The full list of people in Wales recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List

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The first footballer to win 100 caps for Wales has been chosen as one of dozens of Welshmen and women to be named in the Queen’s birthday honours.

Scientists, policemen and a Paralympic athlete are just some of the inspirational figures listed for recognition for the Queen’s 92nd birthday.

As part of celebrations a total of 1,350 people across the UK will gain honours, including five CBEs to be awarded in Wales.

Here is the full list of the people across the country who have been thanked for their tireless work.

CBE

Kenneth Martin Follett. Author. For services to Literature and to charity.

Welsh author Ken Follett

The grandson of a miner from Mountain Ash, Ken Follett has sold millions of copies of his best-selling work around the world.

The Cardiff-born author, who joined the Echo in 1971 but is now known the world over for his Century and Kingsbridge series, said: “I am very pleased and proud to receive this honour for doing something I love – making books and stories as entertaining and accessible as possible.

“Reading is a hugely important part of my life and I am glad to have helped others to enjoy it too.”

Professor Graham John Hutchings, FRS. For services to Chemistry and to Innovation.

Professor Graham Hutchings director of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute

A Cardiff University scientist who discovered a more environmentally friendly way of producing one of the world’s most commonly used plastics, PVC, been awarded an CBE.

Professor Graham Hutchings, Director of Cardiff University’s Cardiff Catalysis Institute, was awarded the Advanced Environmental Solutions Prize from the Italian company ENI for developing a substitute for the harmful and toxic mercury catalyst that is used in PVC’s production process.

Described as the ‘Nobel Prize of energy research’, the ENI awards are one of the top prizes for researchers in the field of energy and environmental science and have a prestigious list of recipients in its 10-year history.

Professor Hutchings’ most valued discovery is that the precious metal gold has the remarkable ability to catalyse reactions much more efficiently than others that are used in industry. In particular, gold can be used in the reaction to produce vinyl chloride – the main ingredient of one of the world’s most commonly used plastic, PVC.

As a result of Professor Hutchings’ pioneering work, a gold catalyst is now being produced at a purpose built factory in China by global chemicals company Johnson Matthey in order to catalyse the production of vinyl chloride – the first time in over 50 years that a complete overhaul in catalyst

formulation has been implemented to produce a commodity chemical.

Current estimates suggest that 20 million tonnes of vinyl chloride could be manufactured each year using the gold catalyst.

Now the professor has been honoured for his groundbreaking work.

He said: “It’s an absolute honour and privilege to receive this recognition and it is something that I will certainly cherish dearly with my family and friends.

“Science is underpinned by collaboration, and I have no doubt that my work in the field of chemistry would not have had as much impact as it has without the constant support of my colleagues over the past 40 years, so I’m also extremely grateful to them.”

Professor Billie Hunter. Professor of Midwifery Cardiff University. For services to Midwifery and to Midwifery Education in the UK and Europe.


Huw Vaughan Thomas. Auditor General Wales. For services to Public Audit and Accountability in Wales.

Huw Vaughan Thomas, Auditor General for the Welsh Assembly

Other recipients: Alun Howard Tucker. Formerly Member UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. For services to International Justice.

OBE

Mark Andrew Polin, QPM. Chief Constable, North Wales Police. For services to Policing. (Denbighshire)

North Wales Police Chief Constable Mark Polin

The head of North Wales Police has been awarded an OBE.

Mark Polin joined the police service in 1983, working in the City of London police where he worked up to the rank of Chief Inspector. In his last posting with the City of London Police, he was in charge of operations in Snow Hill, with particular responsibility for security operations at the Central Criminal Court.

In 1998 he transferred on promotion to Gwent Police as the Superintendent in charge of various central operational functions, including the Force Control Room and the firearms, public order and traffic units, before being appointed as Chief Superintendent and Divisional Commander of Caerphilly Division in December 1999.

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Chief Constable in Gloucestershire Constabulary in October 2007, he held two other Chief Officer portfolios as an Assistant Chief Constable.

He was appointed Chief Constable of North Wales Police in September 2009.

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: “During his long and distinguished policing career, Mark Polin has provided excellent leadership and exemplified his very deep commitment to community policing at every turn. He has been a credit to North Wales Police and is held in the highest regard not just by his colleagues, but across the range of partners that the Force works with and the communities that it serves.

“My sincerest congratulations to him on this very worthy honour.

Robert James, Managing Director at AerFin Ltd. Awarded an OBE for services to Exports in the Aerospace Industry

Robert James, Managing Director at AerFin Ltd

After studying Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in 1984, Mr James – known as Bob – went on to work for companies such as Rolls Royce PLC, British Airways and General Electric.

He established AerFin – a Caerphilly-based aircraft and spares services firm,– in September 2010, which, since it was launched has invested more than £65m buying aircraft frames and component parts, which it recycles and then sells or leases to the likes of Lufthansa, Air France and Philippine Airlines.

He is renowned for his passion for the aviation business and his entrepreneurial leadership style and was named on the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 in 2017 after seeing a massive 664% rise in international sales.

Other recipients:

  • Miss Patricia Eileen Fernon. Deputy head Commercial Land Equipment, Ministry of Defence. For services to Defence Procurement. (Chepstow)
  • Robert Noel Hudson. Formerly director All-Wales Collaborative. For services to the NHS in Wales. (Bassaleg, Newport, Gwent)
  • Adam Troy Lawrence. Formerly chief executive Royal Mint. For public service and services to the community in South Wales. (Chipping Sodbury)
  • Mrs Marlize Palmer. Departmental Records Officer, Welsh Government. For services to Information Management. (Pontcanna, Cardiff)
  • Jeffery Howard Savory. For services to Disability Sport. (Barry, Vale of Glamorgan)
  • Dr Stephen Thomas. Principal of Medetec Independent Medical Device consultant (Wound Dressings) and Medical Writer. For services to the NHS. (Cardiff)

MBE

Professor Haley Gomez, Head of Outreach and Engagement School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University. Awarded an MBE for services to Astrophysics, to Astronomy and to Outreach Activities

Haley Gomez, Professor of Astrophysics at Cardiff University

A female scientist at Cardiff University from Barry has also been honoured in this year’s Birthday Honours.

Professor Haley Gomez, who studied her undergraduate degree at Cardiff University, is fascinated by the idea that we all come from stars, describing the notion as “poetic”. Her research focuses cosmic dust in a bid to understand the building blocks of life.

As a child growing up in Barry, Haley enjoyed English and drama as well as the intellectual challenge associated with the sciences, but when her girls’ school couldn’t offer A-level physics, she transferred to the nearby boys’ school to pursue her interests

Now Head of Outreach and Engagement School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University, Haley wants to inspire the next generation.

In July 2015 she was awarded the Royal Astronomical Society’s Fowler prize which is given to an astronomer who has “made a particularly noteworthy contribution to the astronomical sciences at an early stage of their research career”

She said: “Both my parents left school at 11 years old and my mum had three children by the age of 21.

“They had a hard time looking after us. I went to a tough school but the teachers were inspirational.

“After A-levels I did a work placement at Cardiff University in physics and astronomy, undertaking a small project. I loved it.

Speaking about the award, she said: “The award came as a huge surprise. I’ve been very lucky to work with an amazing team of scientists. I’m so pleased also that this award recognises and values the importance of scientists going into communities and engaging with the public.”

Jessica Fishlock, awarded an MBE for services to women’s football and the LGBT community.

Wales Women’s football international captain Jessica Fishlock

The first footballer to win 100 caps for Wales has been commended in this year’s list.

Jessica Fishlock, from Cardiff, reached the milestone in April 2017 and was honoured at the Centre for Sporting Excellence ahead of a friendly against Northern Ireland in Caerphilly.

The international footballer has also spoken out about how the game needs its first gay male player to come out, but only if for the right reasons.

She told BBC Radio Wales in 2016 that “we need the environment to say this is ok, it’s not a problem”.

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: “From becoming the first Welsh player of any gender to make 100 appearances for their country, to league titles and player of the year awards for her clubs in Melbourne and Seattle, the accolades have been coming thick and fast for Jessica over recent years.

“That roll of honour is bolstered again today as she is named among the Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients.

“She is a great sportswoman, an enduring role model and an inspiration to all. My warmest congratulations to Jessica – a worthy recipient of this honour.”

Menna Fitzpatrick, awarded an MBE for services to Paralympic Winter Sport

Menna Fitzpatrick, the gold Paralympic winner.

At just 20 years old, Menna is the youngest recipient in this year’s Birthday Honours List.

The athlete won four medals at her first Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang – despite having only five percent vision.

Following her guide, Jen Kehoe, who she has worked with since 2015, the pair communicate through bluetooth headsets as they race down the slope on skis.

She started the sport aged just five when she was on holiday in France with her family and has been skiing ever since.

Menna’s mum is from Deganwy in north Wales and she has been supported by Disability Sport Wales and Snowsport Wales via the talent programme.

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: “There were few performances at this year’s winter Paralympic Games that captured the imaginations more than those exemplified on the slopes of Pyeongchang by Menna Fitzpatrick. Together with her guide Jennifer Kehoe, Menna displayed the sheer grit and determination needed to bring home a haul of four medals – including a gold – and secured the title of Britain’s most successful Winter Paralympian.

“Today, and at just 20 years old, she takes her rightful place on the honours list as the youngest recipient. My congratulations to Menna on this worthy accolade and I wish her every success for the future.

Ruth Jackson, Headteacher at Kitchener Primary School, Cardiff. Awarded an MBE for services to Education


A head teacher of a diverse school in Canton, Cardiff has also been recognised.

Ruth Jackson started her career in banking before turning to teaching in 1997. She is now in charge of Kitchener Primary School in the capital, after becoming Head in 2013.

Back in April 2016, the school was praised for its quality of teaching and learning in a rare “double excellent” inspection report.

Education watchdog Estyn said pupils at Kitchener Primary School, in Canton , made “exceptionally good progress” in developing their literacy and numeracy skills – despite many starting with little or no English.

She said: “It reflects the hard work and very high standards achieved by pupils and teachers alike.

“I am very honoured to receive this recognition. I have been privileged to lead Kitchener Primary school which is located in a diverse and multi-cultural community of Riverside; home to very talented, kind and hardworking children.

“The school has a long history of important achievements in education, none of which would be possible without the support and dedication of the whole school community.”

David ‘Dai’ Banner. Awarded an MBE for services to the Video Games Industry

David “Dai” Banner

David, known as Dai, from Bridgend founded Wales Interactive, based in Pencoed in 2012 with Richard Pring.

The company started in the attic room of David’s house but now the company have a state-of-the-art studio based at Sony UK Technology Park, with a team of 10.

Tapping into the local graduate talent pool, the company wanted to create a significant games industry presence in Wales and create sustainable highly-skilled jobs in the games sector.

Now the team travel around the world, attending conferences, gaming events and are now recognised as a “Welsh game developer and publisher”, creating games that use loyal myths as inspiration.

The company has now published 24 titles since they started, with more innovative games planned to entertain the world.

Dr Richard Dewar. Consultant Physician Cwm Taf University Health Board. Awarded an MBE for services to the NHS, particularly stroke patients

Dr Richard Dewar. Consultant Physician Cwm Taf University Health Board.

A doctor who founded a new service to help stroke patients and the development of the first stroke unit has been awarded an MBE.

Dr Dewar has been with Cwm Taf Health Board for 21 years, starting his first role as Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine based at East Glamorgan General Hospital in November 1996.

At a time when stroke services within Wales needed improvement, he became a founder of the Welsh Stroke Alliance, focusing on improving services for patients across Wales. Recognising that Scotland was leading the way in providing excellent stroke services, he undertook a year’s secondment there to gain experience in areas of best practice which he could bring back to Wales. He became a local expert on stroke thrombolysis, and at this time, was one of the only clinicians locally to have this expertise. Following this he instigated, and pioneered the development of the first Stroke Unit, an eight bed unit based in Llwynypia Hospital in 1996.

Over the last two decades, he has continued in his pursuit for service improvement and better outcomes for patients who have suffered a stroke. He was Clinical Lead and was instrumental in the stroke services redesign within Cwm Taf UHB.

His career has been dedicated to improving patient experience and is passionate about equity for all his patients across the whole stroke pathway.

His colleagues have described him as an ‘unsung hero’ and a ‘modest gentleman’ and his passion to drive his multidisciplinary team to give the best possible care to stroke patients never falters.

Janet Waldron. Head Teacher of Pontarddulais Comprehensive School, Swansea. Awarded an MBE for services to Education

Janet Waldron from Pontarddulais Comprehensive

The headteacher at one of Swansea’s most successful comprehensive schools has been appointed as a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Janet Waldron from Pontarddulais Comprehensive School has been recognised by Her Majesty for Services to Education.

The school, which was rated as excellent across the board in its most recent Estyn inspection, has been hailed nationally for its work in driving up teaching standards and improving results for pupils.

Miss Waldron, who has led the school for eight years, said she was honoured with the award which she said was for the whole school community.

“I am so proud to be headteacher at this wonderful school and to work with so many dedicated and inspirational colleagues,” she said.

“At Pontarddulais comprehensive school, we have outstanding pupils who are resilient learners, who push themselves to be the best they can be. This reflects very well on their parents, families and the wider community who have always been so supportive of all we are striving to achieve.

“To be appointed MBE is an honour for me but more importantly for our school.”

The news follows on from last month’s Professional Teaching Awards Cymru ceremony where Miss Waldron was named Headteacher of the Year in Wales.

Dr Gareth Collier. Consultant Respiratory Physician Glangwili Hospital. For services to Lung Cancer Treatment in Wales.

Dr Gareth Collier, from Dryslwyn in Carmarthenshire, has been awarded an MBE for his services to Lung Cancer Treatment in Wales.

Dr Collier, who is 47 and originally from Bridgend, became a doctor in 1997 and a consultant nine years later.

He works for Hywel Dda University Health Board as a Consultant Respiratory Physician at Glangwili, Prince Philip and Withybush hospitals.

He says he is “very humbled” to have been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours.

“I’m part of a very dedicated team in West Wales,” he said.

“All my colleagues work really hard and to see that being recognised highlights their incredible dedication.

“Lung cancer is a horrible disease and doesn’t get the publicity that other conditions do. To receive this honour is very humbling and it’s very pleasing that awareness of this terrible disease is being raised.”

Tracy Pike. Chief executive Officer of Carmarthenshire Youth and Children’s Association. For services to Young People.

Tracy Pike has been appointed MBE in the Honours List

Chief executive officer of Carmarthenshire Youth and Children’s Association (CYCA), Tracy Pike, has also been named on the Honours list and will be appointed MBE for her services to young people in the Llanelli area.

CYCA believes that every child has the right to a safe and loving home as staff deliver support services for children, young people and families.

Their training services offer access to a variety of qualifications which can help to improve life skills, stay in education or move on to further education and employment.

This isn’t the first time Mrs Pike has been recognised for her contribution to the local community, as she has previously been honoured with the community champion award at the Llanelli Star Community Awards.

Mrs Pike has worked tirelessly to support children, young people and their families across Carmarthenshire for a number of years and through this she has helped to bring millions of pounds worth of funding into the county which has helped both her and her staff to develop life changing projects and services.

Oher recipients:

  • Voirrey Joanne Heaton. Equality and Human Rights Advisor NHS Wales. For services to Equality and Patient Rights in the NHS. (Peel, Isle of Man)
  • Richard Alan Johnson. For services to Children with Life Limiting Illnesses in North West England and North Wales. (Cheshire)
  • Ms Gaynor Ann Jones. Senior Staff Nurse Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil and Chair, Royal College of Nursing Welsh Board. For services to the Nursing Profession in Wales. (Merthyr Tydfil)
  • Christopher John Koehli. Formerly Independent Member (Finance) Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. For services to Carers and to Healthcare in Wales. (Cwmbran)
  • Ms Avril Lewis. Managing director ESTnet and Member, Welsh Government Information and Communication Technology Sector Panel. For services to the Technology Industry in Wales. (Tongwynlais, Cardiff)
  • William David Morris. For services to Rugby in Wales. (Aberdare)
  • Dr Parameswara Venugopal Prasad. General Practitioner Panton Surgery, Holywell. For services to the community in Holywell. (Hoole, Cheshire)
  • Steven Reynolds. For services to the UK Cinema Industry. (Gwent)
  • John Robert Smart. For services to the Construction and Property Industries. (Peterson-super-Ely, Vale of Glamorgan)
  • Miss Kim Ann Williamson. Inclusion and Community Engagement manager, Crown Prosecution Service, Cymru, Wales. For services to Law and Order. (Energlyn, Caerphilly)
  • Michael James Worthington Williams. For services to Automotive History. (Newcastle Emlyn)
  • WO Class 1 Sean Henry Pawlin-Gardner. 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards Army Reserve.
  • Lt Col Justin George Edward Stenhouse, DSO. 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards.
  • Maj Edward Michael George Willcox. The Royal Welsh

British Empire Medal

Avril Wendy Pressdee. For services to Welsh Netball.

Wendy Pressdee

Mrs Wendy Pressdee, of the Gower, has been volunteering in Netball since 1976.

She has managed the Wales team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and managed the Celtic Dragons for 19 years.

Her passion and commitment to the sport means that even at the age of 73, she stills volunteers to help run the adult and youth leagues in Swansea.

She’s travelled to Singapore and the Cook Islands for the sport, but her enthusiasm for the sport is still strong.

After sacrificing her time for over 40 years, Mrs Pressdee has finally been awarded a British Empire Medal for her services to Welsh Netball.

Though besides the medal, her greatest joy comes from watching others enjoy the sport.

Mrs Pressdee was humble in her honour, and said: “I’m amazed, and very proud. When the letter came from the Cabinet Office, I was shocked. I’ve simply got no idea how I’ve won it.”

Mrs Ruth Ridge. For services to the Gower Society and to the community in Gower. (West Cross, Swansea)

Ruth Ridge is to receive the British Empire Medal for her services to the Gower Society and the local community.

Ruth Ridge has been volunteering with National Trust in the Gower for more than 35 years.

She has also served on the committee of The Gower Society for 40 years, holding positions including archivist, membership s ecretary and honorary secretary for 16 years.

In that time Ms Ridge wrote Gower Walks, published in 1991 for The Gower Society and later published a history of the Society’s first 60 years as well as a number of articles for the Society’s very respected Gower Journal.

She said: “I have been honoured to have been elected an Honorary Life Vice President of the Society ans was given a Landscapes for Life Award by the National Association Of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

“Having moved to live in this wonderful area 48 years ago, it has been a privilege to learn about it and to help to honour its designation as the 1st Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK. It has come as quite a surprise to receive this honour as it surely reflects the efforts made by The Gower Society in and for Gower.”

Mr Clive Owen. For services to Older People in Wales.

Mr Clive Owen, Neath Port Talbot’s champion for older people has been investing his time to improve the lives of older people.

He has at last been honoured with a British Empire Medal by the crown, recognising his incredible efforts to change lives for the better.

He has always campaigned for the improvement of the quality of living for older people, and in one effort, campaigned for Neath Port Talbot Council to implement a pilot scheme to provide safe slippers to older people to prevent slipping, and preventing many injuries.

Other recipients:

  • Lyndon Howard Baglin. For services to Brass Band Music. (Chepstow)
  • John Berry. For services to Young People in the UK and Abroad and to the community in Northern Ireland. (Porthcawl)
  • Mrs Eluned Margaret Ramsey Clifton-Davies. First Aid Trainer and Assessor, St John Ambulance Wales. For voluntary service to First Aid Training. (Cardiff)
  • Mrs Carol May Coleman. For services to Amateur Theatre and to the community in Rhiwbina. (Rhiwbina)
  • Mrs Joan Elizabeth Darbyshire. For charitable services. (West Cross, Swansea)
  • Mrs Sharon Davies. Senior Executive assistant, Health and Social Services Department, Welsh Government. For public service. (Pontypridd)
  • Ms Yvette Suzanne Duval. BAME Mental Health manager Diverse Cymru. For services to the BAME community in Wales. (Cardiff)
  • Mrs Brenda Fogg. For services to Homeless People in Llandudno, Wales. (Llandudno)
  • Roger Charles Hudd. For services to charity and to the Arts. (Porthcawl)
  • David Raymond Humphreys. For services to Education and to Geology. (Deeside, Flintshire)
  • William Henry Gerwyn Jenkins. For services to the Samaritans in Swansea. (Llanelli)
  • Robert John Lawrence. For political and public service. (Rhiwbina, Cardiff)
  • Dr Derek McPherson. For services to Education and to charity. (Monmouthshire)
  • Meirion Lloyd Morris. Chairman Hoddesdon Youth Centre. For services to Young People. (Hoddesdon)
  • Mrs Jayne Nicholls. For services to Care Standards for Patients with Learning Disabilities in Wales. (Baglan, Neath Port Talbot)
  • Clive Owen. For services to Older People in Wales. (Taibach, Neath Port Talbot)
  • Trevor Palmer. For services to People with Disabilities in Wales. (Newport, Gwent)
  • Martin James Perry. Services Officer Intellectual Property Office. For services to Intellectual Property and to charity. (Newport, Gwent)
  • Miss Alison Pugh. Clinical Nurse manager Royal Gwent Hospital. For services to Haematology and Cancer Care. (Blaina, Gwent)
  • Jonathan James Ridd. For services to Care Standards for Patients with Learning Disabilities in Wales. (Baglan, Neath Port Talbot)
  • Dr Hasmukhlal Vadilal Shah. For services to the Hindu community in Cardiff. (Penylan, Cardiff)
  • Mrs Elaine Sleeman. For services to Music. (Deeside, Flintshire

Queen’s Police Medal

  • Chief Superintendent Sally Ann Burke. South Wales Police.
  • Paul Francis Dominic Hurley. Formerly Detective chief Superintendent South Wales Police.
  • Sgt Lindsey Sweeney. South Wales Police

Queen’s Fire Service Medal

Huw Jakeway of South Wales Fire and Rescue
Huw Jakeway of South Wales Fire and Rescue

Chief Fire Officer Huw Dennis Jakeway. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal

  • Jason Frederick Collins. Finance manager Welsh Ambulance Service. For services to the Welsh Ambulance Service.
  • Mrs Leanne Hawker. Patient Experience Lead and Community Involvement, Welsh Ambulance Service. For services to the Welsh Ambulance Service.



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