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First Minister congratulates Scottish recipients of Queen’s New Year Honours

Published: 27 Dec 2019 22:30

Queen’s New Year Honours 2020.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has paid tribute to the Scottish recipients of awards in The Queen’s New Year Honours list.

There is a Companion of the Order of the Bath for Sarah Davidson, lately of the Scottish Government, for Public Service.

Those receiving CBEs include Scottish Makar Professor Jackie Kay, Professor Rowena Arshad, Ian Barrett Curle, Dr Colin Thomas Currie MBE, Joanna Baker and Professor John Pickard.

Maureen Beattie, Lesley Knox, Helen Holland, Rev Elizabeth Jack, Alan Sherry, Philip Long, Shabir Beg, Professor Helen Sang, Dr Helen McKay, Catriona Matthew MBE and Professor Shelia McLean are among those who will receive an OBE.

Recipients of an MBE include Gordon Buchanan, Anne Elliot, Jean Leonard, Mark Jardine, Alexander May, Margaret McKinlay, Jennifer Rodgers, Thomas Brown, Lady Jill Kirkwood and Vivien Currie.  

Assistant Chief Constable Gillian MacDonald and Detective Chief Superintendent Gerry McLean will receive The Queen’s Police Medal. The Queen’s Fire Service Medal will be awarded to Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Area Manager James Arthur Hymas, and paramedic Gail Topping will receive The Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“The people of Scotland recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours have made exceptional contributions to communities the length and breadth of this country and beyond. Their service and dedication in fields ranging from the arts, education and sport to business, charity, community cohesion and science has helped to promote Scotland all over the world and benefited people throughout society.

“It is also important to recognise the work of our emergency services to keep people and communities across Scotland safe and I congratulate those who have been awarded The Queen’s Fire, Police or Ambulance Service Medals.”