Incredible Bristol people named in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Key workers and community champions are among the Bristol people commended in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The Cabinet Office has published the full list of recipients for Her Majesty’s 2021 awards, which have recognised 1,129 people for their outstanding contributions to society.

More than a dozen are from the Bristol region, including a top Totterdown chef, an inspirational paraplegic oncologist, and a couple who have opened their home to vulnerable people in need of care.

Campaigner Paula McGowan, whose son Oliver McGowan died at the age of 18, has been awarded an OBE for her services to people with autism and learning disabilities.

The list was published tonight (Friday, June 11) and Prime Minister Boris Johnson said many of the recipients exemplify the “every day heroes” who have united during the coronavirus pandemic.

He added: “We should take heart from the stories of those receiving honours today and be inspired by their courage and kindness.

“May they be a reminder of all that we can achieve when we come together as a society.”

The list below includes the recipients the Cabinet Office recorded as being in Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North East Somerset:

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Emma Howard Boyd: Chair, Environment Agency. For services to the environment (Bristol, Bristol)

(Image: Jason Grant/Environment Agency)

Martin Parr: Documentary photographer. For services to photography (Bristol, Bristol)

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Paula McGowan: Campaigner. For services to people with autism and learning disabilities (Living Abroad)

Following the death of her son Oliver McGowan, Paula McGowan has successfully campaigned for doctors, nurses, allied healthcare professionals and social care staff to have mandatory standardised training, in understanding how to care for people with autism and learning disabilities.

NHS England is currently running the pilot scheme and it will eventually be rolled out nationally.

Paula McGowan speaking in the new video; inset, her son Oliver McGowan
(Image: NHS Health Education England/ Paula McGowan)

Andrew Tilden: Lately director of operations, Skills for Care. For services to social work (Winscombe, North Somerset)

Susannah Elizabeth Turner: Lately chief executive officer, Quartet Community Foundation. For services to social justice (Nailsea, North Somerset)

(Image: Quartet Community Foundation)

Professor Michael Benton (FRS, FRSE): Professor of vertebrate palaeontology, University of Bristol. For services to palaeontology and to community engagement (Bristol, Bristol)

Dr Ellen Brooks Pollock: Senior lecturer, disease modelling and veterinary public health, University of Bristol. For services to the scientific pandemic influenza group on modelling and SAGE during the Covid-19 response (Bristol, Bristol)

Paul Jonathan Fox: Lately chief operating officer, Natural Environment Research Council. For services to scientific research (Bath, Bristol)

Rachel Anne Jones: Group director, South West Universal Credit Operations, Department for Work and Pensions. For services to unemployed people during Covid-19 (Bristol, Bristol)

Professor Jane Memmott: Professor of ecology, University of Bristol. For services to insect pollinators and ecology (Abbots Leigh, Bristol)

Paul Julian Mogg: For services to policing (Bristol, Bristol).

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Josh Eggleton: For services to the community in Bristol during Covid-19 (Totterdown, Bristol)

As reported by Bristol Live last year, the top Bristol chef and owner of the acclaimed Pony and Trap helped to set up the Bristol Food Union to ensure vulnerable people did not go hungry during lockdown.

Josh Eggleton runs the gastropub with his sister Holly
Josh Eggleton runs the gastropub with his sister Holly
(Image: Samphire Communications)

Working alongside colleagues in the industry including Aine Morris of Food Union Media and Steph Wetherell of Bristol Food Producers, he worked to support authorities’ emergency food provision by setting up production kitchens in closed restaurants around the city.

The team provided more than 12,000 meals to frontline workers and vulnerable communities, and also supported the industry post-lockdown with initiatives like ‘No More No Shows’.

Thomas Wells: Consultant medical oncologist, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust. For services to medicine and people with disabilities in the medical profession (Portishead, North Somerset)

The 51-year-old is an oncologist at Weston General Hospital, who recently completed a successful term as a tutor for medicine at the Royal College of Physicians.

As a medical student he was left paralysed from the chest down due to a sports accident, and was unable to speak for almost a year while he was in rehabilitation.

Kermal Singh: Police staff, Avon and Somerset Constabulary. For services to Policing and Diversity (Downend)

Adele Jane Haysom: Chair of trustees’ board, Lighthouse Schools Partnership. For services to education. (Portishead, North Somerset)

British Empire Medal (BEM)

Ruth Elizabeth Hendy: Lead cancer nurse, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust. For services to people living with cancer (Thornbury, South Gloucestershire)

The 52-year-old was described as an “inspirational role model” who “finds creative and innovative ways to be able to develop and expand services for cancer patients”.

Jacqueline Marta Payne and Colin Stephen Payne: Both of them are carers at Shared Lives. They have each been recognised for services to social care during Covid-19 (Weston-super-Mare)

Jacqueline, 64, and husband Colin, 60, support three individuals with learning disabilities who live with them long-term.

When lockdown was announced, they worked hard to ensure they had enough resources to continue to provide the high level of care required by the people they support.

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Emma Blackmore: A founding member of the Portishead Coronavirus Support Network. For services to the community in Portishead, Somerset during Covid-19 (Portishead, North Somerset)

The 46-year-old set up the group from scratch to support her community as the pandemic hit, eventually managing a team of 50 volunteers who helped more than 790 vulnerable residents in need.

She has been described as “the driving force leading the Portishead wide community response”, running an efficient operation to ensure vulnerable people could get prescriptions, shopping and reassurance.

Celebrity honours

Nationally, there are many familiar names on this year’s list.

Singer Lulu has received a CBE for services to music, entertainment and charity, while sport commentator Sue Barker received one for services to sport, broadcasting and charity.

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Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling during the UEFA Champions League match at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester.
(Image: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.)

Damehoods have been awarded to Meg Hillier MP and Andrea Leadsom MP for their parliamentary and political service, and Tony Lloyd MP has received a knighthood for parliamentary and public service.

England footballers Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling have been awarded MBEs for services to charity and racial equality in sport respectively.

Former Crystal Palace football manager Roy Hodgson has received a CBE for services to football.

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