Teachers and charity workers honoured in New Years Honours list

Teachers and charity workers honoured in New Years Honours list

Paul Newman

Christopher Garnett

First published in News by , Senior Reporter

A teacher, charity workers and a Wimbledon tennis steward are all among people from the borough to make the New Year's Honours list.

Former principle of the BRIT School, Nick Williams, of Balham, was given a knighthood.

Mr Williams was principle of the performing arts school based in Croydon until recently and helped launch the careers of  Adele, Amy Winehouse and Jessie J.

Su Joscelyn Sayer, chief executive of United Response, was awarded a CBE for services to people with disabilities in the UK.

Ms Sayer, who lives in Roehampton, has helped 2,500 people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health needs. 

She said: "This honour belongs to everyone involved in United Response’s work over the last 40 years.

"This honour is a wonderful start to United Response’s 40th anniversary celebrations. I am thrilled for everyone involved.”

The chief of staff for Lambeth Palace, Christopher Addison Smith, of Battersea, was also awarded a CBE for services to the Church of England.

Christopher Garnett, of Roehampton, was one among many people involved in the Olympics to make the OBE list.

Mr Garnett, chairman of the Olympic transport board, made sure everything ran smoothly during the Games and is also a member of the Olympic Delivery Authority.

Olympics chairman Sebastian Coe said: "I am so proud of what my LOCOG team and our partners delivered this summer and delighted they have been recognised on behalf of their teams in this way."

Charity worker Paul Newman was also awarded an OBE for contribution to voluntary services.

Mr Newman is currently acting as interim chief executive of Tooting based Blood Pressure UK and is a member of Balham Rotary Club.

For the past eight years he has been helping charities in the borough who need specialised support such as temporary loss of leadership or financial shortfalls.

He said: "It is a fantastic honour to be given this award.  I am very grateful and I would like to acknowledge in particular, the support of my family through all the time I spend away from home on assignment".

Outgoing chief steward of the All England Club Andrew Gairdner, of Putney, was given an MBE.

Mr Gairdner has been a steward at Wimbledon since 1978 and is responsible for working with the police, Merton Council and Wimbledon Park Golf club to make sure the queue runs smoothly.

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