Vale residents recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has paid tribute to all Vale residents recognised in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.


Cowbridge town councillor Sue Cox – who was awarded the MBE for political and voluntary service in the Vale of Glamorgan – was nominated by Mr Davies for decades of “unwavering commitment” to the town and charitable sector.


Mr Davies said, “I have known Sue and her husband Geoff for many years – and over a considerable period of time she has been an outstanding servant to Cowbridge and the wider Vale.


“She has served the town with distinction as Mayor – as well as playing a key role on the Town Twinning Association – and serving as sub-warden of Llanblethian Church.


“These are just some of her notable achievements – and it was a huge honour to nominate her for the MBE – which is fully deserved for her dedicated and commitment.”


Other recipients include born scientist Haley Gomez – of Cardiff University – for services to astrophysics, astronomy and outreach services – and Peterston-super-Ely resident John Smart – for services to construction and property industries.


Mr Davies said, “I’d like to congratulate Haley and Jeff for their MBEs – as well as their outstanding work in their respective fields.


“They have proven themselves to be pioneers in physics and property – and I have no doubts there is plenty more to come.


Jeffrey Savory of Barry – meanwhile – was awarded the OBE for services to disability sport.


Mr Savory chaired Special Olympics Wales from 2005 until last year – and has been a leader in the learning disability field for almost 40 years.


Mr Davies said, “Jeff’s work over four decades has been instrumental in helping people with disabilities take part in sport – both in Barry and across the whole of Cardiff and the Vale.


“He has been a true leader – and his work has undoubtedly changed many lives for the better.”