City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

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It's Sir Chris and Mrs Hoy MBE in New Year Honours

By edg - Posted on 01 January 2009

Triple Olympic cycling gold medallist Chris Hoy has been awarded a Knighthood for services to sport following his triumph in Beijing while his mother, Carol Hoy, receives an MBE for services to healthcare.

Dr Andrew Cubie CBE, former Chair of the Court at Napier University, receives a Knighthood for public service in Scotland as does Alexander Crombie for services to the Insurance Industry.

Among those in Scotland to receive a CBE are

* Colin McKerracher QPM, Chief Constable of Grampian Police, for services to the Police
* Ian Smith for services to the Arts
* Isabelle Boyd, Headteacher of Cardinal Newman High School, Bellshill, Lanarkshire, for services to education
* Professor Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland for services to environmental science

Recipients of the OBE include

* Aileen McGlynn MBE, cyclist, for services to disabled sport
* Stephen Park, Manager of the British Olympic Sailing Team, for services to sport
* Thomas Thomson, former Chair of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, for services to music
* Alexander Stephen, Chief Executive of Dundee City Council, for services to Local Government
* Lui On Lee for voluntary service to the Chinese community in Forth Valley, Stirlingshire

Among those receiving an MBE are

* Sandra Forsythe, Chair of the Board of Glasgow Housing Association, for services to social housing
* Owen McGhee for services to sport and charity
* Ruth Skinner for services to riding for the disabled and to the community in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire


* Constable Daniel McVey Lapsley, Strathclyde
* Assistant Chief Constable John Lamont Stuart Malcolm, Strathclyde
* Chief Superintendent George Simpson, Lothian and Borders


* Douglas Colin MacDonald, Watch Manager, Highlands and Islands
* Ian Knox Stocks, Firelink, Scottish Project Manager


Daniel McVey Lapsley, 50, joined Strathclyde Police in 1978 and served in a number of posts around Ayrshire before moving to the islands of Tiree and Coll, the remotest part of the Strathclyde police area, in 1993.

Mr Lapsley is regarded as a dedicated and consummate professional by his colleagues and his commitment to making his community a safer place is outstanding. With the islands only accessible by either a four-hour ferry journey from Oban, or an hour flight from Glasgow, Mr Lapsley carries out most of his work single-handedly, including policing the annual Tiree Wave Classic, the UK's premiere windsurfing event.

As well as his police duties, Mr Lapsley organises several community-based activities. He promotes and runs a weekly youth club for children and provides education opportunities, including teaching computer skills to primary school children. In 2000, his commitment to the islands was recognised when he received a Chief Constable's Testimonial for his work on the islands.

John Lamont Stuart Malcolm, 53, joined Renfrew and Bute Constabulary as a cadet in 1971. Transferring to Strathclyde Police in 1975, he progressed through the ranks both in uniform and as a detective. Serving in a number areas, including the Scottish Crime Squad and Serious Crime Squad, he was appointed Deputy Head of Force Headquarters CID in 2000 where he was involved in the development of the Scottish Intelligence Database.

Appointed Divisional Commander at 'G' Division, Mr Malcolm was in charge of policing Scottish Premier League, European and International football games. He was directly responsible for the introduction of protocol between the Scottish Football Authority and Scottish Forces for the exchange of information in relation to people arrested at football games.

Throughout his career, he has led investigations into several murder enquires. His drive and dogged determination has led to high profile prosecutions.

His integrity and professionalism was rewarded with commendations by Chief Constables of neighbouring forces.

In 2005 he took up the role of Acting Assistant Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police, a position confirmed in November 2006. During this time, he was appointed secretary to the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland Crime Standing Committee. Mr Malcolm was heavily involved in joint planning for the G8 summit in 2006. His work helped ensure a successful policing operation, which allowed the public to go about their business normally.

On 30 June 2007, as Senior Investigating Officer for the terrorist bombing at Glasgow Airport, he demonstrated skills and abilities which were recognised by the Lord Advocate, the security services and the UK National Anti-Terrorist Co-ordinator. For a period, he was Acting Deputy Chief Constable and then Assistant Chief Constable (Crime), before retiring in August 2008.

George Simpson, 52, joined Lothian and Borders Police in 1978. Progressing through the ranks of the Police Force over a 30-year career, he served communities in both the Borders, where he was born and raised, and in Edinburgh.

During his time serving in the Borders, he is remembered as the 'face of policing' in the town of Selkirk. As Head of Criminal Investigation Department in the Borders, he is widely credited for developing closer links between uniformed officers and detectives. This work resulted in him being promoted to superintendent in 2002 and his subsequent role as divisional commander, 'A' Division, city of Edinburgh in 2006.

Under Mr Simpson's leadership, the innovative Capital Partnership Model was introduced. This saw the police, City of Edinburgh Council and other partners combine resources to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and improve community safety. His dedication to this project and the high regard in which he was held was widely seen as crucial to the project's success.

During this time Mr Simpson was also responsible for promoting the diversity agenda within the force, including much wider use of the Force's Lay Advisors appointed by the Police Board. He also introduced policies and procedures which vastly improved the force's approach to investigating hate crime and dealing with its victims.

Mr Simpson's experience was indispensable during the terrorist threats across the UK in the summers of 2005 and 2006 when he became an acknowledged national lead officer in Scotland. After 30 years of service, Mr Simpson retired in May 2008.

Douglas Colin MacDonald, 50, is volunteer Watch Manager of the Carrbridge Community Response Unit. The Unit provides community safety advice, road traffic collision rescue and 'wildland' fire fighting skills to the Carrbridge and wider Lochaber area. The team are unfortunately regularly called out to attend serious road incidents on the A9 and their expertise in 'wildland' fire fighting is invaluable to the Lochaber area which boasts several ancient woodlands.

His leadership and commitment to the Unit are outstanding and all the more remarkable considering his family commitments. Mr MacDonald has one daughter and a son, Craig, who suffers from Dravet Syndrome, and needs constant care and supervision. In 2003, the volunteer unit faced the threat of closure as Her Majesty's Fire Service Inspectorate, the Health and Safety Executive. Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service sought to bring about changes aimed at improving the safety of personnel. Supported by his wife, Mr MacDonald petitioned and engaged successfully with all the relevant agencies and MSPs, helping to ensure that the future of the unit was properly considered. As a result, the Unit was established as one of the first Community Response Units in the UK.

Mr MacDonald combines his voluntary work with the full-time job of owning and running the local petrol station. He is well known and respected in the area and has previously represented the UK in international junior ski competitions.

Ian Knox Stocks, 52, joined Central Scotland Fire Brigade in 1976 before transferring to Strathclyde in August 1995, where he was quickly promoted through the ranks to become Principal Fire Control Officer.

During his time with Strathclyde, Mr Stocks led the full system upgrade of the Command and Control Centre. Working tirelessly to ensure that the project ran smoothly allowing the Service to continue to deliver its business as usual, train and integrate staff into the new accommodation and system, he also helped maintain staff morale and performance to very tight timescales.

Mr Stocks was seconded from Strathclyde Fire and Rescue to the Scottish Government in April 2003 as Scottish Project Manager for 'Firelink'. The Firelink project - one of the top 20 Government ICT projects in the UK ­- will deliver a modern and highly resilient radio system for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Services and their counterparts in England and Wales. It will replace the current patchwork of radio systems with a new integrated system which offers the very high levels of resilience and functionality needed to manage national and local emergencies such as terrorism and extreme weather. Firelink will also bring all the Scottish 'blue light services' onto the same system, facilitating better cross-service communication.

Mr Stocks leads the project management of the delivery of the Scottish part of the nationwide contract. He also chairs the Scottish Firelink Roll-out Board. These are extremely challenging tasks, given Scotland's diversity, the cutting edge nature of the technology and the need to liaise and negotiate with stakeholders across Scotland, the UK Government and central contract team.

Rising to the challenge, Mr Stocks has earned respect from all his colleagues. He has demonstrated commitment and drive and used his considerable skills and leadership to achieve an unprecedented level of collaboration across the emergency services.