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Voluntary services acknowledged in Honours list

02 January 2015


Dame: the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, in a recital in Southwark Cathedral in 2012. She appeared at the Church Times  Bloxham festival last year

Dame: the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, in a recital in Southwark Cathedral in 2012. She appeared at the Church Times  Bloxham festival ...

THE Prior (chairman) of the Priory of England and the Islands of The Order of St John, better known as St John Ambulance, Rodney Green, will receive a CBE.

Kevin Hyland, a former Detective Inspector with the Metropolitan Police Service, will receive an OBE in recognition of his work to combat human trafficking. He has worked extensively with the Roman Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, and has developed networks with Christian communities across the world to support victims.

Other OBE recipients include Maud Kells, a nurse with the Christian mission agency WEC International, for services to people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Hugh Williamson, Regius Professor of Hebrew at Christ Church College, Oxford, for services to scholarship and theology; and Jeffrey Skidmore, a former chorister at Birmingham Cathedral who now works as conductor and artistic director of Ex Cathedra, for services to choral music.

An OBE also goes to Katharine Pugh, the chief executive of Heritage Alliance, a body that brings together more than 100 organisations, including the Friends of Friendless Churches, and the Association of English Cathedrals, for services to Heritage.

Frederick Barrett, the Keeper of the Guard's Chapel in London, receives an MBE for services to the Army. The ceramic artist Paul Cummins receives an MBE for services to art and First World War commemorations, for his field of poppies installation at the Tower of London.

Other MBEs go to Denis Curran, the chairman of Loaves and Fishes, a church-supported charity for the homeless in East Kilbride; the Revd Dr Richard Hills, NSM of Mottram, Longdendale, in the diocese of Chester, for services to Industrial Heritage; Paul Jacob, a former trustee of Christian Aid, for charitable and voluntary services; and the Revd Ronald McCracken, from Crumlin, Antrim, for humanitarian services to children and young adults overseas.

MBEs also go to Anne Thomas, the head of the Royal College of Organists Academy Organ School, for services to organ music; and to Margaret Williams for services to the diocese of Bristol, and the community in Swindon.

The British Empire Medal is awarded to three people for work with young people in uniformed organisations: Ann Chalmers, the president of the Renfrew Division of Girls' Brigade, Scotland; Elaine Mayaski, Girls' Brigade, St James's, Alperton, London; and Lesley Turner, Christ Church Lads' and Girls' Brigade, St James's, High Wycombe.

A BEM is also awarded to Anna Glass for voluntary service to Ardstraw Church of Ireland Parish Church and the community in Newtownstewart, Omagh; Robert Graham, a missionary with Belfast City Mission for voluntary service to the community in Northern Ireland; and to Joanna Copsey, a town-pastor volunteer for services to policing and community safety in Bury St Edmunds.

Other recipients include Dr William Harrison, the organist and director of music at St Mary's, Tenby, in the diocese of St Davids; John Kelly, for voluntary service to Mountpottinger Methodist Church and to the community in East Belfast; Catherine Garside, the head teacher of St Ambrose Barlow RC High School, Swinton, Greater Manchester, tops the church-based educational honours, with a CBE for services to education.

The non-executive chairman of Oasis Community Learning, Graham Mungeam, receives an OBE for services to children and families; and an MBE goes to Brendan McCusker, the Principal of St Mary's RC Primary School, Maguiresbridge, Northern Ireland. Pamela Smith, a volunteer at Ivington C of E Primary School, Hereford, Herefordshire, receives a BEM.

A host of honours are awarded to people for services to interfaith and community cohesion, including a CBE for Adeeba Malik, the deputy chief executive of QED-UK; OBEs for Dr Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia; Laura Marks, the founder of Mitzvah Day; and Sajda Mughal; and MBEs for Ulfat Shahin Ashraf, a Muslim chaplain in Birmingham; and Surinder Kaur Ghura.

In the overseas list, Hugh Scudder, the director of Christian Response, receives an OBE for services to improving the lives of vulnerable communities in the Republic of Moldova. An OBE also goes to the Roman Catholic Sister Delia Marie Smith, the director of Proyecto Vida Coatepeque, for services to the victims of HIV/AIDS in Guatemala.

The BEM is awarded to Susan Stephos, the treasurer of St Paul's, Athens, for services to the Anglican chaplaincy; Elizabeth Traill, a lecturer at the Church of Ugandan-run Bishop Barham University College, Kabale, for services to education in Uganda; and to Roy Sarre, the musical director of Festiva, an Evangelical multi-denominational choir, for services to the Church and to music in Guernsey.

The Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, is made a DBE. Canon Denis Ratliffe Mulliner, Chaplain of the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, is appointed LVO.

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