Queen honours seven in 2012 birthday list

Councilor John Moffott getting awarded MBE
Councilor John Moffott getting awarded MBE

SEVEN city residents have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Milton Keynes Council’s Assistant Director of Democratic Services, John Moffoot, was appointed an MBE for serving young people and the community in the city.

Mr Moffoot has served in local government for more than 40 years, including 24 in Milton Keynes.

In 2007 he helped to co-ordinate the Queen’s visit to the city – one of his greatest memories.

He said: “Being involved in that and everything that came with it, including the opening of thehub:mk, was something to be proud of.”

He was especially commended for his work with young people, which includes volunteering work in his spare time, as well as engaging students in the democratic process and establishing the Youth Cabinet. He and his wife Muriel are also foster carers.

He said: “The role has changed from time to time but it is nice that someone has recognised that my efforts should be honoured.”

Council leader Andrew Geary said: “This is marvellous news and thoroughly deserved. John is one of our most knowledgable and loyal officers.

“His inside out knowledge of local government has proved invaluable at meetings – some of them very tense – he is basically the ‘go to’ guy.

“He’s a nice guy with a sense of right and wrong, and doesn’t shy away from giving difficult advice and news to councillors, myself included.”

Rosemary Osbourne was also honoured with an MBE for services to the Food Service Industry. She spent her whole working life in the industry, most recently volunteering for the Food Service Consultants Society International where she was chairman of the UK branch as well as the Europe, Africa and Middle East Division.

She said: “I am delighted to be nominated and to be recognised in a Jubilee year makes it extra special.”

The Open University’s Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences, Monica Grady, has been awarded a CBE for services to Space Science.

Professor Grady said: “I am surprised and thrilled by the honour. Space science is so important in this country, not just because it is a really interesting subject to study, but also because of its other fantastic attributes. The beautiful pictures space scientists produce of stars and planets help to attract young people to the subject.

“Space science is not something you do by yourself, it is a team effort.”

MK based London Midland employee Satish Kakkad has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to the rail industry. Satish, or ‘Scottie’ as he is known, arrived in Britain from Uganda accompanied by his wife and with just a few pounds in his pocket. He soon found himself a job as a railwayman working at a depot in Bolton. Soon afterwards, Scottie and his family moved to Milton Keynes to take up a job at the station where he has now spent most of his 38-year railway career.

He is on first name terms with many customers and over the last five years London Midland have received more than 100 letters of praise about his work. In many, he is referred to as ‘Mr Milton Keynes’.

London Midland’s Head of Franchise Management Nicola Moss said: “This is a very well-deserved honour. Scottie is an absolute pleasure to work with, is fantastic with our customers and is a wonderful ambassador for our business.”

There were also British Empire Medals for co-founders of the Food Cupboard Ann and Malcolm Bagnall for services to the community in Bletchley, while Michael Turner was awarded the MBE for services to Great Brickhill.