Congratulations to all those working in the local government, housing, fire and voluntary and community sector who have been recognized in the New Year Honours list which acknowledges their extraordinary contribution to society.
Local Government Minister Baroness Hanham said:
I am delighted to see colleagues in local government being honored. It’s testament to their services to the local community that their hard work, dedication and achievements have been recognised in this way. Many congratulations.
Those who have received honors for services to the local government sector:
- Peter Jones, Leader of East Sussex County Council receives a CBE for services to local government in the South East
- Caroline Tapster, lately Chief Executive of Hertfordshire County Council receives a CBE for services to local government
- Ian Greenwood, lately Leader of Bradford City Council receives an OBE for services to local government
- Roger Kelly, lately Chief Executive of Gateshead Council receives an OBE for services to local government and the community in Gateshead and the North East
- Sharon Taylor, Leader of Stevenage Borough Council and Deputy Chair of the Local Government Association receives an OBE for services to local government
- Jane Todd, Chief Executive of Nottingham City Council receives an OBE for services to local government in Nottingham
- Clare Whelan, Member, London Borough of Lambeth receives an OBE for services to local government in London
- Brian Beale, Councillor in Southminster receives an MBE for services to local government in Essex
- Linda Green, Member, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council receives an MBE for services to the community in Tyne & Wear
- Raymond Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council receives an MBE for services to the community in Hillingdon, Middlesex
- Katherine Gilcreest, Anti-Social Behaviour Manager, Brentwood Borough Council receives a BEM for services to the community in Brentwood, Essex
Those who have received honors for services to the housing sector:
- Anthony Pidgeley, Chairman of the Berkeley Group receives a CBE for services to the housing sector and the community
- Peter Ruback, Deputy Director, Housing Revenue Account and Decent Homes Programme, Department for Communities and Local Government receives a CBE
- Sue Chalkley, Chief Executive of the Hastoe Housing Association receives an OBE for services to housing and tenants
- Paul Downie, Deputy Director, Affordable Housing Management and Standards, Department for Communities and Local Government receives an OBE
Fire and rescue
Those who have received honors for services to the fire and rescue sector:
- David Beardsall, Retained Watch Manager in Charge, Nottinghamshire and City of Nottingham Fire and Rescue Authority receives an MBE
- Michael Mottram, Equipment Officer, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service receives an MBE
- Richard Stanton, firefighter in West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service receives an MBE
- Neil Cole, Retained Firefighter, Isle of Wight receives a BEM for services to the communities of Shanklin and the Isle of Wight
- Christopher Boulton, Senior Adviser to the Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser, Department for Communities and Local Government receives a QFSM
- Glynis Lomax, Head of the Operational Intelligence Unit receives a QFSM
- Gary Reason, Director of Operational Resilience and Training for services to the Olympics receives a QFSM
- Colin Rockey, Group Manager, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service receives a QFSM
Voluntary and community sector
Those who have received honors for services to the voluntary and community sector:
- Herschel Gluck, founder of the Muslim Jewish Forum receives an OBE for services to interfaith understanding
- Denys Shortt, founder of DCS Europe PLC and Chair, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership receives an OBE for services to the economy in the West Midlands
- Ruth Abrahams receives an MBE for services to the voluntary and community sector in Newcastle upon Tyne
- Margaret Barker, founder of the Dorset Poverty Action Group receives an MBE for services to homeless and underprivileged people in Dorchester
- Valerie Barker receives an MBE for services to the community of the Mixenden Social Housing Estate, Halifax
- David Blower receives an MBE for services to tenant engagement in Fleetwood
- Anita Halliday, Chief Executive of St Pauls Community Development Trust receives an MBE for services to the community in Balsall Heath, Birmingham
- Caroline Highton, founder of the Brian Shields Trust receives an MBE for services to personal finance and community support
- Mary Jones receives an MBE for services to tenants and the community in Saffron and Neston, Leicester
- Peter McNestry, Chair of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Waith upon Dearne, Rotherham, receives an MBE for services to coalfield communities
- Aggarwal-Singh Neelam receives an MBE for services to community cohesion, health and welfare through the Indian Hindu Welfare Organisation
- Gerry Proctor receives an MBE for services to the community in Liverpool
- Emdadur Rahman, journalist and community volunteer, receives an MBE for services to the community in Tower Hamlets and to the Bangladeshi Media
- Freda Sheehy receives an MBE for services to the community in Norwich
- Valerie Ahern, Chair of the Templar’s Estate Residents Association receives a BEM for services to tenant empowerment in Witham
- Eileen Alldritt receives a BEM for services to tenant empowerment and the community in Liverpool
- Christine Allen, Chief Executive of the Forum Housing Association receives a BEM for services to the community in Merseyside
- Rose Cooke-Coton receives a BEM for services to the community in Masefield, Birmingham
- Heather Didwell, volunteer at Catton Grove Community Association receives a BEM for services to the community in Norwich
- John Filby receives a BEM for services to the community in Abridge, Essex
- Muriel Healey, board member, Havebury Housing Partnership receives a BEM for services to Tenants in Suffolk
- David Highton receives a BEM for services to the community in West Ealing, London
- Asim Iftikhar receives a BEM for services to the community in Poplar
- Betty Koppa receives a BEM for services to the community and residents of North Curry, Taunton
- Shaun Lansfield receives a BEM for services to tenant engagement and to the community in Edmonton
- Jacqueline McGrew, Chair of the Whitebirk Tenants and Residents Association receives a BEM for services to the community in Blackburn, Lancashire
- Matthew Milnes, founder of the Scholemoor Community Association receives a BEM for services to the community in Bradford
- Riaz Ravat, Development Manager, St Philip’s Centre, Leicester receives a BEM for services to inter-faith understanding in Leicester
- Freda Smith receives a BEM for services to the community in Leyland, Lancashire
The New Year Honours list for 2013 includes recognition for a number of prominent Scots.
Awarded Companion of Honour is:
- Professor Peter Higgs for services to physics.
Among those knighted is:
- John Leighton for services to art.
Recipients of the CBE include:
- Duncan Fletcher for services to business and to the community in Stirlingshire.
- Professor Pamela Gillies for services to education and public health.
- Magnus Linklater for services to the arts and media in Scotland.
- Rory Mair for services to local government.
- Katherine Grainger for services to rowing.
Recipients of the OBE include:
- Ewan McGregor for services to drama and charity.
- Henry Campbell for services to the welfare of fishermen in Scotland.
- Sheila Fleet for services to the jewellery industry.
- Gordon McCormack for services to the special Olympians and disability sport.
- Sheriff Isobel Poole for services to justice in Scotland and the community in Edinburgh.
- Bruce Ritson for services to alcohol research.
- James Scott for services to community relations and young people in Scotland.
- Andy Murray for services to tennis.
Among those receiving an MBE are:
- Nicola Benedetti for services to music and charity.
- Siobhan Redmond for services to drama.
- Patricia Chalmers for services to the built heritage in Glasgow.
- Gordon Day for services to rowing and charitable services through the Allan Glen’s School Club.
- Les Hoey for services to charity in Scotland.
- Fiona Stuart for services to young people in Dunbartonshire.
- Stephanie Young for services to local government and to charity.
- Tim Baillie for services to canoeing.
- Scott Brash for services to equestrianism.
- Neil Fachie for services to para-cycling.
- Craig Maclean for services to cycling and Paralympic sport.
- David Smith for services to rowing.
- Heather Stanning for services to rowing.
Among those receiving a BEM are:
- Ian Dickson for services to the welfare of people with cancer in the west of Scotland.
- Alan Kilpatrick for services to the welfare of people with cancer in the west of Scotland.
- Tom Gilzean for services to charitable fundraising in Edinburgh.
- John James for voluntary and charitable services to the community in Dundee.
- John Barron Webster for services to journalism.
Also announced Recipients of the Queen’s Fire, Police and Ambulance Service medals in Scotland:
- Queen’s Fire Service Medal
Ronald has completed 35 years of service as a retained firefighter and has been the officer in charge of Ellon station in Aberdeenshire since 1999.
His personal leadership and drive led to the creation of the ‘Ellon Open Day’ – now in its 31st year – which has raised over £150,000 for the Fire Fighters Charity and supported many local charities. Ronald and his team were shortlisted as finalists at this year’s Spirit of Fire awards, and in 2011 won ‘Station of the Year’ at the Fire Fighter Charity awards.
He has expertly commanded many serious incidents, from multiple rescues in elderly care homes and major structural fires, to flood rescues and road traffic accidents. His calm nature, leadership and experience are a source of strength and comfort to those under his command.
Ronald has sacrificed his personal time to community safety, and is at the forefront of preventative strategies in his local town. He has a proven track record as a safety advocate for Grampian Fire and Rescue Service (FRS), and is a long standing member of the Retained Practitioners Forum. He is one of the most influential officers among 34 retained duty officers in charge, and is a dependable and honest sounding board for leaders of the service.
Acting Chief Officer David has played a key role in his 34 years’ service with Lothian & Borders FRS, but it is his commitment to supporting another regional service that is recognised today.
When Highlands & Islands FRS needed support, David spent a significant amount of his own time in Inverness providing assistance to the Deputy Chief Fire Officer. He advised the Clerk of the Fire Board and elected members on the development of effective governance arrangements that can stand up to scrutiny – advice that has led to the development of an improvement plan for Highlands and Islands. As a result improvements, although marginal for now, are already being realised.
During this time David has also played a key role in creating a new service delivery model for Lothian and Borders FRS by establishing robust political scrutiny arrangements aligned to local service delivery – an approach so successful it is now being considered as a national model.
- Queen’s Police Medal
Andrew Barker has made a significant contribution to the safety and wellbeing of communities across Central Scotland and Fife, most notably through his success in guiding police forces under difficult circumstances.
Upon joining Central Scotland Police in 1981 Andrew took on a number of roles before he was sponsored to study for an LLB at Glasgow University. He graduated in 1989 and advanced through the ranks until his strong vision and leadership was recognized in his appointment as Chief Constable.
He is Chair of the Scottish Chief Police Officers Staff Association (SCPOSA), and has built productive relationships with Scottish Government Ministers and officials, the Scottish Police Federation, the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents and the Association of Chief Police Officers in England and Wales.
A national assessor for the Accelerated Development Programme, Andrew has devoted his own time to coaching senior officers and has created a mentoring and development program for officers seeking promotion.
Andrew is also an influential member of the Fife Child Protection Committee, establishing and leading Fife’s Public Protection Policy Unit – the first of its kind in Scotland. This has brought child protection, offender management and adult protection under one structure and enhanced co-ordination to protect some of the most vulnerable in society.
As strategic command of planning and policing at the 2010 St Andrew’s British Open Golf Championship, Andrew established an excellent working relationship with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club by developing a clear costing model and explaining the rationale behind police deployment. This model is now recognized as best practice for sporting events and is promoted UK-wide.
In 2011-12, Andrew led a program of workforce modernization and efficiency savings, reassuring staff and maintaining focus during an anxious and uncertain period. Despite unprecedented financial constraint he helped to secure further crime reduction and an increase in detection rates to among the highest in the UK.
Chief Constable George Graham’s integrity and personal values have earned him enormous respect in policing circles and the communities he has served.
He has demonstrated a clear willingness and ability to take on responsibilities beyond those expected of his role. While serving with Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, George helped raise the profile of the regional Domestic Abuse Strategy Group, reassuring victims and giving them the confidence to report issues. He has had regular dialogue with senior civil servants and Ministerial teams on domestic violence and child protection.
George’s service as site commander at Kamp van Zeist in the Netherlands, where he was responsible for policing at the Lockerbie bombing trial, earned him a Chief Constable’s Commendation. He has played a lead role in the development of Counter-Terrorism Command and Control Protocols for all Scottish Forces, ensuring that protocols in Scotland are fit for purpose within a UK context.
George has played an active part in the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) Police Reform Strategy Group, helping to ensure that police reform is pragmatic and deliverable.
Chief Superintendent David O’Connor has had a distinguished police career within Northern Constabulary, but is being recognized in particular for the significant contribution he has made to police service reform in Scotland as President of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents (ASPS).
David was elected as President at a time when police budgets were under strain and a reduction in police numbers across the UK was predicted. He immediately started a campaign to raise awareness of the potential for reform, arguing in favour of amalgamation of forces as an alternative to reducing officer numbers.
David’s campaign gathered a significant media profile, and despite considerable opposition and long periods of time away from his family he continued to lobby politicians for reform. He was fully involved in the consultation process, advising ministers and opposition alike on the implications of issues on the service.
David now represents the ASPS in helping to make transitional arrangements for the new police service, a role that has involved him personally submitting evidence to the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament.
- Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal
Gary began his distinguished 28-year career in the Ambulance Service as a paramedic before moving on to management roles. He has become a pioneer in the field of Emergency Planning and Resilience, developing world-leading changes to policy and engineering.
Since joining the National Risk and Resilience Department in 1997, Gary has gone beyond the call of duty, serving as strategic manager in the National Command and Co-ordination Centre during terrorist incidents, extreme weather and pandemic flu.
He has developed new departments such as Special Operations to meet emerging threats, and has served as an ambassador to promote a new range of patient care initiatives. Specialist Operations push the boundaries of traditional ambulance practice, taking patient triage and treatment to the front line of major incidents where medics were previously unable to go. Intervention is often hazardous, but is proven to save lives.
Gary also represents the service frequently at UK and Scottish level, attending the National Ambulance Resilience Board and other committees to promote resilience and develop best practice and consistency across UK ambulance services.
His commitment to resilience education has led him to train as an instructor, teaching Major Incident Medical Management and Support to medical and ambulance personnel, as well as internal command courses.
Gary has managed a range of operational incidents including the Glasgow Airport Bombing, royal visits and the Papal visit in 2011. He has been a key player in large events, including the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
This is a partial list and in no way indicates that those listed are more important or worthy than those not appearing in this article.
Source: Department for Communities and Local Government, Scotland.gov
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