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New Year's Honours in Hertfordshire

The Queen has honoured a selection of people across Hertfordshire in the New Year's Honours list. Photo:

These are the people living in Hertfordshire who have been named in the Queen's New Year's Honours list.


Dr Hossein Yassaie. Chief executive Officer, Imagination Technologies Group. For services to Technology and Innovation. (Kings Langley, Hertfordshire)


Mrs Helen Hyde. Headmistress, Watford Grammar School for Girls, Hertfordshire, and president, Freedom and Autonomy For Schools National Association. For services to Education. (Radlett, Hertfordshire)


David Goldstone. Finance and Programme director, Government Olympic Executive. For services to the Financial Administration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (St Albans, Hertfordshire)


Miss Laura Trott. Cyclist. For services to Cycling. (Hertfordshire)

Mrs Diane Helen Burleigh. Chief executive Officer, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. For services to the Legal Profession. (Hitchin, Hertfordshire)

Ms Leueen Fox. Head, Office of the Senior president Tribunals, HM Courts and Tribunals Service. For services to Tribunal Reform. (Ware, Hertfordshire)

Dr Robert Charles Hubrecht. Deputy Scientific director, Universities Federation for Animal Welfare. For services to Animal Welfare. (Hertfordshire)

David Munns. Chair, Board of Governors, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy. For services to the Music Industry and charity. (Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire)

Mervyn Richards. For services to Building Information Modelling and to the Construction Industry. (St Albans, Hertfordshire)

Richard Graham St. John Rowlandson. Philanthropist. For services to charity and to the community in Hertfordshire. (Harpenden, Hertfordshire)

Councillor Sharon Taylor. Leader, Stevenage Borough Council and Deputy Chair, Local Government Association. For services to Local Government. (Stevenage, Hertfordshire)

Howard James Cowen Wells. Vice-Chair, Sport and Recreation Alliance. For services to Sport Administration. (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire)


Benjamin Maher. Showjumper. For services to Equestrianism. (Hertfordshire)

Gregory James Rutherford. Long Jumper. For services to Athletics. (Hertfordshire)

Mrs Deborah Jill Fensome. For services to the community in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. (Harpenden, Hertfordshire)

Mrs Alison Game. Formerly Personal assistant to the Clerk of the House of Commons. For public service. (Tring, Hertfordshire)

Mrs Lillian Pilcher. Police Staff, Hertfordshire Police. For services to Policing. (Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire)

Patrick James Rice. Football Coach and lately assistant manager, Arsenal Football Club. For services to Sport. (Cockfosters, Hertfordshire)

Miss Hannah Seakins. Ministry of Defence. For services to Military Operations. (Hitchin, Hertfordshire)

John Mason Stoddard. For services to the community in Letchworth Hertfordshire. (Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire)

Mrs Jane White. Volunteer, Citizens' Advice Bureau, Hitchin. For services to the community in Hertfordshire. (Hitchin, Hertfordshire)


Mrs Yvonne Carson. Secretary, House of Commons. For services to Parliament and the Commonwealth. (St Albans, Hertfordshire)

Robert John Girvan. For services to the community in Hitchin Hertfordshire. (Hitchin, Hertfordshire)

Dr Ann Victoria Goddard. For services to the community in Hertsmere Hertfordshire. (Borehamwood, Hertfordshire)

Mrs Elizabeth Ann Hardy. For services to the community in Great Amwell, Hertfordshire. (Ware, Hertfordshire)

Alan George Hooker. For services to Scouting and to the community in Little Hallingbury Essex. (Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire)

John Stoddard, 90, from Letchworth Garden City has been awarded the MBE for services to the community.

For the past 70 years Mr Stoddard has contributed to many facets of life in the Letchworth Garden City Area andbeyond. He has made a significant contribution to the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust. He has beenboth Deputy Chairman for five years and Chairman for 20 years of the Lister Hospital Appeal; during whichtime they raised several hundred thousands of pounds for vital medical equipment for the hospital.

In 1995 hebecame a founder Governor of Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation, which has ensured that theGarden City Estate could be retained as an entity and the profits from it kept within the world’s first GardenCity for the benefit of that community alone.

He has gained the nickname Mr Letchworth because of hisdetailed knowledge of how Letchworth was built as the first Garden City in the country just over a century agoand he is often asked to speak on television about Letchworth. In every area of service and involvement hehas selflessly given his time, energy and total commitment.

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