Birthday honours for local heroes and community champions

Lee Westwood.
Lee Westwood.

HEALTH visitor Kath Lovatt is celebrating today’s Birthday Honours more than most...

The 62-year-old passionate Royalist has a picture of the Queen on her office wall - so can hardly wait to collect her MBE at Buckingham Palace.

“I often look at the picture and think, ‘That’s the standard’,” she said.

Kath has spent 40 years working in north Sheffield, based at Margetson Surgery in Parson Cross. She said Sheffield is “a wonderful place”.

She began her career as a nurse in 1965 and, aged 22, was the youngest health visitor in training. Now a grandmother-of-four she said: “I’m seeing the grandchildren of the children in families I was seeing when I started!”

Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis receives the MBE for services to the armed forces. During his 15-year Army career he served in Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.

He said: “I feel humbled. The MBE is a great honour. I now look forward to getting on with representing Barnsley Central.”

Bus-driving Sheffield Labour councillor Ray Satur receives the MBE for services to local government. The long-serving politician, a driver for First, is a Woodhouse councillor and chair of governors at Brunswick Primary School.

Steve Brailey, chief executive of Sheffield International Venues which runs facilities including Ponds Forge, receives the MBE for services to the leisure industry.

Steve, 55, from Beauchief, is married with three children. He said of his award: “I was knocked off my feet! It’s not something I’d ever thought about.”

Maxine Greaves, 47, receives the MBE for services to Sure Start children’s centres. She helped guide Firth Park’s Sure Start centre from its base in a caretaker’s house to a multi-million-pound flagship.

The mum-of-five and grandmother-of-eight said: “My jaw is still on the floor!”

An officer who oversees the 700 cadets and 120 instructors of the South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force receives the OBE.

Col David Fuller enlisted as a cadet himself in 1967. Now 56 and married with two grown-up children, he was told of his award by his brigade commander two days ago. “I was over the moon,” he said.

Dianne Jeffrey, 66, who grew up in Sheffield and became a High Sheriff of Derbyshire, receives the CBE for public service.

Mrs Jeffrey was High Sheriff from 2002 to ’03 and lives in Eyam. Married with four children and eight grandchildren, she chairs Age UK and said her award was “totally unexpected”.

Peter Houten, director of the Department for Education’s Academies Policy and Schools Organisation Group, becomes a Companion of the Order of the Bath.

He has been in the civil service for 32 years and based in Sheffield since 1996. The 55-year-old dad-of-two, from Beauchief, said: “I’m very proud.”

A retired health trust executive who dedicated four decades to the Sheffield NHS receives the MBE.

Chris Linacre, former executive director of service development at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is honoured for services to healthcare. Trust chief executive Sir Andrew Cash said: “His contribution has been immense.”

Entrepreneur Adrian Holmes receives the OBE for services to skills and training. Adrian, 44, from Millthorpe near Sheffield, established the Employability and Skills Group at Sheffield Business Park in 2007.

“My honour is one I share with Michelle Rigby, my business partner of 17 years,” he said.

Timothy Down from Dore, Sheffield, is “quietly very pleased” by his OBE for skills sector work. “Learning can transform lives,” he said.

The head of South Yorkshire’s Probation Trust receives the OBE for public service.

Roz Brown, a married mum-of-two, who works in Sheffield and lives north of Doncaster, is “very honoured”. She said South Yorkshire Probation Trust is “the best in the country” at reducing re-offending.

A Bessacarr man must wait until he is upright to celebrate his MBE for volunteering with the Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Families Association. Dad-of-three Roy Elms, 72, was undergoing surgery yesterday, but wife Moyra said he was “delighted” by his award.

John Lingard receives the MBE for services to education. Formerly Higher Executive Officer with the Department for Education, he lives in Deepcar with wife Alison who said he was “thrilled”.

Kate Billingham from the Department of Health receives the CBE for leading home visiting programme the Family Nurse Partnership. Kate, from Sheffield, was “delighted and honoured”.

Heather Mellows, from Laughton, receives the OBE for services to medicine. She was consultant obstetrician at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust before retirement.

David Nunn receives the MBE for services to healthcare, including work as a community psychiatric nurse in Chesterfield from 1996 to 2003. He was “staggered and humbled”.

And Charmian Roberts, 59, from Belton, near Doncaster, who works for Nicholas Associates in Sheffield, receives the MBE for services to education. “It’s such a shock,” she said. “I thought it didn’t happen to ordinary people like me.”