Michael Burton 11 June 2018

Local government figures celebrated in Queen's birthday honours

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Key figures in local government have been recognised on the Queen’s birthday honours list for their services to the sector.

The former interim chief executive of Birmingham City Council, Stella Manzie, has been made a Dame in the honours list.

Ms Manzie was appointed Birmingham’s interim chief in April 2017 until the recent appointment of Dawn Baxendale as permanent chief and has had a long career in local government, as well as with the Scottish Government.

The former director of children and young people’s services at North Yorkshire CC, Peter Dwyer, received a CBE, as did Jon Rouse, chief officer of the pioneering Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership for services to health and social care and Hugh Thomas, auditor general for Wales.

There were OBEs for Debbie Barnes, director of children’s social care at Lincolnshire CC, Steve Crocker, joint director of children’s services at Hampshire CC and the Isle of Wight CC, and Stewart Edgar, chief fire officer and director of operations at Gloucestershire CC.

Among recipients of MBEs were Beverley Barnett-Jones, a children’s services manager at Coventry City Council, Celia Knight, a neighbourhood development officer at Nottingham City Council and Sarah Mears, a library services manager at Essex CC.

Among councillors Newcastle City Council’s David Wood received a CBE and OBEs went to Patricia Bradwell, deputy leader at Lincolnshire CC, Gillian Brown, leader of Arun DC and Jeffrey Ennis, a Barnsley MBC member.

Among recipents of MBEs were Ian Carr, former leader of Test Valley DC, Hilary Cox, a former Norfolk CC member, Billy Ashe, of Mid & East Antrim BC in Northern Ireland, and Vivienne Littlechild, former chair of the Corporation of London’s libraries committee,

A CBE also went to Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a regular speaker at The MJ’s Future Forum events.

Among civil servants an OBE went to Keith Jarrett, a devolution spending control analyst at the Treasury for services to devolution and the public finances.

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