Birthday honours again highlight COVID response

Women and men who have helped keep the transport network running during the pandemic have again been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Conrad Bailey, interim director general, rail services and strategy at the Department for Transport (DfT) has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for public service. He was previously director, COVID-19 at the DfT

Martin Jones, lately deputy director and negotiations adviser at the EU Transition Division of the DfT, was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), also for public service.


Mr Jones was congratulated by the British Ports Association (BPA), whose chair, Neil Glendinning (pictured), also received an OBE. Mr Glendinning is chief executive officer of Harwich Haven Authority and received recognition for services to the transport of freight, particularly during the Covid-19 Response. The BPA said Mr Glendinning had made a huge contribution both regionally and nationally.

David Knott, compliance manager, Belfast Harbour was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the port industry and the community in Belfast, while Ilfracombe Harbour Master Captain Georgina Carlo-Paat was also made an MBE for services to promoting the role of women at sea.

Another DfT official receiving recognition was Emma Pearne, deputy head COVID-19 Bus Service Support Grant Funding, who was awarded the MBE for services to transport and the Covid-19 response.

Kay English, traffic manager at the City of London has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to transport management in the City, including during the pandemic. Consultant Karen Gibson has been awarded an MBE for services to safety in transport, while Gordon Mills has received the same award for services to the Grampian Transport Museum. Mr Mills is a former engineering director at FirstGroup in the city and is credited with designing low-access buses.

Flying Disabled founder Christopher Wood has been made an MBE for services to aviation accessibility, while Matthew Gorman, carbon strategy director at Heathrow Airport received the honour for services to decarbonisation of aviation

Rajinder Pryor, engagement lead, Network Rail, received an MBE for services to diversity and inclusion within the rail industry, specifically for her work with Women in Rail to promote diversity across the industry, and for raising awareness around domestic abuse, especially during the pandemic in support of the Rail to Refuge scheme and Online Safe Spaces.

Three Network Rail employees received the BEM: John Sidebotham, Danny Hawkins and Simon Lloyd.

Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines said: ‘I am incredibly proud to see the contributions of Rajinder, John, Danny and Simon recognised.

‘They have all been making a real difference to their local communities and to their colleagues, and it’s great to see their dedication acknowledged at the highest level. Congratulations to all.’

In a separate Overseas and International list published by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Mohammed Ahmed, aviation security liaison officer at the British Embassy in Riyadh was awarded an MBE for services to British nationals overseas.

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