Buckinghamshire residents receive awards in the New Year’s Honours list

Awards for 20 Buckinghamshire residents were announced today in His Majesty King Charles III’s inaugural New Year Honours List. These men and women have been recognised for their outstanding work in supporting key services and communities, across the fields of education, law enforcement, public health, transport, business, sport, arts and culture, farming and the environment, as well as championing diversity and inclusion, providing support to charities, voluntary services and local communities during and post the Covid-19 pandemic.


His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, The Countess Howe, said:


“I am delighted for the Buckinghamshire residents recognised with an award in the 2023 New Years Honours.


“It has been an extraordinary year in many ways, with the celebration of the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and then the sadness of her death, followed by the accession of King Charles III. It is so heartening to see all of the exemplary work that is happening across the county despite the continuing adversity faced by many with the cost of living pressures and the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. Buckinghamshire is privileged to be home to a number of diverse and gifted individuals who work tirelessly to improve the lives of our residents and the wider population of this nation. It gives me immense pride that their achievements have been recognised and they should be justifiably proud. I applaud them all and thank them for their admirable commitment and dedication.”


Lady Howe added: “I would encourage everyone to consider if they know of an individual whom they might nominate for a national honour. There are many unsung heroes continually going above and beyond in our communities and improving the lives of our residents. The Buckinghamshire Lieutenancy Office can provide guidance on how to make a nomination.”


The complete list of the Buckinghamshire residents in the 2023 New Year Honours List is:


Order of the British Empire

Dame Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (DBE)

Mrs Denise Rosemarie Lewis OBE: President, Commonwealth Games England. For services to Sport


Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Ms Susie Janet Burrage: Managing Director, Recycled Products Limited. For services to Recycling and the Environment

Ms Anne Margaret Diamond: Campaigner and Fundraiser. For services to Public Health and to Charity

Mr Robin Michael Faccenda: Lately Chairman, Faccenda Investments. For services to the UK Poultry Industry and to Education

Mr Adam James Matthews: Head, International, Stream, Centre for Digital Built Britain. For services to Export Growth

Mrs Tracey Lee Nicholls: Chief Executive, College of Paramedics. For services to the Paramedic Profession

Mr David Palmer-Jones: Lately Chief Executive Officer, Suez Recycling and Recovery. For services to Recycling

Mr Riaz Shah: Founder and Chair of Trustees, One Degree Academy. For services to Education


Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Mrs Anna Christina Ince: Chief Executive Officer, Resonate. For services to the Railway Industry

Ms Christine Imogen Rice: Opera Singer. For services to Opera

Mr Stephen Slater: Director and Chief Executive Officer, Light Aircraft Association. For services to Diversity in the Aviation Industry

Mr Geoffrey Michael Windsor Taylor: Chief Executive, BPI and the Brit Awards. For services to Music

Ms Cynthia Nkiruka Tooley: Founder, Jedidah Charity. For services to Business, to Mentoring and to Charity


Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

Mr Martin Robert Gervas Andrew: For services to the community in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, particularly during Covid-19

Mrs Saera Meryll Carter: For services to the community in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire

Mr David Richard Foster: Chief Executive Officer, Milton Keynes Parks Trust. For services to the Environment and the community in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Rosemary Julia Higgs: For services to charity and the community in Little Missenden, Buckinghamshire

Mrs Louisa Claire Hobbs (Louisa Frost): For services to the community in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire during Covid-19

Mr Jagraj Singh Sran: For services to Charitable Fundraising and to the community in Cranford, London Borough of Hounslow

Mr Alan John Richard Williams: For services to the community in Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire


The honours system recognises people who have made achievements in public life and committed themselves to serving and helping Britain. Potential nominees could be involved in charitable or voluntary activity, or be doing innovative work that makes a significant difference in the community. The nomination process is simple using the government’s nomination website: www.gov.uk/honours/nominate-someone-in-the-uk