More honours for the Midlands

There’s a school of thought that believes that Queen’s honours are London-centric, with residents achieving far more gongs than the rest of the UK. In some respects that notion makes sense, as over 10 million people now reside in the Capital and it’s one of the largest business cities worldwide.

However, many deserving people from all over the UK are included in the Queen’s New Year and Birthday Honours lists and calls are always being made by the Cabinet Office for more honours nominations from outside the Southeast.

Below are some fine examples of people who are from, and work within, the Midlands area and have been recognised with an honour for their hard work and achievements:

Dame Christine Braddock (Pictured above) has been carrying out fantastic work in Birmingham throughout her long and distinguished career. Christine is the Principal and Chief Executive of Birmingham Metropolitan College as well as Chair of Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Christine received her damehood for services to education in the 2013 New Years Honours List.

Brian Ibell from Derbyshire was awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year Honours List for his services to healthcare. The former assistant Chief Executive of Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was primarily responsible for overseeing the planning and building of the city’s new £400m Royal Derby Hospital, which opened earlier this year.

Jo Ashworth has led the East Midlands Special Operations Unit Forensics Services with such success that she was awarded an OBE in the 2015 New Year Honours List for her services to forensic science.

Alexander Patrick has been supporting the work of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign for more than 50 years. In 2012 Alexander was included in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List and awarded a CBE for his services to charity.

Can you think of someone you would like to nominate for recognition of their work and achievements? For an honest opinion of your nominee’s chances of success call us now on +44 (0)1444 230130 or email for our free, informal assessment.

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