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Gongs galore across Lothian

AWOMAN who set up a children's charity after discovering her father was a paedophile, and the founder of an arts group forging links between the Scots and Indian communities are among those in the Lothians today given awards in the Queen's birthday honours list.

A host of prominent figures in a broad range of fields, from community campaigners and councillors to scientists and civil servants, picked up gongs.

Lothian's only knighthood went to businessman Sir Brian Ivory, the chairman of the board of the National Galleries of Scotland.

Sandra Brown, who set up the Moira Anderson Foundation in 2000 after writing a book on discovering that her father was a paedophile, was given an OBE for services to child protection in Scotland.

Paddy Tomkins, chief constable of Lothian and Borders Police, is to be awarded the Queen's Police Medal, while Professor James Ironside of Edinburgh University's National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance Unit, is to receive a CBE. Scottish Indian Arts Forum director and founder Mohindra Dhall is among the Lothians residents to receive the Member of the British Empire (MBE).

Edinburgh city councillor Ian Berry, who has been a councillor since 1977, is also to be rewarded with an MBE for services to local government, while Scottish Rugby Union secretary Ian Hogg will be handed an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his work for the sport.

Mum-of-two Ms Brown, 57, of Corstorphine, today spoke of her delight at receiving an honour for her work with the Moira Anderson Foundation, named after an-11 year-old girl she believes was murdered by her father.

"To be honest I'm stunned," said Ms Brown, whose foundation now supports more than 500 families across Scotland dealing with the aftermath of child abuse. "It really recognises what the charity has done and that we are capable of making a difference."

Pakistan-born Mr Dhall, 65, was also taken aback to receive the MBE. Mr Dhall, who moved to the UK in 1979 and founded the Scottish Indian Arts Forum 20 years ago, said he had never imagined he would one day receive such an award.

He said: "When I first came to Britain, I never dreamt that I would be honoured by the Queen. It is just a delight to put something back into the community - that is my only motivation for doing it."

"I believe strongly in cultural diversity - a lot of people talk about it, but they don't put it into action. That's what I always wanted to achieve."

Prof Ironside, a member of the medical team that identified the deadly strain of CJD in 1996, has long been at the forefront of research into CJD and its variant forms. Based in Edinburgh at the National CJD Surveillance Unit which he helped establish in 1990, his expertise is sought across the world.

Councillor Ian Berry, who represents Duddingston, said of his MBE: "I would like to dedicate it to my wife and family, as without their support, I wouldn't be where I am today."

Mr Tomkins, who has been with Lothian and Borders Police since 1979, will be handed his medal at a ceremony later in the year.

He said: "I am delighted to have been so honoured by Her Majesty The Queen, but I am very conscious that anything I have achieved during my career has only been through the support, guidance and example of the many outstanding men and women in the British police service with whom I have been fortunate enough to serve over the past 27 years. I am deeply grateful to them all.

"My pleasure in receiving the Queen's Police Medal is exceeded only by my pride in leading one of the finest police forces in the United Kingdom."

Jean Cameron, one of the longest-serving officers in the Girls' Brigade in the Lothians, will be made an MBE for her work with young women in the Lothians.

Ms Cameron, 72, has been working with the Girls' Brigade for 55 years. Caroline Wills, National Director of the Girls' Brigade, today paid tribute to Jean.

She said: "To serve since October 1951 is quite an achievement. Jean is one of our longest serving officers. She has always been there for the girls and that has been her passion. She has never actively sought high office."

Bill (Ian) Hogg, former secretary of the Scottish Rugby Union, who is to be presented with an OBE, added: "I am honoured to receive this accolade for something which has not only been my profession, but also something that I thoroughly enjoy."

Superintendent Michael Flynn, 46, who has been working for the Scottish Society for the Protection of Animals for 19 years, is to become an MBE.

He now deals with 17,000 animals a year and reported over 100 cases of animal cruelty to the Procurator Fiscal last year. Mr Flynn said: "There's never a dull moment. One memory that stands out is catching the biggest dog fight in western Europe. We caught 32 people and took them to court.

"I'm absolutely over the moon about the whole thing. I see it as recognition for the whole Scottish SPCA and also of the importance of animal welfare."

Also recognised on the honours list were Tim Bowdler, chief executive of Evening News owner Johnston Press, and Evening News GP columnist Dr Ian McKee.

Mr Bowdler is awarded a CBE for services to the newspaper industry, while Dr McKee, who has worked as a doctor in deprived areas of Edinburgh since 1971, is to receive an MBE for services to healthcare.

Dr McKee, 66, said: "I feel a bit of a fraud because I have enjoyed myself so much during my working life, it seems a bit unfair to be given a reward for the work I've done."

Tim Bowdler joined Johnston Press in January 1994 as group managing director designate and was appointed chief executive of the group in September 1997.

Mr Bowdler spent the early part of his career in the manufacturing sector after graduating as an engineer from Birmingham University and picking up an MBA from London Business School.

He is the non-executive director of Associated British Ports Holdings, The Press Association and the Press Standards Board of Finance. He is also vice president of The Newspaper Society.

Roll call of local heroes

KNIGHTS BACHELOR

Brian Gammell Ivory, CBE, Edinburgh, chair, board of trustees, National Galleries of Scotland. For services to the arts.

ORDER OF THE BATH

(KCB)

John Elvidge, Edinburgh, permanent secretary, Scottish Executive.

(CB)

Nicola Susan Munro, Edinburgh, head of Development Department, Scottish Executive.

CBE

Professor Jean Duthie Beggs, Edinburgh, Royal Society Darwin Trust Research Professor and Professor of Molecular Biology, University of Edinburgh. For services to science.

Timothy John Bowdler, below, Edinburgh, chief executive, Johnston Press. For services to the newspaper industry.

Professor Nicholas Hastie, Edinburgh, director, human genetics unit, Medical Research Council. For services to science.

Professor James Wilson Ironside, Edinburgh, Professor of Clinical Neuropathology, national Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance Unit, University of Edinburgh. For services to medicine.

George Mitchell, Edinburgh, formerly chief executive, Corporate Banking, HBOS and Governor BoS. For services to the finance industry.

OBE

Professor Mary Bownes, Edinburgh, professor of development biology, University of Edinburgh. For services to science.

Sandra May Brown, Edinburgh, founder, Moira Anderson Foundation. For services to child protection in Scotland.

Rosalyn Anne Cooper, Balerno, health adviser, Uganda, Department for International Development.

David McKillop Croft, Edinburgh, governor, HM Prison Edinburgh.

Lorraine Fannin, Edinburgh, director, Scottish Publishers' Association. For services to business.

David Alexander Ferguson, Longniddry, East Lothian, Holyrood project adviser, Scottish Parliament.

Ian Alisdair Lawrence Hogg, Edinburgh, For services to Scottish Rugby Union.

Ms Lesley Irving, Pentland Village, head, Race, Religion and Refugee, Integration team, Development Department, Scottish Executive.

Dr Jack Jackson, Kirknewton, West Lothian, formerly HM assistant chief inspector of education, Scottish Executive.

David Fraser Kelly, East Craigs, Edinburgh, director, Community Health and Care Partnership, West Lothian Council. For services to local government.

Maureen Wallace Moore, Gorebridge, Midlothian, chief executive, ASH Scotland. For services to healthcare.

Patricia Beryl Purton, Penicuik, Midlothian, director, Royal College of Midwives Scottish Board. For services to Healthcare.

John Hunter Gray Reid, Linlithgow, West Lothian, head of people engagement, the Pension Service.

MBE

Ian John Berry, JP, Portobello, Councillor, City of Edinburgh Council. For services to local government.

Jean Henderson Cameron, Edinburgh. For services to the Girls' Brigade in the Lothians.

Andrew Kent Crawford, Linlithgow, West Lothian. For services to the community in Linlithgow.

Gillean Mary Irene Davidson, Edinburgh. For services to children in the UK and India.

Mohindra Dhall, Edinburgh. Founder, Scottish Indian Arts Forum. For services to the arts.

Michael Flynn, Edinburgh. Superintendent, Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. For services to Animal Welfare.

Lyndall MacWilliam, Edinburgh. For services to the Royal Blind School, Edinburgh.

Dr Ian Hume McKee, Edinburgh. formerly general medical practitioner, NHS Lothian. For services to healthcare.

Maj James Alastair Scott. The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Mrs Irene Margaret Clare Tominey, Kirkliston, Midlothian. Formerly head of unit, St. Philip's Residential Special School, Plains, Airdrie. For services to special needs education.

QUEEN'S POLICE MEDAL

Patrick Lindsay (Paddy) Tomkins. Chief Constable, Lothian and Borders Police.

EASYJET FOUNDER STELIOS FLIES OFF WITH A KNIGHTHOOD

EASYJET founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou joins entertainer and artist Rolf Harris, ChildLine founder Esther Rantzen, TV chef Gary Rhodes and top ballerina Darcey Bussell on today's honours list marking the Queen's 80th birthday.

Mr Haji-Ioannou, who brought cheap air travel to millions, today described his knighthood in the Queen's birthday honours as "a joy and a great reward".

Retail billionaire Philip Green, the man behind some of the biggest and most successful names on the high street including Topshop and Bhs, also gets a knighthood.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman, praised for his response to the July 7 terror attacks, gets a CBE.

TV star Miss Rantzen gets a CBE for services to young people and there is also a CBE for Darcey Bussell, regarded as the finest ballerina of her generation.

In sport, there is an MBE for Graham Thorpe, the retired England batsman, and for Rangers and Scotland star Barry Ferguson.

Chef Gary Rhodes gets an OBE, while Rolf Harris, 76, gets a CBE.

An MBE goes to Beverley Knight, a British soul singer, songwriter and producer.

There are CBEs for Peter Lord and David Sproxton, co-founders of Aardman Animations, creators of Wallace And Gromit, and an OBE goes to Gurinder Chadha, a British film director best known for Bhaji On The Beach (1993) and Bend It Like Beckham (2002), which became a worldwide hit.

The Scottish list also includes James Goodfellow, who invented the PIN number and veteran Radio Clyde DJ "Tiger" Tim Stevens, who is fighting multiple sclerosis.

 
 
 

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