Lothians residents among Queen’s Birthday Honours

Edinburgh International Festival director Jonathan Mills has been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Picture: Jane Barlow
Edinburgh International Festival director Jonathan Mills has been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Picture: Jane Barlow
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Director of the Edinburgh International Festival, a leading breast cancer specialist and a Conservative MSP among 18 Lothians residents to receive honours

A RETIRED businessman, who has become a cornerstone of his local community, a leading breast cancer specialist, and a long-serving headteacher are among the Capital citizens recognised in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Dr Gordon Wills. Picture: Cate Gillon

Dr Gordon Wills. Picture: Cate Gillon

Edinburgh International Festival director Jonathan Mills is knighted and there is a CBE for Lothian Conservative MSP David McLetchie.

Retired business executive Christopher Davies, 72, receives a British Empire Medal for his services to the community in Colinton, where he was chairman of the Colinton Garden Club for six years and saw membership grow from 150 to 240. He is also editor of the Scottish Gardener’s Forum magazine, which appears four times a year and counts Beechgrove Garden presenter Jim McColl among its readers.

Mr Davies, a former ­managing director of Nairns Floors, is also an active member of St Cuthbert’s Episcopal Church, Colinton, where he edits the magazine.

And he is chair of Faith in Older People, which trains ­volunteers to visit elderly, housebound people in their homes.

Chris Davies in his garden. Picture: Joey Kelly

Chris Davies in his garden. Picture: Joey Kelly

He said his honour had come as a complete surprise. “I didn’t expect to get anything like this. It’s an award for the whole community. Colinton has a great sense of identity and I’m really quite proud to have been able to help.”

Professor Mike Dixon, who receives an OBE, believes he owes the honour to his ­patients at the breast cancer unit in Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital, which he has led since 1994.

He said: “I feel good about this because it’s not the ­hospital, it’s not the high heid yins, I think it’s the patients who have done it.

“I’m not one to kow-tow to management, I’m more of a thorn in their side”. He said he had never undertaken private practice. “What I wanted to do when I was 16 was look after people based on what they needed, not what they could pay. Very few people have not had to change their morals or ethics since the age of 16, but that’s what I’ve been able to do in the National Health Service.

“I’ve look after enormous numbers of fantastic women and managed to keep most of them alive. This is an award for them as much as for me.”

Gaye Linklater, who retired last year after 28 years as head at Hermitage Park Primary School in Leith, was delighted with her OBE. She said: “I remember ­sitting in the staff room years ago when someone like Helen Mirren was made a dame and I said I would quite like to be a dame – and they said which pantomime?”

Born and bred in Edinburgh, Ms Linklater began teaching at St John’s Primary, Portobello, aged 20 and rose to be deputy head before moving to Hermitage Park.

She said: “They have this idea now of rotating heads, but you have no idea the ­benefits that come from seeing literally generations of ­children coming to the school. By the time I left, a lot of my parents had been my kids.”

Brian Annable, founder of the City of Edinburgh Racing Club, which trained Sir Chris Hoy among others, receives an OBE for services to cycling.

Jonathan Mills, who became Festival director in 2006, said he was “very, very grateful and honoured” to have been knighted, especially this year since it was the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation and she had been the patron of the Festival since its inception.

Former Scottish Tory leader David McLetchie has been involved with the Conservatives since he was a teenager in 1968 and he suspected his CBE was for his “perseverance if nothing else”.

He said: “I am delighted at the award, it is a great honour and it means a great deal to me and my family.”

A 21-gun royal salute was being fired from the Castle at noon to mark the Queen’s official birthday.

The Lothian’s winners are unveiled


The Rt Hon Sir Walter Menzies Campbell, CBE, QC, MP. Member of Parliament for North East Fife: for public and political service.


Jonathan Edward Harland (John) Mills, FRSE. Director and chief executive, Edinburgh International Festival: for services to culture.


Richard Findlay, non-executive independent chairman, STV Group plc: for services to the Arts and Creative Industries in Scotland. David McLetchie, MSP. Christie Smith, formerly head of Police and Fire Reform Division, Scottish Government: for services to Emergency Services Reform (N Berwick, East Lothian).


Brian Annable: For services to Cycling. Kathryn Jane Campbell, formerly manager, Eco-Schools Scotland: for services to Environmental Education and Sustainable Development.

Professor John Michael Dixon, breast cancer surgeon, Western General Hospital: for services to the treatment of breast cancer and for charitable services. Alexandra Gray, nurse consultant, Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service: for services to blood transfusion. Gaye Linklater, ex-headteacher, Hermitage Park Primary: for services to education.


Agnes Elizabeth Scott, counselling and wellbeing officer, Scottish Government: for public service. Ruth Stark, manager, Scottish Association of Social Workers: for services to social work in Scotland. Patricia Murray, director of pharmacy, NHS Lothian: for services to pharmacy (Musselburgh, East Lothian).

Dr Gordon Stanley Clifford Park Wills Prestoungrange: for services to the community in Prestonpans, East Lothian (Milton Malsor, Northamptonshire). Irene Hogg, general manager, Loanhead After School Club: for services to children and families in Loanhead, Midlothian (Loanhead, Midlothian)

Robert Boyd, director and general manager, EDC Pipework Services Ltd: for services to the pipeline industry and to the community in Bo’ness, West Lothian (Bo’ness)


Agnes Burgoyne, Manager, Rosebery Centre, Livingston: for services to older people (Livingston). Christopher Henry Davies: for services to community, Edinburgh.

The rest of the best of the Brits

Skyfall singer Adele was today awarded an MBE to add to her growing collection of accolades.

The 25-year-old, who found worldwide fame after a friend posted her demo on MySpace in 2006, already has a bulging trophy cabinet, from Brit Awards to Grammys, and most recently an Oscar for the James Bond song.

After becoming a mother in October, she now tops off an eventful few months with today’s award in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to music.

Tony Robinson, famed for his role as long-suffering Baldrick in the Blackadder series, was knighted, trumping his co-star Rowan Atkinson who becomes a CBE.

Robinson, 66, said he was “thrilled, ­flattered and a little gob-smacked” to get the honour, adding: “I also pledge that from this day on I’ll slaughter all unruly dragons, and rescue any damsels in distress who ­request my help.”

Mr Bean star Atkinson, 58, said his CBE came as a “genuine surprise and is a great honour”.

Scotland’s top police officer received a knighthood. Stephen House, chief constable of the new national Police Scotland force, is recognised for services to law and order.

Former Open golf champion Paul Lawrie, who helped the European team to a dramatic Ryder Cup victory against America last year, is also recognised with an OBE.

John Carnochan, former head of the Scottish police National Violence Reduction Unit, also gets an OBE.

Sir Menzies Campbell

Former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell is awarded the Order of the Companions of Honour.

And Professor Hugh Pennington, emeritus professor of bacteriology at Aberdeen University, receives a CBE for his services to microbiology and food hygiene.

MBEs go to singer-songwriter PJ Harvey and singer and broadcaster Aled Jones.

Harvey, 43, famously became the first and only artist to win the Mercury Prize on two occasions – picking it up for a second time in 2011, ten years after her first triumph.

MBEs also go to comedian Rob Brydon, who said he accepted the honour “for short Welshmen everywhere”, and also to actor, director and playwright David Haig and Chocolat author Joanne Harris. Sports presenter Clare Balding, widely praised for her coverage of London’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, described her OBE as the “pinnacle” of a “year of unexpected delights”.

The OBE is also given to Wendy Parry, whose son Tim, 12, was killed alongside three-year-old Johnathan Ball in the ­Warrington Bombing on March 20, 1993.

Mrs Parry, who set up the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace with husband Colin, is awarded the OBE in the year that marks the 20th anniversary of the outrage.

A knighthood is awarded to sculptor Anish Kapoor, who designed the 377ft ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture and observation tower in the Olympic Park in east London, as well as Nigel Bogle, co-founder of advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty, behind adverts such as Levi’s “Laundrette”, and “Keep Walking” for Johnnie Walker whisky.

Julian Glover

Former James Bond villain and Game Of Thrones star Julian Glover gets a CBE, along with director Michael Attenborough and Thomas Heatherwick, designer of the Olympic Cauldron.

A total of 1180 people receive awards in this year’s Birthday Honours, including 556 women, 47 per cent of the total.

Awards for sport make up four per cent of the total with around ten per cent for work in education and seven per cent in health.

Writer Jackie Collins, 75, joins her sister in being honoured by the Queen, getting an OBE to follow Joan’s in 1997.

An MBE is given to master boat builder Mark Edwards, who led the team that built the million-pound royal rowbarge Gloriana, one of the star attractions in last summer’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

CBEs go to former Scotland Yard deputy assistant commissioner Sue Akers, who led the phone hacking inquiry, and Christopher Allison, National Olympic security co-­ordinator for the London 2012 Games.

There are knighthoods for Richard Olver, chairman of defence contractor BAE ­Systems, and former TUC general secretary Brendan Barber.

Mr Barber said: “The trade union ­movement does outstanding work day in day out, making lives better for millions of ordinary people.

“I regard this honour very much as ­recognition of that major contribution to the life of our nation.”