Knight­hood for man who tamed NHS debt

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK & World Update - By ADAM UREN

A PETER­BOR­OUGH grand­fa­ther has been given one of the coun­try’s high­est ac­co­lades af­ter re­ceiv­ing a knight­hood on the Queen’s Birth­day Hon­ours List.

Keith Pearson (63), of Loch Fyne Close, Or­ton North­gate, was recog­nised for his con­tri­bu­tion to the NHS and made a Knight Bach­e­lor in the list, which was an­nounced to­day.

His achieve­ments over his 20-years­long ca­reer in the NHS in­clude turn­ing around a £300 mil­lion debt at NHS East of Eng­land, where he was chair­man be­tween 2006 and 2010, into a £160 mil­lion sur­plus.

Speak­ing to The Evening Tele­graph from France yes­ter­day, Sir Keith thanked his sup­port­ive fam­ily in­clud­ing his wife Chris­tine, son Ju­lian and grand­chil­dren Megan (9) and Reece (6).

He said: “I am sur­prised and deeply hon­oured to re­ceive a knight­hood for ser­vices to the NHS.

“I was told in May that I had been rec­om­mended for the hon­our and my fam­ily were thrilled, though we’ve had to keep quiet about it un­til now.”

Also among the hon­ours was Flight Sergeant Steven Hey­wood, of No 2 Me­chan­i­cal Squadron at RAF Wit­ter­ing, who was in­formed that he was to be awarded an MBE while he was sta­tioned at Camp Bas­tion in Afghanistan.

The 40-year-old was hon­oured for rais­ing more than £35,000 for char­ity while based at Joint Force Com­mand Head­quar­ters in Brun­ssum, Nether­lands.

He said: “I am shocked and stag­gered at re­ceiv­ing this award but I am also ex­tremely pleased and hon­oured.

“I have done this sort of thing for some time be­cause I find the re­sults hugely re­ward­ing and I never sought or ex­pected any­thing else for my ef­forts.”

An­other MBE re­cip­i­ent is Stam­ford’s Anne Hale (70), of Ade­laide Street, who was put for­ward for the hon­our by hus­band John and other friends.

Mrs Hale is a stal­wart of the vol­un­tary sec­tor in Stam­ford lend­ing her pi­ano play­ing tal­ents to the town’s Am­a­teur Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety and Gil­bert and Sul­li­van So­ci­ety. She has also worked at Stam­ford’s Can­cer Re­search UK shop for the past 13 years.

A part-time teacher at Stam­ford High School for ten years, she also runs weekly cof­fee morn­ings for the United Re­formed Church, which each year raises an in­cred­i­ble £5,000 to boost cof­fers at the church.

She said: “I was a lit­tle bit em­bar­rassed when I found out, I just do a lit­tle bit for char­ity, but it is nice to be recog­nised for it.”

Lo­cal govern­ment worker Robert Bell (60) was made a Mem­ber of the Vic­to­rian Or­der for his work as the Lord Lieu­tenant’s Of­fi­cer for Lin­colnshire, or­gan­is­ing royal vis­its and pub­lic en­gage­ments on be­half of the cur­rent Lord Lieu­tenant Tony Worth.

Mr Bell said: “I’m very proud and hugely hon­oured to be recog­nised by Her Majesty the Queen.

“I have spo­ken to Mr Worth who was very com­pli­men­tary and pleased for me.”

Also on the list, was for­mer New Col­lege Stam­ford prin­ci­pal Miles Dib­s­dall, who was awarded an OBE for his ser­vices to fur­ther and higher ed­u­ca­tion.

Mr Dib­s­dall now works at Telford Col­lege in Ed­in­burgh.

(From left) Steven Hey­wood, Miles Dib­s­dall and Robert Bell who are among those on the Queen’s Birth­day Hon­ours List.


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