Keele alumni and research fellow celebrated in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

Keele University alumni and a current honorary research fellow have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The individuals were recognised for various services including those to their community, history and cyber security.

Dr Christopher Wakeling was awarded an OBE for services to heritage. Dr Wakeling, an honorary research fellow in history at Keele University, is chair of the Historic England panel on historic places of worship, and recently published his work on nonconformist architecture. He is also currently revising the Pevsner Architectural Guides on Staffordshire.

Keele alumna Priscilla Padley, founder of Nene Valley Trust, was awarded an MBE for services to children and families in Northamptonshire and Peterborough. The Trust is a charity which works in partnership with local councils to fund projects beyond the reach of local government budgets. The council allows access to the care leavers and the Trust provides the extra assistance to help them gain work or to progress their education or training.

Dr Emma Philpott was awarded an OBE for her contribution to cyber security. Dr Philpott is the Chief Executive Officer of IASME Consortium, an accrediting body assessing and certifying against the Government's Cyber Essentials Scheme.

Michael Nicholls was awarded a British Empire Medal for his services to the community. Michael, from Selsey in West Sussex, has been recognised for going above and beyond in his services to his local area.