The Lord-Lieutenant would like to congratulate all those who have received honours in Her Majesty The Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours.
Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
Mr Ian BAUCKHAM (Tunbridge Wells). Executive Headteacher, Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, CEO, The Tenax Schools Trust and President, Association of School and College Leaders. For services to Education.
Mr Niall DICKSON (Brasted). Lately Chief Executive, General Medical Council. For services to Patient Safety.
Colonel William ENGLISH. For Services to Joint Operations and Defence Engagement.
Mr Gerald FINLEY OC. Opera Singer. For services to Opera.
Ms Gillian MCNEIL (Canterbury). Director and Chief Executive, Theirworld. For services to the Health and Education of Vulnerable Children and Women.
Mr Adrian PACKER (Chatham). Chief Executive Officer, Core Education Trust. For services to Education.
Ms Tracey BROWN (Faversham). Director, Sense about Science. For services to Science.
Mr John (Algy) CLUFF (Dover). For services to Business and Charity.
Mr David COLDMAN (Edenbridge). For services to Business, Young People and Charity.
Mrs Laura FAULKNER (West Malling). Director, Live Marketing and E-Commerce, Department for International Trade. For services to UK Exports.
Mrs Mary (Gloria) HUNNIFORD. For services to Cancer Charities through Breast Screening Services and Cancer Support.
Mrs Jacqueline WESTWOOD (West Malling). Director, UK Genetic Testing Network, London. For services to Medical Genetics and the Community in Kent.
Mr Christopher BARMBY (Tonbridge). For services to Policing and the Community.
Dr Paul BENNETT (Canterbury). For services to Archaeology.
Mrs Pamela BUTCHER (Meopham). For services to Table Tennis.
Mr Ronald CANNON (Broadstairs). Lifeboatman, RNLI Ramsgate. For services to Maritime Safety.
Mrs Teresa CARPENTER (Broadstairs). Foster Carer, Kent County Council. For services to Children and Families.
Mrs Susan CLARK (Dover). Chair and Fundraiser, Pegasus Playscheme, Dover. For services to Children with Disabilities.
Mr David FALZANI. President, Sainsbury Management Fellows. For services to Engineering and Enterprise.
Mr Eamon FANNING (Gravesend). Senior Officer, Maritime, Aviation and Military Intervention Cell, National Crime Agency. For services to Law Enforcement and Charity.
Mr Michael FITZGERALD (Maidstone). For services to Homeless People and the Community in Maidstone, Kent.
Ms Claire HARVEY. Senior Consultant, KPMG, GB Paralympian and Chair, Anti Homophobia and Transphobia Steering Group. For services to Diversity, Inclusion and Sport.
Mr Michael LAMBELL JP (Dartford). For services to the Magistracy and to St John Ambulance.
Ms Pranee NOU (Gravesend). For services to Humanitarian Aid and International Development.
Mr Malcolm STANTON (Gillingham). Acting Head, Protective Equipment Group, London Fire Brigade. For services to the Safety of Firefighters and the Protection of the Public.
Mr Barry STICKINGS (Broadstairs). Lately Chair, Micro and Anophthalmic Children’s Society. For services to Children with Visual Impairments.
Mr Simon WATKIN. Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, Home Office.For services to Border Security.
Mr Henry AUSTIN (Tonbridge). For services to the Boys’ Brigade in Tonbridge and North West Kent.
Mr Dean FAULKNER (Sheerness). Bandmaster, Isle of Sheppey St John Ambulance Band. For voluntary service to St John Ambulance.
Miss Melanie HIPWOOD (Sittingbourne). Security Operations Manager, Department for International Development. For services to Public Administration.
The Countess of Wessex receiving two thank you cards made by residents to celebrate her visit, pictured here with Antonia, Ray and Hope. (c) 2017 David Bartholemew.
The Countess of Wessex visited Crossways Community in Tunbridge Wells, on 19th April, to unveil a plaque commemorating her visit, and 50 years since the charity’s work in the field of mental health began. The Chief Executive of Crossways, Chris Munday, escorted the Countess around Culverdale House – where residents who require supported accommodation but not round the clock care are looked after – before crossing the road to Moxham House, the charity’s 24/7 care home. She then visited the adjacent facilities, Crossways Community Enterprises, where residents use their practical skills to sell donated items and upcycle furniture.
The Countess of Wessex with Crossways Community Managers celebrating the plaque unveiling recognising 50 years since the charity began. Left to right: Steve Howcroft, Chris Munday, The Countess of Wessex, Penny Rist and Ginny Swaffer. (c) 2017 David Bartholemew.
The Countess enjoyed interacting with staff and residents and joined the tea and cake party in the gardens, where she was presented with two cards made by the residents thanking her for the visit. Unveiling the commemorative plaque in the Crossways gardens, Her Royal Highness said: “It is a great pleasure to have visited you all today. I enjoyed hearing your stories and very much appreciated your openness. I’m so glad that you have found your way here, a place of real community where you can step forward and make progress in your individual ways.”
Medway Maritime Hospital
The Countess of Wessex went on to visit Medway Maritime Hospital and Abigail’s Footsteps, a specialist Maternity Bereavement Suite. David and Jo Ward founded Abigail’s Footsteps in memory of their little girl and were thanked by the Countess of Wessex for their valuable charity work. HRH unveiled a plaque to commemorate her visit to the Suite which was praised in Medway NHS Foundation Trust’s latest Care Quality Commission report as “the gold standard in the provision of care for parents and families who experience a stillbirth.”Mr Ward said: “We are delighted and honoured that HRH the Countess of Wessex has visited Abigail’s Place.
“This is our first purpose-built bereavement suite where parents can spend precious time with their stillborn baby away from the cries of new-borns.
“It is now the template for maternity units across the country and we are already working with other trusts to help them to achieve the same high standards.”
Abigail’s Footsteps continues to campaign and fundraise nationally to help other NHS hospitals secure Maternity Bereavement Suites.
The Lord-Lieutenant, Viscount De L’Isle, held an investiture at Penshurst Place for the three British Empire Medal recipients nominated in Her Majesty The Queen’s 2017 New Year Honours List.
The short citations were read by Mrs Georgie Warner DL, before the Lord-Lieutenant assisted by decorating each recipient, on HM The Queen’s behalf. The recipients were accompanied by their families and friends. The Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet, Able Cadet Laura Potts from the Dover and Deal Sea Cadet Corps, assisted the Lord-Lieutenant. In presenting the medals on behalf of The Queen, Lord-Lieutenant congratulated the recipients for their dedicated work on behalf of others.
Rochester Cathedral congregation at the 2017 Lord-Lieutenant’s Civic Service (c) Robert Berry
The Lord-Lieutenant of Kent is calling for more volunteers amid concerns that the volunteering spirit may not be as strong as it used to be.
Viscount De L’Isle has told a congregation of more than 550 in Rochester Cathedral that “the philosophy and motivation behind volunteering appears to have lessened in recent times.”
Left to right: The Dean of Rochester Cathedral, The Very Reverend Dr Philip Hesketh; The Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, The Viscount De L’Isle; Viscountess De L’Isle; Able Cadet Laura Potts, from Dover and Deal Unit Sea Cadet Corps. (c) Robert Berry.
Speaking at the annual Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration for Public Service to Kent, attended by council leaders, school governors, magistrates, representatives from the armed forces, police, emergency and prison services, Queen’s Award winners, voluntary organisations, and Deputy Lieutenants, Lord De L’Isle paid tribute to the huge contribution made every day by so many people across the county.
“On behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, I thank you all for what you are doing for Kent’s communities. You are doing Kent proud. You are all standard bearers who lead the way to those who have lost the commitment to play a part and to volunteer to help our communities, as many have done in previous generations.
“You are doing a great job but we need to encourage more people to join you. The larger our numbers the less the burden, and more good works can be achieved.
Prayers were led by 3 representatives of the Voluntary Sectors: Ms Angeline Dispinseri, Parent Governor, St Margaret’s Troy Town Church of England Primary School; Stephen Gray, CEO of Young Lives Foundation; Ms Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive of Kent Community Foundation. (c) Robert Berry.
As the Queen’s representative in the county, Lord De L’Isle recalled Her Majesty’s Christmas broadcast in which she singled out for special praise “ordinary” people like volunteers and carers who do “extraordinary” things.
“On our own, we cannot end wars or wipe out injustice, but the cumulative impact of thousands of small acts of goodness can be bigger than we imagine,” Lord De L’Isle said.
The newly refurbished Crypt at Rochester Cathedral housing the recently installed Textus Roffensis Exhibition. (c) Robert Berry.
He praised volunteers in the Armed Forces and the Reserves, “often putting themselves in danger in the face of The Queen’s enemies” and “our emergency services who work year round saving lives.”
He commended the KM Charity Team for raising money for good causes. “I recently attended the KM Charity Team Awards ceremony at which 55 awards were given to thank those who had contributed both in cash and kind.”
There was praise also for Kent Community Foundation, which supported the Civic Service, for raising money for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme that encourages young people to develop self-confidence by undertaking challenges like
orienteering and expeditions. Kent now has the largest number of Gold Standard Award winners in the UK.
Lord De L’Isle said that was due to the scheme’s dedicated volunteers. But more were needed. “Kent youth organisations are desperate for more adult instructors and we all need to encourage people to take up this type of volunteering.” It was important to help “the next generation to realise their dreams.”
The 400 volunteers at Rochester Cathedral were a “ringing endorsement of the ethos of assisting the community,” he added.
Kent businesses and their staff also demonstrated corporate responsibility by raising funds for charity.
Lord De L”Isle said that voluntary organisations across Kent deserved more recognition, and he would welcome more nominations for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS).
The annual Civic Service celebrates public service and volunteering across the county. It is held every year, alternating between Canterbury and Rochester Cathedrals, and All Saints, Maidstone.
Nominations for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) in 2018 can be made online at https://qavs.direct.gov.uk by September 15, 2017.
Kent Community Foundation, which supported the service, manages charitable funds for donors. www.kentcf.org.uk
Viscount De L’Isle, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, talking to Stuart Smith, Vice Chairman of Trustees, and Simon Dolby Chief Executive. (c)Martin Apps
KM Charity Team Partnership Awards 2017 were held at Rowhill Grange Hotel, Wilmington, on 1st March, to recognise the support given to the Charity Team by eighty of their many sponsors and partners to thank them for their backing. Over 50 certificates and awards were handed out by The Chief Executive, Simon Dolby, assisted by Karen Brinkman of KM’s Walk to School.
The Lord-Lieutenant, centre, with the award winners after the Ceremony. (c) Martin Apps
In opening the event the Lord-Lieutenant said “By bringing private, public and voluntary sectors together you are making extraordinary things happen. In these days of economic uncertainty we all need to strive to deliver projects that are achieving great outcomes for Kent.”
KM Charity Partnership runs a number of events and quizzes to raise funds for a wide variety of projects in the educational field including the “Walking Bus”, Teacher of the Year and a Literacy programme.
Viscount De L’Isle, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, presents Jason Raggatt of Barclays Bank with a special award, having headed the Bank’s involvement in numerous events. (c) Martin Apps
Many of the staff of sponsoring firms help with or join in the events to boost the funds raised. At the conclusion of the award ceremony the Lord-Lieutenant said “I hope all those who received awards this afternoon will be proud to show others your achievements in a wide range of disciplines. In many cases you are demonstrating “Best Practice”. Where this is happening you are leading the way not only in Kent but the whole nation”.
“Thank you, keep up the good work, you are doing a great job. Let’s face it success breeds success and you are leaders of the pack. Be proud of it.”
SECAmb staff were joined by volunteers and members of the public at the first of the Trust’s annual award ceremonies.
The event saw staff recognised for long service and Chief Executive’s Commendations awarded across a range of categories including clinical excellence, patient care and leadership.
Deputy Lieutenant Bill Cockcroft attended, representing the Lord-Lieutenant, to present Queen’s Medals for Long Service and Good Conduct, while Trust staff were also recognised for 20 years’ and 30 and 40 years’ NHS service.
SECAmb acting chief executive Geraint Davies said, “These awards show the amazing work which is going on day in day out at SECAmb.
“It was an honour to present the commendations and the long service awards are always very humbling. I am immensely proud of the dedication, clinical skill and patient care shown by all our staff and volunteers.”
D Day Veterans pictured with middle centre, the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle and behind the Lord-Lieutenant, Chairman of KCC, Mr Tom Gates, and middle row, 3rd from right, Mrs Kathrin Smallwood, previous High Sheriff of Kent. (c) Photogenic Images Ltd.
Mr Tom Gates, Chairman of Kent County Council, held a Reception in the Darenth Room at County Hall, Maidstone, on 7th February for recipients of the Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur (Chevalier). Present at the event was the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle MBE and also Mrs Kathrin Smallwood, High Sheriff of Kent at the time of the Reception.
French President Francois Hollande announced on the 70th anniversary of D-Day in June 2014 that all British veterans involved in France’s liberation during World War II would receive the honour.
The D-Day operation was described by prime minister Winston Churchill as “undoubtedly the most complicated and difficult that has ever taken place”.
Some 156,000 Allied troops landed on five invasion beaches on 6 June 1944, sparking an 80-day campaign to liberate Normandy.
There were three million troops involved and 250,000 lives lost.
The Lord-Lieutenant would like to congratulate all those who have received honours in Her Majesty The Queen’s New Year Honours 2017.
Knights Batchelor (Kt)
Mr Antony BEEVOR (Kent). Military Historian and Author. For Services in support of Armed Forces Professional Development.
Mr David BEHAN CBE (Tunbridge Wells). Chief Executive, Care Quality Commission. For Services to Health and Care.
Mr Julian BRAZIER TD MP (Canterbury). Member of Parliament for Canterbury. For Political and Public service.
The Most Honourable Order of the Bath
Companions of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Mr Peter FISH (Tunbridge Wells). Director General, Government Legal Department C and Legal Adviser, Home Office. For Legal Services to Government.
Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
Mr Joe BADEN (Rochester). Founder, Open Book Project. For Services to Higher Education.
Ms Susan BAKER (Whitstable). Director, Time to Change. For Services to Mental Health.
Mrs Eleanor BRAZIL (Wrotham). Children’s Services Commissioner, Slough. For Services to Children’s Social Care.
Miss Sharon BROOME (Tonbridge). Principal Forensic Investigator, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. For Services to Defence.
Dr Jonathan CLARK (Edenbridge). Executive Headteacher, Beckmead Family of Schools, Croydon. For Services to Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
Dr Gaynor JEFFERY (Sevenoaks). Assistant Director, EU Consumer Policy, Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy. For Services to Consumer Rights.
Ms Carol McCALL (Sevenoaks). Head of Civil Contingency Communications, Cabinet Office. For Services to Government Civil Contingency Preparation and Ceremonial Planning.
Mr Jonathan TIBBS (Tunbridge Wells). Chairman, Jon Tibbs Associates Ltd. For Services to International Trade and the Sports Sector.
Mrs Caroline WAKE (Tonbridge). Head, UK Delegation, Channel Tunnel Safety Authority. For Services to Transport Safety and the Community in Kent.
Mr Jonathan BLOOMER (Sevenoaks). Lately Trustee and Honorary Treasurer, NSPCC. For Voluntary Services to Children and Young People.
Captain Donald COCKRILL (Faversham). Secretary General, UK Maritime Pilots’ Association. For Voluntary Services to Maritime Heritage and the Port Industry.
Mr Michael CONWAY (Sevenoaks). Chief Executive Officer, FM Conway. For Services to UK Construction, Infrastructure Support and Road Safety.
Mr Arjuna FERNANDO (Sevenoaks). Investor and Entrepreneur. For Services to the Digital Economy.
Mrs Sharon HOLNESS (Folkestone). For Voluntary Services through the National Police Memorial Day.
Dr Howard LEICESTER (Otford). For Services to Improving Patient Services to the NHS.
Dr Cheryl MVULA (Whitstable). For Services to Responsible Tourism, Community Development and Conservation in Kent and Africa.
Mr Thomas RANSLEY (Ashford). For Services to Rowing.
Mr John SCHONER JP (Hythe). For Services to the Community in Hythe, Kent.
Mr Robert SIMPSON (Eynsford). Founder, Electrosonic. For Services to the UK’s Audio-Visual Industry.
Ms Susannah TOWNSEND (Canterbury). For Services to Hockey.
Mrs Louise UPTON (Canterbury). Lately Foster Carer, Kent County Council. For Services to Children.
Mr Ronald UPTON (Canterbury). Lately Foster Carer, Kent County Council. For Services to Children.
Mr Austin WALKER (Margate). County Vice-President, Kent, Royal British Legion. For Voluntary Services to Veterans and their Families.
Mrs Barbara WALSH (Gravesend). Lately Case Officer, Cabinet Office. For Services to Public Administration and to the Community in Kent.
Mr Ronald WOODWARD (Herne Bay). For Services to Age UK and the Community in Herne Bay, Kent
Mr Prithipal Singh KANG (Gravesend). For Services to Fire and Rescue Awareness and Community Cohesion in North Kent.
Mr Baljinder Singh RANA (Gravesend). Chairman, Guru Nanak Football Club. For Services to Football and Inclusion in Kent.
Mr William STUPPLES (Tenterden). Armourer, Ministry of Defence. For Services to Army Training and Charitable Service.
Queen’s Fire Service Medal (QFSM)
Miss Ann MILLINGTON (Kent). Chief Executive, Kent Fire and Rescue Service.
ecoegg Managing Director Rob Knight receives the award from the Lord Lieutenant. (c) John Phipp, The Photo Team
ecoegg, a laundry products manufacturer which makes environmentally-friendly washing pellets, was presented with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise by the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle, only five months after the company’s former premises were devastated by fire.
Founder and managing director Rob Knight accepted the honour at the company’s new headquarters in Gillingham.
In June, the firm lost about £2 million in lost revenue and stock after the blaze wiped out its unit at Integra Business Park in Park Wood, Maidstone.
Despite that, the company has increased turnover by 60% this year, employing 48 people at its new premises at The Hatchery, Steelfields, in Medway.
It exports about 65% of its products, most of which are made in the UK. It has plans to expand distribution to Canada, China and Japan in 2017.
Mr Bill Ferris OBE DL who read the citation at the ceremony, is seen here being greeted on arrival by an ecoegg employee! (c) John Phipp, The Photo Team
Mr Knight said: ‘It was great to be able to come together with everybody to celebrate the Queen’s Award win and put the fire behind us.’
The firm was founded in 2008 after Mr Knight developed laundry detergent pellets that were suitable for sensitive skin, which are placed inside its laundry egg capsule.
The company has sold more than 1.2 million units since launching – the equivalent of more than 1 billion wash loads. It has also gone on to develop a range of cleaning products for dryers and kitchens.
Mr Knight said: ‘Innovation drives everything we do at ecoegg, and the laundry egg along with our growing range of other eco-friendly products, have each revolutionised the categories in which they compete.’
The Lord-Lieutenant stated in his speech: ‘You deserve the greatest admiration for the excellent work you are doing and I know you will continue to do. Very well done to you all, and long may Ecoegg flourish.’
The Countess of Wessex on arrival meeting with all those involved in the worthwhile project.
The Countess of Wessex made a visit to officially open the Benenden Community Shop where she enjoyed time with volunteers who saved the village shop, and post office, from closure. During her visit the Countess unveiled a plaque commemorating the occasion and Benenden Community Shop’s official opening. Residents have joined forces with Benenden School, which bought and renovated the premises and leased it to the community, while using the living areas of the building for its staff. There is now a cafe at the shop in The Street, where both paid staff and volunteers work.
The Countess unveiling the Commemorative Plaque.
The Countess, was greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle, who introduced the Mayor of Tunbridge Wells, Cllr David Neve and Helen Grant MP. Martin Pexton who chairs the Benenden Community Shop Committee took the Countess on a tour of the shop, accompanied by Samantha Price, head teacher of Benenden School. Her Royal Highness, who met managers and volunteers over tea and cake, learned how the shop was saved two years ago by residents.
The Lord Lieutenant with from left: Benenden pupils Natasha Wyke and Adeira Ariez, who volunteer at the shop.
Mr Pexton said: “The visit of Her Royal Highness was a very special way to celebrate the success of our community shop, which has been achieved through the hard work and enthusiasm of many members of our community.”
Benenden School head teacher Samantha Price said: “We are proud to have played a role in securing this wonderful asset on behalf of the community, and it was a great honour for everyone’s hard work to be recognised by HRH Countess of Wessex today.”