Six Islanders rewarded in New Year’s Honours List

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Five have been made MBEs while one has been awarded the British Empire Medal.

And, in a year when the Island has come together to tackle the pandemic, 45 individuals and organisations have been honoured in the Bailiff’s Covid-19 Awards – for their contribution to the coronavirus response.

Two of the new MBEs were recognised for work in health. Neil MacLachlan (65) is an obstetrician and gynaecologist who has been working in Jersey for 30 years.

He and his daughter Catherine also set up the Love Hearts Appeal to tackle the shortage of organs for transplants, and helped persuade the government to adopt the ‘presumed consent’ principle – where organs are available unless someone has specifically opted out.

Clare Ryder (45) is lead nurse working within mental health, taking charge of a number of different projects across the Island.

Clare Ryder, lead nurse for mental health. Picture: DAVID FERGUSON. (29904705)

She has been leading improvements to mental-health services that have continued despite the Covid-19 pandemic and is also overseeing work at Orchard House and the building of a new mental-health facility.

Another Islander was also made an MBE for building a new health facility.

Marc Burton (48), chief executive of the Channel Islands operation of Garenne Construction Group, led the building of Jersey’s Nightingale Hospital, which was designed and erected within 25 days.

Marc Burton, chief executive of Garenne Construction Group. Picture: ROB CURRIE. (29906611)

The job provided work for 521 local people from 83 local businesses.

Dairy farmer Andrew Le Gallais (65) has been made an MBE for his years of service to the industry as a member of the Milk Marketing Board, including 20 years as its chairman.

Andrew Le Gallais, dairy farmer. Picture: ROB CURRIE. (29905184)

He highlights the importance of the Jersey cow and the Island’s dairy farmers as custodians of the breed. And he is optimistic about the future of the industry with new markets for its produce emerging in Asia.

Glenn de la Haye (42) was safeguarding lead at the Customs and Local Services Department and found himself in the frontline when Covid-19 reached Jersey.

Glenn de la Haye. Picture: ROB CURRIE. (29906551)

He was working with other agencies in emergency housing. Some homeless people were those with substance-abuse problems and no fixed abode. But there were also people who had seemed secure but had got into difficulty as a result of job losses or other financial problems. He said: ‘We are all only one life event away from that situation.’

Mark Jones received the British Empire Medal for his many years helping people with learning difficulties.

Mark Jones who has been honoured for dedicating years to helping people with learning difficulties. Picture: ROB CURRIE. (29906583)

After his wife died, Mr Jones (64) had given up his job to look after his son, who has Down’s Syndrome, and his daughter, who has severe autism.

Since then he has been involved in setting up or running organisations for people with learning disabilities including the Jersey branch of the Down’s Syndrome Assocation, Jersey Learning Disabilities Football Team and Jersey Learning Disabilities Ten Pin Bowling League.

Full report in pages 4 and 5 of today’s [31 December] JEP.

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