Top honours for borough notables

PUBLISHED: 15:43 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:05 12 August 2010

A CHILDREN S author who wrote scripts for children s television hit Byker Grove was among those included in the Queen s Birthday Honours list.

A CHILDREN'S author who wrote scripts for children's television hit Byker Grove was among those included in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Award-winning author Malorie Blackman, from Beckenham, was awarded an OBE last Saturday for services to children's literature.

Other winners from the area include headteacher of Brixton nursery Holmewood Nursery School, Susan Donovan, from Beckenham, who was awarded an OBE for services to early years' education.

The former chief executive of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, Mervyn John Ainsworth, from Eltham, was awarded an OBE, for services to business.

MBEs went to Patricia Elaine Gates, from Beckenham and Kathleen Mary Martin, from Orpington, who are both personal secretaries at the Health and Safety Executive, part of the Department for Work and Pensions.

Another public servant, Lorraine Roberson, from Bexley, a worker at the Ministry of Defence received an MBE, for public and voluntary service.

The chief executive of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) Stuart Bell, was awarded a CBE.

He said: "I hope that this award will be seen as recognition of the wider importance of mental health and well-being in today's society."

The Trust provides substance misuse services for people in Bexley, Greenwich and Bromley, as well as specialist services to people from across the UK.


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