Residents of Wiltshire have been named in The Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours List 2022, which recognises recipients for their outstanding contributions across all sectors, including public service, the environment and sustainability, and youth engagement.
The Wiltshire recipients were:
Virginia Bennett – a Lawyer from Salisbury (OBE) – For services to Climate Change Law
Christopher James Laurence (OBE) Services to animal welfare- Chippenham – Chair, Canine and Feline Sector Group
Warren Marks (OBE) Services to Defence & Security
Angela Burns – Salisbury (MBE) for political and public service
Gillian Clarke – Salisbury (MBE) for services to young people and to the community
Norman Edwards – Swindon (MBE) for services to care home residents during covid-19
Susan Wills – Salisbury (MBE) for services to Public Libraries
Jayne Begley – Westbury (MBE) for public service
Rebekah Hartley – Swindon (MBE) for services to covid-19 response
In addition to this, Ameeta Virk, Market Leader at The Department for International Trade (DIT) and Business West was awarded an MBE for services to the economy.
Over the last eight years, Ameeta has tirelessly championed trade and innovated novel initiatives to drive UK exports into the US and India – directly impacting the growth of South-West businesses.
Ameeta said, “This incredible honour means everything to me. India, the UK and the USA – where my family is from, where I was born and where I grew up – all mean so much to me personally and professionally.
“The US and India present huge opportunities for UK business, but there is much work to be done and this recognition has energised me to do even more to drive trade between these markets in the years to come.”
Phil Smith, Managing Director of Business West, said, “All of us at Business West are delighted that Ameeta’s work has been recognised at such a high level.
“Her boundless energy and tireless support of business make her well deserving of this prestigious accolade.”
Paul Shand, Head of Trade for DIT in the South West added, “Ameeta’s work in introducing businesses to key markets has contributed to the strengthening of the South West economy by forging strong trade connections.
“I know that she will continue to do great things for companies in the region. Her dedication to the business community is an inspiration to us all.”
Pictured above: Ameeta Virk, MBE