Queen's Birthday Honours 2014: Who has been recognised in Hampshire?

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THE Queen’s birthday honours have recognised the great and good around Hampshire.

In Hampshire, some of those whose achievements and efforts have been rewarded include the man behind the goal line technology that has changed the face of Premier League football.

Former Romsey-based engineer Dr Paul Martin Hawkins, pictured, who lives at Shawford and is the MD and chairman of Hampshire’s Hawk-Eye Innovations, has been awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

He was working at Roke Manor Research in the late 1990s when he developed the Hawke-Eye system for tracking cricket balls. It is now used in other sports including tennis and football.

Gardeners’ World broadcaster Roy Lan-caster OME VMH has become a Comm-ander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to horticulture.

It is the third time the 77-year-old from Chandler’s Ford has been honoured. He was awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour in 1998 and an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1999.

After spending six years as the chairman of the board of trustees for veteran support charity Combat Stress, Major General Archibald Peter Currie has been awarded a CBE for voluntary service to veterans with mental health problems.

He said: “It sounds a bit strange but I feel quite humbled because it’s a cause for which I felt passionately.

“I had a wonderful team of people working for me, and they are the people who made it all work, so I feel very humbled.”

Professor Catherine Law, pictured, from Romsey was made a CBE for services to public health.

She is head of the new Population, Policy and Practice programme at the University College London Institute of Child Health and Professor of Public Health and Epidemio-logy in the Centre.

Professor Law, who has lived in Hampshire for 30 years, said: “As a public health doctor I am very concerned about the health of our nation’s children.

“As a scientist, I believe that research is a powerful tool to promote population health and tackle the unfairness of health inequalities, and I hope this award recognises the importance of this science.

“I am privileged to work with wonderful colleagues at UCL Institute of Child Health and elsewhere.”

Professor Martin Biddle, pictured, who is renowned for numerous contributions to Winchester excavations, has been granted a CBE for his services to archaeology.

He led a number of prominent digs during the 1960s, 70s and 80s and, most recently was awarded a grant of £5,000 by Winchester City Council to help publish his findings.

The money will be used to help him complete three volumes of The Winchester Studies.

He said: “I think it’s a fantastic award and I’m very honoured.

“It’s not just my achievement though. This belongs to all the people I’ve had working with me over the years. It’s very much a recognition of the team effort.”

World-leading cancer and palliative care expert Professor Jessica Corner, pictured below, dean of health sciences at the University of Southampton, has been recognised for how she changed the way nurses work with cancer patients, becoming a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE).

Prof Corner said: “I’m surprised and delighted to be recognised with this honour.

“I’m fortunate to have been involved at a challenging but crucial time in healthcare.

“Throughout my career I have been privileged to work with outstanding colleagues in both academia and the clinical setting, who are very much part of this achievement.”

Michael Kelly, head of modern languages and professor of French at the University of Southampton, has been awarded an Order of the British Empire for his services to higher education and European cooperation.

‘Flattering’ Although this is his first British honour, last year he was appointed a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government and in 2007 he was honoured as an Officer des Palmes Academiques for his services to higher education.

The 67-year-old dad-of-two from Highfield, Southampton, said: “I am delighted to receive this honour.

“It recognises my contribution to cultural exchanges between Britain and France, as well as the work I have done to promote the study of languages in this country and across Europe.”

Dr Robert Sykes, the head teacher at Thornden School in Chandler’s Ford, has been appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

Jonathan Cheshire, who set up the Wheatsheaf Trust, has been awarded an Order of the British Empire for his work getting young people on the employment ladder.

Mr Cheshire, pictured, was the chief executive, but recently retired. His recognition comes in the same year as receiving a Lifetime Achie-vement Award at the ERSA Employability Awards.

The 67-year-old, from Gosport, said: “It is very flattering, I am sure there are other people that deserve it more than I do.”

Chairman of the Gosport branch of armed forces charity SSAFA Norman Young was honoured with a British Empire Medal (BEM) for his work.

For decades Mr Young has worked tirelessly with the charity, which provides lifelong support for our forces and their families since 1993.

The 85-year-old, who lives in Gosport and stepped down as chairman in 2013, was one of the founding members of the Gosport branch.

He said: “It feels really good to be honoured. I never expected that sort of thing at my age.”

Neil Hopkins, pictured, who retired as principal of Peter Symonds College in July last year, has been awared an OBE for services to education. When he started in 1993 the college had just 1,400 students, which has now almost tripled to around 3,500.

The father-of-three, from Whitchurch, said: “I’m very flattered to receive this honour, and grateful too for the tremendous support and help I have received over my years working in education, from family and colleagues.”

Former Isle of Wight High Sheriff Anne Springman was honoured with an MBE for her services to the community on the Island. She is the descendant of the first Lord Mayor of Shanklin, who served in the 12th century.

Two Hampshire men serving at the Ministry of Defence have received OBEs.

MOD principal scientist Sean Murphy was honoured for his services to military operational capability, while MOD RN Base Services manager Commander David Hilton has been commended for services to the Royal Navy.

Meanwhile Hampshire man John Jones, deputy head of the Home Office’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosive Security and Terrorism Unit, is honoured for his services to counter-terrorism.

Dr Michael Dixon has been knighted for his services to museums. The zoologist is a director of the Natural History Museum and has helped bring his love of nature to the public by helping develop London and Whipsnade Zoos and formerly serving as a director at the Zoology Society London (ZSL).

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11:40am Sat 14 Jun 14

mickey01 says...

its nice to see people given these awards for their achievements and contributions during a long period rather than some film/pop stars who are younger than these peoples career and are just fashionable names at the time.
its nice to see people given these awards for their achievements and contributions during a long period rather than some film/pop stars who are younger than these peoples career and are just fashionable names at the time. mickey01
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1:02pm Sun 15 Jun 14

solomum says...

It is good to see Roy Lancaster has been given a CBE. He is a great guy and very deserving. I met him when his wife was my teacher at primary school. Both he and his wife are lovely people and both left a lasting impression.
It is good to see Roy Lancaster has been given a CBE. He is a great guy and very deserving. I met him when his wife was my teacher at primary school. Both he and his wife are lovely people and both left a lasting impression. solomum
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