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New Year Honours: The 24 Hertfordshire people on the list, including Bishop's Stortford's Dr June Raine, chief executive of Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

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A total of 24 people from Hertfordshire are included on the New Year Honours list – including three women who have been named DBEs (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire).

Among them is a pharmacologist and lifelong medicines regulator from Bishop's Stortford who heads the body that approved the UK's first Covid-19 vaccine – thereby kick-starting the country's largest ever immunisation programme.

Dr June Raine, 69, is chief executive of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which is responsible for ensuring that medicines work and are acceptably safe.

She came to public prominence in December 2020 when the MHRA was the first Western regulator to approve a Covid-19 vaccine, namely BioNTech-Pfizer's.

As an independent non-executive director at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Dr Vivienne Cox, from Hemel Hempstead, has helped to test, inform and shape the environmental, social and governance agenda, maximising the pharmaceuticals giant’s environmental and societal impact.

Her outreach to GSK’s employees and her discussion of the CEO's ambition to improve diversity and inclusion helped the publication of targets for female and ethnically diverse representation in senior roles and also greater transparency around the ethnic representation of GSK’s workforce.

Sara Khan, from Watford, has dedicated her life to challenging extremism in Britain. Championing human rights and defending democratic values, she has shown exceptional integrity and courage despite threats to her life.

She was recently made Prime Minister Boris Johnson's independent adviser on social cohesion and resilience to work against the impact of extremism in communities.

She has spent the last 15 years leading a nationwide dialogue to build understanding of extremism in all its forms, driving forward change from within communities and institutions at the highest levels of policy-making.

In 2018 she became the first Lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism, building a commission that engages widely across the UK and providing the Government with independent advice and cutting-edge policy solutions.

Two members of Hertfordshire County Council's children's services department are honoured for services to children's social care. Director Jenny Coles becomes a CBE while Pretty Nkiwane, social care and service manager, is made an MBE.


DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire)

Dr Vivienne Cox CBE – independent non-executive director and workforce engagement director, GSK and chair, Rosalind Franklin Institute. For services to sustainability, and to diversity and inclusion in business. (Hemel Hempstead)

Sara Khan – lately lead commissioner, Commission for Countering Extremism. For services to human rights and counter extremism. (Watford)

Dr June Munro Raine CBE – chief executive, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. For services to healthcare and the Covid-19 response. (Bishop's Stortford)

CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire)

Jenny Coles – director of children's services, Hertfordshire County Council. For services to children's social care. (Dunstable, Beds)

Dr Steven John Gamblin FRS – director of scientific platforms, The Francis Crick Institute. For services to scientific research. (Radlett)

Professor Russell Mardon Viner – professor in adolescent health, University College London. For services to child and adolescent health, particularly during Covid-19. (Harpenden)

OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire)

Dr David Bentley – vice-president and chief scientist, Illumina Cambridge Ltd. For services to expertise and leadership in human medical genomics. (Harpenden)

Sharon Tracey Davies – chief executive, Hertfordshire Care Providers Association. For services to social care in Hertfordshire. (Stevenage)

Sally Debonnaire – director of production, ITV. For services to television and voluntary service to skills through ScreenSkills. (Berkhamstead)

David Hugh Johnston – head, Digital Trust and Evidence Group. For services to law enforcement. (Letchworth Garden City)

Sarah Jane Wren MBE – chief executive officer, Hertfordshire Independent Living Service. For services to older and disabled people in Hertfordshire. (Hitchin)

MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire)

Matthew Philip Bolshaw – member, Secretariat for the General Aviation, All-Party Parliamentary Group. For services to aviation safety. (Letchmore Heath)

Jonathan Coggan – for services to wheelchair rugby. (Hertford)

Pretty Nkiwane – social care and service manager, Hertfordshire Children Services. For services to children's social care during Covid-19. (Hatfield)

Rosalind Mary Paul – chief executive officer and artistic director, Scene and Heard. For charitable services to theatre, to young people and to families in Somers Town, London borough of Camden. (St Albans)

Stewart Colin Powell – for services to people with polio in the UK and to the criminal justice system. (Bushey)

Elizabeth Jane Pryor – chief executive officer, the Anne Robson Trust. For services to end-of-life care. (Stevenage)

Paul Rees – chief executive, Royal College of Psychiatrists. For services to mental health and to equality, diversity and inclusion. (Kings Langley)

James Penry Roberts – for services to wheelchair rugby. (Hertford)

Christopher Ryan – for services to wheelchair rugby. (Welwyn)

Natalie Charlotte Shaw – director, employment affairs, International Chamber of Shipping. For services to seafarers during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Borehamwood)

BEM (Medallists of the Order of the British Empire)

Gerald Victor Millington – for services to local history in Devon and Hertfordshire. (Budleigh Salterton, Devon)

Gillian Mary Williams – president, Watford Premier Netball Club. For services to netball in Watford. (Watford)

David John Wilson – for services to the community in Stevenage. (Stevenage)

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