Queen’s Birthday Honours: Awards for local heroes in South Yorkshire and region

Award: Assistant Chief Constable Andy Holt is overseeing the British policing operation at Euro 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. Photo: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire.
Award: Assistant Chief Constable Andy Holt is overseeing the British policing operation at Euro 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. Photo: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire.
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ONE of South Yorkshire Police’s top officers has been recognised for his services to crime fighting in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Holt, who holds the third highest rank in the force, was today awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for ‘distinguished service’.

Mr Holt is the Association of Chief Police Officers’ lead on football policing and is currently overseeing the British policing operation at the Euro 2012 competition in Poland and Ukraine.

Also honoured was Professor George Kinghorn, one of the country’s top sexual health experts who works at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, and who is made an OBE for services to genito-urinary medicine.

He said: “I am personally absolutely delighted to have been given this honour.

“I have had the great privilege of leading a dedicated team of staff over the last 30 years. This is a recognition of their enthusiasm and outstanding work.”

Prof Kinghorn’s work has focused on HIV and other sexual health matters.

“HIV has evolved during the course of my career - we did not know about it when I started,” he said.

Sir Andrew Cash, chief executive at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, said: “We are delighted Prof Kinghorn has received this honour, which recognises his skill, dedication and commitment to the field of genito-urinary medicine.

“He has made a tremendous contribution in this area for our trust, the NHS, and also internationally.”

Other police officers to be honoured included Richard Varey, who retired from South Yorkshire Police after achieving the rank of chief superintendent.

Chf Supt Varey’s last post was in charge of professional standards for the force, where he investigated the conduct of police officers and staff.

The third police officer honoured was Detective Chief Superintendent Steven Cotterill, of Derbyshire Police.

The senior detective, whose latest job has been to investigate a house fire in Derby in which six children died, used to be a detective chief inspector in Chesterfield.

He said: “I am somewhat overawed by it and feel immensely proud - to be recognised nationally for my day-to-day job and the contribution I make is tremendous.

PCSO Richard Anthony Kearney, also of South Yorkshire Police, is made an MBE for his work as a PCSO supervisor and work in the community of Wentworth South.

Richard said: “It is a great honour to receive such an award, which is in no small part to both the team that I lead and the devotion of my family.”

Others to be recognised in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire included a headteacher, chair of governors and a host of unsung community stalwarts.

Mountain rescue volunteer Neil Roden was honoured with a British Empire Medal in recognition of his work as a minimum wage officer for Sheffield’s HM Revenue & Customs office.

Mr Roden, 53, of Hope Valley, Derbyshire, has struggled to keep the news a secret from friends and colleagues since he found out six weeks ago.

He said: “I’ve been doing the job for five or six years now. I help vulnerable workers and ensure employers are paying the minimum wage. It is hugely satisfying to see the impact it can make.

“I couldn’t believe it when the letter landed at my house. I haven’t been able to tell anyone and I keep thinking they must have made a mistake.

“I don’t know who nominated me but I am really flattered and proud.”

Grandmother Barbara Marshall, of Hasland, Chesterfield, is made a CBE for her devotion to improving the lives of people living in the area.

The 77-year-old is a former Guide leader, organist at her local church and has been a volunteer with St John Ambulance for 57 years.

She said: “I really wasn’t expecting it. I feel humbled by it, it’s a lovely thing someone has nominated me.”

Hairdressing trainer Bill Shaw, 55, of Barnsley has been made an MBE for his services to hairdressing.

Mr Shaw who has run hairdressing training company Dimensions across Yorkshire for 25 years, said: “I think it’s fantastic. As much as it reinforces the work I have done in the last 40 years, it reinforces that hairdressing is a proper career.”

Carole Eaton, 57, was made an MBE for services to education.

Mrs Eaton has been chair of governors at Shooter’s Grove Primary School, Stannington, for 20 years, and at nearby Myers Grove School for 15 years, until it was closed last year,

She was instrumental in forming the Forge Valley Community School, which replaced Myers Grove and Wisewood.

Dina Martin, headteacher at Firs Hill Community Primary School is also made an MBE for services to education.

Mrs Martin was recently involved in leading an ‘extended schools’ programme to transform schools into organisations providing services for the whole community.

Meanwhile, Frances O’Dwyer, 55, from Chesterfield, receives a British Empire Medal for services to mental heath.

Mrs O’Dwyer has worked for the Bolsover community mental health team, helping those with mental illnesses live in the community for the last 22 years.

She said: “I’m absolutely delighted, I cry when I think about it. I’m pleased to accept it for everyone one that has been doing the work here at the service.”

Another Derbyshire resident to made a CBE was John Morton, of Hope Valley, in recognition of more than 45 years volunteering in Grindleford.

And former Doncaster businessman Hugo Dunkley has been awarded the British Empire Medal for work which has seen him become a pillar of the community in his home village of Gringley in North Nottinghamshire.

Mr Dunkley recently retired from his job at Bridon, in Balby.

He is married with two grown up children, and is serving chairman of Gringley Parish Council.

Others to be recognised include firefighter Kevin Ruane, who worked for South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue for eight years before moving to the Nottinghamshire brigade. He is made an MBE for services to the fire and rescue service.

Belinda Turner, chief executive of Chesterfield-based Stubbing Court Training, is made a CBE for services to the equine industry, while Rebecca Pickles, is awarded the British Empire Medal for her services to young people in South Yorkshire.

Also honoured was Susan Byrom, who is made an MBE for services to the community in Hackenthorpe, Sheffield.