Birthday Honour’s List 2024

Mrs Diane Hawkins the Lord-Lieutenant in uniform outside Manchester Cathedral
Mrs Diane Hawkins JP LLB, the Lord-Lieutenant

The Lord-Lieutenant would like to congratulate all the Greater Manchester recipients of Honours in The King’s Birthday Honour’s List. Honours are a fantastic way of thanking ordinary people doing extraordinary things and this would not be possible without the people taking the time to nominate them, whom she would also like to particularly thank. Should you know of someone who deserves to be nominated then please go to our honours website where you can find out how to do it. http://www.gmhonours.org/

The people who live in Greater Manchester and have received an Honour in the Birthday List are as follows:

Order of The British Empire

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations, and public service outside the civil service. It was established on 4 June 1917 by King George V.

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

An OBE is given to someone who has demonstrated a distinguished regional or county-wide role in any field, through achievement or service to the community including notable practitioners known nationally. The following people have been awarded and OBE:

Shalni ARORA
Founder Trustee, Belong and Founder, Savannah Wisdom Charitable Foundation. For services to Charity and to Philanthropy

Karen Elaine BRAMWELL
Chief Executive Officer, Forward As One Church of England Multi-Academy Trust, Bolton. For services to Education

Dr Jeanelle Louise DE GRUCHY
Lately President, Association of Directors of Public Health and Chair, Greater Manchester Directors of Public Health. For services to Public Health

Professor Ian Melvyn HALL
Professor of Mathematical Epidemiology and Statistics, University of Manchester and Senior Principal Modeller, UK Health Security Agency. For services to Public Health, to Epidemiology and to Adult Social Care, particularly during Covid-19

Professor Paul Edward KLAPPER
Professor of Clinical Virology, University of Manchester. For services to Viral Diagnostic Testing

Simon David LEWIS
Senior Manager, Department for Work and Pensions. For services to Capability and Learning

Sally MACDONALD
Director, Science and Industry Museum. For services to the Arts and to Heritage

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

An MBE is given to a person for achievement or service in and to the community which is outstanding in its field and has delivered sustained and real impact which stands out as an example to others. The following people have been awarded the MBE:

Halima Hashim ATCHA
Diversity and Inclusion Lead, North West and North Central, Work and Health Service, Department for Work and Pensions. For services to Diversity and Inclusion

Neville Lewis BEISCHER
Chief Executive Officer, Flagship Learning Trust, Manchester. For services to Education

Jacqui Karen BELFIELD-SMITH
Head, Youth Justice and Targeted Youth Services, Stockport Council and Chair, Association of Youth Offending Team Managers. For services to Youth Justice

Pauline Marie BINNS-TULLOCH
For services to the community in Greater Manchester

Elva BROWN
Lately Driving Examiner, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. For services to Road Safety

Deborah Marie BROWN
Executive Director, Service Reform, Salford City Council. For services to Local Government

Paula DURRANS
Head, Security, Great Western Railway. For services to the Railway

Isaac GINSBURY
Chief Executive, Jewel Foundation. For services to the community in Greater Manchester and to Faith and Integration

Dr Shobna GULATI DL
Actor, Writer and Dancer. For services to the Cultural Industries

Paul Alexander HARVEY
Immigration Officer, Home Office. For services to the Home Office Veterans Network

Furqan NAEEM
Founding Organiser, Greater Manchester Citizens. For services to Inter-Faith Relations and to the community in Greater Manchester

Reverend Charles John NEVIN
Trustee, The Laurus Trust, Cheadle, Cheshire. For services to Education

Edwina Victoria ROSENBERG
For voluntary services to Young People in Long Term Care and to the community in Bury, Greater Manchester

Sarah Louise VAN DER MERWE
Head, Apprenticeships, The Learning Enterprise, HCRG Care Group, Greater Manchester. For services to Further Education and Skills

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

BEM

A BEM is awarded to people who have contributed a very hands-on service to the community in a local geographical area. Either sustained commitment in support of local charitable or voluntary activity or innovative work that has delivered real impact in a short period (3/4 years). The following people have been awarded a BEM:

Robert Lindsay Salmond ASHWORTH
Civilian Investigator, Greater Manchester Police. For Public Service

Roman Leslie BODNAREC
Volunteer, Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain. For services to Refugee Resettlement

Robert David CHEW
Firefighter, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. For services to the community in Littleborough, Greater Manchester

Ernest FEARGRIEVE
Lead Race Mechanic, Great British Cycling Team. For services to Cycling

Marie LYON
Chair, The Association for Children Damaged by Hormone Pregnancy Tests. For services to Advocating for Scientific Research and Improving Patient Safety for Women

Brian MADDEN
For services to the community in Oldham, Greater Manchester

Dr Amrik Singh MAHAL
Global Head of IT for Research, AstraZeneca. For services to Science and the Covid-19 Response

Isabel Christine TAYLOR
Committee Member, City of Manchester Fundraising Branch, Royal National Lifeboat Institution. For voluntary services to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution

New Deputy Lieutenant Commissions

The Lord-Lieutenant is delighted to announce the appointment of six new Deputy Lieutenants which was posted in the London Gazette on Wednesday 27th March 2024. These are the Lord-Lieutenant’s first commissions. The Lieutenancy congratulates and welcomes them all.

Mrs Sadia Sadf Din LLB – A Resident of Tameside

Sadia Din, originally hailing from Bolton, brings a wealth of experience and dedication to her role as Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester. As an educator, she has taught Law, Religious Education and Philosophy since 2005, following her LLB Hons from the University of Central Lancashire and Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Manchester Metropolitan University. Sadia’s commitment to inclusivity and support for the vulnerable is evident throughout her career. She has worked closely with students with special educational needs, including work in Equality and Diversity at Salford University. Currently she assesses the quality of services for the most vulnerable within a charity, reflecting her passion for advocacy.

As a registered Examiner and a Governor for a High School, Sadia champions high quality education for all. Beyond her professional roles she actively engages in community service, volunteering in local primary schools and offering tutoring to struggling students. Raised in a diverse community, Sadia recognises the invaluable contribution of the voluntary sector in fostering support and cohesion. She actively promotes a culture of inclusivity and empowerment, particularly for women and youth throughout her involvement with local charities and mentoring initiatives

Mrs Lindsey Forbes TD VR – A Resident of Stockport

Lindsey Forbes was born in Southport. She graduated from Liverpool University with a degree in Geography and joined the Civil Service. Following this, she joined Royal Insurance on their management trainee scheme.

After a number of years in the insurance industry she sought a change in career and completed a Master’s degree in Computation at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. She has worked for CGI IT UK Ltd, a leading IT solutions company, since her graduation, based in their Manchester office. She has specialised in the energy industry and in particular in smart metering.

In parallel to this she has had a successful career in the Army Reserve. Having joined Liverpool University Officer’s Training Corps she transferred on commissioning to 103rd (Lancashire Artillery Volunteers) Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers), eventually rising to command the Regiment. She was promoted to Colonel and appointed as the Reserve Corps Colonel of the Royal Artillery. She is currently Deputy Commander of the Army North West.

In her spare time she plays netball and is an enthusiastic skier.

She is a keen champion of opportunities for women in both the IT industry and in the Forces. She is an advocate of Veterans’ affairs and the Armed Forces Covenant.

She is married to Alex and has two sons Robert and Max.

Mrs Debra Jean Green OBE – A Resident of Trafford

Debra Green OBE is the National Director and Founder of Redeeming Our Communities (ROC), founded in 2004; a registered charity and Limited company. She is an author and is frequently asked to speak at events and conferences. Debra is married to Frank and they have 4 grown up children.

Debra has 25 years of experience in bringing organisations together towards the goal of social transformation, starting with her home city of Manchester. Since 2004, this work has expanded and she has acted as a consultant to many other towns and cities with significant results. Such work has attracted interest from public services and local authorities who are impressed by the proven track record and results achieved. She received an OBE in 2012 in recognition of services to community cohesion.

Mr Mark Llewellin – A Resident of Tameside

Mark was born and raised in the West Country. He studied performing arts in Yorkshire before moving to London to work at Mountview Theatre School and then London Transport where his duties included broadcasting travel information. It was during this period that he became involved with the Friends of Highgate Cemetery, serving as Secretary. He remains a life member.

Thirty years ago, he relocated to Tameside and was appointed the Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s Marketing and Business Development Director. He wrote his first book – They Started Here – about the history of the venue. This led to many requests to give talks, which he continues to do on a variety of topics often in aid of local charities, a second book and an annual commitment to look after Canadian Coronation Street fans visiting Manchester. www.marktalks.co.uk

Mark’s late partner, actor Roy Barraclough MBE, became the first patron of Tameside’s Willow Wood Hospice and Mark has continued this involvement serving as volunteer fund-raiser, patron, trustee, and is currently Vice Chair. Mark is also a director/trustee of Your MCR which offers work experience and mentoring to media students whilst making a weekly on-line magazine programme and podcast focusing on Manchester’s arts and charity sectors.

Mark is a keen supporter of Greater Manchester theatres, performing arts and heritage. He is a supporter of The British Music Hall Society and co-owner of Daisy Nook Garden Centre in Oldham.

Mrs Catherine Louise Scott – A resident of Rochdale

Mrs. Catherine Louise Scott, known to all as Louise, was born Catherine Louise Bell on April 22nd, 1968. For 34 years, she has been happily married to Michael Scott.

Louise’s story is one of remarkable dedication and commitment, professionally and in service to her community. After leaving school, she began her career at NatWest Bank, while nurturing her passion for culinary arts through evening classes and certifications in catering.

Louise moved to her family’s construction business, H Bell & Sons (Rochdale) Ltd in 1990, intending to support her father’s retirement for a year. However, her love for the industry and its daily challenges meant she couldn’t leave. She works alongside her brother and her husband, a situation she describes as ‘Interesting’! Today, she manages various aspects of the business, while advocating for diversity and youth engagement in the construction sector through her work with the company’s teams and local schools and colleges.

Beyond her work, Louise is a beacon of support for numerous community causes. She tirelessly fundraises for Springhill Hospice Rochdale, champions environmental sustainability through Rochdale and Norden in Bloom, and lends her support to initiatives like Petrus Incredible Edibles and WHAG, providing aid to vulnerable people in her home town. Additionally, she is a devoted supporter of Jolly Josh Charity, fostering nurturing environments for children and families.

In her leisure time, Louise enjoys family activities, gardening, photography, and furthering her culinary skills. Her life exemplifies the power of passion, service, and continual learning to build a better place for everyone.

Commodore Phillip Waterhouse MA DipRSA FCILT ESLog – A Resident of Bolton

Commodore Phil Waterhouse was born in 1966 and grew up across the Ridings of Yorkshire. Joining the Royal Navy as a Junior Sailor in 198, he was about to commence Petty Officer courses when he was promoted to the Officer Corps in 1988

Roles included logistics command posts at sea in Frigates, Destroyers and Amphibious ships as well as seagoing appointments on operational battlestaffs. Ashore he commanded the Defence Maritime Logistics School and a major MOD Project and was the Deputy Commanding Officer/Chief Operating Officer of Devonport Naval Base. On selection for Commodore, he became Naval Regional Commander Northern England and the Isle of Man in early 2017; coincidentally he became an Aide de Camp to the Sovereign.

Retiring from the Royal Navy in 2023, he now works as the Group Corporate Affairs Director for APCL, an international and national group of companies that provides naval and mercantile ship building, ship repair and ship maintenance.

Commodore Waterhouse is a Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport, the Chairman of Mersey Maritime, a Director of Maritime UK, President of Hull4Heroes and is a Younger Brother of Hull Trinity House. A former Chair of Broughton House Veterans Care Village in Salford, he remains on the Board of Trustees; he is passionate in supporting the Armed Forces Covenant and all it means for serving and retired service personnel and their families.

His hobbies are centered on home life and an unhealthy obsession with rugby league and cricket; he is a Life President of the Royal Navy Rugby League Association and a Wigan Warriors Season ticket holder; he is also a practicing ECB Cricket Umpire. He is married to Colleen.

Retiring Deputy Lieutenant Stephen Lowe DL FCIB

Stephen celebrated his 75th Birthday on the 15th March and has retired his Commission. The Lord-Lieutenant thanks him for his dedication in serving the communities of Oldham and Greater Manchester and serving for 8 years as a Deputy Lieutenant.

Stephen was born in 1949; retiring from Banking with the RBS Group in 2013 after 46 years service working throughout the World with the Bank.

His community involvement includes the setting up of Oldham Business Awards, Rochdale Business Awards, and Oldham Sports Awards.

He is currently a Governor at St Herbert’s Primary School Chadderton.

Stephen was previously Chair of Governors at Oldham 6th Form College, Director of Groundwork Trust and Director of Oldham Coliseum.

Stephen currently works with the Stoller Charitable Trust, who provide Grants and Donations throughout the Greater Manchester Area, concentrating on improving the lives of others, with a special emphasis on young people in Oldham.

He was awarded the Ambassador of Oldham 2014, and the Paul Harris Fellowship in 2015 for his services to the community of Oldham.

Appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 2016

His hobbies include being a season ticket holder at Oldham Athletic, and a member of Saddleworth Golf Club.

Stephen is married to Kathleen a Professional Artist. They have 2 children, Michael and Katie, and 5 grandchildren Dylan, Aoife, Conor, Amelie and Eva.

Thank you Stephen from all of us at the GM Lieutenancy.

New Independent Chair of the Greater Manchester Ethics Committee Appointed

One of the Greater Manchester Deputy Lieutenants, Dame Robina Shah DBE DL JP, has been appointed as the New Independent Chair of the Greater Manchester Ethics Committee.

The Committee advises Deputy Mayor Kate Green and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) on the complex dilemmas that policing faces in the modern world. When first established in 2014 the Greater Manchester Ethics Committee was the first of its type in the country due to its wide-ranging remit and GMP’s commitment to giving access to their systems and people, all with the aim of building trust and public confidence in policing.

Dame Robina said: “I am delighted to join the Ethics Committee at this crucial time, especially with its focus on integrating and sustaining core principles of ethics in policing. As former Chair of the Professional Standards Board at Greater Manchester Police and Board Advisor to the College of Policing, I hope to share this specific experience to further strengthen the Committees role in ensuring independent scrutiny of policing practice, behaviour, and professionalism. It is essential we build and earn trust with all our key stakeholders and therefore active collaboration, partnership and engagement with my colleagues, the police, and the community we serve will be a top priority.

further information can be found on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s website here.

New Year Honour’s List 2024

Mrs Diane Hawkins the Lord-Lieutenant in uniform outside Manchester Cathedral
Diane Hawkins JP LLB, the Lord-Lieutenant

The Lord-Lieutenant would like to congratulate all the Greater Manchester recipients of Honours in The King’s New Year Honour’s List. Honours are a fantastic way of thanking ordinary people doing extraordinary things and this would not be possible without the people taking the time to nominate them, whom she would also like to particularly thank. Should you know of someone who deserves to be nominated then please go to our honours website where you can find out how to do it. http://www.gmhonours.org/

The people who live in Greater Manchester and have received an Honour in the New Year List are as follows:

Order of The British Empire

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations, and public service outside the civil service. It was established on 4 June 1917 by King George V.

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

A CBE is given to a person who has demonstrated a prominent national role, a conspicuous leading role in regional affairs through achievement or service to the community, or a highly distinguished, innovative contribution in his or her area of activity. The following people have been awarded a CBE:

Huw Charles DAVIES.
A resident of Bury. Lately Chief Executive, British Association for Supported Employment.
For services to Employment for Disabled People

Yvonne Helen FOVARGUE MP
A resident of Wigan. Member of Parliament for Makerfield.
For Political and Public Service

Professor Danielle Amanda GEORGE MBE
A resident of Stockport. Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering, University of Manchester.
For services to Public Engagement in Engineering

Kevin SINFIELD OBE
A resident of Oldham.
For services to Motor Neurone Disease Awareness

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

An OBE is given to someone who has demonstrated a distinguished regional or county-wide role in any field, through achievement or service to the community including notable practitioners known nationally. The following people have been awarded and OBE:

Eamonn John BOYLAN
A resident of Manchester. Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
For services to Local Government

Michael George EAKIN
A resident of Trafford. Chief Executive, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
For services to Music and to the community in Liverpool, Merseyside

An OBE for a female and other medals of the Order of the British Empire
An OBE for a Female Recipient

Katie GALLAGHER
A resident of Trafford. Director, Manchester Digital.
For services to the Digital Technology Industry in the North-West

Antony Craig LOCKLEY
A resident of Manchester. Director of Strategy and Assistant Chief Executive, Blackpool Council.
For services to Local Government

Professor Joyce Ann TYLDESLEY
A resident of Bolton. Professor of Egyptology, University of Manchester.
For services to Egyptology and Heritage

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

An MBE is given to a person for achievement or service in and to the community which is outstanding in its field and has delivered sustained and real impact which stands out as an example to others. The following people have been awarded the MBE:

Peter George BUCHAN
A resident of Trafford. Managing Director, Shipping, Nuclear Transport Solutions.
For services to the Nuclear Industry and to Young People

Amanda CHADWICK
A resident of Trafford. Founder and Trustee, Pyjama Fairies.
For services to Children in Hospital

John Hubert COX
A resident of Trafford. Chair, Joseph Cox Charity.
For services to Homeless People in Manchester

Paul FAIRWEATHER
A resident of Manchester. Trustee, Breakthrough Ltd.
For services to Disabled People and to the LGBT Community in the North West

Rhiane Estelle FATINIKUN
A resident of Bolton. Founder, Black Girls Hike.
For services to Nature and to Diversity

Daniel Peter HILL
A resident of Wigan. Director, Daddys with Angels.
For charitable services to Bereaved Families

Helen Louise HYNDMAN
A resident of Bury. Service Coordinator, Ask Eve, The Eve Appeal.
For charitable services to Women with Gynaecological Cancers

Lydia Anna Obat INA
A resident of Manchester. Foster Carer and Founder, Gapolunya Foundation.
For services to Vulnerable Children

Kenneth INCE
A resident of Wigan. Scout Leader, 1st Golborne (St Thomas) Scout Group.
For services to Young People in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan

Sheila INCE
A resident of Wigan. Cub Scout Leader, 1st Golborne (St Thomas) Scout Group.
For services to Young People in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan

Nicholas Edward JOHNSON
A resident of Trafford. Co-Founder and Director, Market Operations.
For services to Business and to the Food Sector

Christine Anne KENYON
A resident of Bolton. Deputy Principal, The Manchester College.
For services to Further Education

Robert James Hammond MALCOMSON
A resident of Bury. Deputy Director, Cabinet Office.
For public and voluntary service to the LGBTQ+ Community and to Homeless People

Marion Anne MEAKIN
A resident of Manchester. Senior Probation Officer, North West Probation Service, HM Prison and Probation Service.
For services to Reducing Reoffending and Public Protection

Kathryn Ann MORLEY
A resident of Manchester. Lately Chief Executive Officer, OnSide.
For services to Young People

Tori Pamela Anne OLPHIN
A resident of Rochdale. Chief Data Scientist and Head of Research, Thames Valley Police.
For services to Technology in the Public Sector

Ehinor OTAIGBE-AMEDU
A resident of Bolton
For services to Women in Greater Manchester

Yassamin SHEEL
A resident of Rochdale. National Lead, United Teaching, Greater Manchester.
For services to Children

Stephen Terence SORRELL
A resident of Stockport. Director, Small Things Creative Projects Community Interest Company.
For services to Arts and Culture in Greater Manchester

Jenny THOMPSON
A resident of Trafford. Co-Founder and Director, Market Operations.
For services to the Business and Food Sectors

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

A BEM is awarded to people who have contributed a very hands-on service to the community in a local geographical area. Either sustained commitment in support of local charitable or voluntary activity or innovative work that has delivered real impact in a short period (3/4 years). The following people have been awarded a BEM:

British Empire Medals

Reverend Christine Joyce ASPINALL
A resident of Manchester
For services to the community in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester

Ann CHAPMAN
A resident of Bury.
For services to the community in Radcliffe, Metropolitan Borough of Bury

Edward EVERETT
A resident of Trafford. Member, Friends of Bridgwater Canal.
For services to the Environment in Sale, Metropolitan Borough of Trafford

Daniel HERMAN
A resident of Trafford
For services to Education and to Holocaust Awareness

Patricia Carol JARMAN
A resident of Tameside.
For services to the community in Stalybridge, Metropolitan Borough of Tameside

William Ellis NIXON
A resident of Trafford. Honorary Secretary, Social Enterprise UK.
For services to Young People in the West Midlands

Rachel Frances PARKINSON
A resident of Bury.
For services to the community in Whitefield, Greater Manchester during Covid-19

Mahbubur RAHMAN
A resident of Oldham.
For services to Charity and to the community in Oldham, Greater Manchester

Helen Elizabeth WALTON
A resident of Rochdale. Policy Adviser, Rochdale Council.
For services to Children in Care and Children in Poverty

Dr Jane WILCOCK
A resident of Bolton. Chair, North West Faculty, Royal College of General Practitioners and lately General Practitioner, Silverdale Medical Practice, Swinton, Greater Manchester.
For services to General Practice

Roy WOOD
A resident of Wigan. Coach, Aspull Wrestling Club, Wigan, Greater Manchester.
For services to Wrestling and Young People

King’s Award for Voluntary Service Winners 2023

Twenty three Greater Manchester voluntary groups have been honoured with a King’s Award for Voluntary Service. Commonly known as the MBE for volunteer groups, it is the highest award a group can receive in the UK.

The King's Award for Voluntary Service Logo

They are part of a group of 262 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive this prestigious award this year across the UK. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving. Greater Manchester has received the most awards of any County in the UK for the 6th year running, which shows how committed and full of innovative ideas our volunteers are, making life better for those around them.

The King’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. The Greater Manchester award winners are a wonderfully diverse group and will receive their award in the New Year from The Lord-Lieutenant.

A list of Greater Manchester winners is here:

Bolton
BCOM Funeral Service
Create Bolton

Bury
Bury LGBTQ+ Forum
Bury People First
Supporting Sisters

Manchester
Feed My City
Friends of Didsbury Park
NEPHRA Good Neighbours
Olympias Music Foundation

Rochdale
Aspire 2 Inspire Communities CIC
Jolly Josh

Salford

Caritas Diocese of Salford
Princes Park Garden Centre
Women with Wings CIC

Tameside
Finding Rainbows
LEAP Children, Families & Communities

Trafford
Special Educational Needs Family Support Group
Trafford Veterans

Wigan
Bridgers Community Group
CIC Kildare Grange Social Dancing Section
Place 2 Place Football Club
The One House Aspull
Wigan Youth Zone

Retiring Deputy Lieutenant – Mrs Edith Conn OBE JP DL

Edith celebrated her 75th Birthday on the 7th October and has retired her Commission. The Lord-Lieutenant thanks her for her dedication in serving the communities of Greater Manchester and the North West, her charitable work and fundraising and serving for 22 years as a Deputy Lieutenant.

Edith was born in 1948 and was educated at Manchester Metropolitan University where she was awarded a B.A.(Hons) Humanities.

Over the years Edith has given a significant amount of her time to the community and to a number of different charities and charities. She worked as a counsellor with the Citizens Advice Bureau and was the treasurer for the NSPCC. Edith became chairman of Manchester International Exhibition of Expressionism, was a committee member of the North West War Pensions Committee, chairman of Heart Research, Greater Manchester and a committee member of Christie Against Cancer.

Edith joined the Greater Manchester Branch of the British Red Cross in 1978 and since that time has held varied responsibilities including: District co-ordinator, Finance committee member, Branch Trustee, Awards Panel Chairman, 125th Birthday Chairman, North West Chairman of the National Humanity Awards, Landmine Appeal Chairman, a member of the Board for British Red Cross Events Ltd., committee member of the International Red Cross Gala Ball, Honorary Branch Director and chairman of the Manchester Gala Ball. In 1989 Edith was awarded the Badge of Honour for Devoted Service and Honorary Life Membership and in 1993 the Badge of Honour for Continued Dedicated and Distinguished Service. She was appointed Deputy President of The Greater Manchester Red Cross in 1995 and that same year she was appointed Magistrate to the Bolton Bench and became a chairman in 2000. In 1999 she was appointed President of the Greater Manchester Red Cross.

In 2000 Edith was honoured by Her Majesty The Queen when she was awarded the OBE for services to The Greater Manchester Red Cross.

Edith’s interest in the Red Cross continues and grows; she was appointed President of the North West Area of the British Red Cross in 2005 and received the Badge of Honour for Outstanding Service to the British Red Cross.

Edith is a trustee of The Skelton Charity and the Chair of Greater Manchester Committee of CrimeStoppers but the hardest volunteering she has ever done was as Trustee and Chair of We Love Manchester charity in the wake of the Arena bomb.

Edith was appointed High Sheriff of Greater Manchester in 2008 and served a three year tenure as Vice Lord-Lieutenant from 2014 – 2017.

Thank you Edith from all of us at the GM Lieutenancy.

Retiring Deputy Lieutenant – Mrs Khumi Burton JP DL

Khumi celebrated her 75th Birthday on the 21st September and has retired her Commission. The Lord-Lieutenant thanks her for her dedication in serving the communities of Greater Manchester and Cheshire, her charitable work and fundraising and serving for 20 years as a Deputy Lieutenant.

Khumi was born in Manipur, India, near the Burmese Frontier in 1948. After graduation, to avoid following her father’s footstep and join the Indian Civil Service, she joined instead Air India and had postings in Beirut, Hong Kong, Perth and London during her 5 year stint. In 1976 she married Sidney Burton a retired Major with the Cheshire Regiment.

Khumi has spent most of her married life working within the Community in Cheshire and Manchester. She was the Team Attaché for Turks and Caicos during the Commonwealth Games; organiser of the Portico Prize for Literature (a mini Booker Prize of the North); served as member of the Air Transport Users Council (CAA appointment) and sat on Manchester Airport consultative committee; a Board of Visitors for Styal Prison and then a Board member and subsequently Chairman of Greater Manchester Crimestoppers.

She co-ordinated the 750th Anniversary Events of the Parish of Wilmslow in 2000; initiated the Wilmslow Street Party in 2002 to celebrate the Queens Jubilee and is now a yearly Community Event; organised the VJ-Day celebration for Veterans in Wilmslow/Stockport in 2005 and organised visits to Arboretum in Litchfield for the surviving ATS/WRACS.

She raised funds to build much needed houses for earthquake victims and families in Gujarat. She enjoys raising funds and promoting good causes like the Genesis Centre, the Red Cross, Marie Curie, Henshaws for the Blind etc.

Her involvement with the Office for National Statistics as an Interviewer gave her the chance to be in touch with people from all walks of life and background and gave her better understanding and insight of the Society we live in.

Khumi’s enthusiasm for the Community does not diminish. She is currently a Royal Volunteer NHS Responder, a role she undertook during the Covid Pandemic, she also raises awareness of Combat Stress (an Army Charity), especially PTSD by organising fundraising lunches and talks.

She sat as a Magistrate on the Manchester Bench in the Adult Court from 1998 until 2011 and a General Commissioner of Income Tax for Manchester Central and South from 1994.

She is interested and enjoys meeting people from all walks of life and is at ease with them.

Khumi was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant in 2003.

Thank you from everyone at the Greater Manchester Lieutenancy.

Retiring Deputy Lieutenant – Mr. William (Bill) Hampson OBE DL

Bill celebrated his 75th Birthday on the 23rd August and has retired his Commission. The Lord-Lieutenant thanks Bill for his dedication in serving the communities of Greater Manchester and his extensive work abroad helping vulnerable people and for the last 18 years as a Deputy Lieutenant.

Bill is a leading campaigner for human rights and a former founder member of the Jubilee Campaign. He was made a Freeman of Wigan in 2000 for his work, particularly in Eastern Europe.

As a Director of the Epiphany Trust, Bill has developed a range of award winning projects in Romania, with the Karen People in Thailand and Burma and in Sri Lanka as well as founding Chrysalis Holidays – a social enterprise in Greater Manchester providing educational holidays for adults with learning disabilities.

Bill’s background is in surveying in which role he has worked in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. He currently sits on the board of ‘Crossroads Global Village’ which companies with surplus goods with charities that need them.
Bill received an OBE in 2020, honoured for ‘Services to vulnerable people overseas’.

An Honorary Rotarian with Newton-le-Willows Jubilee Rotary and President of Lowton Independent Methodist Church. He is married to Pam and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 2005.

Science, Technology and Research Honours Panel

Do you want to find out how the honours system works and how the Independent Honours Committee members decide who does and does not get awarded? Do you know someone deserving of an honour who works in the science, technology or research community?

The Cabinet Office and Government Office for Science will be hosting a free in person and online honours event on the 12th September from 11:15am – 12pm. Join this unique panel event which will feature both independent honours committee members and recent honours recipients, who will share their insights into how the honours system works and how we can nominate more outstanding people in the science, technology and research community for these prestigious awards.

Confirmed speakers so far include:

  • Dame Angela Mclean, Government Chief Scientific Advisor and member of the Science, Research and Technology Honours Committee
  • Stephen Kelly, Chair of the Science, Technology and Research Honours Committee
  • Dame Sue Ion, Chairman of the UK Nuclear Innovation Research Advisory Board
  • Professor Dhiya Al-Jumeily OBE, Professor of Artificial Intelligence and President of eSystems Engineering Society.

This event is open to the public – so please help us spread the word to anyone you know in the North of England and/or in the Science, Technology or Research community.

You can register to attend in person or online via Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/science-research-technology-honours-panel-tickets-698905835167

Please reach out to william.mitchell2@cabinetoffice.gov.uk with any questions about the event.