King's Birthday Honours awards in Wiltshire

A hot-air balloon explorer and a head coach at the British Swimming Intensive Training Centre are among those on the King's Birthday Honours list across Wiltshire.

Alicia Hempleman-Adams, 34, has been given an MBE for services to hot-air ballooning.

The fashion consultant hopes the recognition will inspire more people - particularly young women - to take up the sport.

Ms Hempleman-Adams said she "couldn't believe it" when she received a letter informing her that she would be made an MBE this year.

Ms Hempleman-Adams said: "It means a lot. I've been breaking quite a few of the female records and it's nice to be recognised in quite a male sport.

"Female participation is quite low in comparison to men but hopefully we can inspire the younger generation to come up and to try it."

Beverly Clarke, 52, an education consultant at The British Computer Society, has been recognised for her services to education with an MBE.

She said: "I'm over the moon - to be recognised for my work is really lovely.

"I'm going to see my parents in person tomorrow to tell them."

'So proud'

David McNulty, who has coached swimmers based at the University of Bath to medals at successive Olympic Games, has also been awarded an MBE for services to swimming.

David Firth, 82, has also been awarded an MBE for his services to the Westbury Lions over 45 years as part of Lions Clubs International

"I am so proud," he said. "I belong to a super club with super members and I'm looking forward to celebrating with them."

Janice Moore, 88, has been recognised for her services in modernising the Keep Fit Association (KFA), a national governing body of sport run entirely by volunteers.

As National KFA President, she continues to travel and visit more than 60 local branches, involving over 300 volunteers to champion the importance of movement, dance and fitness.

Others awarded

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) has also been awarded to:

  • Stephen Hicks, chair of The Trussell Trust, for services to charity.

  • Brian Kingham, founder and chairman of Reliance Security Group, for services to business, the economy and to charity.

  • Professor Ian White, vice-chancellor and president at the University of Bath, for services to higher education and engineering.

  • David Wright, director of UK Safer Internet Centre, for services to the safety of children and young people.

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) has been awarded to:

  • Dr Susan Chapple, founder and chair of trustees at Horatio's Garden Charity, for services to people with spinal injuries.

  • Professor Anthony Fooks, lead scientist for international development at Animal and Plant Health Agency, for services to animal health and welfare.

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) has also been awarded to:

  • Peter Thompson, lately wildlife biodiversity officer at Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, for services to farmland ecology and wildlife conservation.

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