A host of worthies from across Tayside and Fife have been named in the most recent Queen’s birthday honours list 2020.
As is the case with a large number of awards in Scotland and the UK, the awards reflect the efforts and lengths people went to during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
The majority of the honours list was compiled before the Covid-19 outbreak but was deferred to consider nominations for people who played crucial roles during the first months of efforts to tackle the virus.
Lesley Holdsworth, who trained as a physiotherapist and is now the Scottish Government’s clinical lead for digital health and care, has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of her services to physiotherapy and health services.
Dr Holdsworth, who lives in Newport on Tay, said receiving an OBE was “truly humbling”.
Dr Sarah Nelson, also Newport-on-Tay, has been awarded an OBE for services to victims of childhood sexual abuse.
Businessman Collieson Briggs has been named a MBE for services to vulnerable people in the community of Fife.
Fife-born Professor Nigel Mathers has also been given a MBE for services to general practice.
Alison Milne, from Auchtermuchty, has been awarded the MBE for services to rural Scotland and agriculture.
Nan Cook, 57, Kelty, has been awarded the BEM for services to the community in Kinross during Covid-19.
Dalgety Bay resident Paul MacKean, head of laboratories at Babcock Rosyth, has been honoured for services to the NHS during the Covid-19 response, while Kirsten Urquhart, from Limekilns, has similarly been given a BEM.
Helen Duncan, Kirkcaldy, has been recognised for services to the Children’s Hearings System and the community in Glenrothes, while Lorraine Mullen, who was instrumental in setting up the Lochgelly Lunches Project which provides meals for people suffering food poverty, has also been recognised with a BEM.
Thomas Kenny, who lives in Kincardine, has been honoured for services to policing and the community in Tulliallan.
Margaret Copland, the driving force behind efforts to keep the heritage of Monifieth alive, has been honoured with a BEM.
Mr Ron Leslie from Forfar, has been recognised with a BEM for his work with the Angus Community Care Charitable Trust.
The founding chairman of Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA), John Bullough, has been awarded an MBE for services to emergency healthcare in Scotland and to the community in Perth.
Also awarded an MBE was the founder of Feldy Roo, Gavin Price.
Receiving an MBE is David Cochrane from Kinross for services to Tourism in Scotland (HIT).
Jennifer Keenan from Perth has been awarded the BEM for services to women and minority ethnic communities during Covid-19.
The PKAVS worker led the charity’s contribution to the response to the 2 Sisters’ factory coronavirus outbreak in Coupar Angus where their minority communities hub were instrumental in successfully engaging with the diverse workforce.
Hector MacAulay from Glenalmond was awarded a MBE for services to construction and the NHS during Covid-19.
Also receiving BEMs are Dr Elizabeth Ferris from Auchterarder, who is the founder and chairwoman of Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club. Dr Ferris was recognised for services to disability sport in Scotland.
Kyle Wilson was also awarded a BEM for services to the community in Blairgowrie during Covid-19.
Broughty Ferry woman Sandra Smith has been named MBE for her dedicated work as a foster carer over more than four decades.