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Ex-Villa chairman Doug Ellis knighted in New Year Honours

Doug Ellis
Image caption Sir Doug was Aston Villa chairman from 1968 to 1975 and 1982 to 2006

Former Aston Villa Football Club chairman Doug Ellis has received a knighthood in the New Year Honours list.

Sir Doug, who had two spells running the Premier League club, is honoured knighted for his services to charity.

Among those also honoured is the chief executive of University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Julie Moore, who becomes a dame.

Birmingham-born actor David Harewood becomes an MBE for services to drama.

Sir Doug, 87, moved to the Midlands in 1948 and initially set up a travel business offering package holidays.

During his time as chairman of Aston Villa, which spanned nearly four decades, he earned the nickname of Deadly Doug due to a reputation for sacking managers who under-performed.

Tsunami boats

He was previously made an OBE for his services to football but it is Sir Doug's charitable efforts that has been recognised this time.

"I'm so honoured, not just for me but for the people around me," he said.

"I've been involved with charities probably for 30 years.

"In my early days in my travel business I used to give package holidays for couples in the form of raffles for various charities.

"Subsequently I've supported 20 or 30 different charities with an emphasis on youth and sport, particularly in the north of Birmingham."

Sir Doug also helped raise money to fund new fishing boats for Indian villages devastated in the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004 and ensured all of them were painted claret and blue in a nod to his beloved Aston Villa.

Other people to be honoured in the West Midlands include:


  • Professor Karin Barber, University of Birmingham, for services to African studies


  • Zahoor Ahmed, chairman of Gifts International, for services to international trade
  • Professor Julian Marc Cooper, University of Birmingham, for services to Soviet and Russian economic studies
  • Paul Gould, NEC Group, for services to hospitality
  • June Guiness, head of policy, Forensic Science Regulation Unit, Home Office
  • John McCrory, Capital for Enterprise Advisory Board, for services to the venture capital market
  • Dr Ian Gordon McPherson, National Institute for Mental Health, for services to mental health


  • Derek John Alldritt, Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission, Department for Work and Pensions
  • Margaret Anne Fraser, Stourbridge, for political service
  • David Lambon Heard, Birmingham, for services to the community
  • Vidar Paul Hjardeng, Birmingham, for services to visually impaired people and to broadcasting
  • Diana Holl-Allen, West Midlands Police Authority, for services to the police
  • Phillip Harry Holmes, JP, for services to the community
  • Jane Hopkins, founder of MumsClub, for services to entrepreneurship
  • Leslie Mosley, Solihull, for services to disabled people
  • Mohammed Saeed Moughal, Birmingham, for services to the community
  • Cornelius Francis O'Sullivan, Birmingham City Amateur Boxing Club, for services to amateur boxing
  • Rudolph Parkes, Stourbridge, for services to national and international fundraising and voluntary work
  • Maj Sylvia Ann Parkin, regional campaign director for SaBRE, Ministry of Defence
  • Antonina Robinson, Jobcentre Plus, Department for Work and Pensions
  • Douglas Smith, Swanshurst School in Billesley, for services to education
  • Mohamed Foiz Uddin, Birmingham, for services to community cohesion
  • Maureen Watkin, Wolverhampton, for voluntary service to St John Ambulance

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