A HOST of Oxfordshire’s most influential people in a variety of fields were included in the New Year Honours list.

Professor Bernard Silverman, a former chief scientific adviser to the Home Office, statistician and master of St Peter’s College, has been awarded a knighthood for public service and services to science.

The former chief executive of Cherwell District Council, Sue Smith, was made an MBE for services to local government.

Mrs Smith, who was chief executive of South Northamptonshire District Council at the same time, presided over the growth of Bicester as an Eco Town and saw it awarded Healthy New Town Status in 2016.

Dr Clive Meux, consultant forensic psychiatrist and medical director at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, was made an OBE for services to people with mental ill health.

Oxford Science Park-based Annika Small, social entrepreneur and co-founder of the centre for acceleration of social technology was also made an OBE.

Nick Wheeler, founder of shirt brand Charles Tyrwhitt, who lives near Oxford, and his wife Chrissie Rucker who founded The White Company, were made OBEs for services to retail.

The former warden of St Antony’s College, professor Margaret MacMillan was made a Companion of Honour for services to Higher Education, history and international affairs.

Professor Ngaire Woods, dean of Blavatnik School of Government was made a CBE.