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Staffordshire residents recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Posted on Friday 9th October 2020
Queen’s Birthday Honours for Staffordshire

Several of the Honours were connected to work done during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A range of Staffordshire people have been honoured by Her Majesty the Queen in her Birthday Honours.

County residents are recognised for their work in education, nursing, policing and local communities with the award of two CBEs, an OBE, an MBE and a dozen BEMs.

Several of the honours are for people’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, with recipients including Stone resident Carol Shanahan, the Chairman of Port Vale FC, awarded an OBE for the work of the charitable foundation she founded; Molly Henriques-Dillon, of Penkridge, who received the BEM for her services to nursing; and an MBE for British Transport Police officer Elizabeth McWhirter for her services to policing and public safety.

Alan White, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said:

One of Staffordshire’s strengths has always been the ability, enthusiasm and determination of its residents to make a positive difference to the lives of others.

The response of our residents in recent months to help one another when times are tough has been inspiring and I’m not surprised to see some of those people honoured by Her Majesty The Queen.”

Mr Ian Dudson CBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, said:

I send my warmest congratulations to all those who have been personally recognised by Her Majesty The Queen.

Not only do these honours recognise people who have a made a difference in their communities during the Covid-19 pandemic, but others who have devoted themselves over many years – often their whole professional life – to making a difference in their field.”

Those recognised include Carol Shanahan for the work of the Hubb Foundation, which helps vulnerable and disadvantaged families in Stoke-on-Trent with food and activities during holidays. During the Covid-19 lockdown she used the kitchens at Vale Park to produce thousands of meals to help families in need.

Having retired from a nursing career which began in 1976, Mrs Molly Henriques-Dillon returned to the frontline to lead a quality nurse team and oversee the arrangements across 60 care homes in Wolverhampton during the pandemic.

Working with a team of quality improvement nurses the former community nurse manager and advanced care practitioner worked across the sector to provide a system of instant support for care homes.

The Queen’s Birthday Honours are usually published in June but were delayed this year by the pandemic. Residents of Staffordshire who have received an honour include:

  • Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for Ms Suzanne Banks, of Stone, lately Chief Nurse at Sherwood Forest NHS Foundation Trust, for services to nursing in the NHS;
  • Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for Mr Richard Gill, of Lichfield, CEO of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, for services to Education;
  • Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for Mrs Carol Shanahan, of Stone, Founder and Trustee of the Hubb Foundation, for services to the community in Stoke-on-Trent, including during the Covid-19 response;
  • Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for Ms Elizabeth McWhirter, of Croxton, Officer in the British Transport Police, for services to policing and public safety, particularly during Covid-19;
  • Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) for Mrs Dorothy Bailey, of Stoke-on-Trent, for services to the Scouting movement and the community in Staffordshire;
  • Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) for Mrs Jennifer Ann Dunn, of Cannock, for services to the community in Cannock;
  • Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) for Mrs Molly Henriques-Dillon, of Penkridge, Quality Nurse Team Leader for the Birmingham and Black Country CCG, for services to nursing during Covid-19;
  • Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) for Mr Peter Jackson, of Tamworth, for services to the community in Tamworth;
  • Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) for Mrs Carol Kind, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, for services to the community in Stoke-on-Trent during Covid-19;
  • Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) for Mr David Moreton, of Tittensor, General Manager at Oak Tree Farm Rural Project, for services to people with learning disabilities in Staffordshire;
  • Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) for Mrs Hazel Lillian Nelson, of Halmer End, Practice Nurse at Cobridge Surgery and Queen’s Nurse, for services to nursing and the community in Staffordshire;
  • Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) for Dr Richard Edward Painter, of Swindon, for services to the community of Swindon in Staffordshire;
  • Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) for Mr David George Robins, of Alton, Honorary Secretary of the North Staffordshire Grenadier Guards Association, for services to veterans in North Staffordshire;
  • Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) for Ms Susan Sheppard, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, lately biodiversity officer at Staffordshire County Council, for services to the Environment;
  • Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) for Mr Joseph Luke Trusselle, of Codsall, a Sergeant at West Midlands Police, for services to neighbourhood policing;
  • Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) for Ms Anne Elizabeth Ward, of Burton, for services to the community in Burton.

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