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Golfer Faldo knighted in honours

Nick Faldo
Faldo became the youngest player to qualify for the Ryder Cup

Professional golfer Nick Faldo has received a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Faldo, 51, who was born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, received the latest honour for services to golf.

Faldo, who became the youngest player to qualify for the Ryder Cup at 20, adds the title to his tally of six major championship wins.

Also among the honours was Sgt Peter Rawkins, of Bedfordshire Police, who received the Queen's Police Medal.


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Faldo, 51, often described as Britain's most successful golfer, is a father-of-four who won three Opens and three Masters, and spent 92 weeks as the world's number one golfer.

He is renowned for his single-minded dedication to his game, although controversy surrounded his captaincy of Europe's losing Ryder Cup team last year.

Those from Bedfordshire appointed MBE include:

  • Andrew Bennett, food and beverage manager, The Park Lane Hotel. For services to the hospitality industry and to skills training
  • John Cross, non-executive director, Departmental Board, Department for Work and Pensions. For public service
  • Kamwarjit Singh Dhillon, forensic operations manager, Bedfordshire Police. For services to the police.
  • Geoffrey Richard Dudley Farr, DL, for services to the community in Luton
  • Edith Wendy Gray, director, Centre for Youth and Community Development, Luton. For services to young people
  • Betty Hampson. For voluntary service to older people in Clophill
  • Susan Howley, chair of Governors, Fairfield Park School, Stotfold and Greenleas Lower School, Leighton Buzzard. For voluntary service to education
  • Theresa Moira Miller. For services to health and safety in the printing industry

Those from Buckinghamshire appointed OBE include:

  • Martin Cheeseman, Director of Housing and Community Care, London Borough of Brent. For services to local government

Those from Buckinghamshire appointed MBE include:

  • Ashuk Ahmed. For services to young people
  • Christine Anne Chapman, formerly project manager, Action for Children Rowans Support Project, Milton Keynes. For services to children and families
  • Gail Elizabeth Emms. For services to badminton
  • Victor Alan Faulkner. For services to people with special needs in Amersham
  • The Hon Richard Thomas Godber, DL. For services to agriculture and to young people
  • Ronald Clunie Melville, regional director for London, Forestry Commission. For public and voluntary service
  • Antonia Rosalinde Claire Thoday. For voluntary service to Chesham High School Pony Club

Those from Hertfordshire appointed CBE include:

  • John Francis Collins. Formerly Deliverer of the Vote, House of Commons
  • Dr Malcolm Skingle. Director, Academic Liaison, Worldwide Business Development, GlaxoSmithKline. For services to the pharmaceutical industry
  • Dr June Munro Raine, director, Vigilance and Risk Management of Medicines, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, Department of Health

Those from Hertfordshire appointed OBE include:

  • Roy Button, senior vice-president and managing director, Warner Brothers Productions. For services to the film industry
  • Richard Collins, formerly Executive director for Policy, Legal Services Commission. For services to the administration of justice
  • John Allan Findlay, Chief executive, National Association of Local Councils. For services to local government
  • Terence Michael Grote, formerly managing director, The Independent. For services to the publishing industry
  • Adam Krysztof Bogusz, deputy head of banking, London, HM Revenue and Customs
  • James Victor Lawlor, Deputy director with Detection, London, UK Border Agency, HM Revenue and Customs. For public and voluntary service
  • Mrs Jane Pitman, lead member for Children's Services, Hertfordshire County Council. For services to local government
  • Ms Jane Elizabeth Tozer. For public and voluntary service
  • Simon Winters. Charity consultant. For services to the voluntary sector

Those from Hertfordshire appointed MBE include:

  • Dawn Brooks. Treatment manager, Hertfordshire Probation Area. For services to the probation service.
  • Charlotte Edwards, captain, England Women's Cricket Team. For services to sport
  • Evelyn Ellen Ford. For voluntary service to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in Berkhamsted
  • Sheila Franks. Foster Carer. For services to children and families
  • Kamini Gadhok, chief executive and professional director, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. For services to the allied health professions
  • Eileen Margaret Hayes. For services to children and families
  • Ebrahim Kharodia. For services to pharmacy in Central London and to charity in Malawi
  • Peter Legg. For services to vocational education and to skills training
  • Lopa Patel, founder, For services to the creative industries
  • Madeleine Pearce. For voluntary service to the St John Ambulance Brigade
  • Peter John David Scarlett. For services to the community in Bishop's Stortford
  • Valerie Ann Whiting, administrator and secretary, Oaklands College. For services to further education
  • Dr Hazel Woodward, librarian and director, Cranfield University Press. For services to higher education

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