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New Year Honours for East Midlands Chamber members

Prof Edward Peck and Prof Shearer West are now both CBEs

Business, charity and academic leaders within East Midlands Chamber membership are celebrating after being recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honour list for 2021.

Five MBEs, two CBEs and an OBE were handed to key people at six organisations in recognition of significant contributions made in their chosen fields.

Among those were Professor Shearer West and Professor Edward Peck, the vice-chancellors of the University of Nottingham (UoN) and Nottingham Trent University (NTU) respectively, who were each bestowed with a CBE for their educational work.

Leicester was well represented for MBEs by Anjuu Trevedi, head of regional business engagement at the University of Leicester, lawyer and businesswoman Glynis Wright and Dr Harold Moore, founder of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

Nottingham's university vice-chancellors receive CBEs

Prof West, who joined the UoN in October 2017, is a member of the Universities UK board, a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery and a member of the Independent Schools Governing Body of the King Edward VI Foundation, in Birmingham.

After receiving her honour for her services in education, she admitted to feeling “humbled and privileged”, adding: “I have a passionate belief in the value of education and research to transform lives and communities, and have been fortunate to learn from so many capable and committed colleagues over many years who have shared this vision.

“Whether at home or overseas, and particularly at the University of Nottingham, I am always struck by the dedication and expertise of my colleagues working in higher education. I am delighted that this dedication is reflected in so many honours being bestowed this year to people working in education settings.”

As well as the vice-chancellor, the university’s director of technical skills and strategy Kelly Vere was awarded a MBE for services to championing the role of technicians in higher education and research institutions, and Kate Robertson, a retired assistant professor in the School of Medicine, received an MBE for services to occupational therapy.

As vice-chancellor of NTU since 2014, Prof Peck – a Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and Universities UK board member – has steered the university to accolades such as the Times Higher Education University of the Year in 2017, The Times and Sunday Times Modern University of the Year in 2018, and Guardian University of the Year in 2019.

Prof Peck, who began his career in the NHS, said: “I have had the privilege of working in two of the institutions that for me characterise all that is best about Great Britain, the National Health Service and our universities.

“I am profoundly grateful to receive this award and look forward to continuing to play my small part in making our country one where access to health and prosperity are open to all regardless of their background.”

MBEs for Leicester leaders in business and charity

At the University of Leicester, head of regional business engagement Anjuu Trevedi was awarded an MBE for services to business innovation and the Leicestershire economy.

She represents the university on the Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) economic recovery cell and innovation board, Leicester Business Voice as a board director, and on Chamber in the Coronavirus Business Advisory Group.

“I am absolutely delighted to have received this award for work that I love to do, and heartily believe in,” she said. “I am especially pleased that the award is for services to business innovation and the economy, which I am so passionate about.

“This year has been testing for us all but it has also provided a great opportunity to work together with greater number of stakeholders and amazing businesses to strengthen university-business relationships, and provide exceptional support to businesses on our door step.”

Glynis Wright was awarded her MBE for her services to furthering the cause of female entrepreneurship, having retrained as a lawyer aged 40 and subsequently set up her own law firm, Glynis Wright & Co, in 2011.

It was the first and only Leicester company to win Law Firm of the Year at the national Law Society Excellence Awards in 2018 and was acquired by top 200 law firm Nelsons in December 2020.

Glynis, a former Leicestershire Law Society president who is now a partner at Nelsons, said: “2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, and the fact that anyone took the time to nominate me for my work in supporting and encouraging female entrepreneurs makes it even more special.”

Dr Moore, who founded Rainbows with former wife Gail in 1994 after their daughter Laura died of leukaemia five years earlier, was also awarded an MBE for services to young people and charity.

“I found out just before Christmas and it was a real surprise,” he said. “I wasn’t suspecting that I would have got anything like that. I feel quite humbled by it. It is nice to be recognised in this way.

“My message about Rainbows has always been about the people rather than the facilities. It is about the quality of care and that is down to the people.

“Not just the care staff, but everyone who works at Rainbows and everyone who volunteers. Everyone does it in support of the children and it is the children that provide the inspiration for their dedication.”

Meanwhile, Stuart Gibbons, joint managing director of Chamber member Le Mark Group, an international, family-run tape and label manufacturer based in Cambridgeshire, received an OBE for services to international trade.

Stuart, who was appointed as a Department for International Trade Export Champion in 2018, said he never expected acknowledgement for a “personal passion”.

“I’ve been privileged to work on successful projects with talented people at Le Mark and around the world,” he added. “I’ll continue to support British exporting companies wherever and whenever I can.”