Artist Tracey Emin among those awarded in Queen's new year's honours lists
Artist Tracey Emin was
awarded a CBE
Controversial artist Tracey Emin is among the scores of Kent
folk honoured in this new year's honours list.
The Margate-born artist - famous for her unmade bed artwork -
has been awarded a CBE in the Queen's annual new year roll of
The 49-year-old, who met The Queen at the Turner Contemporary
Gallery last year as part of the diamond jubilee celebrations, is
part of a group known as Britartists.
She joins the Lord Mayor of London, David Wootton, who has been
given a knighthood.
Sir David, who lives in Sevenoaks, was awarded a Knights
Bachelor for services to legal business, charity and the City of
Veteran marathon man Jack Denness, who has raised hundreds of
thousands of pounds for Medway charities over the last three
decades, has been awarded the MBE.
Jack Denness in Death
Valley in July 2010
The remarkable 77-year-old granddad, nicknamed Death Valley Jack
after completing the gruelling 135 mile race 14 times, was
“absolutely thrilled to bits” at the news.
At the age of 75 he beat his own record to become the oldest
person to finish the endurance trek across California in searing
heat, said to be one of the world’s toughest challenges.
And Jack, who still works as a part-time caretaker at St William
of Perth Primary School opposite his Rochester home, has not ruled
out giving it another go to celebrate his 80th birthday.
Among the many charities to benefit from Jack’s inspiring
efforts have been the Kent Air Ambulance, Cliffe Woods Cerbral
Palsy Care and the scanner and hydrotherapy appeals at Medway
Speaking at his home in Canon Close, Jack said he started
jogging in his mid 40s to keep fit after giving up smoking and
He has since run 150 marathons in the UK, including 14 London
Yet Jack has remained modest throughout, insisting, “I’m not an
elite runner. I’m just an ordinary, run-of-the mill bloke who turns
out, has been quite successful at running.”
Jack and his wife Mags have had to keep tight-lipped about the
prestigious award since being told five weeks ago.
"I can honestly say this has come completely out the blue and I have absolutely no idea who nominated me" – runner Jack Denness
They only broke their
silence to their family of three sons and two grandsons over
Jack said “When I got the letter from the Cabinet Office, I
honestly thought what have I done wrong? Then when I saw it was
signed by ‘your obedient servant’ I thought this is a wind-up.
“I can honestly say this has come completely out the blue and I
have absolutely no idea who nominated me.”
He added: "This is the icing on the cake for me.”
Civil servant and charity volunteer Sarah Kennett has been
recognised for her years of dedicated service.
Sarah, who works for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP),
has been awarded Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British
Empire (OBE) for services to the delivery of benefits and to
Mrs Kennett has worked for the DWP for over 30 years, and now
works as a regional manager, coordinating benefits offices across
Although originally from Essex, she has lived in Ashford for
most of her life, and now lives in South Ashford with her husband
Bernard and son Ryan, with her two daughters, Natalie and Stefanie,
having already left home.
About her nomination to receive an OBE, Mrs Kennett said: “I
received a letter notifying me about two or three weeks ago, and I
was absolutely shocked, it’s quite incredible.
“I’m deeply, deeply humbled by it, as it is such an honour to
have been chosen.
“I’m used to not being able to let the cat out of the bag due to
the work that I do, but it will be really nice to be able to share
the news with my friends, and particularly my family.
“I have had huge support from them over the years, and I can’t
thank them enough.”
Alongside her work for the government, Mrs Kennett has also
generously donated her time to a number of good causes over the
She has been a governor at St Simon’s Roman Catholic Primary
School in Ashford for 20 years, and has been chair of governors for
17 of those years.
Along with fellow fund-raisers the Tuesday Ladies, Mrs Kennett
has helped to bring in over £15,000 for a wide-range of charities -
including the Pilgrims Hospices, Guide Dogs for the Blind and
charities which tackle MS.
Former Kent and England cricket captain Mike Denness has
been handed an OBE.
The 72-year-old also served the game as an international match
referee and as Kent County Cricket Club’s president during
As a player and captain, the stylish right-handed batsman turned
out for Kent for 15 seasons and played 333 times for the county,
scoring 17,047 runs at an average of 32.90.
Julia Pender surveys a
planning notice in 2009
Born in Lanarkshire, Scotland, he first played for Kent in 1962
and then made his Test debut against New Zealand in 1969.
He played 28 Test matches for England – including 19 as
He scored 1,667 runs, including four hundreds. His best of 188
came against Australia, in Melbourne on the 1974/75 tour. He also
scored seven half centuries and averaged 39.69 in Test match
Nicknamed Haggis because of his Scottish roots, he left Kent for
Essex and played there between 1977 and 1980. He now lives in
Lady Julia Pender, of North Court, Tilmanstone, will be made an
Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the community in
Lady Pender is a member of many groups and societies. She is
president of the Dover and Deal Conservatives Association, honorary
president of Fairbridge Kent and chairman of trustees for the Kent
Fund for Children among others.
She has also been a member of KCC, she has served on Kent Police
Authority and Kent Probation Board and has links to the schools in
Lord and lady Pender are known for their public spirit and have
allowed fetes to be held in their grounds for the benefit of
families in Tilmanstone.
She has recently helped residents fight plans to site a waste
compost plant in Tilmanstone.
Peter Barrell with wife
Carol in 2009, after their cruise ship was attacked by pirates
Retired Metropolitan Police officer Peter Barrell of Fordwich
Place, Sandwich will be awarded the British Empire Medal for
services to children young people and families.
Mr Barrell made the headlines in 2009 after he and his wife
Carol were on board a cruise ship that was attacked by pirates off
the coast of Somalia.
A 96-year-old who became fascinated with health and beauty
treatments as a teenager has been made an MBE for her work
improving standards in the industry.
Joan Thornycroft, from Cranbrook, was named for services to the
Her career has taken her to every continent, where she has
taught and lectured, and she has sat on the board of several
industry bodies, including BISA - the British International Spa
Association and BABTAC - the British Association of Beauty Therapy
Mrs Thornycroft said: “I understand that is people who I’ve
known and worked with who have nominated me and that is a lovely
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet. It’s a funny thing - I am very
proud of an industry that is sometimes viewed as being trivial.
"But the health and beauty sector does a great deal of good for
many people. It is about so much more than just make up or looking
“I can certainly say there has never been a dull moment in my
career, but what I am most proud of is raising the standard of
She was trained by the world-renowned Helena Rubinstein, best
known for launching her own cosmetics line in 1915 and who became a
rival of another industry giant, Elizabeth Arden.
Speaking of the moment she knew her career path, Mrs Thornycroft
added: “I was 18 and staying in a spa hotel with my parents during
a holiday and I just stopped talking to them as I was fascinated by
the hotel and the treatments.
"I was so keen on what they were doing I thought I had to follow
Master ropemaker Frederick Cordier has also been included
in the honours list.
Mr Cordier has been made an MBE for services to rope making at
Chatham’s Historic Dockyard.
He has worked at the dockyard ropery since 1962.
His knowledge and expertise ensure traditional ropemaking
techniques are still used, maintaining a process of ropemaking that
dates back on the site more than 400 years.
The ropery remains the oldest rope making facility in the UK. It
still uses the quarter-mile long rope walk and machinery from the
Victorian era, as well more modern equipment.
Mrs Katie Gardiner, of Pembury, said she was delighted to
receive the OBE.
As police lead for the accreditation project at the Home
Office's office for security and counter terrorism, she was
honoured for services to the security of the London 2012
Olympics and Paralympics.
She said: "Performing background checks for the LOCOG
accreditation process was an integral part of the Home Office
security programme, helping to ensure a highly successful Games
enjoyed by the entire world.”
The Kent honours list in full
Professor George Thomas Berwick, CBE. Headteacher, Ravens Wood
School, Bromley, Kent. For services to Education. (Leigh on Sea,
Quentin Saxby Blake, CBE. Illustrator. For services to
David Hugh Wootton. Lord Mayor of London. For services to Legal
Business, Charity and the City of London (Sevenoaks)
ORDER OF THE BATH
Trevor John Llanwarne. Government Actuary. For services to the
Actuarial Profession and Public Finances and to Public Service
Pension Reform. (Sevenoaks)
ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE
Mrs Helen Deeble. Chief executive, P&O Ferries Division and
president, UK Chamber of Shipping. For services to the Shipping
Ms Tracey Emin. Artist. For services to the Arts.
Ms Pauline Maria Hayes. Deputy director and head, Department for
International Development Afghanistan. For service to the UK's
International Development Effort in Afghanistan. (Tunbridge
Leslie Lars Iversen. Chair, Advisory Council on the Misuse of
Drugs. For services to Pharmacology. (Sevenoaks)
James Bulley. Director of Venues and Infrastructure and the
Olympic Park, LOCOG. For services to the London 2012 Olympic and
Paralympic Games. (Otford)
John Burton. Director of Development, Westfield and director,
Westfield Stratford City. For services to Urban Regeneration and to
the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Dunton Green)
Ms Susan Chalkley. Chief executive, Hastoe Housing Association.
For services to Housing and Tenants. (Tonbridge)
Howard Paul Collins. For services to the London 2012 Olympic and
Paralympic Games and London Underground. (Tunbridge Wells)
Dean Creamer. Deputy head, UK Wide Operations, Government
Olympic Executive. For Preparatory services to the London 2012
Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Michael Henry Denness. President, Kent County Cricket Club. For
services to Sport.
Ms Frances Theresa Duffy. Head, Ceremonials Unit, Department for
Culture, Media and Sport. For public service to the Royal Wedding
and Diamond Jubilee. (Sidcup)
Mrs Katie Gardiner. Policy Lead, Accreditation Project, Office
for Security and Counter Terrorism, Home Office. For services to
the security of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
Darren Richard Henley. Managing director, Classic FM.
For services to Music. (Canterbury)
Mrs Sarah Kennett. Operations Cluster manager, Benefit
Integrity, Benefit Centres Directorate. For services to the
Delivery of Benefits and to charity. (Ashford)
Mrs Deborah Leek-Bailey. Headteacher, Babington House School,
Bromley, Kent, and Member of the Independent/State Schools
Partnership Forum. For services to Education.
Paul Thomas Noon. General secretary, Prospect. For services to
Employment Relations and Sustainable Development.
Lady Julia Pender. For services to the community in Kent.
Ashley Hugh Roberts. Deputy head, Automotive Unit, Department
for Business, Innovation and Skills. For services to the UK
Professor Janet Treasure. Psychiatrist, Eating Disorder Unit,
London Maudsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. For services to
People with Eating Disorders. (Faversham)
Dr Nellie Turbyne Adjaye. Consultant Paediatrician, Maidstone,
Kent. For services to Child Health and Protection.
John Theodore Blackburn. Founder and managing director,
Canterbury Bears. For services to Manufacturing and Export.
Mrs Helen Elisabeth Bowles. Policy Adviser and Deputy CEO,
GuildHE. For services to Higher Education. (Sevenoaks)
John Burton, DL. For political and voluntary service to the
community in Sedgfield Co Durham. (Dunton Green)
Frederick Cordier. Master Ropemaker. For services to Ropemaking.
Jack Denness. For services to charity in Medway Kent.
Dr Stuart Field. Chairman, League of Friends, Kent and
Canterbury Hospital, Kent. For services to the NHS.
Peter John Fowler. Market Trader and Former president of the
Covent Garden Market Tenants Association. For services to the Food
and Catering Industries. (Horton Kirby)
Albert Furze. Education consultant and lately Headteacher,
Bradstow Special Educational Needs School, Broadstairs, Kent. For
services to Education. (Broadstairs)
Mrs Carol Kempton. Head of Internal Events, 10 Downing Street.
For services to the Prime Minister's Office. (West Wickham)
Lawrence Daniel Lyle. For services to Archaeology and Local
History through the Kent Archaeological Society. (Canterbury)
Dr Geetha Nagasubramanian. Consultant Gynaecologist and head of
Service, Tower Hamlets Contraception and Sexual Health Services,
London. For services to Women and Young People. (Orpington)
Kenneth George Haldane Reedie. Formerly Curator, Canterbury
Museum Service. For services to Museums in Kent. (Canterbury)
Mrs Elizabeth Seabrook. Administrator, Insurance Company. For
services to Bioscience.
David Malcolm South. Chair, Holcombe Hockey Club. For services
to Sport. (Shorne)
Mrs Joan Hastwell Thornycroft. For services to the Beauty
Therapy Industry. (Cranbrook)
BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL
John Hugo Bailey Ashworth. Basketball Coach. For voluntary
service to Basketball and the community in the London Borough of
Peter Thomas Barrell. Founder and chairman, Chris Barrell
Memorial Trust. For services to Children, Young People and
Mrs Anne Vera Helen Hawkins. For services to Elderly People in
Hildenborough, Kent. (Tonbridge)
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