PEOPLE from Staffordshire take their place alongside household names from sports, entertainment and the arts in the New Year’s Honours List.
Residents have been honoured with OBEs, an MBE and BEMs for their services to education, health, the community and to football.
Recipients include Gordon Evans BEM, chairman of Stafford Town FC, which has provided sporting opportunities for hundreds of men, women, boys and girls since its foundation in 1976, and Philip Hamilton OBE, of Burton, who is Chief Executive Officer of the Community Academies Trust, which runs 14 schools in Staffordshire and neighbouring counties.
Philip Atkins OBE, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: “People devote so much time and energy to helping, supporting and caring for friends, neighbours and members of the wider community, that it is both humbling and inspiring to hear their stories.
“On behalf of everyone in this great county, I’d like to congratulate each resident of Staffordshire who has been recognised by Her Majesty the Queen in this Honours list and give them both our best wishes and thanks for their years of service.”
Mr Ian Dudson CBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, said: “I send my warmest congratulations to all those from Staffordshire who have been recognised by Her Majesty the Queen in Her New Year Honours List.
“It is particularly pleasing to see contributions to local communities and to young people and education being recognised.
“These personal awards are very well deserved and we are all extremely grateful for their dedication and commitment to our communities.”
Residents of Staffordshire who have received an honour include:
- an OBE for Philip Hamilton, of Burton, the Chief Executive Officer and Founding Trustee of the Community Academies Trust, for services to education;
- an MBE for Trevor John Jones, of Stanley, for services to the community in Stoke-on-Trent;
- an MBE for Colin Roy Hopkins, of Kings Bromley, School Governor and Chair of Trustees at the Church of England Central Education Trust, for services to education;
- an MBE for Kathryn Podmore, of Stafford, formerly Principal of Birkenhead Sixth Form College, for services to education;
- a BEM for Gordon Malcolm Evans, of Great Haywood, Chairman of Stafford Town Football Club, for services to football in Stafford;
- a BEM for Christine Pratt, of Stoke-on-Trent, for services to the community in Blurton;
- a BEM for Dr Suryadevara Yadu Porna Chandra Prasad Rao, of Stoke-on-Trent, formerly Chair of the Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Group, for services to Health and Care.