Honours for public servants

14 Jun 10
Public servants have once again been richly rewarded in the latest round of honours
By Vivienne Russell

14 June 2010

Public servants have once again been richly rewarded in the latest round of honours.

The permanent secretary of the Department for Communities and Local Government, Peter Housden, who is shortly to become permanent secretary at the Scottish Executive, received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, published on June 12.

Knighthoods also went to Denis O’Connor, chief inspector of constabulary, and Merrick Cockell, leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and former chair of London Councils.

Lesley Straithie, permanent secretary at Revenue & Customs, was made a dame.

Other mandarins honoured included Bernadette Kelly, former housing director at the DCLG, and Mark Neale, former managing director of the Treasury’s Budget, Tax and Welfare Directorate. Both were made Companions of the Order of the Bath.

Alyson Stafford, director of finance at the Scottish Executive, received a CBE.

In local government, there were CBEs for George Black, chief executive of Glasgow City Council, and John Schultz, former chief executive of Stockport Borough Council. Steve Thomas, chief executive of the Welsh Local Government Association, also received the CBE, while Nicola Yates, chief executive of Hull City Council, was given an OBE.

Other CBE recipients included Sarah Webb, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing,  Jenny Owen, former president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, and Siobhan Fitzpatrick, chief executive of Early Years, which campaigns for high quality childcare in Northern Ireland.

OBEs were awarded to John Glennie, former chief executive of NHS Borders; Jacquie Roberts, chief executive of the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care; David Stout, executive director of finance at NHS North East Strategic Health Authority, and Jeremy Harris, assistant chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, was knighted for services to the third sector.

Etherington said: ‘For me, this knighthood is recognition for all those whose hard work, dedication and commitment we sometimes hear too little about.’

Link to full birthday honours list here


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