Brighton and Hove men and women honoured

Posted On 31 Dec 2009 at 12:01 am

A senior detective, a community worker from Bevendean and a diplomat from Hove are among the people from Brighton and Hove in the New Year Honours List.

Detective Superintendent Vic Marshall, who is currently seconded to the Home Office from Sussex Police has been made an OBE.

He joined the force as a probationer and has served 22 years.

He moved to the Home Office from the professional standards department at Sussex Police’s headquarters in Lewes in 2003.

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His work has included helping to set up the Independent Police Complaints Commission and the new police misconduct and unsatisfactory performance system.

More recently Detective Superintendent Marshall has helped the EU and Turkey to put in place a police complaints system as part of reforms to enable Turkey to join the EU.

Before he was seconded to the Home Office, Detective Superintendent Marshall served at Hove, with the firearms unit at Gatwick and in Haywards Heath CID.

He was a patrol inspector at Brighton before becoming a detective inspector then a detective chief inspector covering Brighton and Hove.

He then moved to the professional standards department as a detective superintendent.

He has already received a President’s Commendation from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) in recognition of his contribution to the national work of ACPO and more specifically in relation to the review of police disciplinary arrangements.

In Sussex he has received two Royal Humane Society Awards for saving a suicidal man from jumping from a bridge and resuscitating a man who had had a heart attack.

Detective Superintendent Marshall, who lives in Worthing, said: “Clearly I am very surprised and very honoured to have received this.

“I would like to pay tribute to my family who have been stalwarts and an inspiration to me.

“This honour is dedicated to all police officers who every day do their best and keep people safe.

“What I see quite often when things go wrong is that it does not reflect on the tremendous work of officers who every day are trying to do the right thing, often in difficult circumstances.”

Chief Constable Martin Richards said: “I am absolutely delighted for Vic. It is thoroughly deserved as he continues to be an outstanding ambassador for the police service.”

Community worker and church warden Robert Brown, 56, has been made an MBE for services to the community in Lower Bevendean.

Mr Brown has been a prominent member of two community groups.

He has served as vice-chairman of Bevendean Local Action Team and chairman of Action for Bevendean Community (ABC).

The voluntary worker and health campaigner has also served on Brighton and Hove Community and Voluntary Sector (CVS) Forum.

Four years ago Mr Brown earned an adult learner of the year award despite the challenges of physical disability and dyslexia.

At the time, he said that on his first day at secondary school, he was told: “Well, someone has to sweep the streets and clean the toilets.”

He took up adult education to improve his literacy, passing four GCSEs, an AS-level and an A-level at Brighton Technical College.

He has since studied at the Sussex University Centre for Continuing Education where his tutor Jackie Parry said: “Robert has overcome many personal disadvantages and has demonstrated a real will to learn.

“He helps others who are in difficult positions and is an example to other students.”

On being nominated for his adult learner award, Mr Brown said: “Learning has been the greatest gift that anybody could have given me.

“I have done things I would never have done before.

“At school, being told you are thick and stupid, you tend to believe it.

“Everybody should have the opportunity to excel and improve themselves.

“It has been a privilege to find I have skills not only to help myself, but others too.”

Dr Louise Perrotta, from Hove, has been made an OBE for public service.

She has been working in Garmsir in the Helmand province of Afghanistan as head of the stabilisation unit on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Her job involved trying to win the hearts and minds of the Afghans as Britain, the US and their allies worked to bring peace to a troubled part of the world.

Sports consultant and administrator Celia Godsall, also from Hove, becomes an OBE for services to sport.

She has worked to promote excellence in English sport and good leadership.

Among her achievements, she has served as chief executive of the National Ice Skating Association.

An NHS boss whose organisation covers Brighton and Hove has also been recognised for her work by being made a CBE for services to healthcare.

Candy Morris, from Horsham, is chief executive of the South East Coast Strategic Health Authority.

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