Four Queen’s University staff members, a police officer and the well-known Dean of St Anne’s Cathedral are among those honoured in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List.
The distinguished group join 60 recipients across the province, the majority of which have been honoured for their work in the community.
Professor Sean Patrick Gorman, Dean at Queen’s Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences and professor of pharmaceutical microbiology, was “delighted” to receive a CBE for services to healthcare, and Mrs Fionnuala Eileen Newton, executive administrative assistant at the university, said receiving an MBE for services to higher education was a “lovely surprise”.
William James Swindall OBE, consulting director at Queen’s QUILL Centre, received a CBE for services to environmental science, while Professor Joseph Maurice Savage, professor of paediatrics and director of medical education at Queen’s, received an OBE for services to medicine.
Meanwhile south Belfast based Community Safety Sergeant Bobby Ellison has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal. With 28 years service, he has been at the forefront of developing community based policing in east and south Belfast.
And the Church of Ireland Dean of St Anne’s Cathedral, the Reverend Houston McKelvey — also widely known as the Black Santa — has also been honoured, receiving an OBE.