Devon people recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Eighteen people in Devon have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, for work in education, sport, the arts and their communities.

Exeter University's vice-chancellor, Professor Steven Smith, has been knighted for services to education.

Michaela Breeze, from Ivybridge, has become an MBE for services to weightlifting.

Roderick Crook, from Dawlish, also becomes an MBE, for services to education and fostering in Devon.

Jane Guy, a former training manager at the Citizens' Advice Bureau, has been appointed OBE for services to the community in Plymouth.

'Very humbled'

Former head teacher Mr Crook has been honoured for devoting 30 years to providing access to outdoor education to many youngsters, while also fostering more than 20 children.

He said was "very surprised and quite shocked" at finding out.

He added: "I'm very humbled that people thought that what I was doing was worth any sort of award."

Ian Northam, from Plymouth, a project worker for the GMB union southern region, has been appointed MBE for services to lifelong learning.

He spent most of his career encouraging learning and skills at the Appledore shipyard in north Devon, while also helping cleaning staff from other countries at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth to improve their English.

Other MBEs appointed in Devon include:

  • David Compton, from Plymouth, for services to young people through The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and in The Gambia
  • Helen Cowell, from Newton Abbot, for services to the community in Bovey Tracey
  • Geoffrey Dicks, from Honiton, for services to macroeconomics
  • Peter Dunning, from Exeter, for services to rural communities in Devon
  • Ivan Godfrey, from Tiverton and former chairman of governors at Two Moors Primary School, for services to education
  • Ian Northam, from Plymouth, a project worker for the GMB union southern region, for services to lifelong learning
  • Patricia Oxley, from Brixham, for services to poetry
  • Julian Parnall, from Plymouth, for work at the Department for Work and Pensions
  • Geoffrey Paver, Budleigh Salterton, for services to the community in Budleigh Salterton
  • Mark Powell, from Devon, for work at the Ministry of Defence
  • Caroline Riley, from Paigton, for work at the Department for Work and Pensions
  • Judith Thompson, from Exeter and former chairwoman of board of Trustees of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, for services to families
  • William Wilding, head forester of the Clinton Devon Estates, for services to the environment

In other honours, Peter Du, from Exeter has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the community.