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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 June, 2005, 00:11 GMT 01:11 UK
Police chief honoured for NI role
Hugh Orde
NI chief constable Hugh Orde received a knighthood
The chief constable of police in Northern Ireland, Hugh Orde, has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday honours.

Sir Hugh has steered through much of the reform in policing in the province following the Good Friday Agreement.

In sport, Dr Syd Millar, chairman of the World International Rugby Board was awarded a CBE to add to his MBE.

In all, 51 people from Northern Ireland were honoured and three police officers received Queen's Police Medals.

Sir Hugh, 46, is married with one son. Four years ago, he was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2001.

He came to the post, considered one of the toughest jobs in world policing, after 26 years with the Metropolitan Police.

It is a recognition of the changes which have taken place in policing in Northern Ireland
Sir Hugh Orde
PSNI chief constable

On his appointment, he commented that it was not a job for the "faint hearted" and that it had to be "one of the ultimate challenges in policing for a chief officer".

Speaking about the knighthood, Sir Hugh said: "I see this as an honour not for myself, but for the whole of the police service.

"I believe it is a recognition of the changes which have taken place in policing in Northern Ireland, building on the foundations of the past, but also looking forward with enthusiasm."

David Campbell, former special advisor and chief of staff to David Trimble who resigned as Ulster Unionist leader after a disastrous general election for the party, received a CBE.

Also receiving the honour was Syd Millar, from Ballymena, County Antrim. He has been involved in rugby union for 54 years as player, coach and administrator.

He is the only person to have played, coached and managed the British Lions. He has been Ireland's representative on the International Rugby Board since 1992 and world chairman since 2003.

Syd Millar
Dr Syd Millar was honoured for his services to rugby

Bro McFerran, managing director of software company Northbrook Technology, a subsidiary of the giant US Allstate Corporation, received a CBE.

He has overseen the rapid expansion of his IT company from a handful of staff in Belfast in 1998 to more than 1,000 in Belfast, Londonderry and Strabane.

Respected historian Dr Anthony Terence Quincy Stewart was awarded a CBE for services to Irish history.

In 2004, he was described by the Irish Times as "the doyen of Ulster historians" and his book, Ulster Crisis, published in 1967, is still regarded as a definitive study of Home Rule.

Dr Audrey Simpson, the director of the Family Planning Association in Northern Ireland, received an OBE.

She had led the FPA for 16 years. Her pioneering work with girls, boys and parents has been replicated in other parts of the UK and has been used as good practice in government reports.

Honour at 88

Glen Barr, community leader, sometime political representative and trade union official and the current chief executive of Maydown Ebrington Group in Londonderry received an OBE.

In 1999, he was named Irish European of the Year by the Irish government for his work with the trust which constructed a memorial park in Messines, Belgium, to the memory of 35,000 soldiers from all over Ireland who died in World War I.

Suneil Sharma, secretary of the Indian Community Centre and an independent member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board was made an MBE for his services to minority ethnic communities.

The oldest recipient on the list was 88-year-old physiotherapist Thomas 'Jock' Gilmour, best known for his work with local soccer players and the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games teams.

Mr Gilmour received an MBE for 50 years' commitment to sport in Northern Ireland.


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