A message from the Lord Lieutenant
“The numbers of individuals who have received an honour in our area are well below the national average and it is clear that we need to do more to promote and encourage nominations for Honours.
We all know that there are deserving individuals who should be nominated but sometimes it requires someone to encourage a nomination. As I am involved in the later stages of this process neither I nor the Lieutenancy are able to make nominations ourselves but I hope that you may be able to see what you can do locally.
There are several different types of honour recognising different levels of contribution and anyone can make an honours nomination. The nominee must still be actively involved in the cause[s] for which they are being nominated.”
In the New Year’s Honours List 2018 seven local people were recognised.
Former Mayor of Dudley, Cllr Steve Waltho for services to local government and the community in Dudley. Steve has received an MBE for years of commitment in the borough and his charitable work which included a record-breaking fundraiser of £55,000 which went to five charities in his mayoral year of 2015.
David Harcourt from Stourbridge also received an MBE for services to the community, whilst an OBE was awarded to Robert Herman-Smith for services to the global aerospace sector.
An MBE for services to the Girls’ Brigade was awarded to Mrs Diane Seeney from Kingswinford.
Mrs Jane Clarke from Halesowen received an MBE for services to vulnerable women and children
An MBE was also awarded to 96 year old Derek Elton for services to scouting and the community in Stourbridge.
A British Empire Medal was given to Judith Morris in recognition of her voluntary service to first aid and young people. Judith is the unit manager of Halesowen Young Person’s Service Unit at St John Ambulance.
How to nominate
To nominate an individual for an Honour please visit: https://www.gov.uk/honours
You may also find this guidance helpful on how to nominate someone for an individual honour: How to write a nomination
The process of making a nomination is quite simple, letters of support are also recommended to accompany the nomination form. An individual may be nominated by friends, family, and members of the public, or local authorities.