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Queen’s Birthday Honours 2019: Dr Stephen Cleobury knighted, MBE for headteacher and Darktrace pair earn OBEs

From a committed headteacher to cyber security experts, the Cambridge region was well-represented in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2019.

Dr Stephen Cleobury

Stephen Cleobury (11919355)
Stephen Cleobury (11919355)

The director of music at King’s College, Dr Stephen Cleobury, has been knighted.

The honour recognises his contribution to choral music.

Dr Cleobury retires from the role in September after 37 years of service to the college and its choir, which performs the world-famous Carols from King’s, shown by the BBC on Christmas Eve, and the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, performed in the college's chapel on

When his retirement was announced, King’s College paid tribute to Dr Cleobury’s “outstanding service” and said that during his tenure “he has not only maintained but significantly enhanced King’s world famous choral tradition”.

Professor Sylvia Richardson

Professor Richardson is director of the Medical Research Council Biostatistics Unit Biostatistics Unit, at the University of Cambridge. She has been honoured with a CBE for services to medical statistics.

In 2009, Professor Richardson was awarded the Guy Medal in Silver from the Royal Statistical Society and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit award.

She is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis.

Professor Anna Vignoles

Professor Anna Vignoles, a member of the Cambridge Enterprise board (11919391)
Professor Anna Vignoles, a member of the Cambridge Enterprise board (11919391)

Prof Vignoles, of Saffron Walden, professor of education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge, has been honoured with a CBE.

A fellow of the British Academy, a trustee of the Nuffield Foundation and a member of the ESRC Council, Prof Vignoles undertakes research into how we can improve students’ academic achievement and help them develop the skills they need in the labour market.

She has advised numerous government departments, including the Department for Education, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and HM Treasury.

She has been honoured for her services to social sciences.

Sophie Wilson

Leading computer scientists Sophie Wilson, of Lode, is director of integrated circuit design at Broadcom Europe Ltd, and has been honoured with a CBE.

Previously named one of The 15 Most Important Women in Tech History, she designed the Acorn Micro-Computer including its programming language BBC BASIC. In 2016, Wilson was appointed an honorary fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge.

Ms Wilson has been honoured for her services to computing.

Poppy Gustafsson and Jack Stockdale

Darktrace CEO Poppy Gustafsson. Picture: Keith Heppell
Darktrace CEO Poppy Gustafsson. Picture: Keith Heppell

Poppy Gustafsson, co-founder and co-chief executive officer at Darktrace, and the company’s chief technology officer, Jack Stockdale, have both been made OBEs for services to the cyber security industry.

Under Ms Gustafsson’s leadership, Darktrace has reached a $1.65billion valuation in under five years, and was named Europe’s 9th ‘Fastest Growing European Company’ by The Financial Times.

She is a qualified chartered accountant and previously served as the company’s chief finance officer.

Mr Stockdale is the founding CTO at Darktrace. With more than 20 years’ experience of software engineering, he is responsible for overseeing the development of Bayesian mathematical models and artificial intelligence algorithms that underpin Darktrace’s award-winning technology.

Dr Mike Ashmead

The managing director Encocam, Dr Mike Ashmead, of Great Cambourne, has been honoured with an OBE for services to exports and innovation in engineering.

Dr Jane Osbourn

Jane Osbourn, of AstraZeneca. Picture: Keith Heppell
Jane Osbourn, of AstraZeneca. Picture: Keith Heppell

Antibody engineering expert Dr Jane Osbourn, vice-president of research and development at AstraZeneca and chair of the UK BioIndustry Association (BIA) has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

She was honoured for services to human monoclonal antibody drug research and development and biotechnology.

She described it as a “great honour and privilege”.

Jaspaul Hill

Headteacher Jaspaul Hill, who spent 25 years at Mayfield Primary School. Picture: Keith Heppell
Headteacher Jaspaul Hill, who spent 25 years at Mayfield Primary School. Picture: Keith Heppell

The former headteacher of Mayfield Primary School, Jaspaul Hill, has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). She was honoured for services to education.

Having started her teaching career in London, Ms Hill left Mayfield Primary School after 25 years as headteacher last summer.

At the time, she said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Mayfield and leading a school with such a wonderful mix of families and such dedicated staff and governors,” she said. “There have been some very challenging times, not least when the school was destroyed in a fire, but we came out stronger as a community, and the school went from strength to strength.

“I am now looking forward to the next stage of my life be that travelling, time with family, consultancy or learning new skills and facing new opportunities.”

Georgios Meliniotis

Physics teacher Georgios Meliniotis, of Melbourn, has also been honoured with an MBE for services to education. Mr Meliniotis worked at The Meridian School in Royston.

Michael Oliver Flavin, review team manager, for Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire joint protective services major crime unit, is honoured for services to policing.

There are also MBEs for the co-founder of Peterborough Rape Crisis Care Group, Sonia Hitch, for services to survivors of sexual violence, and Dr Jean Lesley Wilson, president of the Church Monuments Society, for services to heritage.

Donald Jones

The founder of the Cambridge College, a leading international school in Lima, Peru, has been made an MBE for services to education in Peru and Latin America.

The college, founded in 1984 provides an education to more than 1,000 local and expatriate students between the ages of four and 18 years old.

He is also a founding member of British Schools Peru and the Association of British Schools in Latin America.

Catherine King

The principal expert by experience for the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act, Catherine King has been awarded an MBE for services to Mental Health Legislative Reform.

Alec Wood

Alec Wood, who chief constable in Cambridgeshire
Alec Wood, who chief constable in Cambridgeshire

The former chief constable of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Alec Wood, has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal.

Mr Wood joined the police in Lincolnshire in 1986, and held roles in both uniform and CID during his career.

He joined Cambridgeshire police in 2013 as deputy chief constable before being appointed chief constable in 2015.

Four British Empire Medals

British Empire Medals (BEM) have been awarded to Cambridgeshire’s Deborah Fletcher for services to the community in Folkestone Kent, Michael Haines for services to people with disabilities in Cambridgeshire, and Dr Maryanne Mariyaselvam, national innovation accelerator fellow and clinical research fellow, at Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Trust and University of Cambridge, for services to healthcare.

Norman Larke, chairman of Chatteris branch of The Royal British Legion has also been awarded a BEM for voluntary service to the ex-service community in Cambridgeshire.

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