Revealed: Dorset residents honored by Queen in 2022


The former Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner and the Managing Director of Bournemouth and Poole Hospitals have been recognized in the Queen’s New Year’s Honors.

Martyn Underhill, who received an MBE for mental health awareness and support services, and Debbie Fleming, who received an OBE for NHS services, were among a crowd of honored Dorset residents during the new Year.

Mr Underhill told the Daily Echo: “I have led nationwide police and crime commissioners for about nine years.

“There was a lot of work with Home Secretary Theresa May and I was honored to receive this.

“Locally, I have worked extensively with clinical commissioning groups to improve mental health services in Dorset. When I became a police officer and crime commissioner in 2012, there were a lot of loopholes.

“More than 9,000 people a year were taken into custody in England and Wales because they were in mental health crisis, they had not committed any crime.

“It was not acceptable. I worked with Theresa May and all the police and criminal commissioners and finally the law was changed, now 200 people a year are arrested.

“If someone has a broken arm they are taken to A&E, if someone has a broken mind they have to be taken to a health center.”

He added: “I was completely shocked to receive and MBE. I want to thank the team. Mental health arrangements are about teamwork.

“I am really proud of what we offer in Dorset for people with mental health problems, it is so much better thank you nine years ago, I thank all partners for helping us to achieve this.”

Debbie Fleming, managing director of Dorset University Hospitals, said she was “incredibly humiliated” to receive an OBE.

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She worked for the NHS for almost 38 years and was Managing Director for 20 years, leading the merger of Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals and Poole Hospital from January 2019 when she became Co-Managing Director of of them.

“I am absolutely delighted to have received this honor and I was incredibly touched to receive this news,” she said.

“I am very proud of the NHS, where it is a real privilege to work with such talented, dedicated and highly qualified people, providing such important services to the local people.

“Throughout my time at the NHS I have worked with many different people and teams, and I couldn’t be more proud of our staff.

“I am grateful for all the opportunities that have been offered to me for almost 38 years to develop and develop my career, and I would like to say thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged me.”

Mark Strachan, of Sherborne, was also honored for his charitable services to musicians during Covid-19.

Bournemouth Echo: Mark Strachan to receive MBE

Mr. Strachan founded the Earth Choir during the first lockdown in order to blackmail everyone. Since then, more than 8,000 people have registered around the world.

He said: “It was a remarkable trip. I had no idea that everything that was going on behind the scenes was putting me forward for an honor.

“I sing in the local choir and when March 2020 arrived everything stopped but I felt we had to keep singing.

“I thought we should try to use technology to bring people together to enjoy singing amazing music.

“What was amazing was that we had 3,600 people from all over the world signing up in this rather amateurish Dorset outfit.

” It was extraordinary. It was an emotional roller coaster. When it was all over, we wanted to do more.

“We now have 8,000 people in the choir and we have become friends.

“It has been a lifeline for the people confined to the house and luckily we came across something that connects a lot of people. ”

Bournemouth resident Nicholas Edward Giles, chief consumer officer at Ordnance Survey, is expected to receive an OBE for services rendered to the nation’s health.

Echo of Bournemouth: Nick Giles.

He said: “It’s really hard to express how humiliating it is to receive this OBE award.

“I’ve always loved the outdoors and since joining Ordnance Survey in 2012 I’ve worked with a great team that strives to help more people go out more often.

“We live in a country full of landscapes and incredible places to visit and enjoy. The benefits of exercising regularly and getting outside are huge for our physical and mental health and it makes me extremely proud when I think back to how we are helping more people get outside and stay active. From supporting the traditional outdoor enthusiast to discover new adventures to inspiring a new wave of people of all ages to start exploring.

“I don’t see it as a reward for myself, but I see it as recognition for the whole OS team. I have the privilege of working with amazing people who share my passion to help improve the health of the nation. ”

Patricia Ann Marchiori, from Bournemouth and most recently Chairman of the Board, Ambitions Academy Trust, will receive an MBE for her education services.

Bournemouth Echo: Patricia Ann Marchiori to receive MBE

She said: “I was extremely surprised and touched to receive this award. I didn’t expect this to happen.

“Ambitions Academy Trust was created when Brian Hooper, then head of Bicknell, was approached by the board or diocese to deal with other failing or needy schools.

“Brian and I as chairman of the trustees and Brian as CEO have taken over these schools. By the time I retired as president, we had 13 schools in the trust.

“When Brian retired, Sian Thomas took over as CEO and continued the work we started.

“We believe that every child has the right to realize their potential. Our motto has always been “high expectations”.

“I feel like I accept this award on behalf of all those who work or have worked for the trust.”

Samantha Claire Richardson, from Ferndown, director of the National Coastal Tourism Academy, will receive an MBE for services rendered to coastal tourism in England during Covid-19.

Bournemouth Echo: Samantha Richardson will receive and MBE

Ms Richardson has been an advocate for promoting the importance of tourism to England’s coastal destinations over the past eight years since the launch of the NCTA in 2013. She said: “I am extremely honored and touched to have received this price and incredibly surprise.

“We have one of the most amazing and diverse coastlines in the world, and our coast and its communities have tremendous potential. ”

Elsewhere in Dorset, Susan Sabeena Maslin would receive an MBE, and Leslie David Fry and Jennifer Denise Seys would both receive a BEM.

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