Hon­oured: OBE for Sol­heim hero Beany

The Scotsman - - FRONT PAGE - By SHÂN ROSS

Sol­heim Cup-win­ning cap­tain Ca­tri­ona Matthew – known as Beany to those close to her – has been made an OBE in the New Year Hon­ours list. The 50-year-old, from North Ber­wick, who led Team Europe to vic­tory over the United States at Gleneagles in Septem­ber, has been recog­nised for ser­vices to golf, ten years af­ter be­com­ing an MBE.

Sol­heim Cup-win­ning cap­tain Ca­tri­ona Matthew has been made an OBE in the New Year Hon­ours list.

The 50-year-old, who led Team Europe to vic­tory over the US at Gleneagles in Septem­ber, has been recog­nised for ser­vices to golf, 10 years af­ter be­com­ing an MBE.

The sportswoma­n was hon­oured along­side former Royal Bank of Scot­land chief ex­ec­u­tive Ross Mce­wan, who be­comes a CBE for ser­vices to the fi­nan­cial sec­tor.

De­scrib­ing how she felt at re­ceiv­ing the honour, Matthew said: “Start­ing out, you al­ways want to do well, but if some­one had said back then that I’d achieve ev­ery­thing I have, and now this, I prob­a­bly wouldn’t have be­lieved it.

“I’m still get­ting peo­ple com­ing up to me in the street and of­fer­ing con­grat­u­la­tions for the Sol­heim. It’s amaz­ing, re­ally, the im­pact this one has had com­pared to oth­ers.”

New Zealan­der Mr Mce­wan an­nounced in April he was step­ping down from the RBS role, which he took on in 2013

When he took the helm, the bank was more than 80 per cent Gov­ern­ment-owned, but the tax­payer’s stake has been re­duced to 62.4 per cent.

One of his chal­lenges was pre­par­ing the bank to re­turn to pri­vate hands – a task still not com­plete, but with progress be­ing made af­ter RBS posted prof­its for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year in Fe­bru­ary.

Also be­ing made an OBE is ac­tress Mau­reen Beat­tie, who stars with David Ten­nant in the forth­com­ing TV drama Dead­wa­ter Fell.

Beat­tie, whose fa­ther is the Scot­tish ac­tor and co­me­dian Johnny Beat­tie, is recog­nised for ser­vices to the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, hav­ing be­come the sec­ond fe­male pres­i­dent of the Eq­uity trade union last year.

An MBE goes to Rose Reilly, the Scot­tish foot­baller who took Italy by storm in the 1970s and 80s.

De­spite hav­ing turned out for Scot­land’s na­tional team, she went on to play for Italy be­fore cap­tain­ing the side that won the Mun­di­al­ito – a com­pe­ti­tion seen as a pre­de­ces­sor of the Women’s World Cup – in 1984.

Gor­don Buchanan, con­ser­va­tion­ist and wildlife cam­era­man, whose cred­its in­clude Planet Earth II, is made an MBE for ser­vices to con­ser­va­tion and wildlife film-mak­ing.

OBES go to two peo­ple in­volved at the V&A Dundee.

Les­ley Knox, the mu­seum’s former chair­woman , re­ceives the honour for ser­vices to cul­ture, while di­rec­tor Philip Long is recog­nised for ser­vices to her­itage and cul­ture.

He­len Hol­land is also made an OBE for ser­vices to sur­vivors of child­hood abuse, hav­ing co-founded the Well­be­ing Scot­land project In Care Abuse Sur­vivors.

Scots­man colum­nist and former Labour politi­cian Brian Wil­son is made a CBE for ser­vices to business and char­ity in Scot­land. He served as a min­is­ter un­der Tony Blair and is the chair­man of Har­ris Tweed He­brides and a nonex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at Celtic FC.

The same honour goes to Joanna Baker, who was for­merly man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val and chair of the Na­tional Youth Choir of Scot­land.

Pro­fes­sor Rowena Ar­shad, head of Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity’s Mo­ray House School of Ed­u­ca­tion and co-di­rec­tor of the cen­tre for ed­u­ca­tion and racial equal­ity, is made a CBE for ser­vices to ed­u­ca­tion and equal­ity.

Prof Ar­shad was a mem­ber of the first black women’s group in Scot­land and equal op­por­tu­ni­ties com­mis­sioner for Scot­land from 2001 to 2007.

Ian Curle, who was chief ex­ec­u­tive of spir­its com­pany Edring­ton, which owns brands in­clud­ing Ma­callan, the Fa­mous Grouse and High­land Park whiskies, is another be­ing made a CBE. He is be­ing hon­oured for ser­vices to the whisky in­dus­try af­ter step­ping down from the firm in March.

Ross Mce­wan, former RBS chief ex­ec­u­tive, be­comes a CBE

0 Team Europe cap­tain Ca­tri­ona Matthew, who re­ceives an OBE for ser­vices to golf, cel­e­brates af­ter beat­ing the United States to win the Sol­heim Cup at Gleneagles in Septem­ber

0 Ac­tress Mau­reen Beat­tie is made an OBE

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