Queen names people from Brighton and Hove in honours list

Posted On 11 Jun 2011 at 6:31 am

A photographer and a physics professor are among the people from Brighton and Hove recognised today in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Photographer Bill Wisden, from Brighton, becomes an MBE for services to art.

Mr Wisden became a member of Brighton and Hove Camera Club in 1954 and has helped hundreds of aspiring photographers for more than half a century.

He is also a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society having joined the society in 1959.

Jenny Thomas, from Hove, becomes a CBE for services to science. She is professor of particle physics at University College London.

Ian Lowrie, who lives in Brighton, becomes an OBE for services to local government.

Mr Lowrie, 63, retired last month as joint chief executive of Adur District Council and Worthing Borough Council after 37 years spent working in local government.

Bert Williams, from Brighton, becomes an MBE for voluntary service to black and minority ethnic people in Brighton and Hove.

Mr Williams came to Britain from Jamaica in the 1960s and has lived in Brighton and Hove since 1967.

He came to the area after serving in the Royal Air Force.

Mr Williams spent 26 years working for the NHS before he retired.

He does voluntary work for Mosaic, an organisation set up in Brighton to combat racism, and he helps to run the Brighton and Hove Black History Group.

Malcolm Paris, from Hove, becomes an MBE for services to older people.

Mr Paris is the chairman of Abbeyfield Brighton and Hove and Abbeyfield Sussex Weald.

The Abbeyfield charitable societies run care homes and sheltered housing for old people.

Tim Lucas, from Peacehaven, becomes an MBE for services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

Dr Lucas has advanced the cause of LGBT people in a number of positions including as treasurer of the Brighton Lesbian and Gay Switchboard for more than 20 years.

As the National Union of Teachers executive member for Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, Kent and the Medway Towns, he chaired the union’s Working Party on LBGT Diversity and Equality in Education.

He has also been a long-serving member of the TUC’s LGBT Committee.

A keen musician who works for the main train operator serving Brighton, Hove and Portslade also becomes an MBE, for services to the rail industry.

Nigel Searle, who lives in Arundel, is the train service development manager for Southern Railway.

  1. Sergei Lebedev Reply

    Such a shame that Andrew Lainton, Brunswick Place’s very own ‘Baron Of Beef’ failed to get recognition for all the charity work he has done over the last 25 years….

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