Inspirational local people honoured by the Queen

Sue Mountstevens

Sister Margaret Harlock

Among the local people recognised in the New Year Honours list are the former Avon & Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.

Ms Mountstevens receives the OBE for services to the community in Bristol, Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

She was the first person to hold the post, serving as an Independent commissioner from November 2012 until May 2021 when she stood down.

She now chairs Quartet Community Foundation

Also honoured is Sister Margaret Harlock, who is chair of governors at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College in Brislington. She receives the MBE for services to further education.

Inspector Jon Owen has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for his innovative work to improve Avon & Somerset Police’s response to people in mental health crisis.

Thanks to one of his initiatives, frontline officers can get practical real-time guidance on mental health legislation and how to access support from NHS community mental health services from a group of more than 50 officers who have had extra training.

Insp Jon Owen

His work has not only improved the force’s support for vulnerable people in the community, but his leadership has helped break down barriers and encouraged colleagues within the police service to take care of their own mental health.

Among those receiving the British Empire Medal (BEM) is Stuart Ballard from Keynsham, Deputy County Commissioner of Avon County Scouts, for services to young people.

And Anthony Holdom from Downend, company manager and artistic director of the Bristol-based Misfits Theatre Company, receives a BEM for services to adults with learning disabilities.

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