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2019 New Year’s Honours List

Former England cricket captain Alastair Cook is one of 15 Bedfordshire people mentioned on this year’s New Year’s Honours list.

The honours system covers the whole of the UK and all honours are approved by HM Queen. Anyone can nominate anyone else for an honour.

The honours are given to reward outstanding service and achievement in a given field or area. As part of the nomination process, committees minimise the risk that prospective candidates have behaved in ways likely to bring the system into disrepute.

Each nomination is handled differently, depending on what the person has been doing.


Kt Knight Bachelor Alastair Nathan COOK CBE – for services to Cricket


Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Alison Jane BRITTAIN Chief Executive, Whitbread plc. – for services to business
The Reverend Paula Anne VENNELLS Chief Executive, Post Office Ltd. – for services to the Post Office and to charity


Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Sandra Olubunkunola POPOOLA Head of Capability Building and Resourcing, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government – for services to Local Government and charity


Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Michelle Dawn DOBSON Director for Membership and Professional Development, Institution of Engineering and Technology – for services to Engineering
Richard Leon GILL Lately Police Officer, British Transport Police for services to Policing
Monojaha Polly ISLAM – for services to charity and the UK Bangladeshi community
David Leonard MORGAN Volunteer Case Worker for the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Rural Support Group for services to Vulnerable People
Claire Suzanne PAUL Director, Leadership Development and New Talent, BBC – for services to Apprenticeships and Education
Louise PURSER ASYE Practice Assessor, Central Bedfordshire Council and Volunteer, British Association of Social Workers and Learn to Care for services to Children’s Social Care


Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

Ellen Dorothy BASSETT – for services to Sport and the community in Westoning, Bedfordshire
Nerys BELL HIVE Information Officer, RAF Henlow – for services to RAF Personnel and their Families
Richard Philip MOORE Police Constable, Metropolitan Police Service for services to Policing
Anthony TALBOT – for services to Sport and the community in Luton
Edward Walter WING Retained Watch Commander, Biggleswade Fire Service for services to the Fire and Rescue Service


Types of honours and awards

Companion of Honour
This is awarded for having a major contribution to the arts, science, medicine, or government lasting over a long period of time.

Knight or Dame
This is awarded for having a major contribution in any activity, usually at national level. Other people working in the nominee’s area will see their contribution as inspirational and significant, requiring commitment over a long period of time.

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
This is awarded for having a prominent but lesser role at national level, or a leading role at regional level. You can also get one for a distinguished, innovative contribution to any area.

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
This is awarded for having a major local role in any activity, including people whose work has made them known nationally in their chosen area.

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Awarded for an outstanding achievement or service to the community. This will have had a long-term, significant impact and stand out as an example to others.

British Empire Medal (BEM)
Awarded for a ‘hands-on’ service to the local community. This could be a long-term charitable or voluntary activity, or innovative work of a relatively short duration (3 to 4 years) that has made a significant difference.

Royal Victorian Order (RVO)
An award given by the Queen – usually to people who have helped her personally, like members of the Royal household staff or British ambassadors.

The orders
The committee decides which order someone should be a member of. 

Order of the Bath  – Senior civil servants and military officers
Order of St Michael and St George  – Diplomats and people serving the UK abroad
Order of the British Empire – Anyone
Companion of Honour (award) – Anyone
Royal Victorian Order  – People who have served the Queen or the Monarchy in a personal way

Most awards are in the Order of the British Empire.

An honour can be revoked if it is determined that an individual has behaved in a way that brings the honours system into disrepute.