Coventrians recognised in The Queen’s birthday honours list

A public servant, a medical professor and volunteer are amongst the Coventrians recognised in The Queen’s birthday honours list for 2020.

An abudance of Coventrians have been recognised in The Queen’s birthday honours list this year, with a further two people on the list having links to the city.

The list is dominated by COVID-19 heroes, from famous faces nationally, to key workers and volunteers locally who helped Britain fight against the virus.

The list is usually released in June but was postponed this year to include medical workers, volunteers and fundraisers who have done their part to combat COVID-19.

Peter Barnett, who works at Coventry City Council leading refugee resettlement, has been awarded a CBE for services to refugees in Coventry.

A council spokesperson called Peter a “key figure” in making sure the city is able to welcome refugees and asylum seekers and help them build new lives here.

Peter said: “I couldn’t think of a better job, and to receive this award is not just a personal honour, but also an honour for the city and all who work so hard to help refugees and asylum seekers.”

Council Leader, Cllr George Duggins, called Peter’s honour “well-deserved”.

Mother-of-three Rosemary Drinkwater, also from Coventry, has been awarded an OBE for services to higher education, innovation and enterprise in the West Midlands.

Rosemary works as the finance director and a professor of midwifery at the University of Warwick, where she has worked since 1993.

Professor Stuart Croft, the University’s Vice-Chancellor said: “This honour rightly marks all Rosie has done and is doing, not just for the University of Warwick, but  for our city and region.”

Coventrian Barbara Tudor, who works with victims for the National Probation Service, has also been honoured for her work with an OBE for services to victims of crime.

One of Barbara’s colleagues previously praised her “tireless” efforts in the work that she does.

Carmel McCalmont, a celebrated midwife who has dedicated almost 40 years to helping expectant mothers and students across the Midlands, has been awarded an MBE for services to midwifery.

Previously the Head of Midwifery for Coventry, Carmel was brought up and studied in the city.

In 2017, she was awarded an honorary degree from Coventry University.

Judith Oliver JP, from Warwickshire, has been honoured with an MBE for services to justice, for her part as a member of the Youth Referral Panel in Coventry and serving as a magistrate.

Judith holds workshops aimed at educating young people on knife crime, cybercrime and the criminal justice system.

Judith said she is “overwhelmed and humbled” to be honoured by The Queen, after being unexpectedly put forward by one of her colleagues.

Rosemarie Brady and Patricia Griffiths, both co-founders of the Coventry Resource Centre for the Blind, have been given MBEs for services to visually impaired people.

Anna McGee, from Coventry, has been recognised with an MBE for services to homeless people in the city.

Professor Ramesh Arasaradnam, an honorary clinical academic and consultant gastroenterologist in Coventry, is set to receive an OBE for his dedication to patient care, education and clinical research during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said: “I am hugely shocked and massively proud to be bestowed with such an honour.

“It is very much a team effort in healthcare and I am hugely grateful to all of my colleagues for their support during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

For a full list of the people honoured in The Queen’s birthday honours list this year, visit the GOV.UK website.