Martyn Henderson awarded OBE in New Year’s Honours List

Congratulations to the SGSA’s Chief Executive, Martyn Henderson on being awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

His award is for services to sports safety during COVID-19. Over the course of the pandemic, Martyn was integral to the safe return of spectators to sports grounds, leading the Government’s Events Research Programme for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Speaking of receiving his award, Martyn said: “It’s very humbling to receive this recognition for public service during a pandemic which has had such a devastating impact on all of our lives and livelihoods.

“The last two years have been the hardest of my professional life but, in many ways, the most rewarding – particularly working with the fantastic teams at the SGSA and in Government, as well as with so many dedicated people across the sports sector, to enable fans to return safely to our stadia.

“COVID has of course reminded us that sport isn’t everything.  The absence of fans may seem a trivial concern when compared with the enormous sacrifices made by our carers, key workers and others who have helped to combat this horrible disease.  But live sport brings enormous joy and a powerful sense of community to so many people and it was a great privilege to have played a small part in its return.

“This is also an opportunity to thank everyone that I’ve worked alongside in my 25 years as a civil servant – in the Department for Work and Pensions, Government Equalities Office and most recently the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.  I would have achieved precisely nothing without them!”

Congratulations to Martyn from everyone at the SGSA on this well deserved award.