Honours aplenty for Elmbridge in New Year's Honours list

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Five of Elmbridge’s finest are among those recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list.

People from across the borough received the high accolades for their achievements, services and commitment to a wide range of areas.

Oxshott resident Michael Carpenter was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath for his services to Parliament and voluntary service in Surrey.

Mr Carpenter currently works as the Speaker’s counsel at the House of Commons and provides general legal advice to all of the house’s departments.

People are made Companions of Honour for major contributions to the arts, science, medicine or Government over a long period of time, with an order of the bath usually handed to senior civil servants and military officers.

Edward Sweeney, from Weybridge, was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to employment relations.

Mr Sweeney, chairman of Acas, took up his position on November 1, 2007, and is a visiting professor at Leeds University business school, with an honorary doctorate from Brighton University business school.

Having gained a Masters degree in industrial relations and labour law in 1977, Mr Sweeney has held a number of positions, including a range of financial posts and deputy general secretary of Amicus, the UK’s second biggest trade union.

Speaking of his accolade, Mr Sweeney said: “Obviously I was delighted, but my first reaction was surprised I think as I’m sure most people are. It was very unexpected. I have done my six year term at Acas and I am due to finish in January 2014.

“I was hugely moved by it and very surprised and really delighted but not really for myself, but for the whole team here.”

Mr Sweeney has lived in the Oatlands area of Weybridge with his wife since 1989 and had previously lived in Addleston from 1977 to 1978.

He said: “It is a nice part of the world and we have some great neighbours. We chose to live here because of its connections and Elmbridge is a great borough.”

Three others were also made Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Ronald Ayers from Esher was made an MBE for his services to engineering and Patrick Rarden, from Thames Ditton, was handed the honour for his services to policing as recognition for his role of special inspector with the City of London Police.

Walton resident Richard Willmott, chief immigration officer, was also recognised for his services to the UK through the UK Watchlist.

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