People across the South recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

People across the South have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

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Hampshire professor is awarded OBE

An OBE for Professor Jane Falkingham Credit: Southampton University

Professor Jane Falkingham, one of the leading voices on population studies and demographic change in recent years, has been awarded an OBE for services to Social Science in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Professor Falkingham is Director of the ESRC Centre for Population Change and Dean of Social and Human Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Through a career spanning almost 30 years, her research pursues a multi-disciplinary agenda combining social policy and population studies, spanning both developed and developing countries.


Thalidomide campaigner from Sussex awarded MBE

A thalidomide campaigner from Sussex has been awarded an MBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Michaelina Argy from Forest Row has been at the forefront of the fight for compensation and justice for the hundreds of people born with disabilities after their mothers took the morning sickness drug Thalidomide.

She has helped lobby the government here and is currently campaigning for the German Government to acknowledge the role it played in the Thalidomide disaster. The drug was manufactured by a German company.

College Principal to be awarded OBE

Shelagh Legrave has been awarded an OBE for services to further education Credit: Chichester College

It has been announced that Chichester College Principal, Shelagh Legrave is to receive an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Shelagh, who has been Principal of Chichester College since 2010, will be awarded the OBE for services to Further Education.

This award comes after the College were awarded Outstanding in every inspection area during their general inspection in March 2014, in addition to gaining a second Outstanding for their residential care in February of this year.

“I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to be receiving an OBE. It is, however, testament to the great staff and students of Chichester who have made this possible.”

– Shelagh Legrave, Principal of Chichester College


RNLI volunteer awarded in Queen's Birthday honours

Captain Neil Hardy has been awarded an MBE Credit: RNLI

An RNLI volunteer from Swanage has been recognised with an MBE on the Queen’s 2015 Birthday Honours list.

Captain Neil Hardy, 65, is a volunteer who has dedicated 25 years of his life to the overall running of Swanage Lifeboat Station.

He was a natural candidate to take on the important role of Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) a mere three years after joining. Neil took this role when the station was issued with their new Mersey class lifeboat; a particularly busy and demanding time for all concerned.

Neil has responsibility for a volunteer operational crew of over 40, and one of the RNLI's busiest stations.

"I am accepting this award on behalf of everyone at Swanage RNLI and the Swanage community, who have always supported the station and volunteers and who have made the work I do as a volunteer easy. I couldn’t have achieved all that I have without their help, and certainly not without the support of my wife Maggie."

– Neil Hardy

"Neil has been described by others as a leading light and his hands-on approach and ability to inspire others have helped the station and volunteer fundraising team achieve their fundraising target towards the new lifeboat station. He is a truly selfless individual, balancing his commitments to the RNLI with a busy family life, who unfortunately at times have had their milestone occasions interrupted by a call from the RNLI. Neil is an individual that never puts himself in the limelight but is fulfilled by the accomplishments of others."

– Paul Boissier, RNLI Chief Executive
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