Jan 03 2014

North East Prosper in Honours List

Just before the New Year the honours list was published and the North East of England have had great success. I was personally pleased to see my old university friend Katy McLean receiving an MBE for all her hard work in women’s rugby.

Here is a snapshot of the north-east honours list.


  • Miss Elaine White. Headteacher, St. Mary and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School, Gateshead. For services to Education and voluntary service to People with Disabilities. (Gateshead)


  • Miss Lindsay Allason-Jones. Archaeologist. For services to Archaeology. (Newcastle)
  • Mrs Judith Holder Donnelly. Headteacher, Pennywell Early Years Centre, Sunderland. For services to Children. (North Shields)
  • Mrs Catherine Lorna Moran, MBE. Chief executive, Northern Recruitment Group. For services to Enterprise Promotion. (Newcastle)
  • Michael John Parker. For services to Public Transport and voluntary services in the North East of England. (Hexham)
  • Mrs Pamela Mary Waldron. Formerly head of Operations, Health and Safety Executive Field Operations, Yorkshire and North East. For services to Health and Safety in the Workplace. (Northumberland)
  • Miss Lindsey Janet Whiterod. Principal and chief executive, South Tyneside College. For services to Further Education. (Newcastle)


  • Mrs Jacqueline Lorraine Mary Axelby. Trustee and Non-Executive director, Azure Charitable Enterprises. For services to Young People with Special Educational Needs. (Ponteland)
  • Dr Arnab Basu. Chief executive Officer, Kromek Limited. For services to Regional Development and International Trade. (Belmont, Durham)
  • Mrs Ranjana Bell. Chair, Strategic Independent Advisory Group, Northumbria Police. For services to Minority Ethnic Groups in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland. (Newcastle)
  • Mrs Kathleen Buckley. Foster Carer, County Durham. For services to Children and Families. (Consett)
  • Dr William Forster Dennison. Chair of Governors, Park View Academy, Chester-le-Street, Co Durham. For services to Education. (Chester le Street)
  • Mrs Glenda Dolphin. Lean Change Agent, HM Courts and Tribunals Service, North East Region. For services to the Administration of Justice. (Newcastle)
  • Mrs Kathleen Anne Farnell. Founder, Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust. For services to Thyroid Cancer Research and Thyroid Cancer Sufferers. (Newcastle)
  • The Reverend Canon Alan Hughes, TD. For services to the community in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland. (Cornhill on Tweed, Northumberland)
  • Ms Olivia Francoise Danielle (Liv) Lorent. Founder and Artistic director, balletLorent. For services to Dance. (Newcastle)
  • Miss Katy McLean. For services to Women’s Rugby. (South Shields)
  • Mrs Susan Jessica McVeigh. Senior Officer, Operational Delivery Profession, Development and Capability manager, HM Revenue and Customs. For services to Customer Service Delivery. (Newcastle)
  • Mrs Margaret Nicholson. For services to Education in the North East of England. (Newcastle)
  • Miss Jacqueline Holly Stacey. Director, Governance and Party Services, Labour Party. For political service. (Whitley Bay)
  • Mrs Barbara Ann Spooner. Team Leader, Intelligence Collection, Serious Organised Crime Agency. For services to Law Enforcement. (Chester le Street)
  • Elliott Ward. Chair of Governors, Dame Allan Schools, Newcastle upon Tyne. For services to Education and to the community in Newcastle. (Corbridge, Northumberland)


  • Walter Murray Brydon. Deputy chairman and Trustee, Newcastle Police Aid to Romanian Children. For services to community, voluntary and local services, particularly in Romania.
  • James Cleghorn. For services to the community in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. (Sunderland)
  • Mrs Jacqueline Delaney. For voluntary services to the community in the North East. (Newcastle)
  • Miss Claire Emmerson. Manager, Case Management, Legal Aid Agency, South Tyneside. For voluntary and charitable services. (Cullercoats)
  • Patrick Edward Jackson. For voluntary services to People with Disabilities through St. Augustine’s Church, Gateshead. (Gateshead)
  • The Reverend Anne Elizabeth Marr. For services to the community and to Inter-Faith Relations in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear. (Newcastle)
  • Frederick William Peacock. For services to Church Music in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne. (Newcastle)
  • Councillor Clive Robson. Councillor. Durham County Council. For services to the community. (Durham)
  • Mrs Elizabeth Screen. For services to Martha and Mary’s Community Cafe and to the community in Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne. (Newcastle)


  • John Hindmarch. Former Chief Fire Officer, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.


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