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New Year Honours for teachers, ice skating judge, Buddhist and nursing chief

09 January, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya

Cecilia Anim: Royal College of Nursing, CBE

A PRISON craftwork charity leader, a nurse, Buddhist chief and an ice skating judge are among those to be recognised with awards in the New Year Honours list.

Dr Katy Emck, founding director of Fine Cell Work charity, has received an OBE for services to the “rehabilitation of offenders”. The charity, based in Buckingham Palace Road, helps teach prisoners fine, commercial, craftwork to make high quality products.

She said: “This is not only an honour, it is a recognition of the hard work of Fine Cell Work’s extraordinary volunteer teachers, of its staff, led by Victoria Gillies, and of its an outstanding board.

“Most of all, it is a recognition of the fine work and the intrinsic potential of our prisoners to contribute to society and to make things of beauty and value in their time in prison.”

Vanessa Riley, an ice skating judge who grew up in Marylebone and lived in Maida Vale, received a British Empire Medal.

New Year honours

Mark Malcomson: CBE. Dr Katy Emck: OBE

Dr Desmond Rollo ­Biddulph, the president of the Buddhist Society based in Eccleston Square, Pimlico, was also honoured with a CBE for services to inter-faith relations. Cecilia Anim, the president of the Royal College of Nursing, based in Marylebone, was awarded a CBE. She worked as a midwife in Ghana before moving to the UK and has worked for many years as a clinical nurse specialist in sexual and reproductive health at the Margaret Pyke Family Planning Centre, Fitzrovia.

The world of fashion was also highly acknowledged this year, with Victoria Beckham getting an OBE, and over at Central Saint Martins the former programme director for fashion Angela (Willie) Walters scooped an MBE.

Mark Malcomson, chief executive at City Lit in Covent Garden, was honoured with a CBE for services to adult education. Mr Malcomson, who was previously a director at London Business School, based in Lisson Grove, was pleased that adult learning had been properly recognised, as people continue to work into later life.

Clare Chamberlain, the director of children’s services at Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea councils, also received a CBE.

She said: “I feel that the award also honours the hard work and commitment of the teams of social workers who are dedicated to helping children and their families.”

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