New Year Honours List 2020


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Each year, the New Year Honours List recognises the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom.

In total 1,097 people have received an award this year – including 23 from Cheshire.

941 candidates have been selected nationally at BEM, MBE and OBE level:

  • 315 at BEM (Medal of the Order of the British Empire)
  • 397 at MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire)
  • 229 at OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire)

Out of the total, 72% of the recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity.

556 women are recognised in the list, representing 51% of this year’s honours.

9.1% of the successful candidates come from a BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) background.

11% of the successful candidates consider themselves to have a disability (under the Equality Act 2010).

3.3% of recipients identified as being LGBT+.


What people get honours for…


People get honours for achievements such as:

• making a difference to their community or field of work

• enhancing Britain’s reputation

• long-term voluntary service

• innovation and entrepreneurship

• changing things, with an emphasis on achievement

• improving life for people less able to help themselves

• displaying moral courage


Honours are given to people involved in fields including:

• community, voluntary and local services

• arts and media

• health

• sport

• education

• science and technology

• business and the economy

• civil or political service


Cheshire recipients…


Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George


Professor David Hurst MOLYNEUX 

Emeritus Professor, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

For services to Controlling Neglected Tropical Diseases.


CBE – Commander of the Order of the British Empire


Professor Colin Gareth BAILEY 

President and Principal, Queen Mary University of London.

For services to Engineering.


OBE – Officer of the Order of the British Empire 


Elaine Christine GRIFFITHS MBE DL 

For services to Heritage and charity.


Professor Jane Louise HURST 

William Prescott Chair of Animal Science, University of Liverpool.

For services to Animal Welfare.


Karen Ruth JAMES 

Chief Executive, Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust.

For services to the NHS.


Ann Marie MARR 

Chief Executive, St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust.

For services to NHS Leadership.


Marian Kathryn SUDBURY 

Director, UK Regions, Department for International Trade.

For services to Economic Growth.


MBE – Member of the Order of the British Empire 


Elaine Margaret BILLINGTON 

Lately Chair, North West Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network.

For services to Apprenticeships and Young People in North West England.


Barbara Kay BÖHM 

Governor, Chaigeley School, Warrington.

For services to Education in the UK and East Africa.



For services to the Craft of Chair Caning.


Caroline DOMANSKI 

Chief Executive Officer, No1 Copperpot Credit Union.

For services to Financial Inclusion.


Simon David LANE 

For services to the community in Cheshire.


Martin Jeremy MCKAY-SMITH 

Training Principal, Crown Prosecution Service.

For services to Law and Order and Legal Training.


Michael James NICHOLAS 

For services to Rugby League in Wales.



Singer and Founding Member, The Searchers.

For services to Music.


Jill Louise SCOTT 

For services to Women’s Football.


BEM – Medal of the Order of the British Empire 


Cyril Rodney COTTRELL 

For services to charity and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.


Shirley Ann COURT 

For services to Children’s Singing in North West England.


Sara Louise CRAWFORD 

Inspector, Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

For services to Mental Health Awareness.


Florence Ethel CUMMINS 

For services to the community in Alford.


Donald Lincoln LONGHURST 

For voluntary service to Young People in Cheshire through the Scouts and to the community in Alsager.


Grace Marion REDFERN 

Founder Member, National Autistic Society, Cheshire and lately Trustee, Vivo Care Choices.

For services to People with Autism and their Families.


Christine Elizabeth STEAD 

Executive Support Assistant, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.

For services to the Fire and Rescue Service.