Countess and fire chief lead New Year’s Honours list for Wiltshire

A NUMBER of Wiltshire residents have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list.
From arts devotees to charity stalwarts, the great and the good were named in the list, released on Friday, December 30.

The list of recipients in Wiltshire is:


Madeleine Lola Margaret The Countess of Bessborough: Founder, New Art Centre. For services to Art, to Art Education and to Salisbury Cathedral (Salisbury, Wiltshire)

  • Helen Clare Belcher: Trustee, Trans Media Watch, Director, Transactual and Councillor, Wiltshire Council. For services to the Transgender community (Corsham, Wiltshire)
  • John Gerard Averell Spencer Churchill: Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Scanning Pens Limited. For services to International Trade and to the Dyslexia and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Community (Melksham, Wiltshire)
  • James Patrick Hepburne Scott: Director, Forest Carbon. For services to Forestry and to the Environment in Scotland (Pewsey, Wiltshire)
  • Rachel Hick: Deputy Head, Finance Team, Army Headquarters, Ministry of Defence. For services to Defence (Salisbury, Wiltshire)
  • Elizabeth Anne Jackson: Head of Space Exploration, UK Space Agency. For services to the Space Sector (Swindon, Wiltshire)
  • Catherine Victoria Spencer: Chief Executive Officer, The Seafarers Charity. For services to Seafarers (Pewsey, Wiltshire)
  • Toby Jonathan Sutton: Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Scanning Pens Limited. For services to International Trade and to the Dyslexia and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Community (Warminster, Wiltshire)
  • Patrick Liam Bradley: Chief Executive Officer, Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership. For services to the Local Economy and
    to the community in Wiltshire. (Salisbury, Wiltshire)
  • Meryl Ann Hayward: Director, Corporate Services, Historic England. For services to Heritage (Swindon, Wiltshire)
  • Helen Mary Yeadon: Co-Founder and Chief Executive, Greatwood Horse Charity. For services to Disadvantaged Young People and to Former Racehorses (Marlborough, Wiltshire)
  • Professor Geoffrey Till: Professor Emeritus, King’s College London and US Naval War College. For services to Defence (Devizes, Wiltshire)
  • David Charles Townshend Bickers: Co-Founder and Chief Executive, The Douglas Bader Foundation. For services to People with Disabilities (Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire)
  • Sarah Anne Brewis: Headteacher, Woodborough Church of England Primary School, Pewsey, Wiltshire. For services to Primary Education (Calne, Wiltshire)
  • Polly Jane Cox: For services to the community in Shalbourne, Wiltshire (Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire)
  • Nicholas John Cross: Instructor, West Wiltshire Sailing Association. For services to Young People and to Charity (Colchester, Essex)
  • Barbara Evelyn King: Group Scout Leader, Scout Activity Support Unit, 10th Chippenham Scout Group, Wiltshire. For services to Young People in Wiltshire (Chippenham, Wiltshire)
  • Juliette Pearson: Lead, Digital Academy Services, Ministry of Defence. For services to Defence and to the community in Wiltshire (Corsham, Wiltshire)

In other honours, Derek James, Deputy Chief Fire Officer for the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, was awarded the King’s Fire Service Medal.
Derek, pictured, who has worked for the fire service for almost 20 years, said: “I am honoured to have been recognised by His Majesty. Throughout my career I have always done my upmost to help ensure we are a strong fire and rescue service that serves our communities well.
“I work alongside a bunch of fantastic people who work tirelessly at all levels to help make this happen. This award says as much about them as it does me.”
Chief Fire Officer Ben Ansell congratulated Derek on his honour, and said: “I am absolutely delighted that Derek has been recognised nationally for his outstanding leadership in the fire and rescue sector.
“His skills, passion and leadership have been invaluable, and he has supported me and the service in responding to the many challenges and large-scale incidents that we have faced over the years.”
And chair of the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr Rebecca Knox, added: “I am really pleased that Derek has been recognised for his leadership and commitment to the fire and rescue service by His Majesty the King.
“As Deputy Chief, Derek works hard to support others and lead an outstanding team who provide a vital service to the public across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, Dorset, Swindon and Wiltshire.
“On behalf of the Fire and Rescue Authority, I send our warmest congratulations to Derek, this medal is extremely well deserved.”

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