Berk­shire’s best nom­i­nated for gongs

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

SIR JOHN is not the only re­cip­i­ent of a New Year’s hon­our.

An OBE has been awarded to Paul John Lind­ley, the en­tre­pre­neur and founder of Ella's Kitchen. The award was for his ser­vices to Ex­ports in the Food and Drink Sec­tor and to Chil­dren's Wel­fare.

He founded the or­ganic baby food com­pany in 2006, nam­ing it af­ter his daugh­ter and stayed with it un­til he stepped down ear­lier this year.

He also sits on the board of Toast Ale and chair­ing the Robert F Kennedy Hu­man Rights UK group, founded by Bobby Kennedy’s widow.

And in March, he was ap­pointed Chair of the Lon­don Child Obe­sity Task­force by the Mayor of Lon­don, Sadiq Khan.

This is not the first hon­our be­stowed on Paul: In July 2013, he re­ceived an honorary doc­tor­ate from the Univer­sity of Read­ing for his con­tri­bu­tion to im­prov­ing chil­dren’s health and his work as an en­tre­pre­neur.

An Bri­tish Em­pire Medal (a BEM) has been awarded to Alan Skip­worth, who lives in Berk­shire and is a Bor­der Force As­sis­tant Of­fi­cer at Heathrow Air­port. His award is for ser­vices to bor­der se­cu­rity.

There have been a clutch of awards to peo­ple work­ing within Berk­shire’s health­care sys­tem.

An MBE has been awarded to Re­bcessa Chester, who is a Dis­abil­ity Con­sul­tant Nurse Net­work with the Berk­shire NHS Foun­da­tion Trust and serves as the chair of the Na­tional Learn­ing Dis­abil­ity Con­sul­tant Nurse Net­work (UKLDCNN).

The UKLDCNN aids cross-coun­try devel­op­ment of new ini­tia­tives within the field of Learn­ing Dis­abil­ity nurs­ing.

She was awarded her hon­our for ser­vices to Peo­ple with Learn­ing Dis­abil­i­ties.

An MBE also goes to Ali­son Sheila Dur­rands, the Al­lied Health Pro­fes­sion­als Pro­fes­sional Lead for the Berk­shire Health­care NHS Foun­da­tion Trust. The award is for ser­vices to Al­lied Health­care.

And Kirsten Wil­lis, who is head of op­er­a­tions for South Cen­tral Am­bu­lance Ser­vice, has also been made an MBE for her ser­vices to NHS lead­er­ship. She also serves as chair of the SCAS LGBT Net­work and deputy chair for the Na­tional Am­bu­lance LGBT Net­work.

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