Four people from Brighton and Hove recognised by Queen in honours list

Posted On 29 Dec 2017 at 10:30 pm

Four people from Brighton and Hove have been recognised by the Queen in the New Year Honours List.

Cricket bosses Clare Connor and Mark Robinson are honoured for their part in England women’s World Cup win in the summer.

Clare Connor

Eye surgeon Christopher Liu and and civil servant Phil Evans are also recognised for their work.

Clare Connor, the Brighton-born director of women’s cricket at the England and Wales Cricket Board, becomes a CBE for services to cricket.

The 42-year-old former Preston Nomads and Brighton College player, who went on to skipper Sussex and England, has already been made an MBE and OBE in previous honours lists.

Mark Robinson

Former Sussex player and coach Mark Robinson, 51, of Hove, is made an OBE for his role as coach of the victorious England side.

Sussex Cricket chief executive Rob Andrew said: “We’re extremely proud of Clare and Mark.

“They thoroughly deserve this recognition for the brilliant contribution they have made to women’s cricket.

“The pair were integral to the most successful period in Sussex’s history and it’s fantastic to see them continuing to influence the game at international level. Congratulation to them both.”

Clare Connor and Mark Robinson

Professor Liu, 58, a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at the Sussex Eye Hospital, in Eastern Road, Brighton, is a pioneer of a technique known as tooth in eye surgery.

He is also an honorary clinic professor at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School and becomes an OBE for services to ophthalmology.

Christopher Liu

Marianne Griffiths, chief executive of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Sussex Eye Hospital, said: “Professor Liu’s pioneering eye surgery literally brings light into the lives of his patients.

“This honour is a welcome recognition of his outstanding work and the fantastic work of the Sussex Eye Hospital.”

Dr Evans, from Brighton, has been appointed a CBE for services to humanitarian relief. He has the country director for Somalia at the Department for International Development (DfID) for almost four years.

He has spent more than 30 years in international development, working at the United Nations and the World Bank before joining DfID in 1993.

Phil Evans

The New Year Honours List is officially published tomorrow (Saturday 30 December) and “recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom”.

The list honours people who have given their lifetimes to supporting others and includes, as usual, some well-known names.

A knighthood has been given to Michael Morpurgo, who wrote War Horse. A stage version is coming to Brighton next month.

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb and the former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg have all also been knighted, with a damehood awarded to dancer Darcey Bussell.

The government said that in total 1,123 people had received an award

●   981 candidates have been selected at BEM, MBE and OBE level – 318 at BEM, 452 at MBE and 211 at OBE

●   70 per cent of the recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity

●   551 women are recognised in the list, representing 49 per cent of the total

●   9.2 per cent of the successful candidates come from a BAME background

●   5 per cent of the successful candidates consider themselves to have a disability under the Equality Act 2010

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