Queen's New Year Honours list 2018 - Fire, Police and Ambulance Service

Recipients of Fire, Police and Ambulance Service medals in Scotland.

Queen’s Police Medal 

  • Barry McEwan, Chief Superintendent, Police Scotland
  • Lesley Clark, Superintendent, Police Scotland

Queen’s Fire Service Medal  

  • Gordon Brown, Firefighter, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal 

  • Mark Treherne, Manager with the East of Scotland Special Operations Response Team, Scottish Ambulance 


Barry McEwan, Chief Superintendent, Police Scotland

Chief Superintendent (CS) Barry McEwan’s police career spans 30 years. He has earned an outstanding reputation for motivating and leading innovative teams, and championing the highest quality of standards to tackle violence at local and national levels.

During his time as Divisional Commander covering the Argyll and Bute and West Dunbartonshire areas, he adopted many pioneering violence reduction strategies. Following a significant violent event, he was instrumental in leading partners to reduce threat, risk and harm levels and restore public trust and confidence.

He was the driving force behind the introduction of an easily accessible prevention scheme to improve the safety and wellbeing of potential victims of domestic abuse across Scotland.  His guidance and leadership ensured the Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland was launched on time. His determination ensures potential domestic abuse victims, family members, a concerned member of the public or professional body can enquire about an individual who they suspect may be abusive towards a partner. In its first year of operation, 1,045 applications were submitted, of which 446 resulted in the disclosure of information. 

CS McEwan was also instrumental in providing strategic leadership and management of firearms licensing. He personally led the significant transition to integrate, improve and modernise firearms licensing services. He also led Police Scotland’s involvement - Scottish Government air weapon legislation led to 18,500 air weapons being surrendered for destruction.

He was instrumental in driving improvement work to develop how Police Scotland responds to missing persons. The force is now recognised as leading in this area across the UK.

As Divisional Commander for the Licensing & Violence Reduction Unit, he was also instrumental in shaping the newly formed Safer Communities Division.

Lesley Clark, Superintendent, Police Scotland 

Superintendent Lesley Clark’s distinguished career spans 29 years. She joined Special Constabulary in 1987 before moving to Lothian and Borders.

Following promotion to Sergeant, she moved into Safer Communities, and thereafter as an instructor to probationary policing at the Scottish Police College. She was promoted to Inspector and commenced a role as Station Inspector at Howdenhall.  She worked in partnership with City of Edinburgh Council to introduce funded officers within the Youth Action Team. The project extended to schools and resulted in £2.2 million of funding.

She was promoted to Superintendent in 2007 and posted as Commander in Craigmillar, before moving to the Operational Support Division. Superintendent Clark was later seconded to the Scottish Government as Professional Advisor within the Care & Justice Team. In January 2016 she joined the Edinburgh Police Command Team and has responsibility for Specialist Operations, including events.

She has selflessly dedicated herself to mentoring and coaching others over many years. She is also a qualified event commander mentor, one of only six within the country and the only female.

Superintendent Clark continues to be an inspirational role model for many. She will leave a lasting legacy in terms of her management style and commitment to others which is undoubtedly something many others aspire to.


Gordon Brown, Firefighter, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Gordon Brown joined Tayside Fire Brigade as a volunteer firefighter in April 1978, moving to Tayside Fire and Rescue Service and then the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) in 2013. He continues to serve his community nearly 40 years later.

Gordon has served with Kinloch Rannoch Community Volunteer Station as a firefighter, leading firefighter and crew manager whilst performing the roles of team member and leader. He has always given his best in supporting the station and is readily available to deal with incidents, training and community safety engagement.

Since joining the service he has developed a thorough understanding of the service, fire fighting techniques and fire safety. He encourages and develops new team members and the station is fortunate to have many long serving crew members who work together well. This has been achieved, in part, through Gordon and the positive example he sets the team and members of the community.

Gordon has attended many incidents over the years, ranging from road traffic collisions, to building and wild fires.

He has been instrumental in organising and participating in home fire safety visits to gala days, Highland Games, community safety events and educational school visits. Over the last 40 years, he has provided invaluable safety advice to adult and youngsters in the Kinloch Rannoch area.


Mark Treherne, Manager with the East of Scotland Special Operations Response Team, Scottish Ambulance

He has had a huge impact on the care the ambulance service provides to the people of Scotland.

Mark is an outstanding frontline paramedic and manager with the East of Scotland Special Operations Response Team (SORT) who is highly respected by colleagues and wider partner agencies. In recent years, Mark has also acted up as Special Operations (SO) Manager. His leadership and management style and skills have helped colleagues deliver improved ways of working.

In his role as team leader, he has developed and delivered plans for a range of high profile events and operations, such as the launch of a new aircraft carrier and the response to Viral Haemorrhagic Fever infectious disease cases.

He has attended and led the initial operational response during a number of major, significant and complex incidents, including the response to suspected Ebola patients.

Never one to turn his back on a challenge, he consistently steps up to support the service to undertake projects even out with his remit. Currently he plays a leading role in the development of health and safety procedures for staff and ensures specialist vehicles are equipped to respond to major and complex incidents.  

Mark demonstrates a high level of commitment to his team to ensure they are supported to deliver effective patient care. He is a positive, dynamic and highly professional member of staff and a role model for many.

He has, and continues to demonstrate exemplary service to patients, staff and the organisation as a whole.


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