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Local people are named in New Year honours list

More than 1,100 people have been recognised in the New Year Honours list including four from Solihull.

Sir Adrian Cadbury, who has died aged 86.
Sir Adrian Cadbury.

More than 1,100 people have been recognised in the New Year Honours list including four from Solihull.

Matthew Baggott, CBE, QPM is awarded Knights Bachelor for services to Policing in the United Kingdom. The Solihull resident was formerly Chief Constable, Police Service of Northern Ireland from 2009 to earlier in 2014 when he retired. He is President of the Christian Police Association.

Sir Matthew was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) in the 2004 Birthday Honours and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours ‘for services to the Police’.

The married father-of-three spent his first 20 years as a policeman in the Metropolitan Police and also worked on high-profile cases such as the Stephen Lawrence inquiry.

Sir Adrian Cadbury receives the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to Business and the community in the UK. particularly Birmingham.

Sir Adrian, from Solihull, is a former British Olympic rower and chairman of Cadbury and Cadbury Schweppes for 24 years.

He was born on April 15, 1929, a member of the Cadbury family.

Shirley woman Elizabeth Formby scoops an MBE for services to children and to charity. A team lLeader for Children’s Social Care, Department for Education, Ms Formby is also a trustee at Akamba Children’s Education Fund.

The volunteer-led charity aims to advance the education and health of the 900 plus vulnerable children that attend the Brainhouse Academy situated in Mathare North, Kenya – one of the world’s largest slums.

The school was established by the local community in 2003 to help educate street children, vulnerable children and children of families who could not afford the cost of education.

Children are schooled from nursery through to high school and all receive one meal a day of porridge. Brainhouse Academy receives no Government funding or development support. Visit

Maureen Murray, is a former programme manager at the Children’s Society, Solihull. She has been recognised with an MBE for services to disabled children and their families.

The Children’s Society in Solihull has been commissioned by Solihull Children and Young People’s Trust to deliver various services for children, young people, families, schools and other organisations within the borough.

Its aim is to ensure that children and young people aged five to 19 years and up to 25 years for those with disabilities, are involved in the decision-making process about services affecting them.



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