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Queen's birthday honours handed out to individuals to across the area

James Hockaday

James Hockaday

The Queen’s birthday honours were dished out this week with lucky residents from across the area making it onto the list. The Express spoke to the recipients to find out more about the work they do.

IVER: Chairman of Conservatives Abroad Heather Harper received an MBE for her political services.

The Iver resident, who is also vice-chairman of the Conservative Foreign and Commonwealth Council, has fought continuously for the suffrage of British ex-pats.

Having campaigned against the current 15 year cut-off point for voting rights of Brits living abroad, Mrs Harper pushed for the Votes for Life Bill to be included in the Conservative 2015 manifesto.

She told the Express: “I’ve been in tears of joy ever since the Saturday morning when the list was announced.

“I think the old attitude was that it was all about retirees living abroad but it’s not, it’s also about business people living and working overseas. They’re all flying the British flag.”

The staunch Conservative says she will fight for the voting rights of British citizens abroad, whatever their political persuasions.

MAIDENHEAD: Sue Brett has been given a British Empire Medal in recognition of her voluntary and charitable services in tackling poverty in Berkshire.

She founded the foodbank Maidenhead Foodshare in 2010 and has pressed the council about the town’s homeless.

Ms Brett said: “It is such an honour. If I can do it, anyone can do it.

“I hope it will galvanise people and realise they can do anything they set their minds to.”

WINDSOR: For her services to children, Nicola Clemo received an OBE, recognising her seven years of service as director of Cambridgeshire Children’s Social Care.

Ms Clemo, who now lives in Windsor, was recognised for the vast improvement of Cambridgeshire’s child welfare record during her time there.

She promoted a new and, at the time, radical approach of working with parents as partners to find solutions.

Ms Clemo, who became the chief executive of the Slough Children’s Services Trust last year, said: “It was a complete shock and surprise and I was very taken aback.

“I thought they got the wrong person but then I realised there aren’t many Nicola Clemos working in social care.

“This is a reflection not just of the work I do but the people who work with me. I had such an understanding team in Cambridgeshire.”

ASCOT: Andrew Fisher, executive chairman of music identification service Shazam, was given an OBE for services to the digital economy.

Mr Fisher, who lives in Ascot, joined the company as chief executive officer in 2005 and oversaw massive expansion of the music app which has gone from being a gimmick to a household name.

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