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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

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Honours for pillars of community

NATIONAL Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) Research Fellow Dr Dominic Rhodes was awarded an MBE in recognition of his services to science.

Following a degree in mining engineering and a spell in the mining industry, Dominic, of St Bees, has now worked in the nuclear sector for almost 20 years. In his current role as a research fellow with NNL in the field of powders and slurries.

Dominic is also NNL’s corporate social responsibility manager and plays a very prominent, hands-on role in leading outreach activities for the company, working with schools and other bodies in West Cumbria and throughout the UK. He has led NNL’s work with The Smallpeice Trust, running a series of residential courses to help inspire young people in science and technology subjects.

Away from work, Dominic has a number of varied interests including fine wine (on which subject he has lectured to a high level), beekeeping and audio-visual electronics.

He is married to Juliet, a GP, and has twin 12-year-old daughters. Dominic’s father also received an MBE for his work as chief flying instructor at the RAF Test Pilots’ School.

Dominic said: “I was shocked and honoured to receive the news of my MBE. I have always been fascinated by science and its application to solving real problems and I’ve been fortunate that my career has allowed me to combine being a practising scientist with sharing my passion with a new generation of entrants to the science and technology sector.

“Both aspects of my work require a major team effort to be successful and I’ve always been lucky to work with some fabulous colleagues who combine great knowledge and tremendous enthusiasm.”

Paul Howarth, NNL managing director, said: “Dominic’s award is great news and very well-deserved. He devotes a huge amount of his personal time to promoting science, technology, engineering and maths to young people and I hear a lot of really positive feedback about the impact he has on those individuals.

“He has boundless enthusiasm in addition to his specialist technical expertise and he is an inspiration to colleagues in NNL as well as those people he deals with outside the company.”

MIKE received his award for services to health and to the community in Whitehaven.

He said: “I am so humbled to have been honoured, but this award is not just mine it is for every member of the team who has helped to make emergency care in West Cumbria as good as it can be.”

In July, the 55-year-old, of St Bees, retired from his post as consultant in the A&E at West Cumberland Hospital.

When he joined the team 21 years ago he was the first full-time consultant the hospital had.

Throughout his career he has focused on pre-hospital care where immediate medical attention is needed.

Mike has volunteered to accompany paramedics to incidents and traumas where the casualties are more severe and a doctor is needed for advanced medical assistance. He also uses his medical skills as a member of the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team.

This was part of the emergency care service he devised with his team at West Cumberland Hospital, which was recognised and practised county-wide. He also became a member of the British Association for Immediate Care (BASIC), the voluntary organisation who offer trauma assistance to paramedics.

Mike said: “I hope that by accepting this award it will prove how valuable work like this is especially in such a remote and isolated county, as well as show it can still be done to a high standard.”

Mr Greene will collect his MBE from Buckingham Palace in the next six months. He said: “I will be going with my wife, Karen, and two sons. Throughout the years they have made tremendous sacrifices for me. I missed a lot of parties and school events through work and they have never minded.

“Having them with me will be the recognition to show them what it was all for.”

Mike may have retired from the hospital but he has not given up medicine. He has just returned from three months in Nepal with Karen where they were doing high altitude rescues, helping trekkers who were suffering from altitude sickness or injuries. In June he will be heading to New Zealand to work as a doctor in a ski resort for five months.

THE Whitehaven-born referee received his award for services to rugby league.

A former International Referee of the Year, Stuart officiated in four Challenge Cup finals, two Super League Grand Finals and two World Cup Finals before heading up the Rugby Football League (RFL) Match Officials’ department in 2002, and overseeing the successful implementation of a panel of full-time referees in 2007.

He played for Kells ARLFC and retired from his role as RFL match officials director in March 2013, though he continues to work with the RFL on a consultancy basis.

Nigel Wood, RFL chief executive, said: “I would like to congratulate Stuart on being awarded the MBE for his services to the sport. Stuart did an outstanding job for the RFL in his different roles both on and off the field and this recognition is richly deserved.

“Following a successful career both domestically and internationally officiating on the pitch, he then moved on to work as the match officials director within the RFL, playing a major part in developing the department.

“Given the intense scrutiny referees face, it is to Stuart’s credit that he always fulfilled what is often the hardest job in rugby league with diligence, dignity and above all integrity.”

ANNIE, 64, who is the founder of the Sunbeams Music Trust, received her award in recognition of her services to music therapy in Cumbria.

Her trust works closely with the Silver Liners music group from Cleator Moor which are 12 wheelchair users aged 50 to 97 who perform concerts for less active older people in care homes.

Commenting on her award, Annie said: “I’m absolutely delighted and overwhelmed because it’s such a great honour. It’s not just for me but represents a wonderful testimony to the effect we know Sunbeams has on people with disabilities.

“I’m thrilled to be awarded the MBE because it’s our 21st anniversary year and we are about to start building our music therapy centre.

“This is an honour for the whole team and the Cumbrian community who have been unswerving and loyal in their support.”

THE former principal of Lakes College received her award for services to further education.

Mrs Richardson retired from the Lillyhall college at the end of August after more than 20 years in education.

Her connection with Lakes College started after she left her role of assistant education officer for Cumbria County Council and started as director of human resources in 1992. In 2003 she became deputy principal, before taking on her current position in 2007.

Mrs Richardson, who lives near Wigton, has said increasing the profile and reputation of the college has been among her achievements during her time in charge.

Other Cumbrians who were awarded in the New Year Honours were:


Sarah Beatrice Dunning, Kirkby Stephen. Chief executive, Tebay Services. For services to the food, drink and hospitality sectors.

Gordon Macpherson Nicolson, Penrith. Leader, Eden District Council. For services to local government.


Margaret Jean Burne, JP, Penrith. For services to the magistracy and to the community in Cliburn.

Patric Alan Gilchrist, Cockermouth. Executive director, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. For services to the Arts.

John Hamilton Innerdale, Penrith. Chairman, Mountain Heritage Trust. For voluntary services to preserving and promoting mountain heritage.

Arthur William Littlefair. Kirkby Stephen. For services to the community and to the Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team.

The Rev Canon Roy McCullough, Penrith. For services to the Church of England, particularly the preservation of the built heritage of churches through the Diocesan Advisory Committee in Lancashire.

Dr Theodore Paul Weston, Penrith. GP, for services to victims of trauma.

Eric George Wilson, Alston. National constitutional officer, Labour Party. For political service.


Susan Claire Cashmore, Cockermouth. Chair, Cockermouth Flood Action Group. For services to the community in Cockermouth, particularly following the 2009 floods.

Susan Elaine Lomas, Penrith. Volunteer, Appleby Gypsy and Traveller Horse Fair. For services to community cohesion in Cumbria.

Ruth Pedley, Kendal Animal welfare volunteer, RSPCA Westmorland Branch. For voluntary and charitable service to animal welfare.

Michael David Roberts, Middleton-in-Lonsdale. For services to the special constabulary in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Cumbria.

Bernard Warriner, Grange-Over-Sands. For voluntary service to the Lake District Ski Club.


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