The Queen's Birthday Honours
The Queen's Birthday Honours list for 2012 includes recognition for a number of prominent Scots.
Among those Knighted are:
- William Haughey for services to business and philanthropy
- David McVicar for services to opera
- Professor James McDonald for services to education, engineering and the economy
- George Reid for services to Scottish politics and public life
- Malcolm Bruce for public and political service
Recipients of the CBE include:
- Shaheen Unis for services to business and community relations
- Dr Gordon Rintoul for services to the museum sector
- Christine Pollock for services to education
- Dr David Walton for services to charity and the community in Glasgow
- Bernadette Malone for services to local government
Recipients of the OBE include:
- Armando Iannucci for services to broadcasting
- Jamie Andrew for services to charity
- Tom Murray for services to the legal system in Scotland
- Jane Ryder for services to the arts and charity in Scotland
- Robert Winter former Lord Provost of Glasgow, for services to local government and to the community in Glasgow
- Iain McGeoch for services to business and charity in Scotland
- Alexander MacDonald for services to local government and the community in the Western Isles
Among those receiving an MBE are:
- Grant Morrison for services to film and literature
- Alex Arthur for services to boxing
- Hamish Adam for services to karate
- Maureen Lorimer for services to special education
- Barbara Johnstone for services to riding for the disabled
- John Letford former Lord Provost of Dundee City Council, for services to local government
- Agnes McGowan for services to smoking cessation
- Professor Scott Murray for services to medical science
- Dr Christopher Mason for services to the tourism industry in Scotland
Read the full Birthday Honours list for 2012
This year for the first time, a Queen's Ambulance Service Medal is among the awards.
- Queen's Fire Service Medal
William Hume, Watch Commander, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue
- Queen's Police Medal
Colin Menzies, Assistant Chief Constable, Grampian Police
John Mitchell, Detective Chief Superintendent, Strathclyde Police
- Queen's Ambulance Service Medal
Gerard Egan, Paramedic Clinical Director
Queen's Fire Service Medal
William (known as Willie) Hume
Watch Commander William Hume has dedicated almost 33 years to protecting his local community in the Retained Duty Service (RDS), a role he has combined with his full-time job as a plumber. He has served at Tobermory Fire Station on the island of Mull since 1979 and been the Officer in charge since 1999.
Willie has given up a great deal of his own time, unpaid, to improve the training and operational efficiency of station personnel. This has helped voluntary firefighters on Mull to develop their skills, knowledge and experience. All of which ensures the Tobermory station has the ability to respond effectively within and beyond the station’s area. His knowledge and experience has also contributed towards national strategies for the RDS.
Willie has driven forward fundraising activities and, in 2009, the Tobermory station received a runner up award for Fire Station of the Year, in recognition of the tens of thousands of pounds raised by the station.
Queen's Police Medal
Since joining Grampian Police as a Constable in 1982, Colin Menzies has been promoted through the ranks to his current role of Assistant Chief Constable (Territorial Operations).
His leadership influences the delivery of policing throughout the North East of Scotland, during which time there has been record low levels of crime and the highest detection rates in the area’s history. This strong leadership was highlighted by Audit Scotland and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland (HMICS) in their Best Value report on Grampian Police.
Colin played a crucial role in remodelling the force's approach to operational policing, resulting in a new community-focused approach. In his role as Chair of The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) Special Constabulary he has had a considerable impact in maximising the role Special Constables play in serving their community. He has also been instrumental in the development of national standards for custodial care.
Colin also dedicates a high proportion of his time to raising money for charities. This includes the Grampian Police Diced Cap Charitable Trust, MacMillan Cancer Support, Help for Heroes and Cancer Research.
In his 34 year career, John Mitchell has served the communities of Strathclyde in every rank from Constable through to Chief Superintendent. As Head of Crime Division Operations, he is responsible for overseeing the most serious crimes within the Strathclyde force area. John has also successfully overseen a challenging period of reorganisation.
He has been instrumental in driving change not only in Strathclyde, but across the whole of the Scottish Police Service. The introduction of the first Digital Forensics Unit in Scotland is one example. Since its inception in 2011, the Unit has provided the police service and partners with access to a full range of specialist investigative and criminal justice resources. As well as being delivered at around £900,000 under budget, the Unit is expected to play a significant role in complex criminal investigations. This model is being used as part of the blueprint for the new Police Service of Scotland.
Notwithstanding his demanding workload, John regularly makes time to coach and mentor police officers and staff. In going the extra mile, personally and professionally, he has made a real and lasting difference.
Queen's Ambulance Service Medal
Gerard (known as Gerry) Egan
A clinician for 33 years, Gerry Egan has delivered high quality, safe and effective patient care throughout his career, attaining the post of Paramedic Clinical Director – the highest clinical position a paramedic can achieve.
Working in rural Scotland and busy urban areas, he has been a frontline air ambulance paramedic, a trainer and a senior manager. He has demonstrated excellent leadership skills, encouraging new staff to learn and develop clinical skills.
Gerry has championed clinical audit, service developments and research. He brought senior academics into the organisation to take forward world-leading research in the management of pre-hospital cardiac arrest, leading to a significant increase in cardiac arrest survival.
He supported the development of the national awareness campaign for stroke and has facilitated the development of a smart phone app to help the public recognise the signs and symptoms of stroke, and call 999 early to allow possible life saving thrombolysis treatment to be administered.