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Local people feature in New Year Honours list

A local scout leader is among those named in the Queen's New Year's Honours list along with health professionals who live in our area.

Ilkley's Mark Stageman, who's the Scout County Commissioner for West Yorkshire, receives the MBE for services to young people.

Ilkley resident Professor Wendy Burn receives the CBE for services to mental health. Professor Burn is a former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a leading old age and dementia psychiatrist. She was the first female old age consultant psychiatrist at Leeds teaching hospital, where she still works.

Writing on Twitter, Prof Burn said: I am so honoured and grateful to receive a CBE. Thanks to all the Royal College of Psychiatrists members who elected and supported me. Thanks also to my patients and their carers who have inspired me to do my best to improve the services that they receive."

There is an MBE for Laura Norris, from Burley in Wharfedale, for her work during the pandemic. Laura is Head of Strategy and Policy for Specialised Services at NHS England and NHS Improvement, and her previous roles include as a Policy Manager at the Department of Health and a Policy Advisor in the Cabinet Office.


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