Birmingham & Black Country

Knighthood for Groundwork charity chief executive

The chief executive of an environmental regeneration charity has been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

The Groundwork charity's Anthony Gerard Hawkhead, from Solihull, received the honour for services to environmental regeneration.

London 2012 Olympic medal hopeful, Birmingham-based Phillips Idowu, 32, is among the West Midlands' recipients.

The world triple jump champion, originally from London, was appointed MBE for services to athletics.

Victor Hector Pinkney was also among those honoured from the West Midlands, for services to the community in Handsworth, Birmingham.

Mr Pinkney, who has also been appointed MBE, has worked in the area since arriving from Jamaica in 1964. He is responsible for running events including a weekly running club and establishing a karate club.

Those who have become CBE include Carillion chief executive John McDonough, of Wolverhampton, for services to the construction industry, and Judge Frances Margaret Kirkham, of Birmingham, for services to the legal profession and to the administration of justice.

Douglas Thomas Mahoney, from Solihull, international trade director at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, was among those appointed OBE.

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