Cllr Carl Les has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to local government. “You don’t go through life expecting to get an honour. I was really pleased. It’s the team not just me,” Cllr Les told The Press. In addition to leading the North Yorkshire County Council, he has been a member of the North Yorkshire Police Authority for 15 years and chairs the Police and Crime Panel. Cllr Les has also brought his professional business experience to the council from working in the tourism sector.
Ms Christine Mellor, the general manager for library services at North Yorkshire Council, was also honored in the New Year Honors with a BEM for her outstanding services to public libraries. Meanwhile, Professor Julian Daryl Richards, a professor of archaeology at the University of York, was made an OBE for services to heritage and digital archiving. Maureen Vevers, chair of governors at Askham Bryan College in York, was made an MBE for services to further education. Steven Underwood and Dr. John Michael Grimshaw were also recognized for their outstanding contributions to education and tree health and plant conservation, respectively.
Additionally, Clive Herbert Jackson was given a BEM for services to the community in York. The New Year Honors recognize individuals who have made achievements in public life, committed themselves to serving and helping Britain, and have demonstrated moral courage or made a difference in their community or field of work.
These honors recognize the efforts of long-term volunteers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and those improving life for others less able to help themselves.