Snowman author among Brighton and Hove names in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Posted On 17 Jun 2017 at 5:06 am

Snowman author and former Brighton University art lecturer Raymond Briggs is among the local names in the latest Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Raymond Briggs at Dukes at Komedia with Ethel and Ernest director Roger Mainwood in front of a montage by Nina Cornwall

Mr Briggs, 83, whose book Ethel and Ernest – about his parents – was turned into a film last year, has been made a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).

The illustrator, cartoonist and author, who lives in Westmeston, near Ditchling, was honoured for services to literature.

Sussex University academic Melissa Leach has also been made a CBE. Professor Leach, 52, is the director of the Institute of Development Studies. The geographer and social anthropologist took the job three years and has been honoured for services to the social sciences.

Suzy Braye

Another Sussex University academic, Suzy Braye, becomes an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).

Professor Braye, 67, ran the Department of Social Work and Social Care for four years and has been recognised for services to vulnerable people.

One of the architects of the new Greater Brighton Metropolitan College has become an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for services to education.

Sue Dare, 60, became transition director when City College Brighton and Hove merged with Northbrook where she spent eight years as principal.

Sue Dare

Another honour has been awarded for achievement in the field of education – in the face of considerable challenges.

Sussex University graduate Amanda Scales, 52, was awarded a BEM (British Empire Medal) for her work as a learning ambassador for the Learning and Work Institute. She will receive her medal for services to adult learning and skills.

Mrs Scales was a latecomer to university but in recent years she has done her best to spread her love of learning to others.

Amanda Scales

Her journey has taken in bellydancing classes at the Whitehawk Inn, a GCSE in maths at Portslade Community College (now the Portslade Aldridge Community Academy – or PACA) and a year as a teaching assistant at Varndean School.

Quiet success has been rewarded for Gloria Elliott, from Hove. The 70-year-old chief executive of the Noise Abatement Society becomes an OBE for services to the awareness of and solutions to pollution from noise.

Gloria Elliott

A Brighton man, Duncan Tree, 52, the head of policy and performance at the charity Volunteering Matters, becomes an MBE for services to social care.

And someone who has volunteered extensively, David Sawyer, 80, is also made an MBE – for services to charity and the community in Brighton.

The retired accountant started an organisation called Roots and Shoots in 1995 to provide vocational training for young people from inner city areas.

And for more than 20 years Mr Sawyer has been a supporter and trustee of Hamilton Lodge, the school for deaf children in Brighton.

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