Familiar faces, unsung heroes, academics, professionals and community volunteers have all been recognised in this Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020.
What many share in common is having made a contribution in some way to the coronavirus pandemic.
Among the celebrities to appear on the list include Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford who has an MBE after successfully lobbying the Government into a U-turn over its free school meals policy during lockdown.
Meanwhile, former athlete and sport commentator Brendan Foster has been knighted while body coach Joe Wicks has been made an MBE.
As ever, there are plenty of people from around Devon who have received an honour in the latest group.
The long list of honours includes Exeter City Community Trust chairman Julian Tagg, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s chief fire officer Lee Howell and abseiling Exeter pensioner Edna Mabel Cahill.
Also included on the list this time are a school teacher from Newton Abbot and a triple amputee former Royal Marine who has several awards from the Invictus Games.
Here is the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020 in full for Devon:
Professor John Roy Sambles FRS
Professor, Department of Physics, University of Exeter. For services to scientific research and outreach.
Following a two-year PDRA in surface physics at Imperial in 1972, he was appointed lecturer in physics at the University of Exeter, and was awarded the first ever internal promotion to a chair in physics at Exeter in 1991.
In 2002, he was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society for his contribution to a broad range of research on the fundamentals of melting, spin waves in metals, molecular rectification, liquid crystal optics, butterfly wing metastructures and plasmonics.
In 1998, he was awarded the George Gray medal of the British Liquid Crystal Society, in 2003 he received the Thomas Young medal of the Institute of Physics and in 2012 he was awarded the Faraday medal by the Institute of Physics.
He was a member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council from 2008 to 2014, being also chair of its Resource Audit Committee from 2010 to 2014. He served on the Defence Science Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2011 and sat on the Board of the Counter-terrorism centre from 2006 to 2013.
He was a member of the 2014 REF Physics panel and was President Elect of The Institute of Physics from 2013 to 2015 being President from 2015 to 2017. Presently he is chair of both the Royal Society Sectional 2 Committee and the Research Grants Board.
In 2017, he was appointed Distinguished Visitor to the National Physical Laboratory. In 2018 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics.
Officers of the Order of the British Empire
Sacha Veronica Pemberthy
Chief Executive Officer, Fair4All Finance. For services to business during the COVID-19 response
Members of the Order of the British Empire
Leahman Filmore Pratt
Christian Chaplain, Her Majesty’s Prison Exeter. For services to Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service during COVID-19.
Born in Jamaica and raised in London, Leahman set out with an accomplice one night armed with a gun with the intent of shooting his father.
Through witnessing years of abuse from his dad towards his mother and two sisters, he escaped this agony and joined the Army at the age of 16.
The resentment within him became stronger and the anger finally turned into real bitterness and then rage.
He decided to leave the army to take revenge on his father where the outcome could of been fatal but instead he says God had other plans for him.
Destined to spend the rest of his life inside prison, he then went on to pastor three churches and now is the Chaplin of Exeter prison.
Home Manager, Ilford Park Polish Home. For services to residential social care for veterans during COVID-19
Ilford Park Polish Home provides residential and nursing care to former members of the Polish Forces under British command in World War Two, and who were displaced from Poland following the war, or their spouses.
The Home meets a wartime UK Government promise made by Winston Churchill. It is the responsibility of the MOD’s Veterans UK to continue the promise of the former Prime Minister.
Peta Jane Hustwayte
Teacher, Greater Horseshoe School. For services to young people during COVID-19.
The Greater Horseshoe School is an independent special school situated in a peaceful woodland setting near Newton Abbot. It has has been celebrated and acknowledged by Edtech 50 Schools for the work it does using the Thrive Approach.
Kate Elizabeth Mary Tantam
Specialist Senior Sister in Intensive Care, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust. For services to improving patient experience during COVID-19.
In April of this year, Kate shared stories of the kindness she’s experienced during the coronavirus outbreak.
“We’ve been really lucky we’ve had lots of people volunteer to come and help us in intensive care and we’ve had lots of people who have been redeployed to help us,” said Kate. “They’ve all come in and been keen and enthusiastic and well supported.”
The team sent the knitted hearts to the families along with a photo of their loved one holding their own version to give them a sense of connection.
“The morale lifting gestures have just been beautiful, remarkable, humbling and just so kind,” said Kate.
Commanders of the Order of the British Empire
National Leader of Education. For services to education.
North Devon Teaching School Alliance has Woolacombe National Support and Teaching school as its lead and Sandy Brown, National Leader of Education as Executive Head.
The cross-phase alliance currently consisting of 22 schools age ranging from two to 18 years. It has an academy, federations and church schools with Plymouth and Exeter University as strategic partners.
Its aim is to make every school ‘outstanding’.
Lee Thomas Howell QFSM
Chief Fire Officer, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service. For services to the fire and rescue service.
Lee Howell has been a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) since 2004 having first been appointed to the role and director of public protection in Suffolk.
He has been the CFO of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service since 2009 and since that time has also held roles as the president of the Chief Fire Officers Association (2011/12) and chief fire and rescue adviser and inspector for Wales (2013/15).
He has been a trustee of the UK Firefighters Memorial Trust for over 10 years and is currently the deputy chairman for the Trust.
Lee chaired the UK Arson Prevention Forum until 2019 and brought agencies together who had an interest in or responsibility for arson.
He also drafted arson related ‘State of the Nation’ reports which were provided to ministers and other key stakeholders. This raised awareness of deliberate fire setting and assisted agencies to mitigate its effects.
In April 2019 he returned to Devon and Somerset following a 14-month full time secondment to Avon and Somerset Constabulary, where he led on a Home Office police transformation scheme bid to deploy data and analytics to reduce demand, threat and harm within a multi-agency model.
Lee was also the first fire service officer to complete the strategic command course run by the College of Policing which he attended in 2019. In 2020, Lee was asked to take on the National Fire Chiefs Council lead role for the data and digital portfolio.
His interests include rugby union and surfing. He is married, has two children and lives in Devon.
Members of the order of the British Empire
Senior HR Manager, Pennon Group Plc. For services to apprenticeships and technical education in South West England.
Dr Edward Joseph Hammond
Consultant anaesthetist, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. For services to medical education.
Creator and director, Jigsaw PSHE. For services to education.
Jigsaw is a unique, spiral, progressive and effective scheme of work, aiming to prepare children/young people for life, helping them really know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.
Marketing and communications officer, Royal Marines Association and Charity. For services to the Royal Marines and veterans.
War hero Mark, a triple amputee after stepping on an IED while serving in Afghanistan, is a former Plymouth Royal Marine. He has never given up and his incredible hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed.
He has been given several awards at the Invictus Games, including the Exceptional Performance Award, presented by Prince Harry of Wales, who founded the international Paralympic event.
James Oliver Portus
For services to the fishing industry.
On October 1, 1989, fishery protection officer Jim Portus jumped ship from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF – now the MMO) to manage the South Western Fish Producers’ Organisation (SWFPO).
He did so after being part of a MAFF ‘strike’ team and seeing his ‘catch’, Jersey skipper Tom ‘Slim’ Bailey, sent to jail until a fine was paid.
The South Western FPO was formed in 1974, becoming the second PO in the UK. Here, Jim studies the original minutes of the first meeting.
“I just couldn’t believe that a so-called crime on issues relating to fish could send a man to jail, and that was enough for me,” said Jim.
However, on handing in his notice, several prosecutions were still in the pipeline, and Jim remained a MAFF prosecution witness – but when high-ranking MAFF lawyers were advised of his new role, Jim’s title was changed from ‘witness’ to ‘hostile witness’. “I quite liked that new title,” he said.
Having risen to the status of captain in his earlier career with the merchant navy stood him in good stead for his future in the complex workings of the fishing industry.
He is currently chief executive of the South West Fish Producers Organisation Ltd.
Janet Elizabeth Sawyer BEM
Founder, LittlePod. For services to International trade, sustainability and exports.
Janet is the founder of Little Pod, a vanilla company based in Devon, England. The company launched in 2010 as a one-woman operation and has been growing ever since.
The company has won several awards, including Editor’s Choice in gourmet magazine Delicious and a Great Taste Gold award for its vanilla beer. They supply many high quality food establishments, including Pâtisserie Valerie.
Professor Jane Elizabeth Viner
Lately chief nurse and deputy chief executive, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust. For services to nursing.
Senior officer HMP Channings Wood. For services to HMP and Probation Service
Medallists of the Order of the British Empire
Hazel Jean Bound
Volunteer, Cornwall and Devon, Long Distance Walking Association. For voluntary service to walking in South West England
Edna Mabel Cahill
For services to the community in Exeter.
Edna has been abseiling off tall buildings in Exeter since she was 75, and is now in her 90s and still has a head for heights.
In 2016 she received the Lord Mayor’s commendation for nearly 30 years of devoted charity work in the cit such as cooking Christmas dinner at Age UK in St Thomas, running the Exeter blood donation sessions, making teas, at working at Exeter Hospice making teas for the visitors’ cafe.
She has continued to win numerous local community honours since.
For services to charitable fundraising.
In 2016, Stan conducted his last renowned Christmas concert in Exeter. Despite suffering from ill health for the previous six years, Stan was determined to carry on at the helm of the Stan Hacking Concert Band which by then had raised a staggering £330,000 for local charities
The conductor and saxophonist was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer in June 2010, and has battled through treatment setbacks including pulmonary fibrosis – a lung condition – alongside his cancer.
Before forming the Stan Hacking Band and becoming its conductor, he served more than 20 years in the Royal Marines, where he was a band colour sergeant, and worked as a conductor with Devon county ensembles.
Peter John Hoare
For services to cinema.
After initially studying chemistry at university, Peter left to start working full-time for Charles Scott at his Newton Abbot Alexandra Cinema.
He progressed from cinema manager to company manager and – on Mr Scott’s death in the 1980s – inherited the four (then) loss-making cinemas at Newton Abbot, Bridgwater, Lyme Regis and Dartmouth.
Under Peter’s control, Scott Cinemas grew to eight cinemas across the South West and then into Sussex, with the acquisition of the Atrium in East Grinstead.
More recently, through the merger with fellow South West company WTW Cinemas, Peter helped to establish WTW Scott Cinemas as a growing force within the UK sector.
Alongside his business interests, Peter has played an active role in the UK Cinema Association, having led its South West branch for several years, as well as being a regular fundraiser for the Film and Television Charity as well as many other local charities.
He received the Exhibition Achievement Award at the 2018 Screen Awards.
David Thomas Lillicrap
For voluntary service to the Army Cadet Force in Devon.
Teresa Carol Ricketts
For voluntary service to Girlguiding in Plymouth, Devon.
Muriel Anne Stapleton
Captain, 2nd Plymouth Girls’ Brigade. For voluntary service to young people in Plymouth, Devon.
Peter John Christopher Ward
Driver, volunteering in health. For voluntary service to the community in South Devon.