A host of inspirational figures working across Leeds have been recognised in the prestigious New Year’s Honours list.
Individuals from the worlds of sport, music, social care, the local community and local government are among those who have been awarded a string of honours in the Queen’s annual list, which recognises those who have gone above and beyond in their field and made a huge difference to the city and the country.
Councillor James Lewis, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “It is hugely inspiring to see so many different people who have worked to make a difference across Leeds and beyond being honoured.
“The sheer diversity of individuals named on the honours list is a true testament to what a special city Leeds is and fitting recognition for the exceptional work taking place across our communities.
“I’d like to congratulate all those who have been honoured today and to thank them for everything they have done to fly the flag for Leeds in what has been a challenging year.”
Among those honoured today is Cath Roff, Leeds City Council’s director of adult social care, who has been awarded an MBE recognising her tireless service to social care, leading the Leeds team through a uniquely challenging year.
Leeds City Council’s chief executive Tom Riordan said: “I’m so pleased to see Cath’s tireless dedication and commitment to public service recognised today.
“Cath is a true team player who has steered her team through a profoundly challenging year, motivated by a desire to help and support those most in need of care. She is an inspirational leader who has made a genuine difference to Leeds and this prestigious honour is thoroughly deserved.”
Cath is joined on the list by former long-serving Leeds MP John Battle, who has been knighted for political and public service, West Yorkshire Deputy Mayor and former Leeds councillor Alison Lowe, who has been recognised for services to mental health and wellbeing during Covid-19, Leeds Paralympian Kadeena Cox, who was honoured for her services to athletics and cycling, and Leeds’s own Spice Girl Mel B, who has been recognised for her services to vulnerable women as a patron of Women’s Aid.
Others sporting stars recognised include triathletes Jonny Brownlee, Alex Yee, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Jess Learmonth, diver Matty Lee, Paralympian Hannah Cockroft and Leeds Rhinos legend Jamie Jones-Buchanan.