Queen's Birthday Honours: Geoff Driver appointed CBE

The former leader of Lancashire County Council has been appointed a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Tory Geoff Driver, who was replaced by Labour's Jennifer Mein as the county council leader in May, becomes a CBE for services to local government.

Among 15 Lancastrians appointed MBEs is Christine Barnes, 55, a Burnley street pastor, for services to girl guiding.

George Martin of the Prince's Trust in Burnley and Neil Wolstenholme, a Blackpool civil servant, become OBEs.

Six people including a magistrate from Blackpool will be collecting British Empire Medals (BEM).

Sixty-seven-year-old Christine Fitton has been awarded a BEM for her services to scouting, fund-raising and for serving as a magistrate for 20 years where she sits in the family court and is qualified to sit in cases involving domestic violence.

Mrs Barnes joined the Blackpool District Scout movement as assistant leader in 1966 before working her way up to be scout leader. She served as district commissioner in 1997 where she was responsible for 27 scout groups.

Ms Fitton also runs the Blackpool Gang Show, a week-long scouts show at the Globe Theatre at the Pleasure Beach.

The complete list of Lancastrians recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours are as follows:


  • Geoffrey Driver for services to local government


  • George Martin, Prince's Trust liaison officer for services to local government
  • Neil Wolstenholme, Department of Work and Pensions for services to project management


  • Christine Barnes for services to girl guiding and to the community in Burnley
  • Thomas Geoffrey Burrows for services to the arts and to the community in Burnley
  • Graham Carter Curwen for public services to health and to the community in Pilling
  • John William Brian Cushing from Clitheroe for services to the community in Lancashire
  • Mrs Christine Edwards, from Chorley, the safety, health and environment manager at University of Central Lancashire for services to higher education
  • Matthew John McMinnies Horn. Journalist and Journalism Lecturer at University of Central Lancashire and Guandong University of Foreign Studies, China for services to the development of journalism and to charitable work in China
  • Det Con Denise Marie Kershaw at Lancashire Constabulary for services to public protection
  • Richard Michael Horton Morgan, the chief engineer at BBC Sport, from Rossendale, for services to sports broadcasting particularly the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
  • Philip O'Brien for services to the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team in Preston
  • Michael Peters, from Kirkham, the chief executive officer at UPL for services to industry in the North West and charity
  • Brian Pickup, JP, for services to health through community first responders and to the community in Rossendale
  • Trevor Spence, from Blackburn, a special constable at Lancashire Constabulary, for voluntary service to policing and to the community
  • Einir Wynn Viney, from Thornton-Cleveleys, an administrative officer at the Ministry of Defence for services in support of military operations
  • Peter Rimmer Ward for services to the Guild Wheel in Preston
  • Leonard John Willoughby, instructional officer at HM Prison Kirkham for services to HM Prison Service and Prisoners

British Empire Medal

  • Ian Thomas Burks Angus, from Kirkham, who is a volunteer at Lancashire Constabulary for services to policing
  • Colin Bolton, president of Warton Cricket Club, for services to Cricket and the community
  • Dorothy Farrington. Rossendale councillor for services to the community in Goodshaw
  • Christine Leslie Fitton, JP, for services to scouting and to the magistracy in Blackpool
  • Alan Gregory, police community support officer in Skerton, Lancaster, for voluntary service to policing and to the community
  • Christine Margaret Rostron, chair of Governors, Town Green Primary School, Aughton for services to education

Queen's Police Medal

  • Ch Supt Stephen Martin of Northern Ireland from Burnley

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