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Business chief and netball coach on honours list

Solihull Editorial 19th Jun, 2014 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A HEADTEACHER, a netball coach and the president of the Chamber of Commerce are among Silhillians who have been included in the Queen’s Birthday honours.

Bridget Blow, who became the first female president of Birmingham Chamber in 2008, has received a CBE for her services to Business in the West Midlands and the British Chamber of Commerce Movement.

She said: “I am delighted that my work to raise the profile of Chambers of Commerce has been recognised.

“Chambers exist to create thriving business communities and there are no great cities without flourishing businesses.”

People from all walks of life have been included in the 2014 list.

Honours have been given in fields such as medicine, academia, the arts, the military and voluntary services.

The Mothers’ Union in Knowle, which supports families in the village and across the world, were celebrating when member Margaret Fulford was given an MBE for services to the Mothers’ Union and to the community in Knowle.

Other Silhillians who have received an MBE include Colette Toni Thomson for services to netball, Brian Robert Gambles, the assistant director of Culture Birmingham City Council, for services to libraries and John Flanner, administrative assistant Personal Tax Operations, HM Revenue and Customs, for services to Diversity and Equality.

Santuzza Roseanne Harris, who has been improving the lives of carers and to the community in Hall Green, has also been handed an MBE.

The Principal of Greek School of St. Andreas, Christoforos Cartoudis, will be awarded a BEM for services to education.

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