Ex-Harrogate Chamber boss among Queen's Birthday Honours


10:30pm 16th June 2017

Figures from business, the church and the emergency services in North and West Yorkshire have been named in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

They include the former Chief Executive of the Harrogate Chamber of Trade, Brian Dunsby, and a former vicar at St. Peter's Church in Harrogate, Anthony Shepherd.

Some of the names honoured who have links to Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale:

Brian Dunsby (pictured, top left), Harrogate - OBE 

For services to Business and the community in Harrogate.

Director Yorkshire Business Market Ltd., and lately chief executive, Harrogate Chamber of Trade and Commerce.

Brian is also behind the team that created the Harrogate Christmas Market in 2012

Professor Colin Mellors, Ilkley - OBE

For services to Economic Development in Yorkshire. (Ilkley, West Yorkshire)

Michael John Davies, Ilkley - MBE

For services to Business and Disadvantaged Children in North Yorkshire.

Jonathan Charles Rushton - MBE (Pictured, top middle)

For services to Mountain and Cave Rescue in North Yorkshire.

Jonathan left North Yorkshire Police in October 2016, after a career which saw him work in a wide range of policing roles, including as part of a specialist dive team, and as a lead PolSA (an expert in crime, missing person and counter terrorism people searches).

Jonathan received his citation for his work in coordinating and supporting volunteer search and rescue teams in the region, which he did for more than five years.

"I am absolutely delighted.

"Search and rescue teams are unpaid volunteers, but they have a pivotal role to play in an investigation, so you need that bond of trust between the search teams and the police.

"I'm proud that I helped to build that relationship in North Yorkshire."

The Reverend Canon Anthony Michael Shepherd, Harrogate - MBE

For services to the Church and the community in Harrogate North Yorkshire. 

He served the same parish, St Peter's, Harrogate, for over 28 years.

Richard Frank Barugh, Easingwold - BEM.

For services to the community in Easingwold North Yorkshire.

Detective Inspector Karen Warner, North Yorkshire Police (pictured, top right) - Queen's Policing Medal for distinguished service

Over nearly 30 years, Karen has devoted her career to safeguarding children and adults who have been victims of child abuse, neglect, serious sexual crimes and domestic abuse. She is also a trained negotiator, and has worked as a Family Liaison Officer and Coordinator - a role which saw her work with families affected by many of the region's highest profile criminal cases and disaster incidents.

She said: "I'm really humbled by this award, which is as much for my family and colleagues as it is for me.

"I've had the opportunity to work with dedicated colleagues within the police and other agencies, and I'm so lucky to have the support of my children and my family.

"Without their support I would have been unable to do what I do. "

Sergeant Andrew Harrison, Harrogate - MBE 

Sergeant Andrew Harrison is a Communications and Information Systems specialist with the Corps of Royal Engineers. He's currently a Platoon Sergeant at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate. 

His citation describes him as an excellent ambassador for the Armed Forces, fostering exceptional links between the military and the local community.

“I am shocked and honoured to be named on the list – it is totally unexpected,” said Sergeant Harrison.

He started his charity work as a former Army Cadet twenty years ago raising money for the Royal British Legion. He joined the Army in October 2000 and continued supporting the charity as he moved through various postings. In January 2015 he became the County Poppy Appeal Co-ordinator for Nottinghamshire, a post he held until January this year.

He has also completed a 500 mile bike ride from Edinburgh to Richmond, London in five days to raise money for ‘Missing People’. 



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