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Jubilee Awards for Service

The Jubilee Awards for Service aim to recognise those working in the public sector who have dedicated their lives to service, who regularly go over and above their usual duties and who have made a significant impact on the lives of others. They showcase gratitude for the outstanding service provided by public sector workers. The Jubilee Awards will run as the Jubilee Youth Awards in 2016.

On the 30th July 2015, the Jubilee Awards for Service were presented at the House of Lords by The Baroness Massey of Darwen. This year saw 12 award winners recognised for their outstanding commitment to the service of others after nominations were judged by a prominent panel. Details of the winners can be found below and photos of the awards ceremony are available in our Media Centre.

The Jubilee Awards for Service also recognise young people who participate in social action through the Jubilee Youth Awards. Details of the 2015 Youth Award winners can be found here.

An e-magazine containing interviews with the winners is available by clicking the below image.



 Award Winners 2015


Dr. Ian Mew | BikeSafe Medical Advisor

Ian Mew works fulltime as a consultant within the Intensive Care Department of Dorset County Hospital. Ian has gone the extra mile for the residents of Dorset, working daily as the Director of Major Trauma for Dorset County Hospital. Ian also rides alongside officers on his own “Doctor” bike.


Deborah Christie | Deputy Headteacher, Meadowhead School

Deborah Christie leads a very large team of teachers and support staff to ensure that pupils are safe and happy, willing and able to progress in and out of school and to become good citizens of the future. 


Debera Purdy | SEN Teaching Assistant, Kingston Park Primary School

Debra Purdy is a SEN Teaching Assistant at Kingston Park Primary School. She not only impacts on her son’s life who suffers a rare condition but on the lives of the many other children she works with that have special needs.


Karen Winter | Isle of Man Hospital Social Work Team Manager

Karen Winter is the Manager of a busy Social Work team in the Isle of Man. She has been a public servant for over thirty years. She is described as ‘the hardest working and most professionally dedicated person’ in her nomination.


Keith Gardener | Caretaker

Keith Gardener’s philosophy is that if he can make someone’s life easier by doing something within his power, why wouldn’t he. He always has time for every child, parent, visitor or member of staff.  The children recently described him as their very own super hero.


Lance Francis | Ground Force Officer

Lance Francis provides a range of services as a Ground Force Officer including upkeep of graves. Each task is conducted with both care and dignity. In his own words: ‘This is the last thing that anyone will have done for them. You’re providing a service for families and you do the best that you possibly can.’


Malcolm Tull | Retained Firefighter

Malcolm Tull has been a Retained Firefighter with Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service for over 40 years. To date, Malcolm and his colleagues have responded to 761 Category A medical emergencies in their local community.


Paul Lear | Medical Director

Paul Lear is a Medical Director in a district general hospital. He has developed leading organ transplant services across England and at one stage was one of very few Paediatric transplant surgeons. During his 25 years as a consultant surgeon he has been involved in a number of international initiatives on a charity basis.


PC Andrew Marsden | Youth Strategy Officer

PC Andy Marsden is GMP’s Youth Strategy Officer. He had the initial task of creating GMP’s Youth Strategy and supporting its delivery across all departments and divisions.  He has created training packages, development inputs and partnership links. He spent his early career within a diverse community in Oldham and has very close links 30 years on.


Sara Perez | Education Development Manager

Sara has worked with London Fire Brigade since 2001. In that time Sara has managed the Education Team who visit pupils across London to deliver fire safety workshops.   Sara has overseen the introduction of Fire Cadets across a number of London Boroughs since 2013.


Sarah Gates | Mental Health Liaison Officer

Sarah is responsible for overseeing and liaising with mental health services across Sussex. She works with NHS partners and police officers at every level to change cultures and influence commissioning of mental health services. Sarah is also a highly active volunteer working for the last 14 years for the homeless charity Crisis.


Sonja Sinclair - Elechi | Payroll Manager

Sonja has been employed by Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service for 20 years currently working in the payroll department, but also acts on a voluntary basis as the coordinator of the Service's Critical Incident Stress Team (CIST). As a member of CIST.


Jubilee Awards for Service Judging Panel

Dame Julia Cleverdon DVCO CBE Co-founder and Trustee of Step Up To Serve

DCC Ian Hopkins Deputy Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police

Gary Lewis Headteacher, Kings Langley School

Brian Strutton National Secretary of GMB Trade Union

Gisela Stuart MP Member of Parliament for Edgbaston, Birmingham

‘Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living’



The Jubilee Awards for Service are awarded to individuals rather than organisations. The awards are judged by a panel based on information given by nominators and one additional referee. They are not meant to be an endorsement of the organisations for which they work but a celebration of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to their community that has been recognised by others who know them.
Jubilee Award Winners 2014


On the 24th July 2014, 14 people were presented with their Jubilee Awards at the House of Lords by Lord Watson of Richmond CBE. The awards recognised those working in the public sector who have dedicated their lives to service, who regularly go over and above their usual duties and who have made a significant impact on the lives of others. Nominations were judged by a prominent panel and showcase gratitude for the outstanding service provided by public sector workers. Photos of the award winners are available in our Media Gallery.


This year, inspired by and in partnership with the Step Up To Serve campaign, the Jubilee Awards also recognised young people who participate in social action; be that through volunteering or fundraising, caring for people, providing mentoring support in school, running campaigns or being part of a social enterprise.

5 inspirational young people also received their Jubilee Youth Awards at the House of Lords. More information about the Jubilee Award Youth Winners can be found on the Youth Awards page here.


2014 Award Winners


John Chance | Watch Commander, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service

John Chance has been in the Fire Service for 23 years and is the heartbeat of the village; he leads by example and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, expecting the same high standards and calibre in the firefighters he leads.


Peter Goulding and Adnan Ali | Police Officers

Peter Goulding and Adnan Ali sustained serious injuries whilst apprehending a suspect, but showed considerable bravery in protecting each other and ensuring the security of the offender until the patrols arrived.

Mike Humber | Technical Services Manager

Mike Humber manages the Thanet District Council's engineering services, demonstrating an exceptional professional service and protecting Thanet’s community and buildings from the sea.


Raj Jhamat | Clinical Nurse Specialist, Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Raj Jhamat has dedicated 24 years of her life to working with families and young people with learning disabilities, especially those of South Asian origin, supporting them through the health system and working to reduce the inequalities and stigma they face.

Darren Lindley | Police Community Support Officer

Darren Lindley works as a Police Community Support Officer in Manchester and has devoted his own time, money and effort to developing successful youth work provision for the disadvantaged young people in his local area.

Elaine Lomas | Principal Environmental Health Officer (Food, Health & Safety)

Over the last 20 years, Elaine Lomas has taken on a significant role in leading and co-ordinating the Appleby Gypsy and Traveller Horse Fair, and her dedication and tireless work has improved the fair for all involved.


Roz Mesney | Domestic, Dorset County Hospital

Roz Mesney is a vital part of the Emergency Department of Dorset County Hospital, taking immense pride in ensuring the ward is clean and safe and always going over and above her job role to support patients and families.

Alistair Payne and Jim Simpson | Police Officers

Alistair Payne and Jim Simpson showed immense bravery when successfully tackling an armed man holding several nurses hostage, putting aside their own safety in order to protect the lives of those in danger.

Lisa Robinson | Hospitality Manager and Volunteer Lead, Birmingham Children’s Hospital

As the Volunteer Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Lisa Robinson has increased the number of and impact made by volunteers, supporting more children who are receiving treatment in hospital and ensuring volunteers grow and develop through their experience.

Vanessa Skinner | Deputy Manager, Community Safety Development, London Fire Brigade

Vanessa Skinner is a committed member of the London Fire Brigade, devoting time over and above her normal workload to keeping the community safe and planning responses to civil emergencies or major incidents, including terrorist attacks and the recent flooding.


Geoff Spoke | Retained Watch Manager, Northants Fire and Rescue Service

Geoff has devoted 40 years of his life to the Fire Service, saving lives through the medical ‘co-responding’ initiative he introduced, and raising over £24,000 for the FireFighters Charity.


Shirley Webb | Book Keeper

Shirley Webb has dedicated her working life to the Allendale Community Centre, keeping it running for the last 25 years and continuing to be a very active volunteer.



Jubilee Award Winners 2013
Jubilee Award winners enjoy afternoon tea in the House of Lords.



 Overall Winner

Ms Noran Flynn ~ Nechells POD Education Action Zone Director 

Noran has worked in education for over thirty years in a variety of roles including as a secondary school teacher, an advisory teacher for autism and an officer with responsibility for community safety.  Her current role is Education Action Zone Director, where she established the POD Community Interest Company in the heart of one of the most disadvantaged areas of Birmingham, working tirelessly to support eight schools in raising standards and improving educational attainment.


Kathryn Bloomfield | London Fire Brigade, Community Safety Manager

Kathryn has been with London Fire Brigade for over 22 years, demonstrating commitment to the service, her colleagues and the people of London from the beginning. Her achievements include establishing a project with volunteers from local communities to support fire victims, and designing educational packages for children with Special Educational Needs.

David King | Watch Manager, Porthcrawl Fire Station

David has worked worked for the Fire & Rescue Service for 43 years as a member of the 'retained duty system' at Porthcrawl Fire Station. Dave's dedication to his community is second to none, providing in excess of 90 hours per week on-call commitment as a fire-fighter for the duration of his career, and he is currently the longest serving fire-fighter in the South Wales Fire & Rescue Service. As the 'officer in charge' of Porthcrawl Fire Station, Dave ensures high standards and levels of performance are maintained, and that his station is at the forefront of essential public services by carrying out fire safety work to reduce risks to people in the local community.

Terry Rodgers | Street Cleaning Operative

Terry has given over 50 years' service to the borough of Rushmoor. Now ages 72, Terry still works full time driving a road sweeper and is always available to help in an emergency, taking great pride in his work and providing a first rate service to the tax payer.

Simon Hensley | Neighbourhood Police Sergeant

Sergeant Hensley has been the catalyst for a large scale community rejuvenation in Stockland Green, enthusing the community and inspiring organisations to get involved. His work has included providing bespoke community provision in one of the most deprived areas of Birmingham.

Ian Sheard | Support Worker for the Advance Enablement Project

Ian works with adults with learning disabilities, encouraging participation and inclusion within the community and in society. Ian works with stores and libraries to identify work placements for the service user group and provides on-going support which can often be life changing. Ian is a kind and thoughtful man and is a team player; he has a 'can do' attitude and is unafraid of stepping outside his job description if this is in the best interests of the service users.

Tanya Kenny-Paker | Manager, The Haven Day Centre

Tanya is a manager of The Haven Day Centre, providing a service to 30 older people with physical disabilities, sensory impairment or mental health problems. Tanya is an inspirational and highly committed manager who runs a service of very high quality, providing individually tailored care and a rich variety of activity programmes for each service user.

Dr Jane Risdall | Surgeon Commander

Dr Jane Risdall has demonstrated an inspirational devotion to her medical practice and research into traumatic brain injury at the same time as contributing substantially to local and national community activities. Jane also continues to serve in the Royal Navy while undertaking a full time clinical commitment at Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Rita Liddle | District Nurse

Rita Liddle has dedicated her life to working in the community as a District Nurse for the NHS in Derby. She started training as a nurse in 1973 and retired last year after 40 years ion the profession, even continuing to work after suffering a stroke in May 2011. Rita always turned down any offer of management work, as she always felt the need and desire to be 'hands on'. Throughout her years as a nurse, Rita has a maintained her sense of humour, and her determination and dedication to the nursing profession is second to none.

Anne Fenton | Home Manager

Anne has worked for Birmingham City Council for 32 years in residential services for children, and for the past 8 years has managed a Home for 16 children with profound disabilities. Anne supports parents and staff through very difficult times and works closely with health colleagues to ensure the children have the best care, regularly advocating for the children when they are moving on to an adult placement.

Juliet Parker-Smith | Manager, Trewern Outdoor Centre

Juliet Parker-Smith manages the Trewern Outdoor Centre. Over the years thousands of young people have experienced spending time at this centre near the Black Mountains. Juliet has constantly developed new experiential learning activities and ensures that young people experience a wide range of educational experiences in an environment which contrasts with their home area in East London.

Dr David Rose | Principal Clinical Psychologist

Dr David Rose has been the driving force behind the Specialist Learning Disability Dementia Service since before its establishment in 2008. His energy and commitment have been instrumental in making the service effective and collaborative, focusing on the needs of carers and family as well as the person with dementia, and making a real difference to some of the most vulnerable people in Dudley.