King’s Birthday Honours 2024: Sheffield people receiving MBE, OBE and BEM for their ‘immeasurable impact’

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Nine Sheffield people are among more than 1,000 to receive an honour in the King’s Birthday Honours List 2024. 

The focus is on individuals who have had an “immeasurable impact” on the lives of people across the country, the government says.

Owls assistant manager and former England football coach Chris Powell is made MBEOwls assistant manager and former England football coach Chris Powell is made MBE
Owls assistant manager and former England football coach Chris Powell is made MBE | Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Owls assistant manager and former England football coach Chris Powell receives an MBE, Member of the Order of the British Empire.

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Powell was part of Gareth Southgate’s England coaching team at Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup.

He played more than 700 matches with clubs including Southend, Charlton and Derby, is currently an assistant manager at Sheffield Wednesday and won five England caps.

He said: “I always thought that representing my country and the FA would be the pinnacle of my career, as both a player and a coach, but this honour is beyond my expectations.”

As well as Chris Powell, three other MBEs were handed out.

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They were to: Kevin Kiely, chief executive of Medilink UK, for services to the life sciences sector, Geoffrey Mellor, chief executive of Coal Pension Trustees for services to British Coal pensioners and Paul Leonard, crime services office manager at South Yorkshire Police, for services to policing.

Mr Leonard joined SYP when the force was formed in September 1974, at the age of 16. Starting his career as a police cadet, he worked in a variety of roles, including becoming one of the first regional officers to specialise in kidnap in the 1990s. He retired as an officer and came back as a police staff member, staying with the force for 49 years.

Two people received an OBE: Richard Allcroft, president of World Wheelchair Rugby, for services to wheelchair rugby and Chella Quint, period positive campaigner, author and educator, for services to education.

Chella Quint, founder of the Period Positive movement for better menstruation health, received an OBE for services to education.Chella Quint, founder of the Period Positive movement for better menstruation health, received an OBE for services to education.
Chella Quint, founder of the Period Positive movement for better menstruation health, received an OBE for services to education.

Ian Sherman receives a British Empire Medal for services to street drinkers, substance misusers and the homeless in Sheffield.

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Peter Mucklow, lately director for apprenticeships at the Department for Education, is made CBE for services to education.

And Jennifer Stevens (Jenny Dibden), director, intervention delivery, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, is made Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) for public service.

In Rotherham, Sarah McLeod. chief executive of Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust, received an OBE for services to heritage.

Sarah McLeod, CEO of Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust.Sarah McLeod, CEO of Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust.
Sarah McLeod, CEO of Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust.

Nationally, Alan Bates, founder of Justice for Subpostmasters Alliance, which played a key role in exposing the Post Office scandal, receives a knighthood for services to justice. 

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Many recipients of an award are civil servants but the Cabinet Office, which issued the list, says 64 per cent are people who have undertaken “outstanding work” in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity.

They are handed out twice a year in the UK - once at New Year, and then again on the monarch's official birthday.

The decision about who gets an honour is made by a special committee. Its decisions go to the prime minister and then, finally, to the king.

Commander of the British Empire, CBE, is the highest ranking Order of the British Empire award, followed by OBE, Officer of the British Empire and MBE, Member of the British Empire.

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