Queen's Birthday Honours for Northamptonshire County Council leader

Jim Harker OBE
Image caption Mr Harker has been a councillor since 1979

The leader of Northamptonshire County Council has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Conservative councillor Jim Harker has been appointed OBE for services to civic society and the economy.

Mr Harker has been a county councillor for 12 years and the leader of the council since 2005.

"This is really a tribute to all the people that I have worked with over the years," he said.

Mr Harker, who became a councillor in 1979, said he owed has achievements to family and friends who had supported him.

"Most of the work achieved by council is done by working in partnership and as part of a team," he said.

Seven people were honoured in Northamptonshire, including Alexander Surtees Chancellor from Towcester who was appointed CBE for services to journalism.

Professor Ashraf Jawaid, deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Bedfordshire, was appointed OBE.

There were also MBEs for Mrs Gillian Hinson for services to Higher Education and Teacher Education and Frank Stapleton, for services to people with MS and their families.

Frederick Curtis from Bugbrooke and Edward Kilpin from Hackleton were awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community.