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Last Updated: Saturday, 16 June 2007, 02:33 GMT 03:33 UK
County council leader made a CBE
Keith Mitchell
Keith Mitchell has been the county council leader for six years
The leader of Oxfordshire County Council has been made a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Keith Mitchell was made a CBE for services to local government after 18 years as the councillor for Bloxham and six years as council leader.

He was one of 14 people in Oxfordshire to be honoured in the list.

Doreen Sillman, 74, from Abingdon, was made an MBE for services to children and families after fostering 90 children since her own left home.

Ladies in Pigs

"When my own children left home I felt I still had something to offer," said Mrs Sillman who, with her husband Peter, has mostly fostered children with disabilities.

"It's very rewarding and I enjoy the challenge. I plan to keep on fostering as long as I can."

Council leader Keith Mitchell reputedly devotes about 100 hours a week to public duties after giving up his chartered accountant business interests in 1990.

"I opened my post and there was an invitation from Prime Minister Tony Blair - that got me worried," said the Conservative councillor.

"I'm fairly stunned."

Frances Slade, the former chairwoman of Ladies in Pigs for the last 12 years, was made an MBE for her services in promoting pigs and the British pork industry.

"People are more aware these days of where their food comes from," said Mrs Slade who used to keep pedigree Welsh pigs with her husband Richard.

Oxfordshire Honours List:

Order of the Bath KCB

  • Paul David Grenville Hayter, LVO, Clerk of the Parliaments, House of Lords.


  • Professor Susan Burnell, CBE, visiting professor of astrophysics, University of Oxford, for services to science.


  • Lady Helen Caldwell, Parliamentary Counsel Office.

  • Godfrey Cole, for services to the administration of justice.

  • Professor Dieter Helm, for services to energy policy.

  • Keith Mitchell, Oxfordshire County Council leader, for services to local government.


  • Professor Jane Aldgate, for services to children and families.

  • Dr Frank Briscoe, for services to Fusion Energy Development.


  • Madge Morgan, for services to lawn bowls for visually impaired people.

  • Douglas Read, for services to ploughing.

  • Margaret Scully, scout and housekeeper, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, for services to higher education.

  • Doreen Sillman, for services to children and families.

  • Frances Slade, formerly chairwoman, Ladies in Pigs, for services to the pig industry.

  • Michael Stanley, for services to scouting in England and Russia, and to the community in Oxford.

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