MBE for British Army LGBT Advocate
British Soldiers Recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List
Some 65 British Army personnel have been recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours list, announced June 17. The list recognises achievements of individuals, both civilian and military, whose contribution to British society warrants special recognition.
MBE for Soldier at Forefront of Promoting Equal Rights in Armed Forces
Tidworth-based Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Karen Styles, Chair of the Army LGBT Forum, is cited for her work promoting equal and fair opportunities throughout Defence and helping raise the Army’s profile in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index.
Karen (42) currently Warrant Officer External Placement Study Team at Army Headquarters in Andover, Hants, said: “I’m honoured to receive this award on behalf of the team. It really was a team effort.
“Seeing differences that have been made by continual education and role modelling throughout the Army, has definitely been the best part of the job,” she said.
Karen’s citation states: “In addition to her extremely busy RAWO appointment, she is the first Senior Non-Commissioned Officer to take on the Chair of the Army LGBT Forum and the LGBT mentorship role to Commander Field Army (CFA).
“She has created a platform and a voice for those calling for a more tolerant and less prejudiced Armed Forces. Under her stewardship the Army has excelled, moving from 79th to 32nd in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index. As a direct result of her industry and drive the Army LGBT network is viewed as an exemplar across Defence.”
In her current role, Karen liaises with industry, establishing links for external placements. As LGBT Chair she works closely with CFA, Lieutenant General Patrick Sanders, as Forum Champion. Karen speaks externally on Army LGBT matters and attends diversity events, promoting equal and fair opportunities throughout Defence.
The citation covers Jan 14 to Jul 16, when Karen was Regimental Admin Warrant Officer (RAWO) for the Royal Tank Regiment.
MBE for Selfless Army Officer and Advocate of Mental Health Support
Nottingham-based Major Pauline Murray-Knight, of the Adjutant General’s Corps (AGC) was the Regimental Admin Officer (RAO) for 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group, Royal Engineers, when she was cited for recognition.
“It’s really nice that someone has recognised me in this way. It will give me more opportunity to promote mental health and awareness,” said Glasgow-born Major Murray-Knight (50), who is currently Personnel Admin Officer in the AGC Staff and Personnel Support (SPS) Specialist Pool (Worthy Down).
“I get immense job satisfaction. Helping others is the best part of my job,” she said, reflecting on her job as a mediator and mental health first aid teacher in the SPS. She also works for children’s charity ChildLine.
Major Murray-Knight’s citation states: “She has selflessly supported Mental Health initiatives and shown endless capacity to provide welfare support to those in need. She self-funds her training, library, yearly registration and insurance fees for Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Life Coaching.
“She volunteers as a counsellor for the National Male and Female Rape and Abuse Helpline. Her work has benefitted many Forces’ families, including those of soldiers killed, injured or traumatised on operations.”
The citation covers 1998 to Jun 16.
PROMOTIONS IN AND APPOINTMENTS TO THE MILITARY DIVISION
OF THE MOST HONOURABLE ORDER OF THE BATH
Major General Mark Jarvis GAUNT
Major General John Robert PATTERSON
PROMOTIONS IN AND APPOINTMENTS TO THE MILITARY DIVISION
OF THE MOST EXCELLENT ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE
Colonel Michael Robert BUTTERWICK
Colonel William Pemble Owen ENGLISH
Brigadier Colin Thomas McCLEAN, MBE
Brigadier Tom Richardson COPINGER-SYMES, OBE
Major General Ralph William WOODDISSE, MBE, MC
Lieutenant Colonel Hamish George Gordon CORMACK, MBE, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment
Lieutenant Colonel Christopher David DAVIES, MBE, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment
Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Ian HARTLEY, The Rifles
Colonel Thomas Jonathan MURRAY
Colonel Andrew Keith ROBINSON
Colonel Christopher John Strathern ROSE
Colonel Khashayar Dominic SHARIFI
Lieutenant Colonel Jason SHEFFIELD, Royal Tank Regiment
Colonel Jonathan Roderick Henry TIMMIS
Acting Colonel Richard George WALKER, Corps of Royal Engineers
Major Levi Vincent ASHLEY, The Royal Logistic Corps
Major John Mark BARRY, The Rifles
Major Richard Allan BELL, Royal Corps of Signals
Major Denis BURTON, The Royal Welsh, Army Reserve
Major Kevin Charles CAMMACK, Royal Regiment of Artillery
Major David CAMPEY, Corps of Royal Engineers
Colonel Frances Elizabeth CASTLE, ADC
Sergeant Arun Lewis COFAX, Corps of Royal Engineers
Lieutenant Colonel Dominic Martin Lyall COOPER, The Royal Logistic Corps
Major Richard John CRANE, The Royal Logistic Corps
Captain Anthony Angelo DAVIES, Corps of Royal Engineers
Warrant Officer Class 2 Marc David ELLIOTT, Corps of Royal Engineers
Warrant Officer Class 1 Gavin Arran EMMERSON, The Royal Logistic Corps
Major Simon William EVERETT, The Royal Irish Regiment
Lieutenant Colonel Alison Helen FALCON, The Royal Logistic Corps, Army Reserve
Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Mark GEE, Royal Regiment of Artillery
Major Prembahadur GURUNG, The Royal Gurkha Rifles
Captain Andrew HAINES, Royal Regiment of Artillery, Army Reserve
Acting Major Tobias Robin Sanford HARRIS, The Parachute Regiment
Sergeant Andrew Craig HARRISON, Corps of Royal Engineers
Major William Derek HODGKINSON, The King’s Royal Hussars
Corporal Amber Rose HOLLANDS, Royal Army Medical Corps
Colonel Stephanie Lotte Eleanor Louise JACKMAN, TD, Army Reserve, The Royal Logistic Corps
Acting Lieutenant Colonel Ami JONES, Royal Army Medical Corps, Army Reserve
Acting Lieutenant Colonel Norman Owen JONES, ARRC, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, Army Reserve
Major Pauline MURRAY-KNIGHT, Adjutant General’s Corps (Staff and Personnel Support Branch)
Acting Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Thomas LAMB, Combined Cadet Force
Lieutenant Colonel Catherine Charlotte Anne LIVINGSTONE, Royal Army Medical Corps, Army Reserve
Major Paul LOGIE, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Captain James William LYONS, Army Air Corps
Major David Robert MACKLIN, The Rifles
Warrant Officer Class 1 Iain Crichton MARTIN, The Royal Logistic Corps
Warrant Officer Class 2 Rolf Alan MASON, Royal Regiment of Artillery
Corporal Jessica Layla MASTERMAN, The Royal Logistic Corps
Lance Corporal Rossa Dominick McPHILLIPS, Intelligence Corps, Army Reserve
Colour Sergeant David Malcolm MILLS, Irish Guards
Captain Ian David STOKES, Royal Regiment of Artillery
Warrant Officer Class 2 Karen Ann STYLES, Adjutant General’s Corps (Staff and Personnel Support Branch)
Major Fergus Keegan SULLIVAN, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Major William John TOWER, Coldstream Guards
Acting Major Richard Simon WOOD, The Parachute Regiment
Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Robert Edward WOOLGAR, The Royal Lancers
ROYAL RED CROSS
As an Ordinary Associate of the Royal Red Cross, Second Class
Major Jennifer Ann BUCK, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps
Major Rosemary GODFREY, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, Army Reserve
QUEEN’S VOLUNTEER RESERVES MEDAL
Major Paul Harry JACKSON, General List, Army Reserve
Staff Sergeant Hayley Elizabeth JUST, Corps of Royal Engineers, Army Reserve
Colonel Mark Christopher SHERIDAN
Staff Sergeant Careen Gillian THORN, The Royal Logistic Corps, Army Reserve
Source: British Army.
Featured Image: British Army, 7 Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps, a soldier holds his Afghanistan Medal following a parade at Bielefeld, Germany (Crown Copyright, 2013).