ABTT Members featured on the New Year’s Honours List

4 January 2021

The government of the United Kingdom has officially announced the list of New Year Honours 2021. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has awarded the honours to a number of persons for outstanding achievements across the country.

The ABTT would like to congratulate William (Bill) Dudley, ABTT Fellow, awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire, Stuart Gibbons of Le Mark (ABTT Silver ISG) for his OBE for services to International Trade and Graham Vick CBE who spoke at ITEAC 2018 who was awarded Knighthood in the Queens New Year’s Honours List 2021.


William (Bill) Dudley, ABTT Fellow.

William (Bill) Dudley, British theatre designer and ABTT Fellow was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queens New Year’s Honours List 2021 for services to Stage Design.

Making his Royal Opera debut in 1980 designing sets for Les Contes d’Hoffmann, directed by John Schlesinger, he has since designed sets for The Silver Tassie (English National Opera), Il barbiere di Siviglia (Glyndebourne Festival and Welsh National Opera), Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Glyndebourne Festival) plus  many more.

Dudley also works extensively in theatre, his many productions for the National Theatre including The Mysteries, Coast of Utopia and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. His theatre credits elsewhere include Hamlet, Kafka’s Dick and Hitchcock Blonde (Royal Court), Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company), Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare’s Globe) and The End of the Rainbow, All My Sons, Woman in White and The Importance of Being Earnest (West End).

Dudley was born in London and studied at Central Saint Martins and the Slade School of Art..


Stuart Gibbons of Le Mark, Silver ISG

Stuart Gibbons, Managing Director at Le Mark Group Ltd, (ABTT Silver ISG Member) was awarded with an OBE for services to International Trade in the Queens New Year’s Honours List 2021.

Since Le Mark’s founding in 1982, Stuart has always had a passion for exporting and expanding the company into international markets. The company has a reputation within the Arts & Entertainment Industry for product excellence and award-winning British design & innovation. Now, in the additional role of a Department for International Trade Export Champion, Stuart continues to encourage and advise British regional companies to embark on the path of exporting.

Stuart’s voluntary career has encompassed the position of vice-chairmen of the Global Trade Network. Founding Chairman of the Huntingdonshire Manufacturing Association and the GCGP Business Advisory Panel. Stuart is currently Chairman of the Cambridge & Peterborough Apprentice Ambassador Network.

“I first heard that my name had been put forward for this honour on the 2nd of December 2020, I was utterly shocked! To be noted and honoured for what I consider to be a personal passion of mine, was something I had never imagined.

Stuart concluded, “I believe I am still in shock and can only thank those that considered me worthy and worked behind the scenes to prepare a submission to the Main Honours Committee and ultimately Her Majesty the Queen. I have had the privilege to work on some amazing projects with talented people both at Le Mark and around the world. I will continue to support British exporting companies whenever I can”

What an incredible and positive way to start 2021.”

Stuart Gibbons OBE


Graham Vick CBE.

Graham Vick, Opera Director, founder and Artistic director of the Birmingham Opera Company and speaker at the ABTT’s 2018 ITEAC Conference was knighted for his services to music and the regions in the Queens New Year’s Honours List 2021. Vick was previously appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2009 Birthday Honours.

Vick has become renowned for his productions of major operas, such as Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” and “Parsifal,” Mozart’s “Idomeneo,” “Die Zauberflöte,” “Le Nozze di Figaro” and “Don Giovanni,” Rossini’s “Semiramide,” and Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” and “La bohème,” among others.

Vick studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. At age 24, he directed a production of Gustav Holst’s Savitri for Scottish Opera, and became the company’s director of productions in 1984.[1] From 1994 to 2000, Vick was director of productions at Glyndebourne Opera.

In 1987, he founded the Birmingham Opera Company and remains its artistic director. Vick’s productions with Birmingham Opera include the first UK production of Othello to feature a black tenor in the title role in 2009,[4] and the 2012 world premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s notoriously difficult Mittwoch aus Licht.