Staffordshire and Cheshire residents in Queen's Birthday Honours

The Queen's Birthday Honours List has been announced

Residents in Staffordshire and Cheshire have been honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours list which has been published.

Wilfred Burt, from Trentham in Stoke-on-Trent has had his work with the Scouts, young people and community awarded with a BEM.

The 91 year-old joined the Boy Scouts at the age of 10 at Hanford before joining the family business at 14 as an apprentice stonemason and at 17 volunteered to join the Army.

After completing his National Service, he completed his apprenticeship and attended night classes at Burslem School of Art in calligraphy and Newcastle School of Art in woodcarving where he eventually became a woodcarving teacher for 13 years.

In 1954 he became Leader of the Trentham Scout Group, a position he held for 13 years.

Eventually he rose to the rank of Assistant District Commissioner of the Stoke Central District Scout Group in 1967.

During this time he was responsible for the training of scout leaders throughout the Stoke-on-Trent Central Region and by passing on his knowledge and expertise to new leaders.

He became President of the Three Towns District Scout Group in Stoke-on-Trent and Vice President of the Staffordshire Scout Association.

In recognition of his Scouting achievements, he was awarded the highest Scouting honour of Silver Wolf and more recently received the Chief Scouts award for 60 years of unbroken service to the Scouting Movement.

Other Staffordshire residents to be honoured include Professor Liz Barnes, Vice Chancellor of Staffordshire University, for services to Higher Education who receives a CBE; and Dr Christopher Wakeling and Jane Shepherd, both of Stoke-on-Trent, who have been awarded with an OBE and MBE respectively.

In Cheshire, Robert Barrow from Macclesfield is set to receive a MBE for his services to charity and community.

The 66 year old has been described as having devoted himself to many, varied philanthropic activities as well as providing financial support and contributions to numerous organisations, aiding those more vulnerable than himself.

He has been a governor at King’s School in Macclesfield since 2016 and serves as the schools Bursary and Fundraising committee, which enables him to support and enhance the school’s drive for broader social access.

He has played a key role in reformulating the Bursary strategy and appointing their first development and alumni officer.

Mr Barrow has made a vast contribution to charities which support and provide for Cheshire, namely Cre8, the Cheshire Community Foundation (CCF) and Congleton for Congleton.

He has been director of CCF since 2015 and has made several visits to take in the work of Cre8 and has used his position as director of CCF to make contributions, which have helped to make a significant impact on the lives of young people.

Mark Watson of Sanbach will receive a MBE for services to Community Policing.

The 56 year-old has devoted his life to improve relations between the Gypsy and Irish Traveller Community and the Police, following the murder of a schoolboy from the travelling community.

He has coordinated the national network of Police Gypsy and Traveller Liaison Officers, developing and delivering training across a wide range of public sector and criminal justice agencies to break down barriers.

In addition he has aided the development of National Police Guidance on the management of unauthorised encampments, reducing tensions in many communities.

He has worked with the ‘Irish Traveller Movement’ and the ‘National Association of Gypsy and Traveller Officers’ to tackle domestic abuse within a closed community; and has worked nationally with Gypsy, Roma and Irish Traveller police officers and staff to set up the first national police staff association, building confidence across communities and developing a more inclusive service.

Mark said: “I couldn’t believe it when I opened the letter. The envelope looked like it was a tax letter from HMRC. Never for a minute did I believe anything like this could happen and I’m delighted.”

Paul Hancock, who retired from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) in June 2018 after 34 years in fire and rescue, has been made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE).

He became Chief Fire Officer in October 2009 having previously held the post of deputy since joining Cheshire in 2007.

This followed a 22-year career in his home county with Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service where he attained the post of assistant chief fire officer.

He also acted as joint chief fire officer for both Cheshire and Cumbria in 2016-17.

Marcus Hayes, from Sandbach, will also receive a MBE for services to education and law.

The 54 year-old heads up an award-winning law firm rated amongst the best in the UK., which in 2011 his firm was shortlisted for the Law Society Excellence Awards for its customer care for client services.

He established the Mason Hayes Charitable Trust to provide financial assistance to students going to university from less privileged backgrounds
and arranged personal mentoring for students who wish to gain an insight into how they could utilise the full potential of their legal degree and education.

Through his work with the National Autistic Society he aims to establish a National Legal Service for parents with autistic children and an internship
programme for autistic undergraduates.

He is a school governor of the first National Autistic Free School in Cheshire and has raised £10,000 for the Literacy initiative for Stourport-on-Severn Primary School.


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