The Great And The Good Of The West Midlands Are Honoured In The New Year Honours List

From unsung heroes to sports stars - they've all been recognised for the huge contribution they've made to their communities and chosen fields.

Volunteers going above and beyond and sports men and women helping to put the area on the map have been named in the New Year honours list. Those claiming awards include Camilla Phillips from Halesowen, who has been awarded an MBE for services to the community through The Hope Centre, based in the town.

For the past six year she has dedicated herself to helping the residents of Halesowen, in particular the Highfields estate which is one of the most deprived areas in the country. She met with councillors, police and others with influence to use the former Lighthouse building to form the Hope Centre, which is based in Andrew Road.

Dr David Hegarty, a partner at Wychbury Medical Practice in Stourbridge and chairman of Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group, has been awarded an MBE for services to primary care.

Para-equestrian Lee Pearson from Stone has been given a knighthood. In Rio the 42-year-old added gold from the Individual Freestyle grade Ib and silver in Dressage to his golds in Beijing and London. The decorated athlete already held the MBE, OBE and CBE for services to equestrianism and to disabled sport. He said:

"Whilst this honour acknowledges achievement, it's as much about recognising the story and the struggle of the Paralympic movement and people with disabilities, it's about recognising our collective sporting achievements and how far we have come as elite professional athletes and people.

"Obviously through out my life there has been many people around me that have helped me in my daily life and my career. They have all contributed to this honour in some way and I am very grateful for their support. My family and friends mean everything to me and have helped me so much throughout my life and career so the biggest thank you goes to them".

Others on the list include:

  • Pamela Preston, from Dudley, a volunteer with Samaritans, has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to mental health in the West Midlands.
  • Halesowen cycling ace Helen Scott, who won gold in the women's B 1000m time trial at the Rio Paralympics has been handed an MBE for services to cycling.
  • Ian Powell, from Sedgley, who was formerly chairman of accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers has been made a Knights Batchelor.
  • Paralympic swimmer Claire Cashmore, from Kidderminster, has received an MBE for services to swimming.
  • Charles Talbot, aged 85, from Kidderminster, was awarded an MBE for his services to the community over the past 60 years.
  • Former executive headteacher of Stourport High School Liz Quinn has been awarded an MBE for services to education.
  • Davinder Kaur, aged 56, from Fallings Park, Wolverhampton was awarded a British Empire Medal for her services as one of the founding members of SWEDA (Skills Work and Enterprise Development Agency), based in West Bromwich.
  • Karen Ross, whose 16-year-old daughter Rosemary, known as Rosie, who was stabbed to death while on a shopping trip with a friend in Birmingham, in 2001, has been honoured for her charity work.
  • Siraaj-ul-Haq Nadat from Walsall, who is a senior quality of life facilitator at Changing Our Lives, has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to people with disabilities.
  • Les Ratcliffe, Jaguar Land Rover's head of community relations, has been awarded an MBE for outstanding service to the community .
  • Rio gold medallist Joe Clarke has been awarded an MBE for services to canoeing.
  • Swimmer Adam Peaty, who broke a world record in the 100m breaststroke in Rio, has been awarded an MBE for services to swimming.


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