New Year Honours

British athletes who won medals at London 2012 top the list of those recognised in the New Year Honours List.

Cyclist Victoria Pendleton, from Stotfold, Bedfordshire, (right) who won a gold and a silver medal at London 2012, is made a CBE.  She already has an MBE.

Others to get CBEs include long-distance runner Mo Farah, heptathlete gold medal winner Jessica Ennis and wheelchair athlete David Weir.

Cyclist Bradley Wiggins becomes 'Sir Bradley' with a knighthood.

Tennis player Andy Murray gets an OBE, along with cyclist Laura Trott, who's from Hertfordshire and won two golds at London 2012.

Long jump gold medal winner Greg Rutherford, from Milton Keynes, and canoe slalom gold medallist Etienne Stott, who grew up in Bedford, are among those appointed MBE.

There's also an MBE for boxer Anthony Joshua, who grew up in Watford, Hertfordshire.

Other non-sports people to be recognised in the New Year Honours List include former Second World War codebreaker Raymond Roberts, 92, who used to work at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire.  He gets an MBE, as does the founder and manager of the Little Oaks Community Nursery at Wavendon, near Milton Keynes.

Also recognised is the Leader of Stevenage Borough Council, Cllr Sharon Taylor, who gets an OBE.

Here is the full list of those recognised from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire



Dr Hossein Yassaie. Chief executive Officer, Imagination Technologies Group. For services to Technology and Innovation. (Kings Langley, Hertfordshire)


Mrs Helen Hyde. Headmistress, Watford Grammar School for Girls, Hertfordshire, and president, Freedom and Autonomy For Schools National Association. For services to Education. (Radlett, Hertfordshire)


David Goldstone. Finance and Programme director, Government Olympic Executive. For services to the Financial Administration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (St Albans, Hertfordshire)

Ms Caroline Tapster. Formerly chief executive, Hertfordshire County Council. For services to Local Government. (Stansted, Essex)


Miss Laura Trott. Cyclist. For services to Cycling. (Hertfordshire)

Mrs Diane Helen Burleigh. Chief executive Officer, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. For services to the Legal Profession. (Hitchin, Hertfordshire)

Ms Leueen Fox. Head, Office of the Senior president Tribunals, HM Courts and Tribunals Service. For services to Tribunal Reform. (Ware, Hertfordshire)

Dr Robert Charles Hubrecht. Deputy Scientific director, Universities Federation for Animal Welfare. For services to Animal Welfare. (Hertfordshire)

David Munns. Chair, Board of Governors, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy. For services to the Music Industry and charity. (Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire)

Mervyn Richards. For services to Building Information Modelling and to the Construction Industry. (St Albans, Hertfordshire)

Richard Graham St. John Rowlandson. Philanthropist. For services to charity and to the community in Hertfordshire. (Harpenden, Hertfordshire)

Councillor Sharon Taylor. Leader, Stevenage Borough Council and Deputy Chair, Local Government Association. For services to Local Government. (Stevenage, Hertfordshire)

Howard James Cowen Wells. Vice-Chair, Sport and Recreation Alliance. For services to Sport Administration. (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire)


Anthony Joshua. Amateur Boxer. For services to Boxing. (Watford, Hertfordshire)

Mrs Deborah Jill Fensome. For services to the community in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. (Harpenden, Hertfordshire)

Mrs Alison Game. Formerly Personal assistant to the Clerk of the House of Commons. For public service. (Tring, Hertfordshire)

Benjamin Maher. Showjumper. For services to Equestrianism. (Hertfordshire)

Mrs Lillian Pilcher. Police Staff, Hertfordshire Police. For services to Policing. (Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire)

Patrick James Rice. Football Coach and lately assistant manager, Arsenal Football Club. For services to Sport. (Cockfosters, Hertfordshire)

Miss Hannah Seakins. Ministry of Defence. For services to Military Operations. (Hitchin, Hertfordshire)

John Mason Stoddard. For services to the community in Letchworth Hertfordshire. (Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire)

Mrs Jane White. Volunteer, Citizens' Advice Bureau, Hitchin. For services to the community in Hertfordshire. (Hitchin, Hertfordshire)


Mrs Yvonne Carson. Secretary, House of Commons. For services to Parliament and the Commonwealth. (St Albans, Hertfordshire)

Robert John Girvan. For services to the community in Hitchin Hertfordshire. (Hitchin, Hertfordshire)

Dr Ann Victoria Goddard. For services to the community in Hertsmere Hertfordshire. (Borehamwood, Hertfordshire)

Mrs Elizabeth Ann Hardy. For services to the community in Great Amwell, Hertfordshire. (Ware, Hertfordshire)

Alan George Hooker. For services to Scouting and to the community in Little Hallingbury Essex. (Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire)

Dennis Cecil Marshall. For services to Judo in Hertfordshire. (Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire)




Martin Edward Cahill. For services to the community in Earls Barton Northamptonshire. (Northamptonshire)

Mrs Neelam Aggarwal-Singh. For services to Community Cohesion, Health and Welfare through the Indian Hindu Welfare Organisation. (Northamptonshire)




Miss Victoria Louise Pendleton. Cyclist. For services to Cycling. (Stotfold, Bedfordshire)

Mrs Sarah Elizabeth Severn. Head, Public Order Unit, Crime and Policing Group, Home Office. For services to Public Protection. (Sandy, Bedfordshire)


Richard Johnson. Head, Scientific Services, Bedfordshire Police. For services to Policing. (Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire)

Miss Julie Cheryl Mudd. Headteacher, Ivel Valley Special School, Bedfordshire. For services to Education. (Sandy, Bedfordshire)

Dr Robert Harvey Oakley. For services to Health Sport and Charity in Bedford. (Bedfordshire)


Etienne Stott. Slalom Canoeist. For services to Canoeing. (Bedford, Bedfordshire)

Dr Vina Mayor. Chair, Nursing and Midwifery Council Fitness to Practice Panel, Bedfordshire. For services to the NHS. (Flitwick, Bedfordshire)

Mrs Barbara Eileen Purbrick. Volunteer, Conservative Party Member, Putnoe Branch. For political service. (Bedfordshire)

Nigel William Stone. Detective Superintendent, Bedfordshire Police. For services to Policing. (Bedford, Bedfordshire)


Peter Norman Culverwell. For services to the community in Biddenham Bedfordshire. (Bedfordshire)

Miss Vivienne Heys. Departmental Superintendent, Royal Veterinary College. For services to Higher Education and Animal Health. (Luton, Bedfordshire)




Philip Gotsall Cox. Chief executive Officer, International Power. For services to the Energy Industry. (Buckinghamshire)


Professor Michael Brookes. Senior manager B, HMP Grendon. For services to HM Prison Service and the Care of Prisoners. (Buckinghamshire)

Jabeer Karim Butt. Deputy chief executive, Race Equality Foundation. For services to Health Equality. (Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire)

Dr William Geoffrey Harris. Chair, NHS South of England. For services to the NHS. (Buckinghamshire)

Walter Edward Jim Leftwich. Trustee and Deputy chairman, National Association of Clubs for Young People. For services to Young People. (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire)


Gregory James Rutherford. Long Jumper. For services to Athletics. (Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire)

Richard Kenneth Baldwin. For services to Sport and Recreation. (Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire)

Nigel Andrew Garfitt. Director of Villages and Games Services, LOCOG. For services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Buckinghamshire)

Miss Jenny Stephanie Ramsden. For services to Further Education and to Mathematics Education through the UK Mathematics Trust. (Amersham, Buckinghamshire)

Mrs Caroline Mary Ward. Founder and manager, Little Oaks Community Nursery, Wavendon, Milton Keynes. For services to Special Needs Education. (Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire)

Edward Daniel McKeever. Kayaker. For services to Kayaking. (Buckinghamshire)

Miss Pamela Lillian Relph. Rower, Mixed Coxed Four. For services to Rowing. (Buckinghamshire)

Miss Naomi Riches. Rower, Mixed Coxed Four. For services to Rowing. (Buckinghamshire)


John Charles Poore. For charitable services. (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire)

Mrs Diana Spokes. Fundraiser, RNLI Bourne End Fundraising Branch. For services to Maritime Safety. (Bourne End, Buckinghamshire)

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