THE boss of a Hampshire charity has been honoured with an MBE for services to children and young people.

Mark Dixon, 54, from Chandler’s Ford is the chief executive of Youth Options, the Romsey-based organisation .

He told the Echo: “I am absolutely delighted. It is a real honour and a privilege to be recognised for the work the charity does, not just myself.”

Mr Dixon has worked for Youth Options since 1990 when it was called Hampshire and Isle of Wight Association of Boys’ Clubs and later Hampshire and Isle of Wight Youth Options.


Youth Options was established in 1937 and remains committed to developing young people’s social and emotional skills to improve their chances in life.

It has a staff of more than 60 and helps thousands of young people a year in a wide range of situations, including those in care, care leavers, those at risk of exclusion from school, those already excluded from mainstream education and young people likely to be jobless on leaving school.

The charity is fundraising for a new outdoor learning centre in Bishopstoke, near Eastleigh and in the New Year will be relaunching the campaign to raise £300,000.

A TRUSTEE of a charity that helps former service personnel has been awarded an OBE.

David Cowley, of Upper Wield, near Alresford, is chairman and trustee of the Not Forgotten Association.

Set up in 1920, the charity has supported 10,600 people in the last year, people with physical or mental problems.

Mr Cowley is public-spirited in other ways. In 2016 Wield Parish Council thanked him for his donation of a public flag pole for the village.

RENE Harman will be receiving the British Empire Medal for voluntary service to the church in the Royal Navy.

The 79-year-old is the organist at HMS Sultan, Gosport, where she has served for the past ten years, as well as at the Reformed Independent Naval Church.

The Gosport resident began playing for the Royal Navy at HMS Dolphin, Gosport, in 1967.

HMS Dolphin closed in 1999 and she moved with the congregation to the Royal Hospital Haslar, Gosport, which had a much larger church and congregation and made herself available to play at short notice for many funeral and marriage services.

WHEN Tesco, Sainsbury's or Waitrose are planning where to build their next supermarket they use information mapped by Southampton geographer Professor David Martin.

The Southampton University expert - where he has worked since 1992 - creates software that uses data to map population.

And his expertise is also used by government departments when they want to know how much people earn, whether they rent or buy their own homes or what kind of car they drive. His programmes are also used to create the national census.

Prof. Martin said: “It’s all about methods of getting good population maps and the research on the way government to the mapping. It gets used by health care planning as well.


He was coordinator of Economic and Science Research Council’s Census Programme from 2002-12 and a Deputy Director of the Administrative Data Research Centre for England from 2013-18.

He is currently a deputy director of the UK Data Service, and a co-director of the National Centre for Research Methods.

HAMPSHIRE firefighter Kevin Taylor, known as Jasper, will receive the Queen’s Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service.

The 61-year-old (pictured bottom) has raised more than £100,000 for charities, and has also launched community events.

At last year’s Celebrating Success event, the Portchester Fire Station based Kevin won three gongs which included the coveted Chairman’s Award.


His fundraising activities have included open days, car washes, concerts, parties, quizzes, race nights, cycle rides, fitness challenges and supermarket bag packing.

Kevin said: “To even be thought of in relation to this award is an honour. I am over the moon but it is not just for me it is for the people who help and support these events.

“I get so much support from my fellow firefighters. This award is a reflection of the work they do and that of the service as a whole.”

He won Portsmouth City Council’s civic award in 2006, and was named one of the countries happiest people in the Independent on Sunday’s Top 100 Happy List in 2013.

SPECIAL Inspector for Hampshire Constabulary, Kenneth Avery, will be receiving the British Empire Medal for services to policing and the community in Hampshire and Isle of Wight.

MARK Ainsworth-Smith, a Consultant Pre-Hospital Care Practitioner for South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust will receive an MBE for services to emergency care and to major trauma.

AN OBE for services to nutrition and physical exercise has gone to Dr Stephen Alan Wootton - associate professor in human nutrition Southampton University. He is from Eastleigh.

A CBE services to cardiology has been awarded to Professor Huon Hamilton Gray, the National Clinical director for Heart Disease NHS England and consultant Cardiologist, who works at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

ELSA Morris has been awarded an OBE for her service to the European Parliament. Ms Morris, who lives in Winchester, is head of the London Office of the Conservatives MEPs.

Full list of those honoured in Hampshire:


Professor Jonathan Robert Montgomery. Chair Health Research Authority and Professor of Healthcare Law, University College London. For services to Bioethics and to Healthcare Law. (Southampton, Hampshire)



Barry Thomas Burton. Director Corporate Operations, Defence Equipment and Support, Ministry of Defence. For services to Defence. (Hampshire)

Brig Paul Andrew Flanagan. Secretary General UKspace Trade Association. For services to the UK Space Sector. (Fleet, Hampshire)

Professor Huon Hamilton Gray. National Clinical director for Heart Disease NHS England and consultant Cardiologist, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Cardiology. (Romsey, Hampshire)

Susan Jane Hemming, OBE. Head of Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, Crown Prosecution Service. For services to Law and Order, particularly in Counter Terrorism. (Hampshire)

Christopher Packham. Conservationist and Broadcaster. For services to Nature Conservation. (Southampton, Hampshire)


Mark Allen. Chief executive Dairy Crest. For services to the Dairy Sector. (Hampshire)

David John Cowley. Chairman and Trustee The Not Forgotten Association. For services to Service Personnel. (Hampshire)

Nigel John Duncan. Principal Fareham College. For services to Further Education. (Whiteley, Hampshire)

Professor David James Martin. Professor of Geography. University of Southampton. For services to the Geography and to Population Studies. (Romsey, Hampshire)

Elsa Mary Morris. For public and political service in the European Parliament. (Winchester, Hampshire)

Stephen David Trow. For services to Heritage. (Southampton, Hampshire)

Dr Stephen Alan Wootton. Associate Professor in Human Nutrition University of Southampton. For services to Nutrition and to Physical Exercise. (Eastleigh, Hampshire)


Mark John Ainsworth-Smith. Consultant Pre-Hospital Care Practitioner South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Emergency Care and to Major Trauma. (Southampton, Hampshire)

Rebecca Emily Chester. Consultant Nurse and Chair National Learning Disability consultant Nurse Network, Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. For services to People with Learning Disabilities. (Alton, Hampshire)

Mark Robert Stuart Dixon. For services to Children and to Young People in Hampshire. (Eastleigh, Hampshire)

Peter Robin Edgar. Executive Member for Education Hampshire County Council. For services to Education and to the community in Gosport. (Alverstoke, Hampshire)

Robert Mark Esbester. Team Leader and Student Trainer Vision Aid Overseas. For voluntary service to Eye Care in Africa. (Waterlooville, Hampshire)

Bryan Flawell. Prison Officer HM Prison, Isle of Wight. For services to HM Prison Service and the community on the Isle of Wight. (Isle of Wight)

Professor Stephen Anthony Foster. For services to the Arts in Southampton. (Southampton, Hampshire)

Colin Bruce Gray. For voluntary service to the community in Fleet Hampshire. (Hampshire)

Dr Wendy Jones. Founder The Breastfeeding Network, Drugs in Breast Milk Service. For services to Mothers and Babies. (Waterlooville, Hampshire)

Claire Mary Little. Programme manager Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre. For services to Defence. (Hampshire)

Michael David Roberts. Personnel Capability Officer Army HQ Secretariat. For services to the Army and to Gurkha Personnel and Veterans. (Andover, Hampshire)

Dean Michael Alexander Rogers. Payroll-giving Coordinator Royal Naval and Royal Marines Charity. For services to Charitable Fundraising. (Fareham, Hampshire)

Ian Swift. Head of Housing Solutions Southwark Council. For services to Homeless People. (Headley Down, Hampshire)

Rhydian Peter Vaughan. For public and political service. (Little London, Hampshire)

Steven Vear, JP. For voluntary service in Hampshire. (Andover, Hampshire)

Jocelyn Walters. Research Delivery manager University Hospital Southampton and Founding Member, National Cancer Research Network. For services to Cancer Research. (Redlynch, Wiltshire)



Kenneth Avery. Special Inspector Hampshire Constabulary. For services to Policing and the community in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. (Hampshire)

Geoffrey John Banks. For services to the community in Cowes. (Cowes, Isle of Wight)

Terence John Blunden. For services to the community in Newport Isle of Wight. (Newport, Isle of Wight)

Peter Graham Brinsden. For services to the community in Farnham Surrey. (Farnham, Hampshire)

Irene May Harman. Organist HMS SULTAN. For voluntary service to the Church in the Royal Navy. (Gosport, Hampshire)

Graham John Hewitt. For services to People with Multiple Sclerosis in Hampshire. (Gosport, Hampshire)

Juliette Doris Rosemary Hewitt. For services to People with Multiple Sclerosis in Hampshire. (Gosport, Hampshire)

Rosamund Elizabeth Wallinger. For services to Gardening Heritage and to the community in Basingstoke Hampshire. (Hampshire)



Deputy Chief Fire Officer Andrew Shaun Bowers. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Firefighter Kevin Neil Taylor. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.