Doing the honours

PUBLISHED: 10:31 13 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:42 20 February 2013

Laura Warren OBE

Laura Warren OBE

As the Queen's New Year's honours list approaches, Essex Life explains Lord Petre's plans for more Essex nominations and celebrates last year's successes

TWICE every year the Queen announces a list of honours to be bestowed upon members of the British public who have served their country and community in an outstanding way.

Honours lists are issued at New Year and on the Queen's official birthday in mid-June. In June 2008, 24 Essex people were included in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

But Lord Petre, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex and the Queen's official representative in the county, has recently launched a campaign to encourage more Essex people who go that extra mile to be nominated for the Queen's Honours awards. The Do the Honours for Essex campaign aims to promote nominations for awards for those people who make a real difference to the community, whether it is in their field of work, through their interests or pursuits or on a local level. It also aims to raise awareness that anyone can make a nomination.

Lord Petre explained: 'Honours recognise the achievements of ordinary people who do extraordinary things. We want to see more successful nominations for Essex people whose efforts have been of significant benefit to the community. 'Anyone can nominate. If you know someone who has made a significant difference in their field of work or in their community, or who has achieved great things against all the odds, then you may be able to say thanks and Do the Honours for Essex.'

Here Essex Life highlights just some of those Essex people who were honoured in 2008:

Michael Large OBE
MICHAEL LARGE was awarded the OBE this year for services to business communities in the East of England. In 1987 he became chairman of the Essex Branch of the Institute of Directors. He was the first chairman of the IoD's newly-formed East of England Region in 2000. In 2006 he became chairman of the East of England Business Group, an umbrella organisation for all the region's business organisations. He leads business representation on the East of England Regional Assembly and he also represents the Regional Assembly on the European and International Affairs Panel. He is a board member of Nations and Regions East and is chairman of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Trust.

Susie Cornell MBE
SUSIE CORNELL is a champion for the disabled and has given inspiration to those who have health and mobility problems. She herself was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1974 and in 1984 she was the first British person to go to the pioneering Peto Institute in Hungary. From there she brought back the inspiration and the hope to those who suffered with MS. Susie helped pioneer CHARMS, which set up the first hyperbaric oxygen chamber to help in the treatment of MS and has worked with various fitness professionals winning a number of awards for her achievements.

She has also helped to raise awareness of the challenges faced by those with disabilities and to champion the causes for the disabled in the county. Susie was appointed a deputy lieutenant in 2003 and was awarded the MBE last year for services to disabled people in Essex.

Richard Oscroft MEB

The name Richard Oscroft is synonymous with Scouting in Essex. Richard was the lead figure in coordinating the World Scout Jamboree held at Hylands Park in Writtle last year which celebrated the centenary of Scouting. Richard was involved at the planning stage of the event which began more than ten years ago. Among his other activities in scouting he has been a group Scout leader, a district commissioner and a deputy county commissioner and is currently chairman of Chelmsford District Scouts as well as an ambassador for Essex Scouts. Outside of Scouting, Richard is involved in a Chelmsford Rotary club, is a founder and currently chairman of the Friends of Writtle Church and also a founder and again chairman of the Friends of Hylands House. Richard is also Lord of the Manor of Romans Fee, a 800-year-old hereditary title he bought to ensure that it stayed in the area.

Jill Hines MBE
TO SAY that Jill Hines is at the heart of village life in Kelvedon is something of an understatement. Space prevents a full list of the roles she undertakes and has undertaken, but over the last 25 years Jill has been a parish council clerk and a parish councillor, booking clerk for the village hall and a member of the hall management committee, a governor of the village primary school, a founder member of the junior Kelvedon Players, a member of the Council for the Protection of Rural Essex and a member of the Rural Community Council for Essex. Jill is also involved in the village youth club and was instrumental in helping Kelvedon Parish Council acquire and manage a nature reserve, Brockwell Meadow.

Laura Warren OBE
AWARDED the OBE for services to the voluntary sector in Essex in the 2008 New Year Honours, Laura Warren is chief executive of Essex Community Foundation, which she set up in 1996 as a grant-making trust to help charitable causes in the county. The Community Foundation offers a simple process for local charities to access funding. The foundation has distributed more than £11 million and has raised awareness of the issues facing communities and the voluntary sector.

Laura is also active as a board member of the national Community Foundation Network which has successfully lobbied for additional funds. This means an additional £7 million to support local voluntary groups in Essex. Laura is also a deputy lieutenant of Essex.

What you need to know to make a nomination

• A website,, has been launched as part of the Do the Honours for Essex campaign. It outlines the aims of the campaign and links to the national honours website which carries guidance and forms to make nominations

• Any person or persons may make a nomination by completing a nomination form and forwarding it to the Ceremonial Secretariat at Cabinet Office, 35 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BQ or calling 0207 276 2777

• There are no deadlines for the receipt of nomination forms, but their consideration is likely to take at least 12 to 18 months. Nominations should be made while the nominee is still active and, if possible, at least 12 months before he/she is expected to retire or stand down

• All nominations for honours are treated in the strictest confidence. The nominee should not be informed that they have been nominated. Letters of support should be from others who can endorse the nominee's contribution


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