Gwent people among New Year Honours recipients

South Wales Argus: MADE A DAME: Newport West AM and presiding officer of the National Assembly for Wales Rosemary Butler MADE A DAME: Newport West AM and presiding officer of the National Assembly for Wales Rosemary Butler

ROSEMARY Butler heads a group of 10 people whose contributions to life in Gwent and beyond are celebrated in the New Year Honours List.

The Newport West AM and presiding officer of the National Assembly for Wales said she is thrilled to be made a Dame, for what the list cites as political and public services, particularly to women.

Mrs Butler's formal honour is a DBE (Dame Commander of the British Empire), and comes 40 years into a career of political and public service in Newport.

“This isn’t just my work and I want to thank all the people I have worked alongside over many years," she said.

“I am passionate about encouraging more women into public life and I’ve worked with some incredible people who share this passion.

“The recognition is as much for those individuals who have worked tirelessly for no extra pay or reward, as it is for me.

“This honour is also for my family, who have lovingly supported and encouraged me over the years. I could not have done it without them.”

Mrs Butler emerged onto the Welsh political scene as a ward councillor for Caerleon in 1973.

She served the then town of Newport’s local authority until her election as Assembly member for Newport West in 1999, including a term as mayor in 1989-90.

She was appointed to the first Assembly cabinet as minister for pre-16 education and children, and was also deputy presiding officer before being elected as presiding officer in 2011.

As presiding officer, her Women in Public Life campaign has aimed to push the issue of barriers to women to the top of the political agenda.

Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury who previously served as Bishop of Monmouth, welcomed Mrs Butler's honour.

“Rosemary has won the trust, respect and affection of all sections of the community in Wales, and I look back with the greatest pleasure to our days of working together in Newport,” he said.

The NHS in Gwent is well represented on the New Year Honours List.

Professor Sue Bale, director of research and development with Aneurin Bevan Health Board, has been awarded an OBE for services to nursing and nursing research.

Professor Bale leads, co-ordinates and oversees research in the health board, and has a career in wound healing research spanning almost 30 years.

A founding member of the Wound Healing Research Unit in Cardiff, she helped establish the European Wound Management Association, and the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. She has also worked for the Welsh Government on clinical academic career pathways, and developed policy for building research capacity and career paths for nurses and allied health professionals.

Stuart Nixon also works for the health board, as private practice manager - but it is for his voluntary service to people with multiple sclerosis (MS) that he has been awarded an MBE.

Mr Nixon, 49, of Newport, has lived with MS for 30 years, the disease leaving him largely wheelchair-bound and unable to walk more than a few metres without help.

A volunteer for the Multiple Sclerosis Society for 15 years, he has most recently been its vice-chairman and a trustee, a role he is now relinquishing, but not before completing an amazing fundraising effort last October.

With the aid of a specially built walking frame, Mr Nixon completed a 60-kilometre walk through London, to the Olympic Stadium and back, over several days, raising £62,000 for the society to boost its research efforts and raising also the profile of the condition.

His dedication and determination earned him the society's lifetime achievement award last month, and he described the MBE as "the icing on the cake."

"What we have achieved with the society and through the walk has been a team effort, and that involves people at the society, my family, those involved in designing and making the frame for the walk, and many others," said Mr Nixon.

"You do what you do because it is right, and you want to help and support others, so to be recognised like this is fantastic, but I couldn't have done it on my own."

Also awarded an MBE is Julie Brown, ward sister on the stroke unit at Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny. The honour caps a whirlwind few weeks for Mrs Brown, who last month won the Registered Nurse (Adult) category at the Royal College of Nursing Wales Awards.

A nurse since 1984, she has been involved in the stroke unit at Nevill Hall since its earliest days, becoming ward sister in 2001.

"We all work together here as a great big team. This has taken me aback but it's a lovely surprise," said Mrs Brown.

Other NHS staff in Gwent to be honoured are: Marilyn Williams, retired former radiology directorate manager and assistant director of therapies and health science with Aneurin Bevan Health Board, who receives an MBE for services to radiology and healthcare; Susan Hoffman, receptionist at Nevill Hall Hospital, who receives a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the NHS in Monmouthshire; and Tracey Uzor (BEM), immunisation co-ordinator with the health board, for services to the NHS in Newport.

Chepstow potter and town councillor Ned Heywood, 66, has been awarded an MBE for his services to the community in the town and the wider Wye Valley.

Among his contributions over more than 30 years are co-founding the Chepstow Festival in 1988, organising live music on Sunday afternoons during the summer over the past 10 years, helping raise £200,000 for community projects, and helping create the Chepstow Heritage Trail.

Mayor of Chepstow in 2006, and currently deputy mayor, he called the honour a "great surprise."

“I am delighted and share it with the hundreds of volunteers I have worked with over the years who helped to make the projects and events possible," he said.

Also honoured are director of Forest Enterprise England, Brian Mahony (MBE), of Monmouth, for services to forestry, environment and recreation, and Keith Wright (BEM), of Swansea, who has worked as a street scene operative in Pontypool town centre for 30 years.

Honours across Wales and the UK

SINGER Katherine Jenkins (OBE) and Gavin and Stacey star and series co-creator Ruth Jones (MBE) are Welsh recipients among the celebrities and notables on the Honours List, which is the first to contain more women than men.

Fifty-one per cent of the almost 1,200 recipients this time around are women.

The doctor who oversaw the safe delivery of Prince George is recognised by the Queen in the New Year Honours List. Marcus Setchell, who was the Queen's gynaecologist for two decades, receives a knighthood.

Penelope Keith, a star of 1970s sitcom The Good Life and many other television and stage productions, becomes a Dame, as does Murder, She Wrote actress Angela Lansbury.

Knighthood recipients include film and theatre producer Michael Codron, sculptor Antony Gormley, and former director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer QC.

The Order of Merit (OM), awarded to individuals of great achievement in the fields of the arts, learning, literature and science, goes to orchestra conductor Sir Simon Rattle and renowned heart surgeon Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub.

CBEs are awarded to ballet dancer Carlos Acosta, former FA chairman David Bernstein, Apprentice star and vice-chairman of West Ham United football club Karren Brady, actor Michael Crawford, TV presenter Nicholas Parsons, and former tennis player Ann Jones, for her services to the sport since winning Wimbledon in 1969.

Actress Lynda Bellingham, writer and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig, and Netmums.com parenting website founders Siobhan Freegard, Cathy Court and Sarah Russell receive OBEs, while Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud and DJ Pete Tong receive MBEs.

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1:24am Tue 31 Dec 13

KarloMarko says...

"There is nothing like a Dame"

Rosemary Butler really deserves a B.S. "Beyond Satire".
"There is nothing like a Dame" Rosemary Butler really deserves a B.S. "Beyond Satire". KarloMarko

2:29am Tue 31 Dec 13

pjwivell says...

I would like to know how she managed this, when there's other people who's worked a lot harder for local people who's long term efforts have been past over when their names were put forward for recognition for their tireless work for the disabled who themselves are also disabled. But after several attempts were just ignored, and she gets this for work she's paid to do, and those other people did everything without any thoughts of being paid. They are the people who volunteer their services.
I would like to know how she managed this, when there's other people who's worked a lot harder for local people who's long term efforts have been past over when their names were put forward for recognition for their tireless work for the disabled who themselves are also disabled. But after several attempts were just ignored, and she gets this for work she's paid to do, and those other people did everything without any thoughts of being paid. They are the people who volunteer their services. pjwivell

6:25am Tue 31 Dec 13

Banjalucka says...

Some nasty comments. Dame Rose i always found to be a good cllr. Nice Caerleon family. You could ask the same about Sir Harry - how did he get his?
Some nasty comments. Dame Rose i always found to be a good cllr. Nice Caerleon family. You could ask the same about Sir Harry - how did he get his? Banjalucka

6:39am Tue 31 Dec 13

gathin says...

All pigs feeding from the same trough!
It's not how well you serve the public but how well you help your peers.
This really shouldn't be news to the long-suffering public(?).
All pigs feeding from the same trough! It's not how well you serve the public but how well you help your peers. This really shouldn't be news to the long-suffering public(?). gathin

8:04am Tue 31 Dec 13

Dai Rear says...

In Gwent, 8 from the state sector, one only, the potter who is an entrepreneur and one I don't know. What on earth is a "street scene operative"?
Pretty much says it all about Britain. If you're not on the State payroll you're nothing.
In Gwent, 8 from the state sector, one only, the potter who is an entrepreneur and one I don't know. What on earth is a "street scene operative"? Pretty much says it all about Britain. If you're not on the State payroll you're nothing. Dai Rear

8:19am Tue 31 Dec 13

Dai Rear says...

I know what a "street scene operative" is now. It's a road sweeper. Chorley Council says they pay them about £320-£330 a week which isn't too bad. You couldn't make this stuff up , could you, and if you'd seen in "The Way of the World" column 20 years ago that road sweepers were to be "street scene operatives" you'd no doubt have said "typical Tory lies"
And yes it's public sector. Who needs manufacturing and exporting? After all manufacturers and exporters don't work for the State , do they? So they are nothing.
I know what a "street scene operative" is now. It's a road sweeper. Chorley Council says they pay them about £320-£330 a week which isn't too bad. You couldn't make this stuff up , could you, and if you'd seen in "The Way of the World" column 20 years ago that road sweepers were to be "street scene operatives" you'd no doubt have said "typical Tory lies" And yes it's public sector. Who needs manufacturing and exporting? After all manufacturers and exporters don't work for the State , do they? So they are nothing. Dai Rear

8:36am Tue 31 Dec 13

KarloMarko says...

Well, our Rosie now joins Lord "My Three Houses" Mike German and Lord "My £50k Golden Goodbye" Nick Bourne in the Peers Palace...what a super trio. And of course, the lovely Neil and Glenys Europa....

"Oi Butler, I hates you! Get that bus out!" (On the Buses).
Well, our Rosie now joins Lord "My Three Houses" Mike German and Lord "My £50k Golden Goodbye" Nick Bourne in the Peers Palace...what a super trio. And of course, the lovely Neil and Glenys Europa.... "Oi Butler, I hates you! Get that bus out!" (On the Buses). KarloMarko

9:00am Tue 31 Dec 13

rightsideup says...

High time a stop was put to this 'honours' system.There are only a few who REALLY deserve recognition!.
High time a stop was put to this 'honours' system.There are only a few who REALLY deserve recognition!. rightsideup

9:28am Tue 31 Dec 13

Severn40 says...

Sorry folks - I have to be negative.

Whilst she may be a nice individual, I don't think the honour for Rosemary Butler is warranted. Effectively she is a time serving party hack and has shown on a number of occasions unwilling to stand up for Newport and rock the boat. I don't doubt her 40 year service but she has clearly benefitted from representing a Labour voting town. Had she represented a Cardiff seat or a Monmouthshire seat, I somehow suspect her political career would have ended in the 1970s.

I just hope she is the last of the breed that takes Newport for granted. It is a challenge for everyone in Newport to start making our representatives work for us - regardless of party politics or none.
Sorry folks - I have to be negative. Whilst she may be a nice individual, I don't think the honour for Rosemary Butler is warranted. Effectively she is a time serving party hack and has shown on a number of occasions unwilling to stand up for Newport and rock the boat. I don't doubt her 40 year service but she has clearly benefitted from representing a Labour voting town. Had she represented a Cardiff seat or a Monmouthshire seat, I somehow suspect her political career would have ended in the 1970s. I just hope she is the last of the breed that takes Newport for granted. It is a challenge for everyone in Newport to start making our representatives work for us - regardless of party politics or none. Severn40

10:01am Tue 31 Dec 13

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

NEWSFLASH

Establisment in self back patting shocker.
NEWSFLASH Establisment in self back patting shocker. GardenVarietyMushroom

11:12am Tue 31 Dec 13

Vox Dei says...

She did represent a Monmouthshire seat!
She did represent a Monmouthshire seat! Vox Dei

11:20am Tue 31 Dec 13

Banjalucka says...

Happy New Year VD - What does your comment mean please? She reps SE Wales.
Happy New Year VD - What does your comment mean please? She reps SE Wales. Banjalucka

12:18pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Katie Re-Registered says...

New Year's Honours: Isn't there somebody we're forgetting? On behalf of the citizens of Newport, I extend a laurel, and hearty handshake to our much maligned councillor, Mister Bob Bright.
New Year's Honours: Isn't there somebody we're forgetting? On behalf of the citizens of Newport, I extend a laurel, and hearty handshake to our much maligned councillor, Mister Bob Bright. Katie Re-Registered

1:45pm Tue 31 Dec 13

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
New Year's Honours: Isn't there somebody we're forgetting? On behalf of the citizens of Newport, I extend a laurel, and hearty handshake to our much maligned councillor, Mister Bob Bright.
An OBE perhaps? (Obfuscation of the British Electorate?)
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: New Year's Honours: Isn't there somebody we're forgetting? On behalf of the citizens of Newport, I extend a laurel, and hearty handshake to our much maligned councillor, Mister Bob Bright.[/p][/quote]An OBE perhaps? (Obfuscation of the British Electorate?) GardenVarietyMushroom

1:48pm Tue 31 Dec 13

BassalegCountyFan says...

Many congratulations to Rosemary, good to see the Port being represented ! She's a dedicated local AM and has done an excellent job as Presiding Officer, especially considering the esteem in which her predecessor was held.

It's a shame that there weren't her more like her on the honours list, which surprise surprise, seemed to be filled with wealthy tory donors!
Many congratulations to Rosemary, good to see the Port being represented ! She's a dedicated local AM and has done an excellent job as Presiding Officer, especially considering the esteem in which her predecessor was held. It's a shame that there weren't her more like her on the honours list, which surprise surprise, seemed to be filled with wealthy tory donors! BassalegCountyFan

4:26pm Tue 31 Dec 13

coalpicker says...

From the tax payers point of view will she get three hundred quid a day and expenses or is it only Ex Islwyn MPs who get that ?
From the tax payers point of view will she get three hundred quid a day and expenses or is it only Ex Islwyn MPs who get that ? coalpicker

4:37pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Banjalucka says...

Coalpicker - Don't understand what you mean. What £300? What for?
Coalpicker - Don't understand what you mean. What £300? What for? Banjalucka

5:50pm Tue 31 Dec 13

coalpicker says...

Banjalucka What for ? EXACTLY .
Banjalucka What for ? EXACTLY . coalpicker

6:25pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Banjalucka says...

coalpicker - You said will she get £300. I see your point but are you under the assumption she will get paid for being a Dame?
coalpicker - You said will she get £300. I see your point but are you under the assumption she will get paid for being a Dame? Banjalucka

10:03pm Tue 31 Dec 13

coalpicker says...

I know the Islwyn lords get £300 a day and ex's, I was asking did that apply to Dames ?
I know the Islwyn lords get £300 a day and ex's, I was asking did that apply to Dames ? coalpicker

12:12am Wed 1 Jan 14

Banjalucka says...

Coalpicker - Dames are the same as Sirs and i don't think are entitled to be Lords too. So now cash on that bro.
Coalpicker - Dames are the same as Sirs and i don't think are entitled to be Lords too. So now cash on that bro. Banjalucka

4:33am Wed 1 Jan 14

gathin says...

Why are the public's posts being censored??
Don't tell me that the SWA is under the thumb of the plastic parliament?
Never!?.............
..
Why are the public's posts being censored?? Don't tell me that the SWA is under the thumb of the plastic parliament? Never!?............. .. gathin

10:46am Wed 1 Jan 14

john.hall1000 says...

She's good for one thing being a dame in a panto!.
She's good for one thing being a dame in a panto!. john.hall1000

11:00am Wed 1 Jan 14

Ty du Exile says...

She's just doing her job, a well paid job at that. What about all the people who give up large amounts of their own time for charities etc that do not receive any reward?
Look at the state of Newport and the Valleys, are these people really doing a good job?
She's just doing her job, a well paid job at that. What about all the people who give up large amounts of their own time for charities etc that do not receive any reward? Look at the state of Newport and the Valleys, are these people really doing a good job? Ty du Exile

1:35pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Mervyn James says...

I just think if you are honored among a gaggle of celebs and others famous for being less than, then awards are not much cop frankly. I gather someone got awards for knitting woolly caps,'nuff said I would have thought. As regards for the unsung, and the selfless, get real !! What about rewards for all those daft enough to throw money at ageing non-celebs and others on pap TV, counselling seems more appropriate. especially with charity CEO's pocketing £100K a year in wages..... while those who give them money and work for nothing get their rewards in heaven apparently. Anyway Royal recognition means little in Wales.
I just think if you are honored among a gaggle of celebs and others famous for being less than, then awards are not much cop frankly. I gather someone got awards for knitting woolly caps,'nuff said I would have thought. As regards for the unsung, and the selfless, get real !! What about rewards for all those daft enough to throw money at ageing non-celebs and others on pap TV, counselling seems more appropriate. especially with charity CEO's pocketing £100K a year in wages..... while those who give them money and work for nothing get their rewards in heaven apparently. Anyway Royal recognition means little in Wales. Mervyn James

2:21pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Banjalucka says...

Merv - For once i agree with you.
Merv - For once i agree with you. Banjalucka

3:06pm Wed 1 Jan 14

county mad says...

Mervyn James wrote:
I just think if you are honored among a gaggle of celebs and others famous for being less than, then awards are not much cop frankly. I gather someone got awards for knitting woolly caps,'nuff said I would have thought. As regards for the unsung, and the selfless, get real !! What about rewards for all those daft enough to throw money at ageing non-celebs and others on pap TV, counselling seems more appropriate. especially with charity CEO's pocketing £100K a year in wages..... while those who give them money and work for nothing get their rewards in heaven apparently. Anyway Royal recognition means little in Wales.
The woolie hats were some 13000 sent the troops in afghan worth some recognition dont you think Happy New Year!
[quote][p][bold]Mervyn James[/bold] wrote: I just think if you are honored among a gaggle of celebs and others famous for being less than, then awards are not much cop frankly. I gather someone got awards for knitting woolly caps,'nuff said I would have thought. As regards for the unsung, and the selfless, get real !! What about rewards for all those daft enough to throw money at ageing non-celebs and others on pap TV, counselling seems more appropriate. especially with charity CEO's pocketing £100K a year in wages..... while those who give them money and work for nothing get their rewards in heaven apparently. Anyway Royal recognition means little in Wales.[/p][/quote]The woolie hats were some 13000 sent the troops in afghan worth some recognition dont you think Happy New Year! county mad

6:40pm Wed 1 Jan 14

IheartGeneHunt says...

Dai Rear wrote:
In Gwent, 8 from the state sector, one only, the potter who is an entrepreneur and one I don't know. What on earth is a "street scene operative"?
Pretty much says it all about Britain. If you're not on the State payroll you're nothing.
The "street scene operative" is a really nice guy who didn't choose the job title himself and its nice to see an ordinary person who works hard getting recognition. Pontypool may be a hole to live in (yes I live here) but at least its a clean and tidy hole!
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: In Gwent, 8 from the state sector, one only, the potter who is an entrepreneur and one I don't know. What on earth is a "street scene operative"? Pretty much says it all about Britain. If you're not on the State payroll you're nothing.[/p][/quote]The "street scene operative" is a really nice guy who didn't choose the job title himself and its nice to see an ordinary person who works hard getting recognition. Pontypool may be a hole to live in (yes I live here) but at least its a clean and tidy hole! IheartGeneHunt

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