Judith Gillespie leads Northern Ireland Queen's Birthday honours list

Judith Gillespie served with the PSNI for more than 30 years

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Former police deputy chief constable Judith Gillespie leads the list of Northern Ireland names on this year's Queen's Birthday honours list.

The former PSNI chief officer, who retired at the end of March, has been awarded a CBE for her services to policing and the community.

Bangor skier Kelly Gallagher, who won Britain's first ever Paralympic winter games gold medal, will receive an MBE.

In all, 95 people from NI have been awarded honours.

Kelly Gallagher Paralympic gold medallist Kelly Gallagher, and her guide Charlotte Evans, have both received MBEs

Ms Gillespie, who is originally from north Belfast, had been a police officer for more than 30 years.

In 2004, she became the first woman to be appointed a Chief Officer (Assistant Chief Constable) in the history of Northern Ireland policing.

She became Deputy Chief Constable in 2009.

'Honoured beyond honour'

Among those awarded OBEs are Howard Hastings, for services to tourism and hospitality, and Neil Morton, principal of Portora Royal School in Enniskillen.

Mr Hastings, chief executive of the Hastings Hotel group, said the award was a "great recognition for the tourism and hospitality sector".

Mr Morton said he was "honoured beyond honour".

"Coming to Portora has to be the highlight of my career, and that has extended for 12 years now.

"It's an absolutely outstanding school, it serves a wonderful community, the students are first rate and my colleagues, those who teach, many of them are much more deserving of any honour than I am because of their commitment to their subjects, their pupils and their communities."

Full NI honours list

Commanders of the civil division of the most excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) - Prof Alastair Samuel Adair; Judith Kyle Gillespie; Daniel Edward Harvey; Dr Glynis Henry; Bernard Joseph McGahan.

Officers of the civil division of the most excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) - Alexander David Beatty; Richard Patrick Blakiston-Houston; Prof Carol Irene Curran; Dr Howard James Hastings; Robert Mairs Houston; James Neill Morton; Prof Margaret Patterson; Prof John Joseph Strain; Nisha Tandon; William (Bill) Adams Wolsey.

Members of the civil division of the most excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) - Kenneth John Arnold; James Alan Atkinson; Ann Marie Majella Blanking; Eveleigh Finola Margaret Brownlow; Cllr Samuel (Sammy) John Brush; Cllr Ian Burns; William Robert Henry Carson; Dr John Devaney; Mary Anne Devlin; Rev Campbell Boyd Dixon; Kelly Marie Gallagher; Muriel Good; Florence Carol Elizabeth Graham; Edison Wilson Graham; Mary Margaret Grant; Margaret Emily Haddock; Prof Alan Hibbert; Joseph Darrell Hyland; James Walker Kane; Gary George Kennedy; Frances Leneghan; Dr Karen Elaine Madden; Bernadette Mary Agnes Joan McCrory; Eugene Patrick James McKeever; Elizabeth McNerlin; Irene Megaw; Hugh Edward John Montgomery; Pamela Margaret Noble; William Bell Osborne; Patricia Pepper; John Francis Rainey; David Charles Bullen Reeves; Denis Hamilton Smyth; John Joseph Tully; Carl Von Ohsen; Rosemary Watterson; Eileen Amelia Wright.

British Empire Medal (BEM) - Gordon Aiken; Charles Victor Adrian Anderson; Norman Black; Patrick Joseph Bradley; James Gerard Brady; Deirdre Ann Breen; Jennifer (Jenny) Ann Bristow; Robert Christopher Butler; Debbie Caulfield; Gillian Elizabeth Isabel Corbett; George Wilson Crawford; Thomas Crawford; Ernest Alexander Cromie; John Cross; Jennifer Mary Cunningham; Irene Alice Davidson; Robert Ian Duncan JP; Margaret Rose Farmer; Mary Jane Hall; Robert Jonathan Harron; Frances Jane Hawkins; Kathleen Matilda Hemphill; Gary Keenan; Paul Francis Kerrigan; Robert William Knox; Helena Elizabeth Mary Lynch; Helena Margaret Winifred Malcolmson; Sarah Emily Louise McAteer; William McKee; Joan Mills; Dr Christopher John Haldane Mitchell; Alicia Elizabeth Palmer; Esther Stewart; John Stewart; Dorothy Helen Thompson; Josephine Olivia Toner; Kenneth Samuel Vennard; Susan Evelyn Welsh.

Queen's police medal (QPM) - Nigel Frederick Roden Algie; Kevin Alexander Geddes; Stephen Paul Jamison; Gordon McCalmont.

Queen's ambulance service medal (QASM) - Robert Francis Orr


Visually impaired skier Gallagher said the honour was at the same level as winning gold last year.

Her guide, Charlotte Evans, will also receive an MBE.

The 29-year-old said: "It's absolutely surreal. It's the most beautiful honour that could be bestowed on Charlotte and I.

"It's something really special for the two of us to share and be awarded. I'm so delighted."

She added: "I'm so surprised nobody else has found out about it, because normally I can't keep a secret. The only people who knew were my mum and Charlotte."

Others to receive MBEs include Eveleigh Brownlow, president of Portaferry and District Lifeboat Guild, and Councillor Sammy Brush, for services to the community.

Cllr Brush has served on Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council for 21 years.

Joe Hyland, chief executive of Belfast's SOS Bus, and John Tully, chief executive of last year's World Police and Fire Games, have also received MBEs along with an air-traffic controller at City of Derry Airport, David Reeves, and Deirdre Breen, branch manager at Lurgan Library.

Chef and broadcaster Jenny Bristow has been awarded a British Empire Medal and said it was a "wonderful surprise".

"It's really special to me," she said. "Over the years what started as a career of just simply cooking and showing people how to cook simple good food, now in Northern Ireland is addressing so many issues, such as obesity and all the fabulous food that we have here.

"To have this endorsement on top of that work, that's just really very special and I'm just so excited."

Four PSNI officers have been awarded the Queen's Police Medal, while Robert Orr, the area manager for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, has received the Queens's Ambulance Medal.

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