New Year’s Honours List – 2024

Ten residents of Ayrshire and Arran have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List
which was published on 29th December 2023. They are;

Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE)
Professor Sir James Rufus MCDONALD FREng FRSE
Stewarton
President, Royal Academy of Engineering.
For services to Engineering, Education and Energy

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Mr Christopher Jon SMITH
Newmilns,
Teacher of Mathematics, Grange Academy. Kilmarnock
For services to Mathematics, Education and to the community in East Ayrshire

Mr Blair PARHAM
Troon
Principal Conductor and Joint Musical Director Scottish Fiddle Orchestra.
For services to Scottish Music

Mrs Elizabeth Craig OVENS
Skelmorlie.
Director, McCaskies Butchers.
For services to Retail and the Economy in Scotland


Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

Miss Jodie MCFARLANE
Ayr,
Detective Constable, Police Scotland.
For services to Children and Families in
Ayrshire

Mr Robert Douglas MCCRAE
Prestwick
Poppy Appeal Organiser (West), Poppyscotland.
For services to Veterans

 


Mr Ian Watson HOLLAND
Ayr,
Lately Chair and Trustee, Ayr Branch, Enable Scotland.
For services to People with Learning Disabilities in Ayr and Prestwick

Mrs Shendl HARVEY (Shendl Russell)
Ayr,
Teacher and Dancer, Royal Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing.
For services to Dance

Mr Roy CLAXTON
Ayr,
Founder, Parkinson's Scottish Table Tennis Association.
For services to People with Parkinson's Disease

Mr William CAMPBELL
Stewarton
Captain, 1st Stewarton Boys Brigade.
For services to the community in Stewarton, East Ayrshire


Following the announcement the Lord-Lieutenant Sheriff Iona McDonald OBE said
“The list shows the diverse range of talent and skills that we have in Ayrshire and Arran. It is clear when speaking to recipients of Honours that they do not do it for the recognition but for the love and dedication to what they do.”