North Herts recipients of New Year’s Honours revealed
PUBLISHED: 09:53 29 December 2018 | UPDATED: 15:22 02 January 2019
A Stevenage police officer and a founding member of the Hitchin Counselling Service are among those included in the New Year Honours list.
William Bryden, head of scenes of crime for the British Transport Police, has been awarded an OBE for his services to policing.
William has worked in policing for more than 40 years and has been with the BTP since 2004 in a variety of roles, but has specialised in forensic recovery, in particular disaster victim identification.
He has worked on a number of high profile incidents during his years of service, including the Potters Bar train crash, Boxing Day Tsunami in south-east Asia, Hillsborough disaster, the terrorist attacks at London Bridge and Manchester Arena and the Grenfell Tower fire in London.
William said: “When I first heard I was going to be awarded an OBE I didn’t really react – I had nothing to compare it to. It was only a few days later when I started thinking about all the other people who have been awarded one in the past that the enormity really hit me.
“I joined BTP with the goal of helping to build and develop the scenes of crime team and have had the privilege to work with some truly fantastic people who are an absolute credit to the organisation.”
Christine Kell, from Buntingford, has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her services to the community in Hitchin, where she helped set up the Hitchin Counselling Service.
She said: “Hitchin Counselling Service is very dear to my heart. It began 25 years ago when I and other local therapists wanted to supplement NHS provision, and it now offers 1000 hours a year of professional, long-term counselling free of charge to the people of Hitchin.
“I’ve been a supervisor and chair of HCS, but not one of its counsellors. It is the clients, their counsellors and supervisors who do the real work.”
She added: “Many people work in the voluntary sector doing amazing work without recognition - I’m very lucky to receive an honour. Thank you so much to all those who nominated me.”
Nerys Bell, Hive information officer at RAF Henlow, has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to RAF personnel and their families.
The RAF Hives provide an information and welfare referral service to the armed services community, including serving personnel, their families, veterans, reservists and civilians on station.
Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, said: “Congratulations to Mrs Bell. I look forward to presenting her with the richly-deserved British Empire Medal.”