Surrey's New Year Honours 2012

A number of extraordinary Surrey folk, from an orangutan charity founder to business leaders, have been celebrated in the New Year Honours List:

A number of extraordinary Surrey folk, from an orangutan charity founder to business leaders, have been celebrated in the New Year Honours List:

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Sir Gerald Acher from Cobham for charitable services. Oxted’s Sir John Buchanan, chairman of Smith & Nephew, for services to industry. Sir Christopher Snowden, vice-chancellor at University of Surrey in Guildford for services to engineering and to higher education.

Royal Victorian Order

Dame Sarah Goad, Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, who lives near Bletchingley, for her services to the monarchy (pictured with the Queen at Guildford Cathedral in November).


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Chair of the board of the Royal Court Theatre, Anthony Burton, from Richmond upon Thames, for services to theatre.              Entertainer Ronald Corbett, who lives in Croydon, for services to entertainment and to charity. Professor David Phillips, president of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Professor of chemistry at Imperial College London, for services to chemistry. Guildford’s Gordon Smith, acting director of debt management and banking, HM Revenue and Customs. Paul Smith, who lives in Guildford, founder and chair of Celador Entertainment, for services to the media industry. Deputy chairman of Wates and chairman of CITB - Construction Skills, James Wates, from Godalming, for services to construction and the charitable sector. Dr Neslyn Watson-Dru�e, lately chair of NHS Kingston, for services to healthcare. Ripley’s Professor Joan White, lately director and dean of the Faculty of Education, Royal Academy of Dance, for services to dance.


Godalming’s Pamela Alexander, lately chief executive, South East England Development Agency, for services to regeneration. Graham Manly, from Ashtead, business development director at Gratte Brothers Ltd, for services to the building services sector. Head of employee relations, diversity and equality at the UK Border Agency, Home Office, Patrick Marsh, who lives in Stoneleigh. Chertsey’s Susan Mills, international relief and development worker at Tearfund, for services to International Development and Disaster Response. Goldsmith and jeweller Jacqueline Mina, who lives in Teddington, for services to art. Lately headteacher of Linden Bridge School in Worcester Park, Ronwen Smith, for services to special needs education. Reigate’s Roderick Stone, deputy co-ordinator of a specialist investigations team at HM Revenue and Customs. Paul Whitbourn, who lives in Guildford, head of ALB Transition Programme at the Department of Health.


Haslemere’s Monique Bateman-Smith, director of Royal Navy and Royal Marines Childrens' Fund, for services to Naval families. Ida Bell, from Guildford, chairman of TALK, for services to stroke survivors. South Godstone’s Mark Bew, board director at URS Scott Wilson, for services to the construction sector. Michael Bonsier, from Caterham, chairman of the board of governors at Coulsdon Sixth Form College, for services to education. Illustrator Alex Brychta, from Leatherhead, for services to children's literature. Orin Cadogan-Lewis, from Croydon, co-founder and chief executive of African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust, for services to healthcare. John Coatman, leader of Urban Saints Youth Group, Croydon, for services to young people. Thames Ditton’s Jennifer Edwards, for services to people with disabilities in Surrey. Chair of governors, Christ's College, Guildford, Colin Henry, for services to education. Godalming’s Anthony Isaacs, past president of Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal, for services to the legal profession. Maurice Laws, a catering consultant from Woking, for services to the UK hospitality sector. Betchworth resident Peter Mills, for services to the conservation of ecclesiastical buildings and to the community in Dorking. Rowena Patrick, from Ash Vale, for voluntary service to the Burma Star Association. Marion Price, for voluntary service to Surrey Learning Disability Partnership Board. Leatherhead’s Susan Sheward, founder and chair of Orangutan Appeal UK, for services to the Endangered Primates of Asia. Joanne Simpson, head of Humanitarian Team, Pakistan, Department for International Development. Guildford’s Frederick Woodhams, laboratory technician at City of London School, for services to Young People.  Alan Woodiwiss, from Cheam, founder of Sutton High Football Club, for services to amateur football.

We need your heroes!This year, Surrey Life will once again be running our annual Community Heroes celebration of the inspiring people who make a difference in our county. If you’d like to nominate someone for the next Surrey Life Community Heroes list, please e-mail their name with your reasons for recommending them to with SLCH in the subject line.

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine February 2011

New Year Honours 2011

New Year Honours have been mainly granted to local heroes for services to the community this year, and Surrey residents are once again well represented.

Among our county’s recognised was Thames Ditton’s Julia Lever (pictured with CHASE staff), who founded the Guildford-based CHASE childrens’ hospice 20 years ago and has been awarded an MBE for her efforts.

Meanwhile, Anne Buckingham, who lives in Farnham, also received the award for her work with beekeeping in Surrey. Other MBEs on this year’s list are John Sandy and Prudence Stern, both acknowledged for their services to their communities in Godalming and Dorking, respectively.

Among the high profile awards, there was an OBE for England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup hero Mike Catt, who lives in Sunbury; a knighthood for British Airways chairman Martin Broughton, who lives in Oxted; and a Knights Grand Cross of the Order of Bath for Woldingham resident Sir David Normington, a permanent secretary for the Home Office since 2006.

Surrey’s New Year Honours in full


Peter James Bottomley. For public service. (Milford, Surrey)

Martin Faulkner Broughton. Chairman, British Airways. For services to Business. (Oxted, Surrey)



Sir David John Normington, KCB. Permanent secretary, Home Office. (Woldingham, Surrey)


Mark Andrew Lowcock. Director-General, Country Programmes, Department for International Development. (Esher, Surrey) 


Edward Peter Gostling. For services to the Voluntary Sector. (Virginia Water, Surrey) Nigel Thomas Newcomen. Deputy chief inspector of Prisons. For public service. (Surrey) Graham Clive White. Director, International Energy and Technology, Department of Energy and Climate Change. (Surrey)


Roger Arthur Simon Ames. Formerly Honorary secretary, Air Squadron. For voluntary service to Aviation. (Reigate, Surrey) Michael John Catt, MBE. For services to Rugby. (Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey) Mrs Victoria Ranson. Grade 6, head of Intelligence Assessment, London, HM Revenue and Customs. (Epsom, Surrey) Mike Watson. Area manager, Central London Tribunals Service, Ministry of Justice. (Haslemere, Surrey) Mrs Margaret Wilson. For services to the Administration of Justice in London. (Oxshott, Surrey)


David Mitchell-Baker. For services to the community in Mid-Surrey. (Surrey) Mrs Anne Elizabeth Buckingham. For services to Beekeeping in Surrey. (Farnham, Surrey) Gordon Francis Cook. For voluntary service to the RAF Association in Surrey. (Woodham, Surrey) John Dumbleton. Formerly Honorary Company secretary and Solicitor for the BLISS Charity. For services to Healthcare. (Guildford, Surrey) Roy Fairhead. For voluntary service to Ash Citizens' Advice Bureau, Surrey. (Windlesham, Surrey) David Neville Gentry. Formerly Safety manager, Faculty of Science, Imperial College London. For services to Science. (Purley, Surrey) Anthony David Gorham. For services to Disabled People in Surrey. (Ash Vale, Surrey) Mrs Linda Margaret Jasper. Founder and director, Youth Dance England. For services to Dance. (Guildford, Surrey) Mrs Julia Lever. Founder, CHASE Children's Hospice Service. For services to Healthcare in South West London, Surrey and West Sussex. (Thames Ditton, Surrey) Dr David Edward Long. Formerly director of Brewing, British Beer and Pub Association. For services to the Hospitality Industry. (Surrey) John Raymond Sandy. For services to the community in Godalming, Surrey. (Godalming, Surrey) Miss Prudence Ann Stern. For services to the community in Dorking, Surrey. (Dorking, Surrey) Eric Thomson. For voluntary service to Sport in Haslemere, Surrey. (Haslemere, Surrey)