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Honours for Vatican and interfaith work

21 June 2013

THE Archbishop of Canterbury's former representative to the Holy See, the Very Revd David Richardson (above), is awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, which was announced last weekend. His award is for services to strengthening relations between the UK, the Anglican Communion, and the Holy See.

The Archbishop of Canterbury said on Monday that Dean Richardson's award was "richly deserved", and "a true recognition of all that he has achieved". Dean Richardson was appointed as the Archbishop's Representative to the Holy See, and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, in 2008. He stood down in April.

The Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, Professor David Ford, is awarded an OBE for services to theological scholarship and interfaith relations. Professor Ford is director of the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme, and co-founder of the Scriptural Reasoning movement.

Aled Jones, the singer and former presenter of Songs of Praise, is awarded an MBE for services to music and broadcasting, and for charitable services.

John Spence OBE, who sits on the Archbishops' Council, is awarded a CBE for services to Business in the South East. He is chairman of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.

CBEs are also awarded to Dr Margaret Buxton, the ecclesiastical historian, for services to historical scholarship, and Graham Dacre, the Christian businessman and founder of the Open Youth Trust, for charitable services to young people.

Dr Richard Mantle, a member of the House of Laity of the General Synod, is awarded an OBE for services to music. He is General Director of Opera North.

Those involved in ministry to the Armed Forces are recognised in the Birthday Honours list: the Revd Christopher Walker, Regimental Padre, is awarded an MBE for services to Armed Forces Personnel; and Sqn Ldr Colin Woodland, who is retired from the RAF, is awarded an MBE for voluntary service, as CEO, to the Soldiers' and Airmen's Scripture Readers Association.

The Revd Paul Wilcock, Force Chaplain of the West Yorkshire Police, is awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM), for services to policing.

Several heads of Church of England primary schools are awarded OBEs for service to education. These include: Jean Pinkerton, the former head teacher of Datchet St Mary's C of E Primary Academy; Pauline Gavin, head teacher of St Bartholomew's C of E Primary School, Leeds; and Anne Patricia Bull-George, head teacher of Weston All Saints C of E Primary School, in Somerset.

Ann Craig, a governor of All Saints' C of E Primary School, in Winchester, and Margretta Jones, head teacher of Llangors Church in Wales Primary School, both receive MBEs for services to education.

Other MBEs are awarded to Ann Ward, for services to the Chichester Diocesan Association for Family Support Work, and to Karen Salmon, a nurse with Crosslinks, the mission agency, for services to improving health and lives in Ethiopia. Mary Rimington, churchwarden of St Anne's, Highgate, is awarded an MBE for services to further education. She is the deputy principal for curriculum at City and Islington College, in London.

Richard Furstenheim, the organist and director of music at the Chapel Royal, Windsor, is made a member of the Royal Victorian Order.

Mary and Roy Hansell, who have been married for 37 years, are awarded the BEM for services to the community through the lunch club at St Luke's, Norwich, which they founded in 1986.

The BEM was also awarded to: Sally Ann Derry for her bereavement- counselling work. Esme Duncan for services to the Scripture Union; Margaret Elliott for services to the Mission to Seafarers; John Marks for services to St James's, Cooling, and to ecclesiastical heritage in Kent; and Dickon Snell for services to the Children's Society and to the community in Wokingham, Berkshire.

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