New Years Honours 2019: West London and women win big

New Years Honours 2019: West London and women win big


Nearly 1,150 people have been recognised on the New Year Honours List, up from 1,123 last year.

From tackling tribalism and radicalisation in the city, to rebuilding the homeless community’s relationship with the NHS and their access to medical support, this year has showcased the capital’s compassion.

The Queen’s honours take place every year and give recognition to those who have made an extraordinary contribution towards improving the lives of others.

Ninety percent of London’s honours were for women, compared to 47% across England.

Categories included were services to culture: fashion, arts and media, community, voluntary and local services, education, business or economy, civil or political service, science and technology, literature and film.

Emergency services were recognised for their response and contribution in the aftermath of the Manchester and London terrorist attacks.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s Adam Matan, 26, has been listed for an OBE for his services to the Somali community by setting up the Anti-Tribalist Movement organisation which equips young Somalis with the skills to reach for leadership positions.

Alongside Matan, Pinakin Patel, was recognised by the Queen for leading the Council’s Prevent counter-terrorism scheme with an MBE.

Stephen Addison received the British Empire Medal at the New Years Honours for the BoxUp Crime initiative which dedicates itself to tackling gang culture and inspiring young people through sport.

Diana Parkinson, 53, was awarded an MBE for her long-standing work with the Birth Companions charity which helps pregnant women in Peterborough and London prisons better cope and gain a greater sense of control over very personal, subjective circumstances.

Holding motivational talks with some of the UK’s inmates is amongst the plethora of works which saw David Barry Dein, Vice-Chair of Arsenal Football Club, knighted this year. The 75-year-old godfather of the Premiere League has remained committed, holding four hundred Speakers for Schools talks (S4S) and overseeing his club’s investment in youth programmes.

Professor Melvyn Greaves, Director of the Centre for Evolution and Cancer at the Institute of Cancer Research, was awarded a knighthood for his services to childhood leukaemia research.

His thirty-five-year career at the London laboratory has become well recognised in his receipt of the Royal Medal in 2017 which follows in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, Michael Faraday and Francis Crick.

Please see the full list below for London’s MB honours:

  • Michelle Ann Blunsom, Chief Executive, East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services. For services to Victims and their Families in Surrey
  • Timothy John Bebb Davis, Chairman and Trustee, Blind Veterans UK. For voluntary service to Veterans
  • Amali Chivanthi De Alwis, Chief Executive Officer, Code First: Girls. For services to Women in Technology
  • David Barry Dein, For services to Football, Schools and Prisons
  • Archbishop Costakis Christos Evangelou, For services to Young People in North London
  • Reverend Alexander Gyasi, Founder and Senior Pastor, Highway of Holiness Church. For services to the community in Haringey, London
  • Tony Lit, For services to the British-Asian community
  • Carol McDermott, For services to Young People and Diversity in Literature
  • Pastor Adegboyega Omooba, For voluntary service
  • Ruth Oluwatosin Oshikanlu, Ambassador for the Health Visiting Profession.  For services to Community Nursing, Children and Families
  • Diana Parkinson, Birth Companions, For services to Women Prisoners
  • Victoria Anne Rodney, Community Champion, Mercy Foundation Centre. For voluntary service to the community in Battersea

  • Dennis Rogers, Volunteer, Groundswell. For services to Homeless People
  • Vera Schaufeld, For services to Holocaust Education
  • Nigel Philip Sykes, Lately Medical Director, St Christopher’s Hospice, London. For services to Hospice Care
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