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.

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

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

Head, Youth Justice and Targeted Youth Services, Stockport Council and Chair, Association of Youth Offending Team Managers. For services to Youth Justice

For services to the community in Greater Manchester

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

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

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

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)


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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

Please reach out to with any questions about the event.

Investiture Ceremony July 2023

The Monastery Manchester

In a ceremony at The Monastery, Manchester, on the 4th July 2023, 8 Honour’s Recipients received their medals from The Lord-Lieutenant. The Vice Lord-Lieutenant and all the recipients’ home town Mayors were also in attendance to help and to congratulate them all.

There were 7 recipients of the British Empire Medal and also a recipient of an MBE who attended with friends and family to celebrate their fantastic achievements in the wonderful setting of the Great Nave at The Monastery.

Co-op Academy Choir

A choir from the Co-op Academy Manchester also sang before and after the ceremony and lead everyone singing the National Anthem.

The recipients and their guests from across Greater Manchester listened to the citations which were read out by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant and broke into applause as each of the stories were revealed and each walked forward to receive their medals from the Lord-Lieutenant.

The recipients and their stories are as follows:

Christopher Paul Ashworth BEM (Tameside)

Chris is the Estates Manager at Ashton Sixth Form College. He was pivotal in ensuring that the college staff were safe, and that the college was a healthy place to return to work after the Covid Pandemic lockdowns, during which he was on site every day making sure that everywhere was secure.

Once decisions were made about the return to work, he single-handedly sourced the required PPE and cleaning equipment, and worked tirelessly with one other member of his team to make the necessary changes to classrooms including removing furniture and reconfiguring classroom layouts to meet COVID requirements and installing Perspex screens. He even took deliveries at home whilst the college was shut. Chris also organised and completed a one-way system for the college and worked across jobs which were not in his area. He turned his hand to reprographics, printing posters for the return and he took time to learn how to don and doff PPE correctly and then trained all the cleaning team and the first aiders, so they were comfortable in its use. He did all of this with his customary cheerfulness.

In addition, Chris supported the NHS and local people. His wife is a staff nurse at Tameside Hospital, and he helped support their work by providing PPE and helped elderly residents with shopping and errands. He did all of this in addition to his day job, with most of his team either shielding or unable to come in as they were vulnerable or furloughed.

In other times, Chris single-handedly saved the college hundreds of thousands of pounds through the renegotiation of contracts, all of which could then be spent on teaching and learning.

Chris is a long-standing member of the college team and is the sort of person every organisation needs. He is hard-working, caring, innovative and can rise to any challenge.

Martyn James Davies BEM (Salford)

Since completing his training Martyn has been driven to improve the lives of people living in care homes, making it another fulfilling chapter of a person’s life.

He bought Urmston Manor at a point when it was rated as inadequate by the Care Quality Commission but within a year had transformed it into an ‘outstanding’ rated home. Martyn focusses on ensuring that the residents are having the best quality of life and feel part of the community.

In each room he makes sure that there is a television showing a personalised photograph slide show. For the dementia residents, their memories are so important, and they really enjoy talking to the care home staff about their very fond memories from the pictures. In addition, each resident has a voice-activated device which will switch their lights on and off and play their own individual music playlists.

His home supports the Manchester Mad Dogs Project, a charity providing meals for the homeless of Manchester. The residents join the care home staff in peeling vegetables and sometimes help deliver meals to homeless people helping the residents to feel a valued part of the wider community. Urmston Manor was also the first in Trafford to link in with a local school where residents meet with the school children removing generational boundaries.

During the pandemic he moved into the home and at the start of the Christmas pandemic lockdown, he bought bird houses for the residents to paint and then put them outside the home for passers-by to take and put up in their gardens.

Martyn also supports Skills for Care in their training plans by supporting the design of training for care home staff to develop in their roles. He set up a local WhatsApp group with all the care home managers to share information about training.

At a time when we have never needed our Adult Social Care nursing teams more, Martyn’s work and leadership have been a beacon in the sector.

Winifred Mary Dignan MBE (Rochdale)

Wyn has been a Non-Executive Director in the NHS for over twenty years. She has chaired NHS Boards at North Manchester Primary Care Trust, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust and North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust. Wyn’s commitment to the NHS has been exemplary and consistently demonstrated throughout her long and dedicated service as a Chair, by creating an ethos of accountability, openness, integrity and compassion.

Wyn has strived to deliver the very best quality of service to patients and their families, and to put them at the heart of service provision with the key priority being the delivery of high quality, safe services and the best possible patient experience.

Consequently, over the years she has chaired Boards and spent significant time visiting and experiencing front line service provision from both patient and staff perspectives. This further evidences her commitment to establishing a listening and learning culture. Wyn deliberately chooses not to have an office so she can be mobile and visible in her leadership across the Trust and completely engage with Board, clinicians, managers and staff across the NHS organisations, in addition to patients and other key stakeholders.

Wyn has worked passionately and selflessly to motivate staff to make a difference and to improve the quality of services and performance in all the settings she has worked. This involved going the extra mile and investing more hours than is expected of the role. She has spent time on mental health wards on night shifts and with paramedic and patient transport crews. Wyn has met with staff, patients and relatives in times of trauma, loss, anger and distress, and is so inspirational in how empathetic and supportive she always has been in the many occasions there have been over her time in the National Health Service.

Wyn is an excellent role model and much admired and respected.

John (Jack) Patrick Holt BEM (Bolton)

Jack has made an incredible contribution to Bolton Olympic Wrestling Club, volunteering there for over 50 years as a committee member and Chair.

In addition to his visible presence, working on the front desk, most of his selfless contribution is ‘behind the scenes’. Through his resourcefulness and determination, he ensures the club’s building is always well maintained and ready to welcome the diverse range of people who use the club’s facilities. Alongside his own time and labour, he uses his initiative and doggedness to source funding and assistance from local businesses and other tradesmen as well as members to keep the club going. The club is based in a deprived area, but admission prices are amazingly low. This is only possible because of his conscientious efforts and the diligent management of the club’s funds which ensures it remains accessible to all in the community. Jack’s effective running of the club also helps some youngsters to travel to international competitions, ensuring that regardless of means or background, any young talented wrestler can represent their country.

Jack is a real ambassador of the sport and the spirit of wrestling and community. His dedication has kept the club going through good times and bad, surviving recessions and keeping the strong sense of community alive. This is not the only voluntary work which Jack is involved in. For many years, he has carried out building work and maintenance at his local parish churches. Jack has assisted a succession of priests at St Osmund’s and St Andrew’s for over 30 years, even planning out and implementing the re-building of a bar area in St Osmund’s Parish Hall at the age of 79. His zeal for using his skills to help others is boundless.

A Lifetime Fellowship Award winner: Jack is the beating heart of the Club and an unsung hero of Olympic Free Wrestling.

Liam Manton BEM (Manchester) and Mark Smallwood BEM (Trafford)

(Mark was unable to attend on the day)

Liam and Mark are co-founders of Didsbury Gin, a commercial gin distiller. At the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK they recognised that there was a need for the company to do its part, especially here in Greater Manchester which was one of the hardest hit areas of the country.

In March 2020, Didsbury Gin was one of the first of many businesses across the country to adapt by converting its production to meet a national need in combatting the coronavirus. In their case, by producing hand sanitiser. In the space of just seven days, they produced two million bottles of hand sanitiser which were then distributed to front-line service providers and key workers in the Greater Manchester area including police, adult social care, GP surgeries and local public transport. In April, during the period of national shortages in this area, they procured and donated 35,000 items of PPE to Manchester Social Care. In addition, Liam and Mark worked with the Manchester Bar Network to create job opportunities for those in the hospitality industry who were out of work because of the pandemic.

Liam and Mark are major local participant in the government Kickstart Scheme which is designed to generate good paying job opportunities for young people aged 16-24 who are at risk of unemployment.

They also work as part of the UK Spirits Alliance (UKSA) to highlight the importance of the spirits industry to the UK economy and have met regularly with ministers from HM Treasury to campaign for changes to the system of duties and tariffs on alcohol. The candidate’s work with the UKSA saw many new distilleries open, with the overall number of distilleries increasing from 190 in 2015 to 710 in 2020.

Liam and Mark are conscientious business owners, using their ability and responsibility to benefit the local community and help wider society.

Michael Anthony Newman BEM (Bury)

Born completely blind, Mike always had a passion for cars, so much so, it was his life’s ambition to become a racing driver. This ambition came with many challenges but he worked tirelessly to live his dream; he is now a nine times World Record Holder and is currently the fastest blind man on land and water on the planet. In 2012, Mike set up his charity, Speed of Sight (SOS), founded with the initial purpose of giving driving experiences to blind people who had been told they would never get the chance to get behind the wheel and drive.

SOS now empowers blind and disabled people to drive a car. He and his team travel to all corners of the country to enable people, some with with severe disabilities, to attend their track days. Mike meets participants after each event to gauge their reactions and gets huge satisfaction from hearing someone had the time of their lives.

Initially starting with one sports car, the charity now has four cars, which are used regularly throughout the racing season at circuits all over the UK. They are currently running twenty plus events yearly. Mike never forgot the support he has received throughout his life and named all the cars after his previous guide dogs with each car having its own identity, personality, strengths and role within the charity.

In addition, Mike is an inspirational speaker and promotes positive awareness around disability by speaking on television, encouraging people with sight impairments to do whatever they want to do. SOS also delivers a unique experience for sighted people to understand what driving without that sense is like by using blindfolds. This not only increases awareness of difficulties faced by disability but encourages essential team building skills, such as trust and communication.

Known in racing circles as “Super Human, Mike Newman”, he has made an extraordinary difference to the disabled community, making sure they know that being disabled does not mean that they are unable.

Peter Gordon Nicol BEM (Bury)

Peter has been an outstanding member of Bury College Governing Body since 2004, becoming Chair in 2008. He has inducted and mentored over twenty new Governors, creating an environment where they can constructively contribute and are comfortable challenging leaders. In addition, the college has maintained a strong financial position, which has enabled capital investments of over £50m, creating world-class facilities, whilst delivering outstanding value to the public purse.

Under Peter’s leadership the college has had fantastic results. Over 30% of students are from an ethnic minority background and this cohort are consistently placed among the best in the country. In 2019/20 they were in the top 10% for student progress in Advanced Level 3 courses, top 3% of Further Education Colleges for English progress, and top 6% for maths progress. His unrelenting pursuit of excellence has introduced the Positive Futures initiative which focuses on developing student’s key study, employability and transferable skills to support their progression with around 1,000 students successfully progressing to university and employment every year. To remove barriers, he ensures the college’s Higher Education course fees are among the lowest in the country. As a result, over half of the Higher Education learners come from areas of deprivation.

Peter fosters excellent relationships across the community including with Fisherfield Farm Nurseries and Play Football, securing specialist facilities for the college and helping widen participation. A recent Big Lottery project advocated by him helped support over 500 hard-to-reach residents and was recognised as 2018’s Festival of Learning National Project of the Year.

This commitment has seen the college create Bury College Education Trust in 2014 to support local schools. All primary schools in the Trust have improved their Ofsted rating. Peter also drove the college’s Covid-19 response, including staying open for vulnerable students, making thousands of phone calls and home visits to ensure students remain safe, implementing remote learning, adjustments to classrooms and timetables.

Peter is a shining example of educational leadership in action.

Alison Jean Peek BEM (Salford)

In March 2020 at the start of the pandemic, the National Federation of Women’s Institute were slow in helping its members struggling with the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic. Whilst some W.I.s had their own websites or Facebook pages; they were not using them to properly interact with their members. In reaction to this, Alison, along with a member from Middlesex, formed the ‘W.I. Wanderers’, a national Facebook group which provided online events every day for members in the safety of their own homes. It quickly had over two and a half thousand members from across the UK.

Alison organised zoom calls, documentaries, exercise classes, art workshops and informative talks for ladies to combat loneliness and anxiety. Many of the women had not spoken to anyone for several days; these online sessions were a welcome relief and lifeline which created support and friendship. This work was alongside a paid job, but she still found the time and inclination to help other women who were struggling in these unprecedented times.

There were obstacles to overcome, with many older members not having the technical skills to use equipment or zoom, but she personally took time to hold one-to-one lessons to teach them, giving them access to wider resources away from the group. This has been a substantial initiative that has been a lifeline to so many and provided a sense of belonging in a time of being alone.

Following on from a virtual meeting with members from Canada, it became very clear to Alison that members do not always want to be entertained; they just want the opportunity to have human interaction. She was determined to continue to provide that service.

The group is hugely successful and now has over 8,000 members. The impact on this group has been enormous, with members being given confidence and self-belonging especially at a time when many could not leave their homes. This would not have been achievable without her commitment, energy and organisation.