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Honours for pensions boss and charity founder

16 June 2010

by Glyn Paflin

THE secretary of the Church of Eng­land Pensions Board, Shaun Farrell, and the founder of Credit Action, Keith Tondeur, are among those named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, announced last week­end. Both receive OBEs.

Mr Farrell is honoured for his services to the Church of England. He joined the Church Commission­ers’ staff in 1969, and became Direc­tor of Finance and Central Services at the Archbishops’ Council in 1999, before moving to his present ap­pointment in 2005.

Mr Tondeur founded the Chris­tian money-education charity Credit Action in 1994. It grew out of the work of the Jubilee Centre.

Among the highest honours are an LVO for Canon Robert Wright, Sub-Dean of Westminster Abbey and Rector of St Margaret’s; and a knighthood for Donald Insall CBE, a conservation architect who serves on the fabric advisory committees of Southwark and Canterbury Cathed­rals. There is a CMG for the Bishop of the Windward Islands, the Rt Revd Leopold Friday, for his services to religion and to the community in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

There is a DBE for Professor Barbara Monroe, chief executive of St Christopher’s Hospice, in London, the pioneering hospice founded by Dame Cicely Saunders. Professor Monroe, a social worker, joined the team in 1987, and is honoured for her services to palliative care.

Among the OBEs are Jennifer Boothman, the former head teacher of Pennington C of E Primary School, in Cumbria; Wendy Cope, the poet, for services to literature; the Ven. Peter Daley, the Archdeacon of Antigua in the diocese of the North-Eastern Caribbean & Aruba; and Barry Forrester, formerly Principal Policy Recruitment Adviser for the Civil Service Commissioners, the Cabinet Office, who was until re­cently executive trustee of the St Albans Cathedral Music Trust.

An OBE also goes to the Revd Jean Hoggard, whose ministry has been at Northowram and Ovenden, Halifax, and who was involved in setting up the Heatherwood cottage retreat, the Noah’s Ark charity shop, and a community café. She has worked with community groups in Halifax for more than 30 years.

MBEs include those for Chris­topher Barrows, chairman of gov­ernors at Coombes C of E Primary School in Arborfield, for voluntary service to education; and the Revd Colin Butler, a Chaplain to the Forces in the Royal Army Chaplains’ Department, since 1999.

In the Bahamas, Alfred Coakley, receives an MBE for services to business and the community. He is a co-founder of the Sunshine Group of Companies, and worships at St Agnes’s, Baillou Hill Road. Among other activities, he is on the Anglican Church Men’s Council.

David Dumbleton is also made an MBE for services to the C of E and to charities in Coventry. Since the age of 16, he has worked at Rotherham & Co, and is now a senior partner. He has been clerk for various char­ities, diocesan registrar, and the Bishop’s legal secretary.

Also among the MBEs are Margaret Flint, of Bingley, senior administration officer at West York­shire’s Probation Board; and the Revd David Haslam, the former secretary for racial justice of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, and a campaigner against evils of the caste system. His honour is for service to community relations and the Methodist Church.

The Revd John Hill, a Royal Navy chaplain, and formerly the Navy’s Director of Ordinations and Vocations Adviser, receives an MBE, as do Jenny Kartupelis, direc­tor of the East of England Faiths Council, who helped to set it up eight years ago, and John Lloyd, for voluntary service to Liverpool Cath­edral.

Canon Suzanne Pinnington, now Rector of Houghton-le-Spring, is another MBE, for services to the community in Cottingley, where she was Vicar from 2002 to 2008. She led the Cottingley Cornerstone Project, which involved building the new St Michael and All Angels’ Church, the Cottingley Cornerstone Centre, and the regeneration of the centre of Cottingley. The Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Revd David James, said: “Sue pioneered a flagship project, not only for Bradford diocese, but for the Church of England nationally, with skill and dedication.”

Other MBEs are for Dee (Edith Margaret) Price, the wife of the Bishop of Bath & Wells, for charit­able services, over 40 years in North­ern Ireland, London, and now Somerset, and particularly for organisations working for children (she is currently active on behalf of Save the Children); and Sam Sagar, for services to West Yorkshire Police. He is a Reader at St Margaret’s, Friz­inghall, and a retired police officer who returned to work as a CPSO.

Major Geoffrey Simpson receives an MBE for voluntary service to the community in Leicester.

Samuel Aigeri Tauno receives an MBE, for services to the Anglican Church and to the community in Papua New Guinea. Another MBE is David Williams, who has lived in Calverley for 45 years, became a governor at the Calverley C of E Primary School through his involve­ment at the parish church, St Wil­frid’s. He helps children with reading and confidence-boosting sessions.

Among recipients of the BEM are Betty Brenda Archer, a retired businesswoman, and a church musician and diocesan-synod member, among her other services, in the Bahamas; and Arlene Ferguson, the former Principal of St John’s College, the largest school operated by the Anglican diocese of the Bahamas.

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