A Fifer who has piped for the Queen has been awarded an MBE.
James Banks of Markinch, whose love of bagpipes has taken him all over the world, was a pipe major with the Scots Guards and has struck a chord with Her Majesty at Balmoral and during state banquets in Buckingham Palace.
Jim has also taught Genesis drummer Phil Collins the art of bagpipe playing.
“He is a better drummer than he is a piper, but he is a really nice chap and it was a great experience,” he said.
Dundee University professor Jill Belch has been awarded an OBE for her services to medicine.
Prof Belch’s personal research career has made an outstanding contribution to the university’s reputation for excellence in translating new knowledge into effective patient care, having led more than 30 international multi-centre clinical trials and winning in excess of £32 million of peer-reviewed grant funding over 27 years.
She led the Research Institute in the Medical School until May 2015 and saw it achieve a number one ranking in the UK for impact in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the main assessment of research quality in the UK.
Ronnie Webster, of Crail, was made an MBE for services to tennis in Scotland. Mr Webster, 78, is a former president of the Lawn Tennis Association’s central district and north of Scotland branches and Falkirk Tennis Club.
Before becoming an official, he was champion of the club in Falkirk, where he is originally from.
A five-year campaign he led with the LTA successfully resulted in the creation of indoor courts at Stirling University.
When the retired company director moved to Crail he successfully pushed through the local community council for installation of two tennis courts and a multi-use games area in the village.
The former chairman of Dundee Rep has been awarded an OBE. Sinclair Aitken, 79, said he was “surprised and delighted” to receive the award for his services to culture and the community.
Mr Aitken spent 30 years on the board at the Rep, 18 of them as chairman.
His tenure in charge saw the Rep become one of the leading lights of Scotland’s arts scene.
Perth and Kinross councillor Alexander Stewart received an MBE for his contribution to voluntary services.
Mr Stewart, 53, has been a Conservative councillor since 1999 and is involved in many groups. His posts include battalion president of the Boys’ Brigade Perth and Kinross, president of Perth City Operatic Group, chairman of Perth Access Cars, president of Perth Amateur Operatic Society, chairman of the Friends of Perth Stepping Stones Theatre Company, Ark Housing Association senior support worker and executive member of Perth and Kinross Sports Council.
Vivienne McGuire, bequest secretary for Dundee University, has been awarded an MBE for her services to bequeathal in anatomy.
Mrs McGuire is based in the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) at the university and is the main point of contact for people who want to donate their bodies to medical science.
Professor Annalu Waller, chairman of Human Communication Technologies at Dundee University, was awarded an OBE for services to people with complex communication needs.
Prof Waller has been based in computing since 1989 and helped establish the university’s reputation as a leading centre for research into augmentative and alternative communication technologies for people with severe communication difficulties.
Christine McCoy from West Wemyss said she was honoured and humbled to have been awarded an MBE for services to social equality.
The 61-year-old is VisitScotland’s accessible tourism manager and has spent the last four years ensuring accommodation and services across the country are fully accessible to people with disabilities, the elderly and families with young children.
Retired school teacher Heather Cunningham has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the community and arts in the East Neuk.
Mrs Cunningham, 74, has been involved with numerous local groups in Pittenweem, where she lives, and a Sunday school teacher for 30 years.
She is an active member of the East Neuk Emergency Trust which provides financial support for people in need.
Kathleen Crawford from Balerno, Midlothian, a former section leader with the Scottish Schools Education Research Centre in Dunfermline, has been awarded an MBE.
Mrs Crawford worked at the Fife centre, which trains primary and secondary teachers in the delivery of science and technologies education within the Curriculum for Excellence.