THE HONOUR ROLL
IT’S THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN THE GREAT AND GOOD WILL BE RECOGNISED FOR THEIR
EFFORTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE QUEEN’S NEW YEAR’S HONOURS. EACH YEAR, CELEBRITIES, BUSINESS PEOPLE AND PHILANTHROPISTS ARE AWARDED MEDALS FOR SERVICES TO DIFFERENT
SECTORS. AND, RIGHT HERE IN OUR PART OF THE WORLD THERE’S A WHOLE HOST OF
DESERVING INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE PREVIOUSLY RECEIVED SUCH ACCOLADES.
HERE, WE TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE LOCAL PEOPLE WHO’VE BEEN AWARDED THESE HONOURS…
MR IAN BAUCKHAM
Ian Bauckham, the chief executive officer of the Tenax Schools Trust and executive headteacher of the Bennett Memorial Diocesan School in Tunbridge Wells, was awarded a CBE in 2017’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to education. Mr Bauckham was headteacher at Bennett from 2004 to 2015, serves on a number of advisory boards and supports education locally and nationally.
MISS SHARON BROOME
In the 2017 New Year’s Honours, Sharon Broome, principal forensic investigator for the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory was awarded an OBE for services to defence. Miss Broome was part of the team investigating
the July 2005 London bombings where her work directly supported the criminal justice process, and she also served as the UK forensic lead for support to the Bali Bombings in 2002.
MRS JACQUELINE CLARK
In the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2016, Mrs Jacqueline Clark was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to young people and the community in Goudhurst. Her dedication to over 30 years to making Goudhurst Scout Group a huge success was recognised, and she was also instrumental in setting up the Lordship Wood Camping and Activity Site, as wells as being a selfless volunteer in her local community.
MR DAVID BEHAN
Recognising both a lifetime of achievement in public service and David’s leadership of the Care Quality Commission as chief executive, David Behan, who received a CBE in 2004 for services to social care was awarded a knighthood in the 2017 New Year’s Honours.
“I am proud and humbled to receive this honour,” he said, on receiving the award. “The best social care and health has the power to transform people’s lives. I feel both lucky and privileged to have been able to serve the public in some wonderful roles over the years.”
MR MICHAEL UREN
The 93 year old businessman and philanthropist has been instrumental in his charity work. In 1999 he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and in the 2016 New Year’s Honours he was awarded a knighthood. Over just eight years he donated more than £100million to good causes, including a £40million donation in 2014 to Imperial College London to build a biomedical engineering research hub.
MRS POLLY TAYLOR
In 2013, Polly Taylor, co-founder of The Pickering Cancer Drop-In Centre in Tunbridge Wells was awarded a BEM for her voluntary service to people in Kent affected by cancer. The charity was set up in 2004, and helps around 3,000 people a year, providing holistic, therapeutic and emotional counselling, and is run entirely by volunteers.
MISS FELICITY ASTON
British polar and Antarctic explorer Felicity Aston became the first woman to ski alone across Antarctica in 2012. It was a journey of 1744km that took 59 days to complete and which gave her a place in the book of Guinness World Records. In 2015 she was awarded The Queen’s Polar Medal – one of very few women to have received this special honour– and was appointed MBE for services to polar exploration.
MRS SUSANNAH SCHOFIELD
Susannah Schofield is the owner and founder of Dice Matrix Consulting a business software company, author of the book Mind the Gap and editor-in-chief of Key Women in Business magazine. In the 2016 New Year’s Honours she was awarded an OBE for services to small businesses, young people and women in business.
MRS JOAN BULLER
In the 2016 Birthday Honours list, Mrs Joan Buller from Staplehurst was awarded the British Empire Medal
(BEM) for services to the community. A parish councillor for more than 30 years, she was awarded for efforts including heading up the community speedwatch scheme in Staplehurst, and working on the formulation of the Neighbourhood Plan for the future development of the village.