A woman with a leading role in fighting extremism, a children's services manager and a woman who has devoted decades to netball have been named in the New Year Honours list.

People from all walks of life across south west Hertfordshire have been named in this year's list.

Here is the list:


Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE)

  • Sara Khan. Lately Lead Commissioner, Commission for Countering Extremism. For services to Human Rights and Counter Extremism. (Watford, Hertfordshire)

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

  • Jenny Coles. Director of Children’s Services, Hertfordshire County Council. For services to Children’s Social Care. (Dunstable, Bedfordshire)
  • Dr Steven John Gamblin FRS. Director of Scientific Platforms, The Francis Crick Institute. For services to Scientific Research. (Radlett, Hertfordshire)
  • Professor Russell Mardon Viner. Professor in Adolescent Health, University College London. For services to Child and Adolescent Health, particularly during Covid-19. (Harpenden, Hertfordshire)

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

  • Dr David Bentley. Vice-President and Chief Scientist, Illumina Cambridge Ltd. For services to Expertise and Leadership in Human Medical Genomics. (Harpenden, Hertfordshire)
  • Sharon Tracey Davies. Chief Executive, Hertfordshire Care Providers Association. For services to Social Care in Hertfordshire. (Stevenage, Hertfordshire)
  • Sarah Jane Wren MBE. Chief Executive Officer, Hertfordshire Independent Living Service. For services to Older and Disabled People in Hertfordshire. (Hitchin, Hertfordshire)

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

  • Rosalind Mary Paul. Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director, Scene and Heard. For charitable services to Theatre, to Young People and to Families in Somers Town, London Borough of Camden. (St Albans, Hertfordshire)
  • Stewart Colin Powell. For services to People with Polio in the UK and to the Criminal Justice System. (Bushey, Hertfordshire)
  • Paul Rees. Chief Executive, Royal College of Psychiatrists. For services to Mental Health and to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. (Kings Langley, Hertfordshire)
  • Natalie Charlotte Shaw. Director, Employment Affairs, International Chamber of Shipping. For services to Seafarers during the Covid-19 Pandemic. (Borehamwood, Hertfordshire)

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

  • Gerald Victor Millington. For services to Local History in Devon and Hertfordshire. (Budleigh Salterton, Devon)
  • Gillian Mary Williams. President, Watford Premier Netball Club. For services to Netball in Watford. (Watford, Hertfordshire)

Diplomatic Service

MBE: Member of the Order of the British Empire

  • Yasmin Batliwala, chief executive, Advocates for International Development. For services to Human Rights, the Rule of Law and to International Development