Queen’s Birthday Honours for Staffordshire

It is a joy for me to say a huge congratulations to all the Staffordshire residents who have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours over the weekend.

Bill & Jean Foster

It really is wonderful to see people from Staffordshire being recognised for their hard work and dedication, and to see such a wide range of areas being recognised. From a foster family who have fostered over 180 children, a scout leader, one of our librarians who’s helping shape national policy, a university principle to a football chairman.

Sue Ball

We really are blessed to have among us many people quietly excelling in their area of expertise, whose contribution benefits us all and I am delighted to see their efforts honoured in this way. I hope people will join me in passing on our thanks and congratulations.

Residents receiving an honour include:

  • CBE for Prof Liz Barnes, of Rugeley, Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University, for services to Higher Education;
  • OBE for Dr Christopher Wakeling, of Stoke-on-Trent, Chairman of Historic England’s Places of Worship Forum, for services to Heritage;
  • MBE for Sue Ball, of Coven, stock, services and activities manager at Staffordshire County Council for services to Libraries;
  • MBE for Bill Foster, of Burton-upon-Trent, foster parent, for services to fostering in Staffordshire;
  • MBE for Jean Foster, of Burton-upon-Trent, foster parent, for services to fostering in Staffordshire;
  • MBE for Ben Robinson, of Burton-upon-Trent, Chairman of Burton Albion, for services to the community in Burton-upon-Trent,
  • MBE for Mrs Jane Shepherd, of Stoke-on-Trent, Managing Director of Shepherd PR, for services to International Trade and the community in Staffordshire;
  • BEM for Wilf Burt, of Stoke-on-Trent, Vice-President of Staffordshire County Scouts, for services to Scouting, Young People and the community in Stoke-on-Trent

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