Gar­dener, ac­tivist, ex-ad­man hon­oured


A GAR­DENER, an equal­ity cam­paigner and a for­mer JC staffer are among those hon­oured in this year’s New Year Hon­ours list.

So­lic­i­tor Ge­of­frey Bind­man was knighted for his ser­vices to hu­man rights. Sir Ge­of­frey, who founded Bind­man and Part­ners in 1974, is chair­man of the Bri­tish In­sti­tute of Hu­man Rights and pres­i­dent of the Dis­crim­i­na­tion Law As­so­ci­a­tion. In 1988 he was part of a UK mis­sion mon­i­tor­ing the Chilean con­sti­tu­tional ref­er­en­dum.

He told the JC: “I think my Jewish back­ground has been quite rel­e­vant to the way my ca­reer has de­vel­oped, be­cause I have al­ways had a strong iden­ti­fi­ca­tion with peo­ple who have been sub­jected to dis­crim­i­na­tion and op­pres­sion.”

Ron Shelley re­ceived an MBE for ser­vices to the As­so­ci­a­tion of Jewish Ex-Ser­vice­men and Women, and to the Lon­don Jewish com­mu­nity.

The for­mer Ajex na­tional chair­man de­scribed the or­gan­i­sa­tion as “the life force of An­glo-Jewry, al­though that man­tle has now been passed to CST”. He added that his Jewish iden­tity in­spired his com­mit­ment to fight an­tisemitism and fas­cism.

Po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist Linda Bel­los, founder of Di­ver­sity So­lu­tions, cred­ited her OBE for ser­vices to di­ver­sity to “be­ing an ef­fec­tive trou­ble­maker.

“Twenty years ago I was do­ing things that were con­demned by the Daily Mail and Evening Stan­dard as be­ing ‘loony left,’ and now they are part of law.”

Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Drori, for­mer di­rec­tor of Cul­ture On­line with the De­part­ment for Cul­ture, Me­dia and

Hon­oured: from left, Ron Shelley, Peter Rhodes, Linda Bel­los and Pro­fes­sor Stephen Miller Sport, re­ceived a CBE, as did David Si­mons, chair­man of Lit­tle­woods, for ser­vices to re­tail.

“I can’t think of any other in­dus­try that gives you quite the same buzz, the sense of im­me­di­acy and com­pe­ti­tion,” Mr Si­mons told the JC.

Dr David Hes­sayon, best­selling au­thor of the “Ex­pert” gar­den­ing se­ries, now given an OBE for ser­vices to gar­den­ing and char­ity, said: “One’s gar­den is the only piece of land one re­ally owns, and you can, within rea­son, do what you like with it.”

The for­mer vice-chan­cel­lor of City Univer­sity, Pro­fes­sor Stephen Miller, was given an OBE for ser­vices to higher ed­u­ca­tion and for his Olive Tree Project, which gives schol­ar­ships to young Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans to study at the univer­sity.

“Ed­u­ca­tion is a ve­hi­cle for un­der­stand­ing in both a cog­ni­tive and emo­tional sense,” he said.

Pa­tent and trade­marks lawyer Ti­bor Gold de­clared him­self “chuffed to bits” to re­ceive an MBE for ser­vices to in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty just be­fore he re­tires.

Op­tometrist Ivor Lask, awarded an MBE for ser­vices to the NHS, started a pro­gramme for op­tometrists which helps them screen their pa­tients for di­a­betes. His wife and daugh­ter nom­i­nated him with­out his knowl­edge.

Mr Lask, a vice-pres­i­dent of Brom­ley Re­form Syn­a­gogue, told the JC: “I feel I am un­wor­thy of this award, and I was gob­s­macked.”

Bob Rothen­berg, now an MBE for ser­vices to busi­ness and the com­mu­nity in Lon­don, is di­rec­tor of Think Lon­don, an in­vest­ment agency bring­ing busi­ness to Bri­tain.

He said his Jewish up­bring­ing had guided his “moral way of life”, adding that the award was “all a bit hum­bling”.

Kay Hur­witz, the non-Jewish wife of the late vi­o­lin­ist Emanuel, also re­ceived an MBE for ser­vices to mu­sic.

On the diplo­matic ser­vice and over- seas list, for­mer JC em­ployee Peter Rhodes re­ceived an OBE for ser­vices to Bri­tish busi­ness in­ter­ests in France.

Mr Rhodes worked in the JC ad­ver­tis­ing de­part­ment in the early stages of his ca­reer and is now man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Reed Midem, which or­gan­ises var­i­ous trade fairs in Cannes.

He said: “My time at the JC gave me a lot of op­tions I couldn’t get any­where else — I started deal­ing with big clients quite quickly. The JC launched me into hy­per­space.”

Also on the list was Jonathan Her­shl Co­hen, now awarded an OBE for ser­vices to con­flict res­o­lu­tion in the Cau­ca­sus.

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