A range of Staffordshire people have been honoured by Her Majesty the Queen in her Birthday Honours.
County residents are recognised for their work with victims of domestic violence, the Girl Guides, cancer research and emergency care with the award of MBEs and BEMs.
Philip Atkins OBE, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, paid tribute to the recipients. He said:
Everything that is great about Staffordshire rests on the foundations of its people, those who live and work to make the county a better place for all of us and, as always, I’m delighted to see this recognition of their sustained contributions to, and achievements in, the community.”
Mr Ian Dudson CBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, said:
Several people from Staffordshire have been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen in this year’s Birthday Honours List for their contributions to our local communities.
It is fitting that they have been personally honoured in this list. I send them my warmest congratulations and I thank them on behalf of us all for their selfless and dedicated contributions.”
One recipient of a BEM is Staffordshire County Council employee Michael Burke, aged 46, of Stafford, who helps children with autism. He said:
I’m surprised and delighted by the news. I work with youngsters who have a diagnosis of autism and support them, their teachers and their families to make their time in school a better one.
I work with some of the most interesting children, some who have through a battle to get additional support and it’s great if you feel you can make a difference.
Residents of Staffordshire who have received an honour include:
- an MBE for Eileen Chester-James, of Stafford, the Chief Executive of Staffordshire Women’s Aid, for services to victims of domestic violence;
- an MBE for Prof Vincent Gaffney, of Stafford, Professor of Landscape Archaeology at the University of Bradford, for services to scientific research;
- an MBE for Jill Parker, of Pattingham, for services to the magistracy and community in South Staffordshire and Wolverhampton;
- an MBE for Joan Margaret Redfern, of Burton, for services to the Girl Guides Association in Staffordshire;
- a BEM for Michael Francis Burke, of Stafford, a peripatetic caseworker for Staffordshire County Council, for services to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities;
- a BEM for Anne Fiona Cherriman, of Stafford, for services to charities and the community in Stafford;
- a BEM for Anthony Clive Ebbutt, of Burton, for services to charities and the community in Burton;
- a BEM for Margaret Elise Hassall, of Little Haywood, for services to the community in Stafford;
- a BEM for Ada Anna Haywood, of Newcastle, for services to Cancer Research UK;
- a BEM for Dorothy Kay, of Rushton Spencer, for services to the community in Dane Valley;
- a BEM for Neil Ronald James Phillips, of Uttoxeter, a volunteer and fundraiser for Uttoxeter Community First Responders, for services to emergency care.