Quartet recognised in Queen’s New Year Honours list

Lincolnshire Polic Chief Constable Richard Crompton
Lincolnshire Polic Chief Constable Richard Crompton

THE chief constable of Lincolnshire Police was among those named in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

Richard Crompton was promoted from deputy chief constable in 2008 to take on the role and was delighted to be recognised for his hard work with the Queen’s Police Medal.

He said: “I received my letter a few weeks ago and it was great to be able to share the news with family and friends.

“It is a lovely thing to receive and a great honour. I accept it conscious that anything I’ve been able to achieve over the years has been with the support of some tremendous people in Lincolnshire Police and also my family.”

Chief Constable Crompton, 53, also announced this week that he will retire at the end of March, a year before his contract is due to end. In April, the force will start a £200m contract with GS4 for back-office outsourcing.

He said: “I think contractually it is only right that when our new partnership starts, the team that is in place is one that will be here for the long term.

“It has been an enormous privilege to serve the people of Lincolnshire and to serve in such a marvellous organisation.”

Robert Allen, 78, of Church Street, Belton, was awarded an MBE for services to ex-servicemen in Leicestershire and Rutland and to the community of Belton.

He has lived in the village with his wife Rosemary for 46 years. He has served on the parish council for nearly 30 years and only recently stepped down from his role as chairman and trustee of Belton Pre-School, which he was instrumental in setting up in 1971.

He said: “I was a chairman for 14 years and then I was a trustee until I retired in 2010.

“It is a very good and happy village pre-school and it has a waiting list. It is beautifully run and has outstanding Ofsted reports. I think that gives me the most pleasure.”

Mr Allen, who works for the Country Land and Business Association, served in Sudan, Germany and Cyprus as part of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment.

He has retained an interest and has been chairman of the regiment’s Royal Tigers Association for 10 years.

Mr Allen was also on the committee of the ABF The Soldiers Charity Leicestershire and Rutland for more than 20 years.

Mr Allen, who has three children and four grandchildren, said: “I work with causes close to my heart and it is just a pleasure to be involved.

“It never enters your mind that you would be rewarded in such a way.”

Dr Susie Sanderson was made an OBE for services to dentistry. She is the former partner of a dental practice in Sheffield, where she worked for 35 years. She is still working in South Yorkshire and is chairman of the executive board of the British Dental Association.

She moved to Oakham about 10 years ago to be closer to her daughters Jessica and Fiona, who were studying at Oakham School.

Dr Sanderson, 58, of Schofield Road, Oakham, was the first female dentist to be elected to the role and will stand down later this year having served the maximum six-year term.

She said: “It has been an extremely busy and complex six years. It has been challenging for me but enjoyable.

“I suppose the OBE is confirmation that I have been going down the right path. I am thrilled to pieces and I am thrilled for all the people who I’ve worked with.”

Howard Robinson was awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal for his work with Leicestershire Fire and Rescue.

He is an assistant chief fire officer and the director of the service’s corporate infrastructure.

Mr Robinson, who lives in Coventry and is married with two daughters, moved to Leicestershire in 2004 in the role of director for community safety from the West Midlands. He took on his current role in 2009 and was awarded the medal for 34 years of dedication.

Mr Robinson said: “It is really nice that people think enough of me and the work I have done to nominate me for an honour.”