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New Year's Honours for Leeds Beckett graduates

Category: Awards, Women, charity, Research, Entertainment, Athletics, nomination, believe, British empire

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Leeds Beckett University graduates and honorary graduates have been celebrated in the New Year's Honours list.

2010 BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science graduate Sam Quek, who won gold for Team GB in the Women’s Hockey at the Rio Olympics, was awarded an MBE for services to entertainment and charity.

I can't describe how honoured and proud I am to be receiving an MBE. 2016 you have been unbelievable... #NewYearsHonours pic.twitter.com/2eZJ93cW54

— Sam Quek (@SamanthaQuek) December 30, 2016

Kadeena Cox, who graduated in 2013 with a BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science, also received a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to athletics.  Kadeena won gold in the Paralympics in Rio in both cycling and athletics.

SPOTY nomination now MBE ???? 2016 couldn't have been a better year. Thanks for all the support and here's to a great 2017 ???????? #NewYearsHonours pic.twitter.com/KuFo0DW1XI

— kadeena cox (@kad_c) December 31, 2016

2016 MSc Corporate Governance graduate, current research student and part-time lecturer Peter Rowley was awarded an OBE for services to sports administration.  Peter is the current British Weight Lifting Chairman as well being an independent board member of UK Sport’s Audit Committee, chairman of SkillsActive UK, the government-licensed Sector Skills Council for active leisure, learning and wellbeing and board member for the Sports Grounds Safety Authority, as well as serving for the maximum two terms as a board member for Sport England before stepping down last summer.

Speaking about receiving the award, he said: "I’m astonished to receive this honour. It is entirely due to the wonderful and inspirational people that I’ve been privileged to meet and work with as a volunteer in sport, which has the power to change people’s lives and communities."

Dr George Lodorfos, Dean of Leeds Business School, added: “Congratulations to Peter on receiving an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2017. I am so pleased and proud for Peter's recognition for the part he has played in sport administration as chairman of British Weight Lifting for the past four years.”

Fellow graduate, The Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, who graduated in 1997 after studying MA Education Development was honoured with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her service to local government.  She said: "“I am truly honoured and humbled to have been recognised in this way. It is a great recognition, not just of my work, but the work of everyone who has helped make our borough a better place. I would particularly like to thank all of the staff and partners who have helped us to turn Doncaster Council around and we are now a well-run authority which is supporting local people and the economy.

“I am really proud of Doncaster and absolutely resolute in my commitment to the borough and its people. Achieving the best possible outcomes for Doncaster’s residents and businesses is what has driven me throughout my time as Mayor, and way before that, and will continue to push me on. Personally I am delighted, however I am clear that this recognition is testament to Team Doncaster and all our efforts to make Doncaster a wonderful place to live in. I know that my late husband Alan, who was a Doncaster councillor, will be smiling down and I also honour his memory with this award. I would like to also send my congratulations to Esther Mathews for being recognised with a BEM for services to Canoeing. It is a great start to 2017 for the borough and I am determined it will continue.” 

Colin Glass, who received an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration in 2016 was awarded an OBE for services to business start-ups and entrepreneurship.

Speaking to the Business Desk, he said: "I have always been passionate about helping create and grow small companies, which are more than ever the lifeblood of the economy," he said. "I feel very proud when I think of the jobs and exports created by the companies in which I have been involved.

"At the end of the day it is all about the people involved in these companies and I have been privileged to work with some talented entrepreneurs and business men and women. I want to make special mention of my partners, past and present and all my colleagues at WGN, which we started from scratch in 1975 with a mission to create and grow small companies into sustainable businesses. We continue that mission today."

Baroness Mary Warnock, who received an honorary from Leeds Beckett in 1990 was named as a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour.

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