Who's been named in the Queen's Birthday Honours?

Who's been named in the Queen's Birthday Honours?

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 10:30pm 7th June 2019.

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A number of local people have been recognised by Her Majesty for their efforts.

The Queen's Birthday Honours list has been released this evening (Friday June 7th) with a number of people from Wiltshire and Hampshire among them.

Here's the details of some of those who have been given gongs:


Some of them have been singled out in particular for their work following the Salisbury and Amesbury novichok incidents last year.

Wiltshire Council director Alistair Cunningham, who chaired the South Wiltshire Recovery Group, has been given an OBE for services to the community of Wiltshire.

His vice-chair Robin Townsend has been handed an MBE, as has Simon Rowe, who worked on the operational side of the recovery group.

Alistair Cunningham Robin Townsend Simon Rowe Queen's Birthday Honours June 2019
(Left to right) - Alistair Cunningham OBE, Robin Townsend MBE and Simon Rowe MBE

The local authority has paid tribute to them:

"All three worked tirelessly in both the response and recovery phases of the incident including the clean-up operation, to help both Salisbury and Amesbury return to normality as quickly and effectively as possible."

Alistair Cunningham says the recognition is something they're really proud of:

"Robin, Simon and I are honoured to be nominated for these awards, which reflect the hard work and dedication that everyone at Wiltshire Council and our partners put in to support South Wiltshire during a very difficult time. It was very much a team effort, not only by those involved in the response but also by those who continued to provide high-quality services across Wiltshire so we could focus on the work in South Wiltshire over a 12-month period."

Cara Charles-Barks New Chief Exec Salisbury District Hospital (SDH)
Salisbury District Hospital Chief Executive Cara Charles-Barks has been honoured with an MBE

Meanwhile, Cara Charles-Barks, the Chief Executive of Salisbury District Hospital, is also getting an MBE for services to the NHS, following the incidents.

She's been honoured for her 'exceptional and inspirational leadership' and said:

"This is a great honour. I feel that this is recognition of the work of all the staff at Salisbury District Hospital. Each of our staff played a part in keeping the hospital open and running smoothly through the first nerve agent attack on European soil since World War II and the longest running major incident in the NHS's 70 year history. Hospital staff did what they do each day; they gave outstanding care to our community. I am humbled by their commitment and care for people in Salisbury and I am delighted to accept this honour."


Professor Timothy Atkins from Pewsey gets an OBE for public service - he's a Senior Technical Fellow at DSTL at Porton Down.

There are MBEs for additional DSTL staff, Dr Mark Fulop, the Programme Leader Chemical Biological and Radiological Division and Mark Rogers, an area manager at the site.

An MBE has also been bestowed on Major (Retired) William John Gillett from Salisbury.

The 67 year old is a support officer for Blesma, the military charity for limbless veterans and has been recognised for his services to veterans.

Fleur de Rhe-Philipe MBE - Queens Birthday Honours 2019 (Wiltshire Council)
Cllr Fleur de Rhe-Philipe MBE - who's been named in the Queen's Birthday Honours

The same honour has gone to Wiltshire Councillor Fleur De Rhe-Philipe, for services to local Government and the community in Wiltshire - she said:

"I am honoured to receive this award and I'm proud to have served Wiltshire's communities for many years. There have been many challenges as well as special moments during this time, and I am pleased that I have been able to make a positive difference to the county, and the people who live, work and visit here."


Michael Brunton from Allington has been honoured with a BEM for services to the community in Allington and Boscombe villages.

There's also a BEM for Sarah Simpson, who's the Estates Clerk for Tidworth, Netheravon and Bulford Garrison.

She's been recognised for services to the Army and to the community in Wiltshire.

Deputy Chief Constable Sara Glen Hampshire Police
Hampshire DCC Sara Glen has been recognised

A Queen's Police Medal has been given to the Hampshire force's Deputy Chief Constable Sara Glen for services to policing.

The 49 year old joined Hampshire Constabulary in 1991, and said:

"I am very honoured to receive the QPM. I am as passionate and committed today as I was when I started policing and I consider myself privileged to work with amazing people who dedicate their lives every day to serving the public, protecting people, and seeking justice for those who are targeted by criminals.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in Hampshire Constabulary, for the teamwork and compassion that they show every day. It is truly inspiring and makes me proud to serve alongside them."

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