadsom

The former business secretary is joined on the honours list by Oliver Lewis, a veteran of the Vote Leave campaign who is made a CBE for political and public service.

A prominent Brexiteer, former business secretary Andrea resigned as leader of the House of Commons in 2019 amid a backlash against Theresa May’s Brexit plan.

She had previously entered the fray to succeed David Cameron as leader of the Conservative Party in 2016 but withdrew from the race, clearing the way for May to become the prime minister.

The South Northamptonshire MP, who entered Parliament in 2010 after a 25-year career in banking and finance, has been honoured with a damehood for her political service.

Lewis has been made a CBE just months after he quit as Boris Johnson’s main adviser on battling Scottish independence – less than a fortnight into the role.

He reportedly told friends his position as head of Downing Street’s Union unit was made “untenable” by others within Number 10. It came amid a bitter power struggle which saw the dramatic departures of former Vote Leave figures – and allies of Lewis – Dominic Cummings and Lee Cain.

Leadsom said she was “deeply honoured” to be recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, adding: “It is an immense privilege to be recognised for service to politics.”