Janet Suzman, Sam Taylor-Wood and Bryan Ferry named in Queen’s Birthday Honours list
Rev Michael Alan Binstock has been awarded an MBE for his services to HM Prison Service and to Jewish prisoners.
The award recognises his work as director of the Jewish Prison Chaplaincy.
Rev Binstock began his career in prison chaplaincies in 1969, when he took a job at Brixton synagogue. When the rabbi who worked at the chaplaincy at the Brixton and Wandsworth prisons retired, he asked Rev Binstock if he would take over.
The Golders Green resident said: “I am absolutely proud. It is a great honour and I am very conscious of the fact that I owe much to the team of 40 people who work in prisons all around the country. They are really wonderful colleagues.”
Artist and Primrose Hill resident Sam Taylor-Wood, a recent addition to the Primrose Hill set, has been made an OBE for services to the arts. The 44-year-old Turner prize nominee said the award was an “incredible honour.”
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She is noted for her Crying Men series – depicting Hollywood stars including Dustin Hoffman, Jude Law and Robert Downey Jnr.
Ms Taylor-Wood said: “It’s such an incredible honour to receive this award – something I would never have dreamt of. It’s very gratifying for an artist to get recognition at this level.”
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Hampstead actress Janet Suzman “fell over backward” when she heard she was to be made a Dame for services to drama. She said: “When I got the letter, it had the cabinet office on it and I thought I was going to be arrested or something terrible like that. There is something rather wonderful about becoming a dame. I have always thought that if you get something after your name then you have really made it.”
Ms Suzman’s career began in 1962 starring in Billy Liar in Ipswich, before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has lived in Hampstead for almost 30 years.
Paul Sutton, the much-loved principal of Greig City Academy in Hornsey, has been awarded an OBE for services to education.
In the seven years the Crouch End resident has spent at the school, he has transformed it both academically and pastorally.
In the last year, the school has two teams of national basketball champions, a group of boys climbing the highest mountain in England and another canoeing the longest lake.
Assistant principal David Hearn said: “This is recognition for all the brilliant work that Paul has done.
“It is recognition for his work raising general standards, for raising exam results and for getting students to university who are the first people in their families ever to go.”
The creator of the global market leader in baby products, Edward Atkin, has been honoured with a CBE for services to industry and to charity through the Atkin Foundation.
The Hampstead resident semi-retired in 2005 after 40 years turning small family company Avent into a global consumer brand.
After selling Cannon Avent for �300m to private equity firm Charterhouse, Mr Atkin saw the firm’s baby bottles in Hampstead Tesco and told a business magazine: “I felt terrible. It was like seeing a baby again whom you’d put up for adoption.”
Mr Atkin now administers a charitable family trust which gives money to charities worldwide, with a focus on the arts. Hampstead Theatre, Hampstead parish church and St John’s Hospice have all benefited.
National Portrait Gallery director and Kentish Town resident Sandy Nairne has been awarded a CBE for services to the arts. He has run the gallery since 2002.
He said: “You just don’t expect these things and I am very surprised and proud.
“My children seem to have some element of pride about it, which is really nice.”
Mr Nairne has had a long and successful career, becoming one of the most influential figures in British art.
After several years organising exhibitions while at Oxford University, he met the then director of The Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, Nicholas Serota (who later became the Tate’s director) and took a job there.
Former Roxy Music lead singer and Marylebone resident Bryan Ferry has been awarded the CBE for services to music. He has enjoyed a successful music career, with four number one albums and numerous top 10 singles.
“I would like to thank those who have given me the award and all the musicians and others behind the scenes who have helped me throughout my career,” he said.
After forming Roxy Music in 1971, the band enjoyed success with albums Stranded, Flesh And Blood and Avalon before splitting in 1982. Mr Ferry continued with his solo career and hit top spot with his Boys And Girls album.
Textile and fashion designer Celia Birtwell has been awarded a CBE for services to the fashion industry.
Although she now has her own shop in Westbourne Park Road, it was during the swinging 60s and 70s that she hit the big time – designing prints for fashion icon Ossie Clark, with whom she had two children.
The duo dressed the liked of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimmy Hendrix and Twiggy and, after their personal and professional break-up, she opened her own shop in 1984.
In 2006, she launched a line of clothes for Topshop before designing camping gear for Millets and a range of beauty accessories for Boots. “I am absolutely thrilled to receive such an honour and to be appreciated for something I really love doing,” she said. “I have had the chance to dress so many wonderful people over the years. Seeing a girl walking down the street wearing one of my designs still thrills me.”
When Sheila Daley found out that she had been awarded an MBE it was a cause for double celebration. The Westminster Kingsway College clerk had just come back from collecting the National Governors’ Association’s outstanding clerk of the year award. Ms Daley has worked at Westminster Kingsway College since 1987. She was nominated for her MBE by principal Andy Wilson who praised her “unique ability” to help the college work effectively.
“It’s fantastic personally but it’s also a tribute to all the people who do the clerk’s role,” said Ms Daley.
After more than 20 years of work with families affected by HIV and helping establish the Children With Aids charity, Jo Dodge has been awarded an MBE.
A family HIV clinic co-ordinator at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, she is the first point of contact for patients referred to the hospital. She co-ordinates a team of consultants, specialist nurses, dieticians and clinical psychologists in the largest clinic of its kind in the country.
“My favourite thing about my work is seeing the children grow up over the years,” she said. “When I started work at St Mary’s Hospital 20 years ago, parents whose children were diagnosed with HIV did not expect them to live very long. Now, some go to university and some go on to have children of their own.”