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Mairead Molloy

We find that women feel particularly attracted to men with titles, which enhances interest

There are always fewer honours than people who deserve them and this is because they are rare. So says the Cabinet Office, and this department oversees the Queen’s Honours that are made public twice each year – on New Year's eve and on the Queen’s Official Birthday.

Honours are reserved for those who have changed things for the better, especially by solid, practical achievement and whose work has brought distinction to British life or enhanced the UK’s reputation in their area of activity.

Given Team GB’s astonishing achievement at the Rio Olympics this year, it’s fair to assume that many nominations will be sporting heroines and heroes.

It’s not possible for someone to nominate themselves and the process can take anything from 12 months to come to fruition, with the precise choice of the award resting with the Queen’s Honours officials.

An award can be a fantastic boost to someone’s occupational achievements which typically fall into one of eight categories: community, voluntary and local services, arts and media, health, sport, education, science and technology, business and the economy, civil or political service.

According to Mairead Molloy, psychologist and global director for the elite matchmaking service, Berkeley International, a Queen’s Honour can also boost a gentleman’s rating amongst women. “We have a sizeable group of individuals on our books with honours. We find that women feel particularly attracted to men with titles, which enhances interest. Surprisingly, when men date women with titles, they seem to be less status-conscious and are more concerned about shared interests.

“We find that that single men who’ve recently been given an honour speak to us for several reasons. They may want to make the most of their new-found fame and meet like-minded people or they might simply want to increase their luck in love. Many people being awarded CBEs, OBEs and MBEs have worked tirelessly for charity or a business enterprise and have had little time to spread their wings and meet new partners.”

The best-known awards are as follows:


This is awarded for having a major contribution in any activity, usually at national level. Other people working in the nominee’s area will see their contribution as inspirational and significant, requiring commitment over a long period of time.

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

This is awarded for having a prominent but lesser role at national level, or a leading role at regional level. You can also get one for a distinguished, innovative contribution to any area.

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

This is awarded for having a major local role in any activity, including people whose work has made them known nationally in their chosen area.

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Awarded for an outstanding achievement or service to the community. This will have had a long-term, significant impact and stand out as an example to others.

If you know someone who is deserving of an award, look at this useful guidance from the Cabinet Office at and for information about how to write a nomination, see here:


Berkeley International website:


For further information, or to request an interview with Mairead Molloy please contact Tina Fotherby on 07703 409 622 or email or Adam Betteridge on 0333 344 2341 or email

About Mairead Molloy

Mairead Molloy is an expert in relationships and matchmaking and is the Global Director for Berkeley International, an elite matchmaking service which currently operates in thirteen cities around the world. Born in Ireland, Mairead studied at university in the UK and now lives in Cannes, France.

Mairead has been working in the dating industry for thirteen years and has worked as a psychologist for ten years. She has a degree in Psychology as well as a Masters in Criminology at Birkbeck, University of London. In 2006 Mairead became a member of the Division of Forensic Psychology at the British Psychology Association.

Mairead became Berkeley International’s Global Director in 2003 which first launched in London in 1998 and then expanded internationally in 2013. The agency now operates in a number of cities around the world including Paris, Milan, Melbourne and New York. In 2016, Berkeley International reached 5,000 members worldwide.

Her previous position was being the owner of a Provencal Hotel in Cannes, France called Hotel Florella.

Mairead is a versatile, talented and intelligent bi-lingual high achiever. She has exceptional people skills and has a proven track record of success in building and driving a diverse business.

The key element behind the success stories of Berkeley International is Mairead’s expert knowledge of human relationships, intuition and ability to listen and ask the right questions to get to the heart of the matter.

Mairead Molloy Timeline

1998 – Berkeley International was launched in London with 300 members
2003 – Mairead Molloy joined the team as Global Director
2006 - Mairead Molloy became a member of the Division of Forensic Psychology at the British Psychology Association.
2008 – Berkeley International became a member of the Association of British Introduction Agencies (ABIA)
2011 – Mairead Molloy achieved a Masters in Criminology
2013 – Berkeley International launched international offices
2016 – Berkeley International has 5,000 members
2016 – Mairead Molloy appears on Channel 5’s ‘How the Other Half Lives’ with Eamonn Holmes & Ruth Langsford and Channel 4’s ‘How to be a Socialite’.


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