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New Years Honours: Full list of Essex recipients from Max Whitlock to Ashley Banjo

31st December 2021
Posted by Johnny Jenkins

Twenty-nine Essex people have been awarded honours in the Queen’s New Year honours list.

Of those recognised, seven received awards for helping their communities in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, Lord-Lieutenant of Essex, the Queen’s personal representative in the county, said:

“The past year has again been challenging for all of us and without people such as those who are honoured, our lives, our county and country would be much the poorer. But these New Year honours reflect and recognise only a small part of the huge contribution made by many who work tirelessly for their communities in Essex, Southend and Thurrock.  

“I would encourage anyone who knows someone who has made a big difference to others during this Coronavirus pandemic or for other community work, to nominate them for an honour.” 

Queen’s New Year Honours list for Essex, Southend and Thurrock

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

  • Mr Robert Chad McCracken MBE, Brentwood, Performance Director, British Amateur Boxing Association. For services to boxing.

 Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

  • Ms Joy Michelle Brown, Chelmsford, lately Senior District Crown Prosecutor, East of England, Crown Prosecution Service. For services to law and order.
  • Mr Obumneke Ndudirim Ekeke, Chelmsford. For services to computing and artificial intelligence education, and to championing diversity and inclusion in the technology sector.
  • Dr Andre Jan Imich, Leigh-on-Sea, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Professional Advisor, Department for Education. For services to children and young people.
  • Mr Matthew Leon Jones, South Woodham Ferrers. Executive Principal, ARK Globe Academy, London. For services to education.
  • Mr Keith Andrew Meade, Harlow, Assistant Head, Physical Security Policy, Ministry of Defence. For services to defence and to diversity.
  • Mr Max Antony Whitlock MBE, Bulphan. For services to Gymnastics

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

  • Mr Ashley Banjo, Bicknacre. For services to dance.
  • Mr Dennis Morris Barnett, Colchester. Lead volunteer on the Open Road SOS Bus in Colchester. For services to vulnerable people in Essex
  • Mrs Sushma Bhanot, Chigwell. For services to wellbeing and the community in Chigwell, particularly during Covid-19.
  • Mr John Frederick Leonard Caiger, Colchester, Cadet Executive Officer, Essex Army Cadet Force. For services to Young People in Essex.
  • Mr Brian Chenier, Colchester, Support Officer, Prosthetics, BLESMA. For services to disabled veterans.
  • Mr James Mackie JP, Shoeburyness, Chair, Lifeboat Management Group, Southend-on-Sea Lifeboat Station. For services to the RNLI and to charity.
  • Mr Roger Colin McFarland, Chelmsford. Of YMCA Essex. For services to the community in Chelmsford.
  • Mrs Valerie Metcalfe, Loughton, lately councillor, Essex County Council. For political and public service.
  • Mr Nicholas George Rouse, Halstead. For services to the community in Ridgewell.
  • Mr Mitesh Puspakkant Sheth, Loughton, Chief Executive Officer, Redington. For services to diversity and inclusion in the financial services sector.

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

  • Mrs Julia Evelyn Baxter, Colchester. Personal Secretary to Commander, 16 Air Assault Brigade. For services to the Army and the community in Colchester.
  • Jayne Beverley Chapman, Brightlingsea, councillor, Tendring District Council. For services to the community in Brightlingsea, particularly during Covid-19.
  • Mrs Linda May Dutaut, Maldon. For services to the community in Maldon, particularly during Covid-19.
  • Mr Michael George King, Bradwell-on-Sea. For services to the Ethiopia Hope charity.
  • Miss Sharon Marie McLaughlin, Chelmsford, Business Support Manager, Community and Children’s Services Department, City of London Corporation. For services to the community in the City of London.
  • Ms Florence Osborne, Harwich. For services to vulnerable people and the community in Harwich, particularly during Covid-19.
  • Mr Martin Graham Palmer, Billericay, manager, Children’s Burns Club, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford. For voluntary and charitable services to injured children and their families.
  • Reverend Donald Edgar Smith, Frinton on Sea, For services to the community in Frinton-on-Sea, particularly during Covid-19.
  • Mr Ralph Charles Springett, Maldon. For services to the community in Maldon, particularly during Covid-19.
  • Mrs Laura Amy Thurlow, Leigh-on-Sea, Chief Executive, Community Foundation for Surrey. For services to the community in Surrey, particularly during Covid-19.
  • Mrs Anne Katherine Wilson, Great Leighs. For services to the community in Great Leighs.
  • Mrs Dawn Marie Wood, Burnham-on-Crouch, Marine Constable, Essex Police. For services to Marine Policing and to conservation.

Image: Wikimedia Commons. Ashley Banjo: UKGossip TV. Max Whitlock: los_bandito_anthony