Seven Bedfordshire People Honoured in Queen's Birthday List

  • HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2021 has been announced and includes seven Bedfordshire recipients. 

Those who have been successful are as follows: 

Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Professor Helen Valerie ATKINSON CBE FREng (Bedford)

Pro-Vice Chancellor, Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield University

For services to Engineering and Education


Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Professor Martin Graham CHRISTOPHER (Bedford)

Emeritus Professor of Marketing and Logistics, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University

For services to Business, Academia and the UK Economy


Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Ms Grace Louisiana COLLINS (Bedford)

Leadership Advisor, Local Government Association

For services to Local Government


Mrs Caroline Jane COSTER (Bedford)

For services to Education in Bedfordshire and to Charity in Africa


Ms Maria Freda LOVELL (Luton)

For services to the African Community in Bedfordshire during COVID-19


Mr Peter SMITH (Central Bedfordshire)

For services to Wildlife and Conservation in Bedfordshire


Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

Mr Paul Charles LATIMER (Central Bedfordshire)

For services to the community in Leighton Buzzard Bedfordshire during COVID-19



HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis said, “I am delighted for the Bedfordshire residents who have been recognised in HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours list. This is richly deserved recognition of their significant achievements and service in many different fields and in voluntary work. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen many more people step up and go the extra mile to help their neighbours and it is enriching to see those people rewarded. I offer my sincere thanks and congratulations to all the recipients”.

The honours system strives to be inclusive of all of the UK society. Of the 1,129 people who receive an award:

This year, 986 candidates have been selected at BEM, MBE and OBE level:
323 at BEM
457 at MBE
206 at OBE
695 (62%) of the recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity;
567 women are recognised in the List, representing 50% of the total (39% of recipients at CBE level and above are women);
15% of the successful candidates come from an ethnic minority background:
6.8% of recipients are from an Asian ethnic group;
4.2% of recipients are from a Black ethnic group;
3.3% of recipients with a mixed ethnic background;
0.7% of recipients come from another ethnic background;
9% of the successful candidates are disabled or have a long-term health condition;
17.3% of recipients considered themselves to come from a lower socio-economic background; and
5% of recipients are LGBT.

The honours system celebrates the people who go above and beyond to change the world around them for the better. The system recognises the people who have selflessly volunteered their time and efforts; gained the respect of their peers; displayed moral and physical courage; or showed real innovation and entrepreneurship.

The honours system rewards those doing vital and extraordinary work across the country. 

Anyone can receive an award, and anyone can nominate someone as long as they demonstrate the exceptional contribution the person has made.

Further information on how to nominate some for a UK honour is available at:  

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