Royal thanks for serving city with distinction

Coun Ray Satur
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PEOPLE from all walks of life in Sheffield were honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Steve Brailey, chief executive of Sheffield International Venues, which runs facilities including the City Hall, Ponds Forge, Don Valley Stadium, Hillsborough Leisure Centre and iceSheffield, receives the MBE.

Pictured is Stve Brailey.Chief Exec of Sheffield International Venues, inside the Don Valley Satdium

Pictured is Stve Brailey.Chief Exec of Sheffield International Venues, inside the Don Valley Satdium

He has built up SIV’s portfolio since becoming chief executive in 1996, helping to develop the cultural, sporting and economic profile of the city.

The company now employs 1,000 staff in Sheffield and North Derbyshire. He was named Business Person of the Year at the latest Star Business Awards.

Steve, aged 55, who lives in Beauchief, said: “I was knocked off my feet when I found out about the award. It was a huge surprise and I was completely lost for words.

“It is not just about me though and credit must go to everyone I work with. It is a reflection of the ‘can do’ culture demonstrated daily by my team.

He added: “My aim for SIV has always been to lead the way in developing Sheffield as an exciting sporting city with a worldwide reputation for sports management and innovation.”

Health visitor Kath Lovatt, aged 62, who has spent 40 years in the north of the city supporting families, receives the MBE.

Based at the Margetson GP Surgery in Parson Cross, she has trained scores of health visitor students and other health staff and some of the managers now were once her students.

She was delighted to be honoured, both personally and professionally, and said she still has a genuine passion for her job.

“My mum was a big royalist in the 50s and I remember watching the coronation, so I always loved it. I have a picture of the Queen on the wall of my office and often look at it and think – ‘that’s the standard, just keep looking at that’.”

The same award goes to long-serving Labour councillor Ray Satur for services to local government in Sheffield. A bus driver, he is a councillor for Woodhouse, chairs the South East Community Assembly and chairs the governors of Brunswick Primary School.

He said: “I would not have received this honour without the help and support of my wife Jackie, family, friends, colleagues at First Bus and the council. It gives me a great of pride that my efforts on behalf of others have been recognised.”

Maxine Greaves, 47, receives the MBE for services to Sure Start children’s centres.

She has been involved with Firth Park’s Sure Start programme since 2002 and helped to guide the organisation from a small programme based in a caretaker’s house to a multi-million-pound flagship children’s centre.

“My jaw is still on the floor!” she said. “I’m stunned anyone has nominated me – a lot of people have helped make our Sure Start centre the success it is.”

Chris Linacre, former executive director of service development at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is honoured with an MBE for services to health care.

Trust chief executive Sir Andrew Cash said: “He is a Sheffielder through and through, passionate about standards of healthcare in South Yorkshire. His contribution has been immense.”

John Lingard receives the MBE for services to education. Formerly higher executive officer with the estates and facilities management division of the Department for Education, he lives in Deepcar with wife Alison, who said he was “thrilled”.