Bedfordshire Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2018




HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2018 has been announced and includes twelve Bedfordshire recipients. Those who have been successful are as follows:

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)


Mr Nicholas HOUGHTON CBE (Bedford)
Deputy Director, International Tax Policy & Structure, HM Revenue and Customs
For services to International Tax Development and Promoting Overseas Investment in the UK

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)


Professor Peter Leslie CHIODINI OBE (Bedford)
Consultant Parasitologist, The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
For services to Parasitology and Malaria

Mr Robert John DAVIS OBE (Bedford)
Governor, HM Prison Belmarsh
For services to HM Prison and Probation Service

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)


Mr Peter John COWAN MBE (Luton)
For services to the community in Luton, Bedfordshire

Mr Paul Frederick DODDS MBE (Central Bedfordshire)
Training Manager, WorldSkills UK
For services to the WorldSkills Competition

Mr David James HEATHER MBE (Central Bedfordshire)
Headteacher, Pulford Church of England VA Lower School, Bedfordshire
For services to Education

Mr Mark Ian STIRLING MBE (Central Bedfordshire)
Senior Investigation Officer, National Crime Agency
For services to Law Enforcement and the Investigation of Serious and Organised Crime

Medal of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)


Mrs Iva Dorothy BARR BEM (Bedford)
For services to charitable fundraising in Bedford

Mrs Gladys DAWSON BEM (Central Bedfordshire)
For services to charity and the community in Clifton, Bedfordshire

Mrs Jacqueline Dawn Haggerwood BEM (Bedford)
For voluntary and charitable services to the community in Clapham, Bedfordshire

Mrs Gillian LAKE BEM (Bedford)
For services to the voluntary sector in Bedfordshire

Ms Joanne TODD BEM (Central Bedfordshire)
Watch Commander, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
For services to the Prince’s Trust Team Programme, Hertfordshire

HM Lord-Lieutenant* of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis said: “It is always a pleasure to see so many Bedfordshire residents honoured for the tremendous contribution they make to our county, our region and our country. These people have gone the extra mile in a variety of ways, ensuring that our communities, and society as a whole, continue to grow and flourish."

*Lord-Lieutenants are The Queen's representatives in their counties and areas.  In practice Lord-Lieutenants are primarily involved with a very wide range of voluntary activity; they encourage the many people who are committed to work in and for their communities and they make connections between different voluntary activities.

Also, as leaders in their counties, they have an important role in relation to local, civic, business, industrial, social and community life.  Lord-Lieutenants seek to promote a spirit of co-operation
and beneficial relationships by giving time to voluntary service and benevolent organisations
and by the interest they take in the business and social life of the county.

Lord-Lieutenants have five main duties, as given to them by The Queen:


  1. Arranging visits of members of the Royal Family and escorting Royal visitors
  2. Presenting honours, medals and awards on behalf of The Queen, under The Queen's Golden Jubilee Award or in the form of a Queen's Award for Industry etc.
  3. Participating in civic, voluntary and social activities with the Lieutenancy
  4. Liaising with local units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force and their associated cadet forces
  5. Leading the Local Magistracy as Chairman of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace
The Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire has a Vice Lord-Lieutenant (Colonel Colin R Mason - new appointment on 24 October 2005)and 27 Deputy Lieutenants.