Military personnel have been recognised for their work in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Representatives from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force have been named on the list, which was postponed from June until October due to the coronavirus pandemic.
ROYAL NAVY AWARDS
Men and women from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines are among the recipients.
They include a surgeon working on the frontline during the pandemic, the officer in charge of training sailors for ceremonial duties and the Head of the Submarine Service.
Surgeon Commander Sam Hutchings was among those to be recognised for his work, and is appointed an OBE.
The intensive care consultant worked at London’s Kings College Hospital during the pandemic, ensuring that the other hospitals around the UK had enough critical care beds.
The 47-year-old said: “We ended up at one time having nine intensive care units in the hospital, so the command-and-control structure ensured everyone and everything was in the right area.
“It is not something we normally do so we have written it up and will get it published. Our model was useful for larger intensive care units.”
He described the year as “pretty frenetic, alternating between flat-out working in March, April, May and June, some recovery over the summer and now a lot of uncertainty as we head into the winter.”
Having been in service for the Royal Navy in submarines, Iraq, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone amid the Ebola crisis, the medic was humble about his honour: “I was surprised and a bit embarrassed because I didn’t do anything that hundreds of people didn’t do.
"It is a team effort and every single person deserves praise.”
Meanwhile, Leading Writer Rebecca Fyans, was made an MBE for her commitment to disability and inclusion and diversity issues, across defence and in her local community.
Working at the Royal Navy headquarters in Portsmouth, she is known for her charity work, a carers’ advocate for the Armed Forces CanDID network.
She said: “I was really shocked to hear about the honour. It is quite amazing. I didn’t think something like this would happen to me.”
Leading Writer Fyans, whose son Sebby was born in 2013 with Down syndrome, last year helped to launch CanDID with an event attended by senior Armed Forces personnel and ministers.
She added: “I was one of the speakers and brought the entire room to tears with my story.
"It has given people, especially senior decision-makers, an insight into what it is like to be a carer in the Armed Forces, really shone a light on it.
“It is a voluntary role and without the support of my family I wouldn’t have been able to do it.”
Leading Writer Fyans was named a rising star in defence in 2018 and, earlier this year, was named one of the most inspirational people in Portsmouth by BAE Systems.
ROYAL NAVY - PROMOTIONS IN AND APPOINTMENTS TO THE MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MOST EXCELLENT ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE
As Commanders (CBE)
Commodore James Miles Benjamin Parkin. Royal Navy
Commodore James Le Seelleur Perks.
As Officers (OBE)
Commodore Robert James Anstey. Royal Navy
Commodore Paul Christopher Carroll. Royal Navy
Lt Col (Acting Col) Michael Andrew Geldard. Royal Marines
Capt Kevin Massie Noakes. Royal Navy
As Members (MBE)
Colour Sgt Michael Scott Beaton. Royal Marines
Capt Thomas Andrew John Buck. Royal Marines
Maj David William Digby Clarke. Royal Marines
Leading Logistician (Writer) Rebecca Leone Fyans. Royal Navy
Leading Engineering Technician (WES) Andrew Hey. Leading (Acting Petty Officer) Engineering Technician (Weapon Engineering Submarines)
Lt Ian McInnes. Royal Navy
CPO Communications Technician Michael McLachlan. Chief Petty Officer Communication Technician
Lt Cdr Joel Roberts. Royal Navy
Colour Sgt Ryan Selbie. Royal Marines
WO 1 Warfare Specialist Darren Andrew Wearing. Warrant Officer 1 Warfare Specialist (Abovewater Warfare Weapons)
Lt Cdr Michelle Welsh. Royal Naval Reserve (Sea Cadet Corps)
Maj David John West. Royal Marines
Lt Cdr Louise Frances Victoria Wooller. Royal Navy
Queen’s Voluntary Reserve Medal
Colour Sergeant D Hill
PROMOTIONS IN AND APPOINTMENTS TO THE MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MOST HONOURABLE ORDER OF THE BATH
As Knight Commanders (KCB)
Admiral Timothy Peter Fraser.
As Companions (CB)
Rear Admiral Jim Macleod
Rear Admiral Mike Utley
Commodore James Parkin
ROYAL AIR FORCE AWARDS
Sergeant Victoria Penton, an Infection Prevention Specialist nurse with the RAF, has been awarded an MBE for her work at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM) Birmingham during the pandemic.
She told Forces News: “I’m delighted and I feel really honoured but I also feel quite humbled. I just think it’s really nice to be part of the nursing cadre and I kind of feel like the nurses have been recognised.
“Obviously I’ve been awarded it, but I feel like I’m going to carry it on behalf of the cadre because I just feel really proud that, through this year and obviously the year it’s been, you know the way it’s been, and I think we’ve recognised what nurses do in the military and in the NHS.
“I think in a way I feel proud, proud to be a nurse actually and proud that I’ve received it.”
RAF - ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE
Air Commodore Paul Harron Lloyd. Royal Air Force
Air Vice-Marshal Christopher John Moore. Royal Air Force
Air Commodore Suzanne Natalie Perkins. Royal Air Force
Group Capt Daniel Joseph Startup. Royal Air Force
Air Commodore Ian Jon Townsend. Royal Air Force
Group Capt Chantal Emma Baker. Royal Air Force
Group Capt John Ronald Butcher. Royal Air Force
Group Capt Mason Clark Fenlon. Royal Air Force
Wing Cdr Nicholas Donald Charles Green. Royal Air Force
Group Capt Sonia Margaret Phythian. Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Nursing Service
Group Capt Ian James Sharrocks. Royal Air Force
Wing Cdr Benjamin Robert Alcock. Royal Air Force
WO Sara Elizabeth Catterall. Royal Air Force
Wing Cdr Neville James Clayton. Royal Air Force
Cpl Gary James Croot. Royal Air Force
Wing Cdr Sian English. Royal Air Force
Sqn Ldr Mark Dayan Faulds. Royal Air Force
Wing Cdr Benedict Rufus Griffith Goodwin. Royal Air Force
Flt Lt Adrian Karl Hargreaves. Royal Air Force
Senior AC (now Acting Cpl) Lucy Anne Hart. Royal Air Force
Flt Sgt Alexander Lilley. Royal Air Force
Sqn Ldr Simon Nicolas Moore. Royal Air Force
Sqn Ldr Jonathan Palmer. Royal Air Force
WO Morgan Russell Price. Royal Air Force
Sqn Ldr Sharon Michelle Stowers. Royal Air Force
Sqn Ldr Michael Thomas Symons. Royal Air Force
Sqn Ldr Alyn George Frederick Thompson. Royal Air Force
Sgt Mark Anthony Wilman. Royal Air Force
ORDER OF THE BATH
Knight Grand Cross (GCB)
Air Chief Marshal Stephen John Hillier.
Air Chief Marshal Michael Wigston. Royal Air Force
Air Vice-Marshal Christina Reid Elliot. Royal Air Force
Air Vice-Marshal Harvey Smyth. Royal Air Force
BRITISH ARMY AWARDS
ARMY - ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE
Brig Christopher Matthew Balmer Coles.
Col Charles Richard Patrick Ginn.
Co Andrew Nicholas Szabo.
Brig Neil Bryan Thorpe.
Brig William Stewart Codrington Wright.
Lt Col Hugh Ashley Philip Amos. Intelligence Corps
Lt Col Peter William Stanhope Baines. The Rifles
Lt Col Debra Jane Blackman. Intelligence Corps
Lt Co Alexander Vaughan Cooper. The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Lt Co Alex Richard Forsyth. The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Col Ian Paul Gibson.
Lt Col John Harvey. Adjutant General’s Corps (Royal Military Police)
Lt Col Christopher David Damien O’Halloran. Royal Regiment of Artillery
Lt Col Robert Balfour Poole. Royal Army Medical Corps
Acting Col Clinton Mark Riley. Army Cadet Force
Lt Col James Samuel Skelton. The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
Maj Stuart David Weir Ansell. Royal Regiment of Artillery
Maj Louise Bates. Adjutant General’s Corps (Educational and Training Services Branch), Army Reserve
Cpl Thomas Ashley Bates. Intelligence Corps
WO Class 1 Adam Thomas Bieniasz. Intelligence Corps
Maj Victor Eric Bleakley. Royal Regiment of Artillery
Lt Co Alistair John Bryant. Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Capt Kevin Philip Carter. Royal Regiment of Artillery
Maj Christopher Furness Coles. Corps of Royal Engineers
Sgt Mark Stephen Conway. Corps of Royal Engineers, Army Reserve
Staff Sgt Christopher Thomas Denman. Royal Corps of Signals
Maj Spencer Frederick Elliott. Adjutant General’s Corps (Army Legal Services Branch)
Maj Richard Phillip Grimsdell. Royal Regiment of Artillery
Capt Steven Walter Henry. The Royal Logistic Corps
WO Class 1 James Christopher Hobden. The Royal Logistic Corps
Maj Antony Edward Ireland. The Royal Logistic Corps
Maj Antony William Johnson. Royal Regiment of Artillery, Army Reserve
Maj Arianne May Kidd. The Royal Logistic Corps
Maj Adam Paul Kurzeja. Corps of Royal Engineers
Maj Andrew McDermott. Royal Regiment of Artillery
Acting Lt Col Philip Charles Edgar Mileham. Royal Regiment of Artillery, Army Reserve
Maj Robert Leasing John Monger. Corps of Royal Engineers
Lt Col Richard Kitioni Naivalurua. Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Cpl Joseph William Nevitt. Army Air Corps
WO Class 1 Kelly Louise Newbound. The Royal Logistic Corps
Acting Sgt Matthew Kevin Paget. Intelligence Corps
WO Class 1 Simon William Patrick. The Yorkshire Regiment
Lt Col James Lee Pearce. The Yorkshire Regiment
Maj Michael Jonathan Pimm. Army Air Corps
Lt Co Anthony Wayne Pledger. The Yorkshire Regiment
Maj Colin Prentice. Corps of Royal Engineers, Army Reserve
Sgt Ian Robert Pring. The Parachute Regiment, Army Reserve
Maj Gemma Elizabeth Stonebridge Smith. Adjutant General’s Corps (Educational and Training Services Branch)
Maj Andrew John Tiernan. Grenadier Guards
Lt Co Adam Conrad Turpin. The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Maj Nicholas Adam Vye. The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeths’ Own)
Capt Harry Andrew Walter. Intelligence Corps
Maj Alistair James Wood. Combined Cadet Force
Royal Red Cross
Sergeant Siobhan Irene Davis. Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps.
Warrant Officer Class 1 Richard John Lazarus. Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps
ORDER OF THE BATH
The Venerable Clinton Matthew Langston.
Maj Gen Gerald Ian Mitchell.
Cover image: British Army.