As is so often the case, this year’s list contains a significant number of people from local government, reflecting the huge impact they have on society.
Local Government Minister Grant Shapps said:
I am delighted to see the hard work of so many in local government given the recognition it deserves - these people have gone the extra mile to improve the lives of many and it is right that we should celebrate their achievements.
Recipients for services to local government include:
Donna Hall CBE, Chief Executive, Chorley Borough Council
Colin Carmichael OBE, Chief Executive, Canterbury Council
Elizabeth Cartwright OBE, Chair, Hampshire Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing
Jean Dent OBE, Lately Director of City Development, Leeds City Council
Nargis Khan OBE, Deputy Chair, Community Wellbeing Board, Local Government Association
Councillor Colin Rigby OBE, Lately Member, Blackburn with Darwen Council
Neil Munslow MBE, Housing Services Manager, Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council
Gaye Thomas MBE, Librarian, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
The New Year Honours List also recognised many community activists who are supporting the Big Society through volunteering, fundraising, social action and philanthropy in their local area.