A helper of the homeless, a first aider and pandemic community volunteer are among the Staffordshire residents recognised by Her Majesty the Queen in her Birthday Honours – which were announced on 1 June.

Other honours have been awarded to those working in specialist occupational health, supporting charity and developing conservation of historic gardens.

Also awarded an MBE is Catherine Mann (pictured), Staffordshire’s County Council’s interim Assistant Director for Culture, Rural & Safer Communities, for her national work promoting a literate, kinder society, as well as being the head of the county’s library service for more than a decade.

As well as leading on the highly successful creation of 27 Community Managed Libraries, Catherine was also heavily involved in the relocation of three large libraries in Lichfield, Stafford and Newcastle-under-Lyme to bespoke new premises.

Alan White, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: “Her Majesty’s Honours recognise those who make a difference, either going above and beyond professionally, or for working tirelessly to improve their local communities. As always, people’s determination to create change, to help others and be a force for good is both humbling and impressive to those of who us who applaud their efforts.”

The honours include an OBE for author Dr David Jacques, who was the first Inspector of Historic Parks and Gardens at English Heritage, an MBE for Consultant Occupational Therapist Pamela Bostock who is an authority on the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis and an OBE for Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire Hifsa Haroon-Iqbal, and who was already an MBE, for her work delivering the counter-terrorism strategy across universities, colleges and private education providers in the West Midlands.

Also recognised with an MBE is Glenn Parkes, a member of the Temple Street Methodist Church, in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, for his work helping the homeless and rough sleepers, and a BEM for parish council chairman Daniel Kinsey for his work during the pandemic in his community of Wombourne.

Mr Ian Dudson CBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, said: “In this year of special significance to Her Majesty, I am very pleased indeed that those who have made an outstanding contribution to their profession or community should be recognised in this public way. I would like to congratulate all these worthy recipients, on behalf of her Majesty and the whole ceremonial county of Staffordshire, for this notable achievement.”

Residents of Staffordshire who have received an honour include: OBE for Hifsa Haroon-Iqbal MBE DL, of Brocton, Regional Prevent Coordinator at the Department for Education, for services to social cohesion
OBE for Dr David Lawson Jacques, of Stafford, for services to garden history and conservation
MBE for Pamela Bostock, of Tamworth, Consultant Occupational Therapist at Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for services to adults with progressive neurological conditions
MBE for Catherine Mann, of Bramshall, interim Assistant Director for Culture, Rural & Safer Communities at Staffordshire County Council, for services to public libraries
MBE for Glenn Gerald Parkes, of Stoke-on-Trent, for service to the homeless and rough sleepers of Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent
MBE for Douglas Robertson Wright DL, of Wood Lane, near Aldridge, for services to the economy and to charity in the West Midlands
BEM for Sheila Anne Cooper, of Cheadle, a First Aid trainer and instructor in the Cheadle division of St John Ambulance in Staffordshire
BEM for Daniel Mark Kinsey, of Wombourne, Chair of Wombourne Parish Council, for services to the community of Wombourne, particularly during Covid-19.

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