The Queen’s New Year Honours have been announced for 2021, which includes several people in Cornwall from the voluntary sector. Congratulations to them all!

The Cornwall Live website has the full list of local recipients, and some more background on some of them. We have some more information on those from the voluntary sector, but you can read the Cornwall Live story here. Pirate FM also has more details on some of the recipients.

If you are (or know) one of these people, and would like us to write a wider profile about what you do, to bring your part of the sector to wider recognition, then we’d love to work with you to make that happen. Please drop us a line! (

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

David Alan John Walrond, Truro. Principal and chairman (retired), Truro and Penwith College and Callywith College. For services to Further Education in Cornwall.

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Mark William Charles Bignell, Fowey. Chief executive, Hamoaze House. For services to People with Problematic Use of Alcohol and Other Substances in Plymouth.

Hamoaze House offers a calm, safe place for people to rebuild their lives and move away from problematic alcohol or drug use.

Mark is CEO, and a trained therapist, and has been working at the charity for many years.

Jacqueline Burt, Stoke Climsland. Chairman, Brain Injury Social Work Group. For services to People with Brain Injuries.

The Brain Injury Social Work Group connects professionals working in the field of acquired brain injuries, to provide guidance, networking and resources to those who work with people with ABI, who often have complex needs.

Jackie Burt has a strong background as a social worker specialising in working with those with neurological conditions, joining the BISWG committee in 2007, becoming a trustee when it became a charity in 2009, and now the Chair.

Derek Charles Goodwin, Perranporth. For services to the Study of Fish Populations in Cornwall.

Robert Roden Harris, Wadebridge. Volunteer, HM Coastguard. For services to Voluntary Search and Rescue.

Rob Harris is the founder, owner and MD of Ann’s Cottage surf and lifestyle brand, and is Station Officer to the Polzeath Coastguard Rescue Team, which he helped set up as a 21-year-old, seeking to give something back to his local community.

Nigel Lindsay Payne, Launceston. Lately chairman, Professional Jockeys Association. For services to British Horseracing and to Charity, particularly during the Covid-19 Response.

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

Edward Nuzum, Helston. RNLI lifeboat operations manager, The Lizard Lifeboat Station. For services to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and to Maritime Safety in Cornwall.

The RNLI said the award is in honour in recognition Edward’s efficient running of the station and the smooth implementation of changes over the last 15 years to help maintain and enhance the lifesaving service on the South West coast. Edward is also the driving force behind the Lifeboat Management Group and is heavily involved with local fundraising teams and supporters. 

Royal Victorian Medal

Sheilah Christine Muston. Lately estate manager to The Duchess of Cornwall.

Member of the Royal Victorian Order

Sharron Robbie. Managing director, Devon and Cornwall Training Providers Network. For services to Apprenticeships and to Skills.

The Devon and Cornwall Training Providers Network Ltd, is a not-for-profit organisation and covers both Devon and Cornwall, providing a voice for the training provider sector, as well as giving practical support and partnership opportunities for Members.

Sharron has been MD since 2016, and has been expanding the role and profile of the Training Network since then, representing the sector on various boards and groups.

Scott Leonard Furssedonn-Wood. Deputy private secretary to The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

Linda Susan Savides. Senior HR manager, Household of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.