Bedfordshire: New Years Honours ¦ Lord-Lieutenant Recognises Achievements

  • HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis has officially recognised the achievements of eight Bedfordshire recipients in HM The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for 2021.

Knight Batchelor

Professor Paul Anthony Cosford, Lately Emeritus Medical Director, Public Health England

For services to public health

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Mrs Caron Louise Bradshaw (Central Bedfordshire), Chief Executive, Charity Finance Group

For services to charity


Mr Mrunel Sisodia (Bedford)

Co-chair, National Network of Parent Carer Forums

For services to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, particularly during the COVID-19 Response


Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Mr Hobibul Hoque (Luton), Chief Inspector, Bedfordshire Police

For services to policing and community cohesion.

In 2013, at a time when there were significant tensions between the police and communities in Luton, Chief Inspector Hoque was asked to lead on Community Cohesion for the force and restructured the unit.

Over the following years he worked tirelessly to build strong and lasting relationships with communities and partners across the town and wider county to rebuild trust and confidence in the force.

He also helped overhaul the way the force addresses concerns within local communities, playing a pivotal role in introducing independent scrutiny panels, restructuring the force’s Independent Advisory Group (IAG) and encouraging input from members of the public.

The force’s Chief Constable Garry Forsyth said, “I am delighted Hob has been recognised for his hard work and his deep-rooted dedication to community policing.

“In Bedfordshire, we have a diverse, multi-faith, multi-cultural demographic. Hob’s work was vital in building relationships and trust and bridging the gap between police and communities.

“With a comprehensive knowledge of local communities, strong relationships with partners and the ability to listen and understand concerns, his style of policing and commitment has left a lasting, positive impression on communities across Bedfordshire, and has shaped the way our officers connect and engage with people.”

Luton Borough Council leader, Councillor Hazel Simmons MBE, added: “Hob has been outstanding in his service to the communities throughout Luton.

Mrs Harjinder Kaul Kandola (Central Bedfordshire), Chief Executive, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

For services to mental health, particularly during the COVID-19 Response

 Mr Alan James Oddie (Central Bedfordshire), Founder, Ride High

For services to the community in Milton Keynes


Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

Mr Geoffrey Michael Dimmock (Central Bedfordshire)
For services to the community in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

Mr Craig Stephen Russell (Luton)
For services to communications during COVID-19 

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis said, “It is always pleasing to see Bedfordshire residents honoured for the immense contribution they make to our county. These people, many of whom have gone the extra mile during the COVID-19 pandemic, represent the very best in humanity and have, in a variety of ways, ensured that our communities and society as a whole, continue to grow and flourish."