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Elizabeth Fagan receives a CBE at Buckingham Palace

05 March 2020
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Elizabeth Fagan, former Boots Non-Executive Chair, and Managing Director of Boots UK and ROI received her Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) at Buckingham Palace yesterday, for her services to gender equality in business. Elizabeth expressed her surprise and gratitude for the honour, which she dedicated to the many people at Boots who have helped her promote equality in the workplace.

“I was both surprised and delighted to receive this honour. Throughout my career and especially through Boots I have worked to promote women in business through my actions and the actions of others. This is also a huge thank you to all the men and women at Boots who have helped me promote gender equality. I look forward to continuing to promote this important agenda in all of my future endeavours.”

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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and around 1,900 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores.*

Boots serves its customers and patients for life as the leading provider of healthcare on the high street and the UK’s number one beauty destination. It offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of products, which incorporates its extensive own brand range and innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle Beauty and Sleek MakeUP.

2024 marks Boots’ 175th anniversary year. Founder John Boot opened a herbalist store in Nottingham in 1849 to offer an affordable alternative to traditional medicines. His son Jesse expanded the business to become a modern retailer and the biggest chemist in Britain. Throughout its history, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

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*Figures accurate as of 31 May 2024