Queen’s New Years Honours List: Unsung Leeds heroes in limelight

Dr Alistair McFadyen.
Dr Alistair McFadyen.
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A leeds policeman is one of the city’s unsung heroes to be recognised in the Queen’s New Years Honours List.

Dr Alistair McFadyen, who is also a Leeds University theology lecturer, was awarded the MBE for services to policing in the community.

Dr McFadyen, 52, from Leeds has worked to bring policing and the academic study of religion together following the 7/7 bombings.

Kim Milner, who has worked with Pudsey Active Life Group for over 20 years, was given a British Empire Medal.

She said: “I’m really pleased and honoured.”

West Yorkshire Fire chief fire officer Simon Pilling, who was given the Queen’s Fire Service Medal, said: “I am proud and honoured.

“It is an absolute privilege to lead West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service as chief fire officer and to have been an operational firefighter for more than 28 years.” Kind-hearted great-grandmother Pam Clarkson was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the community.

Pam,74, from Lofthouse, has just cooked a free festive meal for 130 vulnerable people – for the 14th Christmas in a row.

Opera North deputy chairman Peter Sparling was awarded an MBE for services to the arts, education and community.

He said: “I am delighted.

“I was particularly pleased to have been able to work with the late Lord Harewood in founding Opera North
and am thrilled that the company has become such an established part of the arts world in Leeds and further afield.”

Former match officials director of the Rugby Football League Stuart Cummings, who is from Ilkley, was awarded an MBE for his services to Rugby League.

West Yorkshire honours

A head teacher who has led a Wakefield school to become the driving force for a chain of academies has been knighted for his services to education.

Michael Wilkins, academy principal and chief executive of Outwood Grange Academies Trust received the honour because of the national impact he has made since 2006.

Leeds’ Martin Johnson, managing director of Quality Freight Services, was awarded an MBE for services to business.

Richard Crossley was awarded an OBE for services to neighbourhoods and social housing tenants in Leeds.

John Longden, who founded Harrogate’s not-for-profit organisation Pub is the Hub, was awarded an OBE for services to rural communities in the UK.

Gwendoline Gallear of Wakefield received a British Empire Medal for services to charity and the community.

John Biggin from Pontefract was given an OBE for services to offender management and rehabilitation.

Lesley Wilkinson from Families First at Leeds City Council will be presented with an MBE for services to children and families.

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