HM The King’s Birthday Honours Announced

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On Saturday 17 June 2023, HM The King’s Birthday Honours were announced with several Cumbrians receiving an honour.

Eleven Cumbrians have been awarded an honour in The King’s Birthday Honours list which was published in the official newspaper of the Crown, The Gazette.

The honours recognise the achievements and service of people across the UK, from all walks of life. Along with the New Year Honours, the Birthday Honours are the most significant announcements of civilian and military awards.

Cumbrian recipients include:

Officers of the Order of the British Empire

Philip Michael Cook, Carlisle - For services to Further Education

Lisa Anne Crausby, Brampton - For services to Education

Jonathon Hugh Christopher Saxton, Keswick - For services to the Charitable Sector

Chief Constable Michelle Prudencear Skeer QPM, Carlisle – For services to Policing

Dr Rex Strong, Newton Arlosh - For services to the Civil Nuclear Industry

Members of the Order of the British Empire

Gareth Boswell Browning, Cockermouth - For services to Forestry and Nature Recovery

Caroline Marie Hamilton, Wigton - For services to Business and to Engineering

Barbara Ann Johnson, Barrow in Furness - For services to Social Care

Lynn Willis, Whitehaven - For services to Business

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire

Claudia Helen Walker, Keswick - For services to Young People in Cumbria

Eleanor Walsh, Cockermouth - For services to Swimming and to the community in Cockermouth, Cumbria

Honour Nominations:

Anyone can nominate someone for a UK Honour through the 'open access' system and these are awarded to people from all walks of life.

The final decision as to who receives an honour is first decided by an Honours Committee and their recommendations go to the Prime Minister and finally to HM The King for approval. The process can take up to 18 months with recipients of honours announced in HM The King’s New Year’s Honours List and HM The King’s Birthday Honours List in June each year.

More information on nominations can be found at:

Mrs Claire Hensman, HM Lord-Lieutenant for Cumbria, said:

“I congratulate everyone who has been recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours list. Receiving an honour is a significant achievement and I am pleased to see that Cumbrians have been acknowledged.

“If you know someone who always goes the extra mile for others and who has made a special contribution to their community or their area of work over the years, I encourage you to consider nominating them for an honour.

“These honours are special and reflect the great work that dedicated people in the county continue to do daily, often in a voluntary capacity, in our local communities.”