New Year Honours in Hertfordshire

New Year Honours in Hertfordshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

A long-serving politician, an Olympic cyclist, a sixties pop star and an England footballer are among the people in Hertfordshire awarded honours.

Baroness Shirley Williams has been made a Companion of Honour in the Queen's New Year's Honours. She was a Labour MP in Hertfordshire for 15 years for Stevenage and Hitchin.

Baroness Williams went on to be a founding member of the Social Democratic Party before becoming President of the Liberal Democrats.

She has been a leading figure in British political life for over fifty years. As Labour Education Secretary she introduced the Comprehensive School system. She was also a Professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Baroness Williams helped write the constitutions of post-Gorbachev Russia, South Africa and Ukraine.

Companion of the Order of the Bath

  • Jonathan Russell HR Director, HR Services, Department for Work and Pensions. For public and voluntary service to the Public Sector and the community in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire (Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire)


  • Laura Kenny OBE For services to Cycling. Laura Trott (Cheshire) Brought up in Hertfordshire

  • Edward Webb Lately Deputy Director, Tissue, Embryology, Donation and Sponsorship, Department of Health. For services to Health Science. (St Albans, Hertfordshire)

Laura Kenny won her second team pursuit gold medal and second title in the multi-discipline omnium in Rio. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire


  • Jennifer Fowler Senior Advisory Lawyer, Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber), HM Courts and Tribunal Service. For services to the Administration of Justice. (Welwyn, Hertfordshire)

  • Catherine Large Lately Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Creative and Cultural Skills. For services to the Creative Economy. (Harpenden, Hertfordshire)

  • Sara Lewis Head of Prosecutions, Metropolitan Police. For services to Criminal Justice Services. (Watford, Hertfordshire)

Dr Claire Breay has been given an MBE for services to Medieval History. Credit: British Library


  • Dr Claire Breay Head of Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts, British Library. For services to Medieval History. (Harpenden, Hertfordshire)

  • Graham Cook Manager, Albin International Repatriation. For services to the Armed Forces. (Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire)

  • Howard Guard For services to charity and the community in Hertfordshire. (Radlett, Hertfordshire)

  • Alexandra Scott Defender, England Women and Arsenal Ladies. For services to Football. (Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire)

  • Jessica Stretton For services to Archery. (Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire)

  • Marty Wilde For services to Popular Music. (Tewin, Hertfordshire)

Marty Wilde with his daughter Kim at the 2013 Ivor Novello awards. Credit: Ian West/PA Archive/PA Images


  • Giles Barker Chair, Staff Network Group for Disability, Transport for London. For services to Transport in London and the Armed Forces Covenant. (King's Langley, Hertfordshire)

  • Janet Bird For services to the community in Hertford, Hertfordshire. (Hertfordshire)

  • Diane Croston Chair of Governors, Morgans Primary School and Nursery, Hertfordshire. For services to Education. (Hertfordshire)

  • Diana Gee For services to the community in Hunsdon, Hertfordshire. (Ware, Hertfordshire)

  • Ann Rudeforth For services to the community in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire. (St. Albans, Hertfordshire)

  • Cynthia Stroud Founder and Director, Cakes by Cynthia and Pretty Gorgeous Cakes. For services to Business and the community in Hertfordshire. (Hertfordshire)

  • Vera Thrussell For services to the community in Pirton, Hertfordshire. (Hertfordshire)

Cynthia Stroud has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to business in Hertfordshire. Credit: Pretty Gorgeous Cake Company