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Brendan Foster

Photo - Brendan Foster competing at Gateshead International Stadium

Seven people with strong connections to Gateshead have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

The Honours List celebrates the achievements of extraordinary people across the UK although the announcement was delayed this year to ensure that the contribution of key workers throughout the COVID-19 crisis could also be recognised.

The Queen's Birthday Honours List includes:

  • Brendan Foster, Great North Run founder and Freeman of Gateshead, awarded a knighthood for services to international and national sport and culture in the North East 
  • Tanja Smith, Technical Director at Gradon Architecture, awarded an OBE for services to apprenticeships and technical education 
  • Katherine Simpson - Vice-Chair, Employer Engagement with the North of England Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, awarded an MBE for voluntary service to the armed forces
  • Rabbi Sugarman, Director of Haskel School, awarded an MBE for services to education and children with special educational needs 
  • Joanne Swan, Manager of Fountain Court, Housing 21, awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the community during the COVID-19 crisis
  • Stephen Walters, Gateshead Council Libraries Manager, awarded the British Empire Medal for services to public libraries
  • Chris Lowther, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service's chief fire officer, awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal

Councillor Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council, said "We're delighted that the honours have recognised all of these people as they are great ambassadors for Gateshead and the North East. The commitment they have shown to working local communities is truly inspiring.

"We're also really pleased that there has been the opportunity to celebrate the role of key workers throughout the coronavirus pandemic, which is as critical now as it was when the crisis started earlier this year. Across Gateshead people have come together to help those most in need so to have the manager of a care home and a council employee recognised in this way makes me incredibly proud as it reflects all of the hard work being done every day by our staff, our businesses, our partners and volunteers within the local communities."

Brendan Foster
10 October 2020

Photo - Brendan Foster competing at Gateshead International Stadium

Seven people with strong connections to Gateshead have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

The Honours List celebrates the achievements of extraordinary people across the UK although the announcement was delayed this year to ensure that the contribution of key workers throughout the COVID-19 crisis could also be recognised.

The Queen's Birthday Honours List includes:

  • Brendan Foster, Great North Run founder and Freeman of Gateshead, awarded a knighthood for services to international and national sport and culture in the North East 
  • Tanja Smith, Technical Director at Gradon Architecture, awarded an OBE for services to apprenticeships and technical education 
  • Katherine Simpson - Vice-Chair, Employer Engagement with the North of England Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, awarded an MBE for voluntary service to the armed forces
  • Rabbi Sugarman, Director of Haskel School, awarded an MBE for services to education and children with special educational needs 
  • Joanne Swan, Manager of Fountain Court, Housing 21, awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the community during the COVID-19 crisis
  • Stephen Walters, Gateshead Council Libraries Manager, awarded the British Empire Medal for services to public libraries
  • Chris Lowther, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service's chief fire officer, awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal

Councillor Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council, said "We're delighted that the honours have recognised all of these people as they are great ambassadors for Gateshead and the North East. The commitment they have shown to working local communities is truly inspiring.

"We're also really pleased that there has been the opportunity to celebrate the role of key workers throughout the coronavirus pandemic, which is as critical now as it was when the crisis started earlier this year. Across Gateshead people have come together to help those most in need so to have the manager of a care home and a council employee recognised in this way makes me incredibly proud as it reflects all of the hard work being done every day by our staff, our businesses, our partners and volunteers within the local communities."

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