Queen honours Wearsiders with New Year gongs

Senior Vice President Trevor Mann shows the interior the new Nissan Leaf

Senior Vice President Trevor Mann shows the interior the new Nissan Leaf

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WEARSIDE is celebrating today after some of its leading names were recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

Nissan boss Trevor Mann and Professor Peter Fidler, vice-chancellor and chief executive of Sunderland University, have both been awarded a CBE. Prof Fidler already held an MBE.

Mr Mann, from Washington, was recognised with the award for his services to business in the North East.

Beginning as a team leader at the Wearside factory in 1985, he is now senior vice-president for manufacturing, purchasing and supply chain management in Europe.

Mr Mann said: “I am honoured and delighted to receive this award. The recognition is very flattering but is without doubt a reflection of the success Nissan has enjoyed, which has been a result of a sustained team effort over many years.”

Prof Fidler, who joined the university in 1999, received a CBE for his services to higher education.

He said: “On a personal level I am deeply honoured. I am grateful to my family, friends, colleagues and many generations of students who have been so supportive of my work.

“Above all I see the honour as recognition of the University of Sunderland’s success and contribution to our city and region – its impact locally and its international reach.”

A senior police officer, a charity champion and a high-security prison’s clinical director are among those to be recognised from County Durham.

Durham Constabulary’s Chief Constable Jon Stoddart has been given an OBE for his services to the police.

Mr Stoddart, who already has a Queen’s Policing Medal, said: “I’m surprised and delighted, and feel this honour is a reflection of the esteem with which Durham Constabulary is held at the highest level.

“This is more about the force than me, which is exactly how it should be.”

Ian Crampton, 49, from Carrville in Durham, has been awarded the MBE. The operation change manager at the city’s passport office has, with the support of his colleagues and fellow members of Durham City Harriers, raised £57,000 during the last 12 years for dozens of charities.

The majority was raised through 15 marathons, as well as climbing and other physical challenges.

He said the MBE “just came out of the blue” and added: “At first I thought it was a joke, but then I got a call from the Cabinet Office, so it’s been a bit surreal.”

Fellow MBE recipient is Sally Hancox, director of Gentoo Green, the Wearside housing developer environmental arm.

Ms Hancox, from Durham, has been given the title for services to reducing carbon emissions and fuel poverty in social housing.

Peter Walls, Gentoo chief executive, said: “We are absolutely delighted that this honour has been given to Sally Hancox. Her passion for the environment is inspiring and the changes she has been able to make for people in a relatively short space of time are quite remarkable.

“She is a very deserving person for this award and we hope this inspires others to take the climate change agenda as seriously as she does.”

Others to be honoured include Durham County Schools Athletic Association trustee and retired PE teacher Dorothy Best, who has been given an MBE for services to physical education.

Miss Best said: “I was absolutely stunned. I’ve been teaching all my life, I enjoy it so much, and this is really about the schools.”

Julie Anne Luther, clinical director of HMP Frankland in Durham, has also been given an OBE.

Other people recognised include Professor Stephen Singleton, medical director and regional director of public health for NHS North East, who received an OBE for services to public health.

Joan Little, from Houghton, who is an executive officer in child maintenance and enforcement commission at the Department for Work and Pensions was awarded a MBE.

John Waugh, from Chester-le-Street, chair of governors at Our Lady Queen of Peace School, Houghton, was also awarded a MBE for services to education.

Denise Rowland, of Peterlee, who was formerly head of school of early years, health and social care at New College Durham, was awarded the MBE for services to further education

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