Charity fundraisers, scientists and teachers are among the heroes from south west Hertfordshire honoured in the Queen's birthday honours.

Tony Gearing was made MBE (Member of the British Empire) for services to young people in the UK.

He is the founder of Young People of the Year (YOPEY), an awards competition that aims to promote the positive contributions to society made by young people.

Emergency personnel recognised in the honours list include Herts police deputy chief constable Michelle Dunn, who has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished service.

Michelle said: “I am both delighted and honoured to be recognised in this way.

"This award is not just about my contribution to policing, it’s about the talented individuals and teams I have had the pleasure of working with over the years, who have shared the same passion and values about public service and helped me get the job done."

A full list of awards:


Mark John BOLEAT Lately Chairman, Policy and Resources Committee, City of London Corporation. For services to the Financial Services Industry and to Local Government in London (Moor Park)


Margaret Joan, Lady JARVIS For services to People with Visual Impairments and to Philanthropy (Rickmansworth)

Paul Ernest WILLIAMS Labour Market Operations Director, Department for Work and Pensions. For services to DWP and to charity (Harpenden)

Gregory Mark WOOD Chairman, NSPCC. For services to Children and Mark Young People (Chorleywood)


Clive Antonio SAUNDERS For services to the community, Education and Equality (Watford)


Ms Olufunke ABIMBOLA For services to Diversity in the Legal Profession and to Young People (St Albans)

Stephen James KEELER Operations Manager, Employment Agency Standards, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. For services to Employment Rights (Watford)

Irene, Mrs MILNE Higher Executive Officer, Ministry of Defence. For services in Support of Military Operations (Watford, Hertfordshire)

Stuart Martin NAGLER, DL For voluntary service in Hertfordshire. (Radlett)


Shirley, Mrs GALSWORTHY For services to Elderly People and the community in St Albans, Hertfordshire (St Albans)

Urszula Krystina, Mrs GUDIENS For services to Charitable Fundraising. (Moor Park)

Vinod Mathuradas KOTECHA For services to the Asian community in North London (Watford)

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