Individuals from North Yorkshire have been included in the New Year’s Honours list for services to the worlds of business, sport and education.
National Trust volunteer Terence William Frazier receives the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to national heritage in North Yorkshire.
A supporter of the National Trust for the last 39 years, he has given hugely of his time supporting the Trust in various roles.
This Ripon-based former Chief Superintendent with West Yorkshire Police became involved with the Trust in 1974 as a Volunteer Lecturer supporting his favourite property, the World Heritage Site - Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.
In 1988, he took on the role of Project Manager at the site. He devoted his time to over 100 public consultations, giving numerous talks about the property to local groups and societies as well as liaising with local communities in order to explain the Trust’s plans for the estate.
In total he has delivered nearly 900 talks across the country to over 35,000 people, raising funds for the abbey in the process, and has bookings throughout 2014.
Mr Frazier said: “It is a great honour and a reflection of the value of National Trust volunteers and in particular the speaker service. It is a privilege to work for such a remarkable organisation.”
Hutton Rudby-based Michael Wilkins, Chief Executive of the Outwood Grange schools, is being knighted for services to education.
Sir Michael, who took over Outwood Grange in 2001, has turned it into the driving force behind a chain of academies.
His citation reads: “Sir Michael was one of the first headteachers to be appointed a National Leader of Education in recognition of the national impact he has made supporting schools across the country since 2006.”
It adds: “As an academy sponsor, he has pioneered a hugely successful and high impact model of intervention, transforming schools in special measures at pace.”
Sir Michael said: “I am delighted with this honour as it also recognises and reflects the commitment of fellow colleagues and governors who have worked closely with me over a number of years. ”
Outwood Grange has had record results year on year since he joined culminating in 84 per cent of pupils achieving the benchmark of five A* to Cs at GCSE, including English and maths, in 2013.
John David Longden, founder of Pub is The Hub, receives the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for voluntary services to Rural Communities in the UK.
Barry John Dodd, chairman of the GSM Group, receives an OBE for services to the Yorkshire Economy and voluntary service to the community.
Successful businessman Mr Dodd is the chairman and chief executive of the GSM Group, which is the largest manufacturer of industrial graphic products in Europe and chairs the Local Enterprise Partnership for of York, North Yorkshire and the East Riding as well as Hull University and the Hull York Medical School.
Bedale-based Bruce Ropner, honorary vice president of the British Bobsleigh Association, receives an OBE for 54 years’ service to the sport and or his role in youth training.
A former winner of the British two-man bobsleigh championship, Mr Ropner, now 80, remains as invested as ever in the sport. Among his proudest achievements as a coach is talent-spotting Mica McNeill, a current member of the Great Britain bobsleigh team who is aiming for a place at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Mr Ropner said: “The Winter Olympics are coming up, and I am very hopeful the mens team will win a medal.”
On the honour, he said: “It’s a wonderful thing to have and totally unexpected.