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The Queen’s Birthday Honours recognise the extraordinary contribution and service of people across the UK. This month’s announcement confirmed well-deserved recognition for a number of Monmouthshire residents.

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) were awarded to:

Alun Griffiths of Abergavenny was recognised for services to the construction industry and the community in Wales. The company that bears his name was founded in 1968 and works with Welsh Government, utility companies, local authorities and Network Rail, amongst other.

Nicholas Hamer, from Grosmont, also received a CBE for public service. Mr Hamer is Director of the coronavirus response for the Department for Work and Pensions.

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE):

Robin Andrew McCleary, from Chepstow, receives an OBE for services to defence. His business provides storage, distribution and freight lead for logistics, commodities and services, defence equipment and support with the Ministry of Defence.

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE):

Dr Nicola Joan Bradbear, from Monmouth. For services to biodiversity. Nicola initiated the Bee Friendly campaign, which has been embraced across Monmouthshire. Nicola launched the annual Monmouth Bee Festival and built the profile of Monmouth as the UK’s first Bee Town. Nicola has instigated bee research and development activities world-wide, collaborating with beekeepers in more than 50 countries. Her not-for-profit organisation Bees for Development has received major awards for its work, most recently the Award for the Welsh organisation achieving greatest overall impact in Africa.

Susan Doheny, from Abergavenny, regional chief nurse for South West, NHS England and NHS Improvement, received an MBE for services to nursing.

The Leader of Monmouthshire County Council, Cllr Mary Ann Brocklesby was amongst the first of offer sincere thanks and best wishes: “I was delighted to see the incredible contribution and commitment of these individuals received the recognition they deserve in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this year. Their contribution to Monmouthshire spreads beyond its borders, and covers so many important areas such as biodiversity, health care, economic growth, to name but a few. I am immensely thankful for everything each has done to help the county and its people now, and in the future.”

Photo: Council Leader Cllr. Mary Ann Brocklesby
Photo: Council Leader Cllr. Mary Ann Brocklesby

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