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Her Majesty The Queen New Year 2016 Honours - British High Commissioner to South Africa and other South Africa based awardees

Her Majesty The Queen has approved the following awards for South Africa based recipients in her New Year 2016 honours list:

• Appointment as a Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG) to Judith Macgregor, “British High Commissioner to South Africa for services to British Diplomacy”

• Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) to Jackie BARCLAY. “British Honorary Consul, Port Elizabeth. For services to British nationals in the Eastern Cape, South Africa”

• Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) to Margaret Mary GOLDING. “Consultant in Autism. For services to special needs education and autism”

• British Empire Medal (BEM) to Bronwen JONES. “Founder and Director, Children of Fire. For services to young survivors of burn injuries in Africa”

Dame Judith Macgregor receives her award in recognition of her services to British Diplomacy. Dame Judith has served as Ambassador to Slovakia, Mexico and currently South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. Dame Judith is one of the UK's most senior British diplomats and a top ranking female Ambassador. Over a 40 year career at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office she has served as Ambassador to Slovakia, Mexico and currently South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho.

On receiving her award, Dame Judith said “I am honoured to receive this award from Her Majesty The Queen. Over the last four decades, I have been privileged to represent my country overseas across many roles, especially now as High Commissioner to South Africa. My team and I have achieved much in South Africa, enhancing the partnership between the United Kingdom and South Africa to the mutual benefit of our two countries: particularly in the fields of science, education, empowering young people and promoting trade and investment. I look forward to further developing this bond through 2016 and beyond”.

Dame Judith also welcomed the awards for the other South Africa based recipients, “I would like to also congratulate the other South Africa based recipients of awards from Her Majesty. Jackie Barclay, Maggi Golding and Bronwen Jones have been recognised for their exceptional work in support of those in need in South Africa, improving their lives and further strengthening the ties between the United Kingdom and South Africa”.

Mr Jackie Barclay, British Honorary Consul in Port Elizabeth, receives his award for the provision of consular services to British Nationals in the Eastern Cape. Since becoming Honorary Consul in September 2006 Jackie has handled a large volume of consular cases with high levels of efficiency and commitment. As chairman of the 1820 Settlers Association, Jackie has helped to bring the organisation up to date and re-house the 1820 Settlers Association in order to enable provision of a support network for British Nationals.

Margaret “Maggi” Golding receives her award for her work to guide children, parents and educators of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) for over 60 years. Maggi was inaugural principal of Vera School (the first school in South Africa for autistic children) and in 2011, named ‘Ambassador for Autism South Africa’. Maggi’s most recent work includes implementing the TEACCH programme in South African schools, training and development in Makaton (a multi modal communication programme). Through Maggi’s efforts, thousands of children, young people and adults can now communicate using Makaton. Maggi often works against extreme poverty and a lack of facilities, to help those children or adults with ASD to learn and develop.

Bronwen Jones, founder of Children of Fire International, formerly Dorah Mokoena Charitable Trust receives her award for services to young survivors of burn injuries in South Africa. Bronwen founded the charity after she took on the challenge to help Dorah Mokoena, believed to be the most badly burnt child in the world to survive, after a shack fire at the age of 7 months. The aim of the charity is to help not only young survivors of burn injuries in South Africa but to help educate communities in the prevention of fires and burn injuries. 350 children have been seen through complicated surgery since Children of Fire began.

British High Commission, Pretoria

 

 

 

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