The New Year Honours awarded to Calderdale

A HALIFAX man has been awarded the OBE for services to higher education, international business and research.

Peter Jennings Buckley, a professor of international business at the University of Leeds, is among those recognised in the New Year Honours list.

The renowned scholar has published 26 books and been described as one of the most “successful academic writers” in the The Times Higher Education Supplement.

In 1995 he founded a leading research centre into international business, the CIBUL, and has been a driving force in establishing Leeds University’s Centre for Chinese Business and Development.

Professor Buckley has carried out consultancy assignments for central government, local government and international bodies.

He has been heavily involved in the Academy of International Business and was elected a Fellow of the AIB for “outstanding achievements in international business.”

l Former Calderdale police chief Meredydd Hughes received the CBE for services to the police.

He was chief constable of South Yorkshire Police and served as commander in the Calder Valley in 1995.

l The founder of a charity started in Halifax received the MBE.

David Watson, of Heart Research UK, is a former Leeds heart surgeon and was recognised for services to cardiothoracic surgery and charitable medical research.

The charity was previously known as the National Heart Research Fund and was formed in Halifax in 1967 where it was based for more than 10 years.

It was started with money raised after a public appeal by Mr Watson and he went onto establish a research unit at Killingbeck Hospital, Leeds - the first in the UK.

Mr Watson and his team developed the Killingbeck Valve, still in use after more than 30 years.

“I was delighted and surprised to receive this honour and see it as a tribute to all those who have worked so hard for Heart Research UK. The charity was started to make surgical treatment safer and more effective and I feel we have helped to achieved so much,” said Mr Watson, who is now retired.

l Detective Chief Supt Andy Brennan, head of West Yorkshire’s Homicide and Major Inquiry Team, received the QPM.

He has worked on several high-profile Calderdale cases.

l Famous personalities recognised included golf prodigy Rory McIlroy who said he was humbled after becoming an MBE aged just 22.

The youngest US Open champion for 88 years was celebrating on holiday after receiving the award for services to sport.

He said: “It is quite humbling to be included in such a list of worthy recipients.

“Many people on the honours list have made huge personal sacrifices and contributed significantly to society during their lives. I feel very fortunate to be in their company.”

l Helena Bonham Carter received the CBE which helped make up for the disappointment of missing out on an Oscar for her portrayal of the Queen Mother in The King’s Speech.

She has been given the award for services to drama. Nigel Mansell, Clive James and Ronnie Corbett received the CBE.

l Author Penelope Lively and Joan Ruddock MP were made Dames.

l TV presenter Lorraine Kelly received the OBE and Yorkshire cricket umpire Dickie Bird got the OBE.