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Birmingham Women recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours list

June 13, 2009

I was so delighted to hear today that Carol Coombes – who part inspired me to set up this blog site – was today awarded an OBE.  Truly well deserved, she spreads optimism, joy and confidence wherever she goes.

So I went to take a look at the list and see how many other Birmingham Women are on the list.  I thought I’d tweet them.  No chance, there are far too many for 140 characters.  So clearly, it warrants a post instead.  Here they are:

Ms Jane SLOWEY CBE

Chief Executive, Foyer Federation.
For services to Disadvantaged
Young People.
(Birmingham, West Midlands)

Ms Carol Lesley COOMBES OBE

For services to the Voluntary Sector
in Ladywood, Birmingham and to
Leadership across the UK.
(Birmingham, West Midlands)

Fiona, Mrs LARDEN OBE

Principal, Fircroft College,
Birmingham. For services to Adult
Education.
(Birmingham, West Midlands)

Miss Zena Jane WOOLDRIDGE OBE

Director of Sport, University of
Birmingham and Chair, England
Squash. For services to Sport.
(Stourbridge, West Midlands)

Mandy, Mrs BRIDGE MBE

Executive Officer, Jobcentre Plus,
Department for Work and Pensions.
For public and voluntary service.
(Birmingham, West Midlands)

Gemma, Mrs CARTWRIGHT MBE

For services to the community in
Longbridge, Birmingham.
(Birmingham, West Midlands)

Ann Violet, Mrs CONWAY MBE

School Crossing Warden, Solihull
Council. For services to Education.
(Birmingham, West Midlands)

Patricia, Mrs SHERIDAN MBE

For voluntary service to Stockfield
Community Association, South East
Birmingham.
(Birmingham, West Midlands)

Sister Sabina STAFF MBE

Co-Founder, Fireside Day Centre.
For voluntary service to Homeless
People in Birmingham.
(Birmingham, West Midlands)

Ms Justice Amariah WILLIAMS MBE

For service to Young People in
Birmingham.
(Birmingham, West Midlands)

So wow, far more women then men honoured in Birmingham this year.  Are these my modern day Philanthropists?  Congratulations to you all and thank you.

[I really hope I’ve got the awards right – I found a very awkward list to search them on…My apologies if I’ve messed them up, please let me know!]

The Birmingham Post has done a full Brummie run down…

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Carol Coombes(no Lesley!) permalink
    June 30, 2009 10:34 pm

    Thankyou v much Dame Jaki.. this had made me really smile!

    (actually I just had to change a typo.. it said Game Jaki… that would have drawn v different sorts of comments)

    It’s great to see so many women on there- COME ON the Brummies..excellent!

  2. Justice Williams MBE permalink
    June 18, 2009 7:27 pm

    Thanks Jaki,

    Glad to see Carol Coombes and Fiona Larden awarded and OBE brilliant!

  3. tartanhornplayer permalink
    June 15, 2009 8:13 pm

    Still amazed at the poor ratio of Dames:Knights in Honours Lists.

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