Thomas Bridge 05 January 2015

Local government staff named in New Year’s Honours list

Council leaders and chief executives have been awarded in the New Year’s Honours list in recognition of the ‘huge impact’ they have on society.

Edinburgh City Council chief executive, Sue Bruce, was made a dame for her services to local government, alongside former lord mayor of London, Fiona Woolf.

Leader of Glasgow City Council, Cllr Gordon Matheson, was awarded a CBE for his hand in the delivery of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Lord mayor of Liverpool Cllr Erica Kemp, was also among those awarded a CBE.

Local government names awarded an OBE included Cllr Eion Watts of Bolsover District Council, Rebecca Bryant, head of the crime and disorder directorate at Manchester City Council, Archibald Graham, deputy leader of Glasgow City Council, and former Lambeth councillor, Peter Truesdale.

Those receiving an MBE included Cllr Janet Burgess of Islington LBC for services to local government and the community. Cllr Ronald Edward Ley of Ilfracombe Town Council received an MBE alongside Cllr Francis Prendergast, former lord mayor and councillor at Liverpool City Council.

Also awarded an MBE for services to local government was head of pensions at Norfolk County Council, Ms Nicola Mark. A posthumous MBE was received by Cllr Carole Ellis of Bedford Borough Council.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles congratulated those recognised on the New Year’s Honours list, describing it as ‘superb that these individuals have been acknowledged in this way for their extraordinary contribution, impact to public service and dedication to local communities’.

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