The Queen’s New Year Honours list once again recognises a handful of people from, or in Cornwall, many representing the Voluntary Sector.

OBE for Kim O’Keefe, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals at Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, and also Director for Cornwall Partnership Foundation NHS Trust. For services to nursing.

OBE for James Staughton, outgoing Chief Exec of St Austell Brewery, in recognition of his role in the growth of one of the most successful family-run businesses in the South West.

OBE for Paul Netherton, the deputy chief constable of Devon and Cornwall Police since January 2017, recognising his work as the national police lead for resilience, emergency planning, flooding and risk management.

OBE for Rosemary Black, former Service Director for Education and Early Years at Cornwall Council, for services to Education.

MBE for Andrew Day, or Portscatho, Roseland, for services to the village, including charitable giving, community cohesion and volunteering.

MBE for Harry Billinge, 94, a D-day veteran from St Austell, who has been fundraising tirelessly to create the British Normandy Memorial, to honour those who fell at the Battle of Normandy.  The memorial is scheduled to be unveiled in September 2020.

MBE for Tania Findlay, a teacher St Newlyn East Learning Academy, for services to Education.

British Empire Medal for Helen Shanahan, a midwife and breastfeeding co-ordinator from Falmouth, for services to Midwifery. It is due to her work supporting breastfeeding programmes that Cornwall became the first county in the country to achieve baby-friendly accreditation in both community and hospital.

British Empire Medal for Rachel Tonkin, from Helston.  A veteran fundraiser for the RNLI, for almost 50 years, Rachel served breakfast to more than 180 people at the Lizard Lifeboat’s Big Breakfast on her 80th Birthday!

British Empire Medal  for Grenville Chappel, retiring Mayor of Falmouth, and Chair of Penwerris Tenant and Residents Association, and also involved with the Beacon Community Regeneration Partnership, on one of the most deprived estates in the country.

For more of the stories behind these people, see Cornwall Live and Pirate FM.

For the full press release, and a link to the entire list, see the website.  Many of the awards are people from local communities, not celebrities, and the awards this year reflect a growing awareness of environmental matters, as well as community cohesion and unity.


And to nominate someone for an award, see also the website.