ASCOTTISH hu­man­i­tar­ian aid and con­flict spe­cial­ist said he is “flab­ber­gasted” at be­ing awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list.

Glas­gow-born civil ser­vant Keith Mack­ig­gan is be­ing recog­nised for ser­vices to In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment af­ter a 20-year ca­reer with the De­part­ment for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment (DFID).

Keith was lead­ing the UK’s re­con­struc­tion team in Iraq when a col­league was killed in a rocket at­tack at their Basra base.

He said: “I’m re­ally not sure why I’m get­ting this hon­our.

“I ba­si­cally have im­poster syn­drome, so I was re­ally sur­prised but my hus­band Si­mon was like ‘Och, of course you de­serve it’.

“He’s al­ways very sup­port­ive. I was flab­ber­gasted.”

The aid hero is one of al­most 1000 UK gov­ern­ment staff based at DFID’s joint-head­quar­ters in East Kil­bride.

He says that his tough­est ex­pe­ri­ence with­out doubt was a six-month post­ing to Basra, Iraq in 2008 and 2009.

Keith re­called: “I’ve been to lots of haz­ardous places but Iraq edges it be­cause there were rock­ets be­ing fired at the air­base where we lived.

“The worst mo­ment was the rocket at­tack that killed one of our ca­ter­ing staff, who worked in the com­pound with me.

“I was there for six months and I’ll be hon­est, I was scared the whole time.”

Keith’s job has also seen him help­ing deal with the world’s worst Ebola out­break in Sierra Leone in 2015 and 2016.

He also spear­headed the UK’s re­sponse to the drought and famine that hit south­ern Africa in 2016.

Keith joins a slew of de­serv­ing win­ners to be hon­oured by the Queen.

Pro­fes­sor Sheila Anne Man­son McLean, Pro­fes­sor Emerita of Law and Ethics in Medicine, is be­ing hon­oured with an OBE for ser­vices to Health and to Ed­u­ca­tion.

The Prin­ci­pal of Glas­gow Univer­sity, Pro­fes­sor Sir An­ton Mus­catelli, said: “I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted that Sheila has been hon­oured in this way.

“Her work on med­i­cal law and ethics has been out­stand­ing and she is a very wor­thy re­cip­i­ent.

“Many con­grat­u­la­tions from all of us at the Univer­sity of Glas­gow.”

Also be­ing made an OBE is ac­tress Mau­reen Beat­tie, Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land grad­u­ate for ser­vices to the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, hav­ing be­come the sec­ond fe­male pres­i­dent of the Eq­uity trade union last year.

As is Catriona Matthew for her work as Euro­pean Team Cap­tain at the 2019 Sol­heim Cup.

Ni­cola Kil­lean, chief ex­ec­u­tive Sis­tema Scot­land, will also re­ceive an OBE for ser­vices to Mu­sic, to Chil­dren and to Com­mu­nity Co­he­sion.

Team Europe cap­tain Catriona Matthew, top, and above, Sheila McLean and Keith Mack­ig­gan were all hon­oured

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