Press release

Eric Pickles congratulates New Year's Honours 2014 recipients

Secretary of State congratulates those working in the local government, housing, fire and voluntary and community sector.

Congratulations to all those working in the local government, housing, fire and voluntary and community sector who have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list which acknowledges their extraordinary contribution to society.

Secretary of State Eric Pickles said:

Congratulations and well done to colleagues in local government, housing, fire and community services on the New Year’s Honours List. It’s testament to their services to the local community that their hard work, dedication and achievements have been recognised in this way.

Local government

Those who have received honours for services to the local government sector:

  • Cllr Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council, receives a CBE for services to local government
  • Ann Lucas, Member of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, receives an OBE for services to local government
  • Cllr Gordon Nicholson, Leader of Eden District Council, receives and OBE for services to local government
  • Geoff Little, Deputy Chief Executive (performance) of Manchester City Council, receives an OBE for services to local government
  • Cllr Katherine Cutts, lately Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, receives an MBE for services to local government
  • Cllr Jonathan Clarke, Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council, receives an MBE for services to local government
  • Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader of Gloucestershire County Council, receives an MBE for services to local government
  • Cllr Andrew Lewer, Leader of Derbyshire County Council, receives an MBE for services to local government
  • John Simmonds, Member of Kent County Council, receives an MBE for services to local government
  • Graham Turner, Chief Executive of North Somerset Council, receives an MBE for services to local government
  • Cllr Marianne Overton, Vice-Chairman of the Local Government Association, receives an MBE for services to local government
  • Cllr David Burbage, Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, receives an MBE for services to local government
  • Cllr Geoffrey Williams, Basildon Borough Council, receives an MBE for services to local government
  • Cllr William Pennington, Salford City Council, receives a BEM for services to local government and the community in Greater Manchester
  • Daphne Marchant, Director of Myrrh Education and Training, receives a BEM for services to local government and the voluntary sector in South London

Housing and planning

Those who have received honours for services to the housing sector:

  • Anthony Crook, Researcher and Vice-Chairman of the Orbit Housing Group and Chairman of Shelter, receives a CBE for services to housing and charitable governance
  • Richard Harwood, QC receives an OBE for services to planning and environment law decision-making
  • Jonathan Fitzmaurice, Director of Self-Help Housing, receives an OBE for services to housing
  • Richard Crossley receives an OBE for services to neighbourhoods and social housing tenants
  • Terry Adkin, Chairman of the Citywide Board, receives a BEM for services to tenants in West Pottergate and the residents of Awsworth
  • Andrew Osborne, Chairman of the Faversham Municipal Charities, in Kent receives a BEM for services to almshouse sheltered accommodation

Fire and rescue

Those who have received honours for services to the fire and rescue sector:

  • Neal Pickersgill, Watch Manager of the Urban Search and Rescue Team of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Serviced, receives an MBE for services to search and rescue in the UK and abroad
  • Christopher Martin, Lately Commander (Retained) of Lydney Station, receives an MBE for services to fire and rescue
  • Michael Houghton receives a BEM for services to the fire and rescue service and the community in Tetbury, Gloucestershire
  • Lee Howell, Chief Fire Officer of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, receives the QFSM
  • Frank Swann, Chief Fire Officer of Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, receives the QFSM
  • John Hindmarch, Chief Fire Officer of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, receives the QFSM
  • Simon Pilling, Chief Fire Officer of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, receives the QFSM
  • Christopher Kenny, Chief Fire Officer of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, receives the QFSM
  • Peter Dartford, Chief Fire Officer of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, receives the QFSM

Voluntary and community sector

Those who have received honours for services to the voluntary and community sector:

  • Debby Ounsted receives a CBE for services to the charitable sector in the UK
  • Ann Cadmna, Director of the Source Skills Academy, receives an OBE for services to the community of South Yorkshire
  • John Longden, Founder of the Pub is the Hub, for services to rural communities in the UK
  • Aideen Jones, Chief Executive of Southdown Housing Association, receives an OBE for services to people with intellectual disabilities
  • Khawar Mann, Founding Member and Chairman of Mosaic, receives an OBE for services to the voluntary and charitable service
  • Rafaat Mughal, Founder and Director of JAN Trust, receives an OBE for services to disadvantaged women and the community in Haringey
  • Warwick Hawkins, Grade 7 in the Faith and Participation Team at the Department for Communities and Local Government, receives an MBE for services to interfaith
  • Zaidah Ahmed, Corporate Community Engagement Manager at Rotherham Borough Council, receives an MBE for services to the community in Rotherham, South Yorkshire
  • David Mark, Chairman of Westway Housing Association, receives an MBE for services to the community
  • John Maytum, Chairman of the Leathermarket Joint Management Board, receives an MBE for services to the community
  • Sylvia Harris, Community Worker at the YMCA, receives an MBE for services to the community in Wolverhampton
  • Raj Kumar Bali receives an MBE for services to inter-faith relations in Derby and the East Midlands
  • Sadhu Singh Gakhal, Vice-Chairman of the British Sikh Consultative Forum, receives an MBE for services to the Sikh community
  • Stephen Darby, Members’ Representative of Operation Florian, receives an MBE for services to internal aid
  • Salim Sadat receives an MBE for services to the community and policing in Blackburn, Lancashire
  • Brij Mohan Gupta, President of the National Council of Hindu Temples, receives an MBE for services to inter-faith cohesion
  • Solomon Fubara receives an MBE for services to the BME community in the South West (Bristol, Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Devon, Wiltshire, and Cornwall)
  • James Caplin, Chairman of All Saints Road Community Association, receives a BEM for services to the community
  • Michael Dillon receives a BEM for services to young people in Greater Manchester through the Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club
  • Cllr Clive Robson, Durham County Council, receives a BEM for services to the community
  • Christine Bampton-Smith, Member of Hebdon-Royd Town Council, receives a BEM for services to the community in Hebdon Bridge
  • John Wild, Cleansing Manager of the London Borough of Newham receives a BEM for services to the residents and the environment in Newham
  • Cllr Lydia Ball, Awsworth Borough Council, receives a BEM for services to the community in Broxtoew, particularly the residents of Awsworth
  • Marilyn Waterman receives a BEM for services to the community in Wyke, Bradford through the Earlswood Community Group
  • Gerald McKewan receives a BEM for services to the community in Essex
  • Barry Duckett, Chairman of the Canada Estate Tenants and Residents Assocation receives a BEM for services to the community in the London Borough of Southwark
  • Kevin Nicholson, Chairman of Firthmoor and District Community Association, receives a BEM for services to the community in Darlington
  • Amarjit Karu Bakshi receives a BEM for services to the community in Hounslow
  • John Johnson receives a BEM for services to the community in Castle Eden
  • Susan Young receives a BEM for voluntary services to the community in Pulloxhill, Bedfordshire
  • Martin Crowhurst receives a BEM for charitable services to fundraising in Hertforshire
  • Susan Lomas, volunteer at the Appleby Gypsy and Traveller Horse Fair, receives a BEM for services to community cohesion in Cumbria

Children and families

Those who have received honours for services to children and families:

  • Tracey Green, Family Intervention Service Manager at Plymouth City Council, receives an MBE for services to children and families
  • Michelle Harris, Family Recovery Project Manager at the London Borough of Wandsworth, receives an MBE for services to children and families
  • Moya Foster, Think Family Development Manager at Blackpool Council, receives an MBE for services to children
  • Lesley Wilkinson, Programme Manager of Families First at Leeds City Council, receives an MBE for services to children and families
  • Carol Compton, Manager of the Integrated Youth Support Service at Southend Borough Council, receives an MBE for services to children and families
  • Gillian Hughes, Head of Community Safety at Bolton Council, receives an MBE for services to children and families
  • Nicola Bradley, Troubled Families Coordinator at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, receives an MBE for services to children and families