Awards for 14 Buckinghamshire residents were announced in HM The Queen’s New Year Honours List. These men and women have been recognised for their outstanding work in supporting key services and communities, ranging from a commitment to voluntary services for young people to services to child safety and action to support community efforts during COVID-19.
Fiona Copeland BEM, the former chair of the Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) Family Support Group and Coordinator of the UK’s PCD Medical Board, received her honour for raising awareness of PCD, a rare genetic lung condition, and for establishing four specialist centres across the country.
No community has been better served by one of its councillors than West Wycombe. Under the chairmanship of Vicky Smith BEM, the forward-thinking parish council has delivered services for residents across a wide range of areas from allotments to a children’s play area, traffic safety improvements and new footway lighting. Involved in the West Wycombe Community Association Vicky has been pivotal in ensuring there is a thriving and well-maintained village hall, and she has organised many social and community activities such as the annual New Year’s Day walk which raises money for local charities.
Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant, Countess Howe said, “I am delighted to see the work of Buckinghamshire residents recognised in this way. These men and women work tirelessly for the good of their communities without any thought for recognition or reward. They are unsung heroes.”
Lady Howe added “There are so many wonderful things happening in our communities and these Honours are a way of thanking those individuals for the fantastic work they are doing.”
Commander of the British Empire (CBE)
Mrs Lucy Victoria Bird – Director, Transport Security, Resilience and Response, Department for Transport, for public service
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Mr Stephen Baker – Chair, National Pubwatch, for services to reducing crime and improving safety in licensed premises
Mr Marcello Antonio Casale – For services to animal welfare, particularly during the COVID-19 response
Mr Philip Andrew John Conran – Chair, Government Advisory Committee on Packaging, for services to recycling and the environment
Mr Philip Critchlow – Chief Executive Officer and Founding Director, TBI Media, for services to radio and television
Mrs Rosemary Janet Pope – For services to charitable fundraising
Mr Mark Philip Sautereau – Deputy Director, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for services to the food supply chain and the vulnerable, particularly during the COVID-19 response
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mr Douglas Gordon Fleming Barrow – Member, Court of Common Council and lately Chairman, Police Authority Board, City of London, for services to the maritime sector and to the City of London
Dr Natalie-Jane Anne Macdonald – Chief Executive Officer, Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare and Chair, Nuffield Health, for services to healthcare, particularly during the COVID-19 response
Mrs Veronica Main – For services to straw hat plaiting and endangered crafts skills
Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)
Mr Kenneth Birkby – For voluntary service to young people in Buckinghamshire
Mrs Fiona Jayne Copeland – Lately Chair, Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Family Support Group, for services to raising awareness of Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia
Mrs June Pauline Smith – For services to the community in West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Christine Walker – School Road Crossing Patroller, West Wycombe Primary School, for services to child safety
The honours system recognises people who have made achievements in public life and committed themselves to serving and helping Britain. Potential nominees could be involved in charitable or voluntary activities, or be doing innovative work that makes a significant difference in the community. The nomination process is simple using the government’s nomination website: