New Year Honours: Top awards for South Yorkshire and region

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SOUTH Yorkshire’s former chief constable Med Hughes has received the perfect retirement gift after 32 years in policing - the CBE.

The 53-year-old, who landed the county’s top policing role in 2004, told The Star he was looking forward to telling his family and friends about his honour after having to keep it secret for months.

Med said to be chosen was a ‘brilliant’ end to his policing career.

“I’m delighted to receive this honour,” he said. “The police service has been my life for 32 years, and I have been privileged to work with wonderful people who put serving the public above all else. No major event - whether celebration or disaster - passes without the police ensuring public safety is paramount. I’m pleased to have played a small part in leading the service through such interesting times.”

He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the 2006 New Year’s Honours list.

Queen’s Police Medals have been awarded to Derbyshire Constabulary’s deputy chief constable Alan Goodwin and Detective Superintendent Deborah Jayne Platt. And Nottinghamshire police officer Sarah Jayne Smithurst was awarded the MBE for services to policing, Crimestoppers and the British High Commission in Ghana.

Birthday girl Constance Shepherd has something extra to celebrate this year - her MBE.

The grandmother has been recognised for her services to the community of Thurcroft, Rotherham, just before her 80th birthday on January 2. She told The Star: “It was a big shock because it was something I never expected - I thought it was a joke at first.

“I’ve only told my daughter, Carol Dean. It is a nice birthday present as well and something that we will definitely be celebrating.”

Widow Constance, who has lived in Thurcroft since she was eight months old, was also a counsellor for Cruse Bereavement Care for 12 years.

Top boss Garry Chambers has been sitting on a secret he’s been dying to share after being awarded the MBE.

The head of business management at Sheffield’s Department of Work and Pensions said the news ‘came out of the blue’.

Dad Garry, who lives in the Crystal Peaks area, said: “I must have read the letter four or five times and it still didn’t sink in.

“But I am absolutely over the moon. It’s been a couple of weeks since I got the letter and I’ve been dying to tell people!”

“We’re going to see my parents tomorrow for lunch so I can tell them the news at last.”

Garry, 46, received his honour for services to business.

He said: “I’ve been doing a lot of work in the department tackling the reductions we’re having to do, but I also do voluntary work with Rotherham Sailing Club, so I think it might be a combination of the two things that’s got me an honour.”

Chris Sharratt, who recently retired as chief executive of Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said he was ‘surprised and delighted’ to be awarded an OBE.Mr Sharratt, 60, has worked in the health service for 40 years, 15 as head of the trust before leaving to lead two national programmes.

Prof Hilary Chapman, another leading figure in Sheffield’s health sector, has also been awarded the CBE.

Retired headteacher Pamela Swanwick, who helped set up a pioneering support programme for children and young people, has been awarded the MBE. Ms Swanwick, from Chesterfield, is consultant for the Positive Play programme, which is based at Sharley Park School in Danesmoor.

More than 40 years’ devotion to helping the sick have been rewarded for Jeanette Fish. Fundraising stalwart Jeanette has been instrumental in raising millions for cancer care in Doncaster, and now is to receive the MBE for services to terminally ill patients.

Leading professor Keith Ridgway has done it again - receiving his second honour for services to manufacturing research.

The co-founder and research director of Sheffield University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre clinched a CBE this year, just six years after getting an OBE. Professor Ridgway, of Beauchief, said: “I’m very pleased and very proud.

“It was quite a shock to get that letter again. This is great recognition for the AMRC and as it’s our 10th year this year it is quite fitting.”

Retired South Yorkshire Police Inspector Trevor Tindle is to receive the MBE for services to the community in his home village of Great Houghton, Barnsley.

Mr Tindle, who is married to Laraine and has one son at university, started as a constable stationed in Goldthorpe in 1975 and served in a variety of roles until his retirement in 2005.

Posts included working in traffic, as inspector at Wombwell, and as a sergeant based in Shirecliffe, Sheffield, where his neighbourhood team won an award for achieving a large reduction in crime.

Mr Tindle said: “I was surprised to hear I was going to receive the award - I didn’t know I had been nominated.

“I would guess it must be partly to do with fundraising for the church restoration and being involved in the community.”

Dedicated Geoffrey Stevens is being rewarded with the MBE after spending the last 36 years as a councillor and helping with community events, schools, his church, and scout groups.

The 69-year-old, from Matlock, has been a member of Derbyshire Dales District Council since 1975 - barring a four-year spell - and is currently deputy leader. He has served on Matlock Town Council since it was founded in 1983.

Business leader Anne Tipple receives the OBE for services to business.

The former director and chief executive of Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce, from Chesterfield, is now National Skills Development Executive at the British Chambers of Commerce, an umbrella organisation for chambers of commerce across the country.

And Lynne Hill, from Barnsley, receives the MBE for services to the independent monitoring board of HM Prison and Young Offenders’ Institution in Doncaster.