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Chairman thanks New Year Honours recipients for outstanding contributions to Mid Sussex


17 March 2016

Mid Sussex District Council Chairman, Councillor Peter Reed welcomed some local community champions to a special coffee morning on Thursday 10 March.

In the Queen’s New Year Honours List earlier this year, six Mid Sussex residents were recognised for everything they have done to improve the lives of others, both at home and abroad. The Chairman invited them to join him and Vice Chairman Councillor Bruce Forbes for morning coffee, so that he could show his appreciation for the significant contributions they have made to the Mid Sussex community.                                                                                              

The Mid Sussex residents recognised in the New Year Honours list were:

  • Mr Stephen Leonard Gooding, former Director-General, Roads, Traffic & Local Group at the Department of Transport, who was awarded a CB (Companion of the Order of the Bath) for public service to Transport.

  • Dr Caroline Harper, Chief Executive Officer at the charity Sightsavers, who was awarded a CBE for services to visually impaired people abroad.

  • Mr Charles Denyer MVO, Deputy Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, Crown Office, at the Ministry of Justice was awarded an OBE for services to Constitutional & Ceremonial Administration.

  • Dr Ian Viney, Director of Strategic Evaluation & Impact at the Medical Research Council, who was awarded an MBE for services to research funding and evaluation.

  • Mrs Rosemary Ann Burns, former Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council who was awarded a BEM for services to Local Government and the community in Sussex.

  • Mr Kenneth Monk, who was awarded a BEM for services to the community in Ardingly.

“It is an honour for me to welcome these guests to Mid Sussex District Council in recognition, not just of their achievements, but of the fine example they set for others,” said Councillor Peter Reed, Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council.


“They are all community leaders and have, through their good deeds and sincere efforts, helped to make Mid Sussex the wonderful place it is today. On behalf of everyone at the Council and across the District I would like to thank them warmly for everything they have done for our area, the UK and those in need overseas.”