Yorkshire's business and political leaders gain New Year Honours


Yorkshire business and political leaders are among those honoured by the Queen in the 2010 New Year Honours List.

Emma Harrison, 46, the founder of South Yorkshire training company A4e receives a CBE for services to unemployed people and to the voluntary sector while chef Mohammed Aslam who founded and grew the Aagrah restaurant chain is awarded an MBE for services to the hospitality industry.

Heidi Mottram, 44, the managing director of Northern Rail in York, receives an OBE for services to the rail industry; Achhar Paul Dharni, 68, a founder member of the Bradford Asian Business Association and chairman of the Hindu Cultural Society of Bradford, is awarded an MBE for services to business and to the community in Bradford.

Gordon Scott, former chief executive of the EEF in Sheffield - which represents manufacturing companies - receives an OBE for services to regeneration in South Yorkshire while John Wright, 66, of Guisborough, the honorary chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses receives a CBE for services to the FSB.

Dr Colin Harrison, 61, of Ripon, chairman of the Chemistry Innovation Knowledge Transfer Network, is awarded a CBE for services to technology while David Grey, 53, managing director of Sheffield engineering firm OSL recieves an MBE for services to business and regeneration in the South Yorkshire city.

Politicians in Yorkshire well known in the business community have also received honours with former Bradford Council leader Margaret Eaton made a Dame in the New Year Honours in recognition of services to local government.

Mrs Eaton, whose husband John is a partner at the Leeds law firm Lupton Fawcett, is the Conservative councillor for Bingley Rural and is chairman of the Local Government Association.

Labour leader of Wakefield Council, Peter Box is awarded a CBE for services to local government.

In the arts world David Nixon, artistic director of Northern Ballet Theatre in Leeds is honoured with an OBE as the company celebrates its 40th anniversary while Huddersfield-born actor Patrick Stewart - best known for playing Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek - has been awarded a Knighthood.

Nationally the New Year Honours saw only one banker receive an award - former UK and Europe chief executive of HSBC, Dyfrig John was made a CBE following his retirement in March.

Emma Harrison founded A4e with 10 members of staff in 1991 to provide training for those left unemployed by the decline of the steel industry in Sheffield and it now employs almost 4,000 people worldwide and last year won a contract with the Department for Work and Pensions worth more than £500m.

Mohammed Aslam is the youngest of three brothers who opened their first Aagrah Restaurant in Shipley in 1977 and the group now has 12 restaurants and employs 300 people.

By David Parkin - Editor. www.thebusinessdesk.com