Professor Christopher Snowden is among those to be knighted
Surrey residents celebrate New Year’s Honours
THE great and good from Surrey have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
Scientists, entrepreneurs, charity workers and government officials are among 31 from the county who will be knighted or made CBEs, OBEs or MBEs at a ceremony early next year.
Professor Christopher Snowden, vice-chancellor of the University of Surrey, was knighted in the New Year’s list for his contribution to higher education and his services to engineering.
He had held the role since 2005, during which the Guildford university has retained its reputation in research and acquired the highest graduate employment rates of any English university.
He is also a patron of the Daphne Jackson Trust, which helps students with a background in science, engineering and technology to return to education after a career break.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey Sarah Goad JP is to receive the Royal Victorian Order.
Mrs Goad became the first woman ever to hold the role when she was appointed the monarchy’s representative in the county in 1997.
Peter Alastair Mills, 84, of Brockham Green, has been made an MBE for services to the conservation of church buildings and to the community in Dorking.
Mr Mills, a trained architect, has spent almost 55 years helping maintain church buildings across the south east as a chief architect for the Church of England, advisor for English Heritage and latterly as trustee of the Surrey Churches Conservation Trust.
He is a lifelong member of Dorking Scouts and Dorking Football Club, spent almost 20 years as a councillor at Mole Valley District Council and 35 years as a governor at Westcott, Ashcombe and St Martin’s schools.
He said: “Dorking is a wonderful area and I feel honoured to know that someone thought I had made a sufficient contribution to the town to be worthy of this recognition.”
Cobham resident Gerald Acher, CBE, LVO, will also become a Sir after receiving a Knights Bachelor for charitable services.
Sir Acher is the vice-chairman of Motability, which provides cars for disabled people, chairman of Heart of the City, and president of Young Epilepsy.
Discussing the knighthood, he said: “I received a letter in the post and I was absolutely thrilled. It is a tremendous privilege.
“I am grateful to my wife, who supports me through thick and thin with my activities.”
Dr John G Buchanan of Oxted will receive his knighthood for services to industry.
Dr Buchanan is chairman of Smith & Nephew plc, the UK’s largest developer of advanced medical devices.
Professor Joan White, from Ripley, has been awarded a CBE for her services to dance.
She was formerly the director of the Royal Academy of Dance and dean of the Faculty of Education at the Academy.
Professor White was appointed to the Academy on 1 August 1999 as a Director of the Academy and Dean of the Faculty of Education.
She was formerly senior lecturer director of undergraduate dance studies at the University of Surrey.
Paul Adrian Smith, from Guildford, was also awarded a CBE for his services to the media industry.
Mr Smith is the founder and chair of Celador Entertainment.
Celador has helped produce hit films and television shows including gameshow Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and the British blockbuster Slumdog Millionaire.
Ash Vale resident Rowena Dorothy Patrick said she was ‘stunned’ when she found out her good news of being made an MBE.
Ms Patrick, of Scotland Yard Farm has volunteered at the Burma Star Association, a charity which helps ex-servicemen and women who served in the Burma campaign during World War II, for the last 17 years.
Ms Patrick said: “I am overwhelmed by having this award and it is a huge achievement.
“I had to keep it a secret from my family when I was first told, it was tough because I was so happy about it.”
Susan Brenda Mills, an international relief and development worker from Tearfund in Chertsey, was made an OBE. The honour was given for her services to international development and disaster response.
Horsell resident Vic Laws, 69, was MADE an MBE for his contribution to the hospitality industry.
Delighted with the honour, Mr Laws said the award serves as recognition of the increasingly important role that consultants play in the catering sector.
The father-of-two, who has lived in Woking for 16 years, said: “It was a total surprise to me, it arrived the day I was just flying off to America, and I’m absolutely delighted.”
Susan Ann Sheward, 65, of Effingham, has been made an MBE for services to the endangered primates of Asia.
Mrs Sheward is the founder, chairman and director of the Effingham charity Orangutan Appeal UK, which raises around £350,000 each year towards the conservation of the severely endangered orangutan population in Malaysian Borneo.
She said: “I’m absolutely astonished to receive this award but also delighted because it will do so much to increase the profile of the Orangutan Appeal UK and what we can achieve.”
Monique Bateman, from Haslemere, was made an MBE for her services to naval families, following her work as director of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Childrens’ Fund.
The charity supports children who parents have served or are still serving in the Naval Service, helping with childcare, special needs education, days out and in-home support at times of crisis.
Over the last 12 months, more than 1,500 children have been directly helped by the charity.
A full list of honour recipients is below:
Gerald Acher, CBE, LVO. For charitable services. (Cobham, Surrey)
Dr John Gordon St Buchanan. Clair, chairman, Smith & Nephew plc. For services to Industry. (Oxted, Surrey)
Professor Christopher Maxwell Snowden. Vice-Chancellor, University of Surrey. For services to Engineering and to Higher Education. (Guildford, Surrey)
ROYAL VICTORIAN ORDER
Mrs Sarah Jane Frances Goad. Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey.
ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE
Professor David Phillips, OBE. President, Royal Society of Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry, Imperial College London. For services to Chemistry. (Surrey)
Gordon Smith. Acting director, Debt Management and Banking, London, HM Revenue and Customs. (Guildford, Surrey)
Paul Adrian Smith. Founder and Chair, Celador Entertainment. For services to the Media Industry. (Guildford, Surrey)
James Garwood Michael Wates. Deputy chairman, Wates and chairman, CITB Construction Skills. For services to Construction and the Charitable Sector. (Godalming, Surrey)
Professor Joan White. Formerly director of the Academy and Dean of the Faculty of Education, Royal Academy of Dance. For services to Dance. (Ripley, Surrey)
Ms Pamela Elizabeth Alexander. Formerly chief executive, South East England Development Agency. For services to Regeneration. (Godalming, Surrey)
Graham Manly. Business Development director, Gratte Brothers Ltd. For services to the Building Services Sector. (Ashtead, Surrey)
Patrick Marsh. Head of Employee Relations, Diversity and Equality, UK Border Agency, Home Office. (Stoneleigh, Surrey)
Miss Susan Brenda Mills. International Relief and Development Worker, Tearfund. For services to International Development and Disaster Response. (Chertsey, Surrey)
Mrs Ronwen Smith. Formerly Headteacher, Linden Bridge School, Surrey. For services to Special Needs Education. (Surrey)
Roderick Guy Stone. Deputy Co-ordinator, Specialist Investigations, Missing Trader Intra-Community, London, HM Revenue and Customs. (Reigate, Surrey)
Paul Anthony Whitbourn. Head of ALB Transition Programme, EU/International Cross Border Health and Competition Policy, Department of Health. (Guildford, Surrey)
Mrs Monique Avril Bateman-Smith. Director, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Childrens’ Fund. For services to Naval Families. (Haselmere, Surrey)
Miss Ida Daphine Bell. Chairman, TALK, Surrey. For services to Stroke Survivors. (Guildford, Surrey)
Mark Bew. Board director, URS Scott Wilson (Worldwide). For services to the Construction Sector. (South Godstone, Surrey)
Michael Bonsier. Chairman of the Board of Governors, Coulsdon Sixth Form College. For services to Education. (Caterham, Surrey)
Alex Brychta. Illustrator. For services to Children’s Literature. (Surrey)
Miss Jennifer Anne Edwards. For services to People with Disabilities in Surrey. (Thames Ditton, Surrey)
Colin Henry. Chair of Governors, Christ’s College, Guildford, Surrey. For services to Education. (Guildford, Surrey)
Anthony Hyman Isaacs. Past president, Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal. For services to the Legal Profession. (Godalming, Surrey)
Maurice Victor Laws. Catering consultant. For services to the UK Hospitality Sector. (Woking, Surrey)
Peter Alastair Mills. For services to the Conservation of Ecclesiastical Buildings and to the community in Dorking, Surrey. (Betchworth, Surrey)
Ms Rowena Dorothy Patrick. For voluntary service to the Burma Star Association. (Ash Vale, Surrey)
Mrs Marion Price. For voluntary service to Surrey Learning Disability Partnership Board. (Surrey)
Mrs Susan Ann Sheward. Founder and Chair, Orang-utan Appeal UK. For services to the Endangered Primates of Asia. (Leatherhead, Surrey)
Ms Joanne Simpson. Head, Humanitarian Team, Pakistan, Department for International Development. (Surrey)
Frederick Ralph Woodhams. Laboratory Technician, City of London School. For services to Young People. (Guildford, Surrey)
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