Sussex

West Sussex council chief John Dixon appointed OBE

A council chief, a retired headmaster and a former police constable are among those people from Sussex recognised in the New Year Honours list.

John Dixon, the deputy chief executive of West Sussex County Council, becomes an OBE for serving local government.

Peter Nicolas Chisholm, of Lewes, who was head teacher of the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey, becomes an MBE.

And Christina Wilson-Law, a former constable with Sussex Police, receives the Queen's Police Medal.

Others to be honoured include Gina Watson, Catherine Shaw and Maureen Messer, who all become MBEs for their services to the community.

Commercial success

Sussex-born astronaut Piers Sellers, who is now a US citizen, has been recognised for his services to science.

Dr Sellers, 55, who was born in Crowborough, becomes an OBE in the Diplomatic and Overseas List.

The list also includes a CBE for Francis Baron, the former chief executive of the Rugby Football Union.

Mr Baron, of Streat, East Sussex, oversaw a 12-year spell that transformed the sport's commercial success.

Peter Bottomley, the veteran Conservative MP for Worthing West, has been awarded a knighthood.

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