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New Year Honours in Northamptonshire

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Paralympic swimmer Ellie Robinson is among the people given awards in Northamptonshire and surrounding area in the Queen's New Year's Honours.


  • Dr Margaret Whalley MBE Lately Director of Research, Training and Development, Pen Green Training and Development Centre, Corby, Northamptonshire. For services to Education. (Rushton, Northamptonshire)


  • Dr Steven Chase Director of People, Thames Valley Police. For services to Policing. (Brackley, Northamptonshire)
  • Christopher Newsome Director, Asset Management and Executive Director, Anglian Water. For services to Civil Engineering and Carbon Reduction. (Stamford, Lincolnshire)
Northamptonshire swimmer Ellie Robinson arrives back at Heathrow after the Rio Paralympics. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire


  • Yvonne Edwards Lately Governor, Northampton School for Boys. For services to Education. (Collingtree, Northamptonshire)
  • Deirdre Newham DL JP For services to the community in Northampton, Northamptonshire. (Northamptonshire)
  • Ellie Robinson For services to Swimming. (Great Houghton, Northamptonshire)
  • Iris Sharman For services to Young People and the community in Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire. (Kettering, Northamptonshire)

Click below to watch an interview with Deirdre Newham who has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours


  • Michael Clarke For political service. (Northamptonshire)
  • Angela Copson For services to Running. (Spratton, Northamptonshire)
  • Susan Lambert For services to the community in Thorpe Langton, Leicestershire. (Market Harborough, Leicestershire)

"Angela Copson (69) started running in 2006, to try and raise money for heart research at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford.

"Her first marathon was in 2007, when she took part in the London Marathon and completed it in 3 hours and 57 minutes. She joined her local club, Rugby and Northampton Athletics Club later in 2007 and made significant progress as a W60 competitor.

"Having unearthed this dormant talent, she has set a number of British, European and World Masters age group records and best performances on the track and on the road.

"In 2012 she went into her first European Masters Track & Field Championship and won four gold medals in the 400m, 800m, 1500m and the 5000m races. In 2013 she set a marathon world record in Berlin by running the 26 miles in a staggering 3 hours and 17 minutes.

"At present, she is the W65 world record holder for the 1500m, 3000m, 5000m and the marathon and as a result is one of Britain’s most celebrated world record breakers."


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