Entrepreneur and ex-MP win CBEs

A FORMER Sheffield politician and one of the region's most formidable women entrepreneurs are awarded CBEs in the New Year Honours.

Helen Jackson is honoured for services to women, the pensions network and the community of South Yorkshire, while Emma Harrison is honoured for services to unemployed people and the voluntary sector.

After becoming a leading figure at Sheffield town hall, Helen Jackson was elected as MP for Hillsborough in 1992 and continued until retirement at the 2005 election at the age of 65.

Her parliamentary work included being Parliamentary Private Secretary to three Northern Ireland secretaries – John Reid, Peter Mandelson and Mo Mowlam – during the peace process. She was a member of the Labour Party National Executive.

Born in Leeds, she was a teacher before going into politics, developing long-running interests in the water industry, transport and overseas development. Throughout her life, she campaigned for more women to become active in public life. She still lives in Sheffield.

Similarly, Emma Harrison, who lives at Thornbridge Hall, near Bakewell, is renowned for encouraging others to make the most of their skills and talents.

Having grown up in Sheffield, where she went to Tapton School, she demonstrated from an early age a determination to succeed and to help others through her company Action for Employment and through her charity work.

A4E has grown into an organisation with 3,500 staff which works around the UK and 12 other countries, offering employment, welfare, education, training and business support services to the public and private sectors.

A mother of four, Emma Harrison is renowned as a business mentor and she has won several national awards.

Her charity work has seen her chair the regions board of the NSPCC's Full Stop appeal, helping to raise 57m, and she set up the Foundation for Social Improvement, a global charity working with the voluntary and charitable sector, giving them access to the best training on


She has taken part in Channel 4 programmes Secret Millionaire and Make Me A Million.

Tim Hollis, who was Assistant Chief Constable in South Yorkshire for seven years from 1994, receives the CBE for services to the police. He is now Chief Constable of Humberside and a vice president of the Association of Chief Police Officers.

As a member of ACPO, he oversaw policing of domestic and international football from 1997 to 2002 and now takes the lead role in tackling drugs.

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