West Lothian Provost praises local women recognised in Queen’s New Year Honours’ List

Linlithgow woman Ann McVie was given the Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s New Year Honours.

By Kevin Quinn
Wednesday, 6th January 2021, 3:58 pm
Picture by Michael Gillen. Provost Tom Kerr.

The Deputy Director for Social Security Policy at the Scottish Government was awarded the prestigious honour for public service.

Ann was one of three women from West Lothian who were recognised on the Queen’s New Year Honours’ List.

The other two were Cheryl-Lee Brown from Livingston, who was given an MBE for services to Children and to Families, and Karen Elliot from Livingston, who was awarded a BEM for voluntary service to Royal Navy Veterans.

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Provost Tom Kerr said: “Congratulations to all of West Lothian’s recipients. Ms McVie, Mrs Brown and Mrs Elliot have been honoured for their work in helping to better the lives of others, many of whom are the most vulnerable people in our society.

“I’m delighted for them and their families that they have been recognised, they are thoroughly deserving of such an honour.”

West Lothian’s Lord Lieutenant Moira Niven added: “It’s fantastic to see three outstanding women from West Lothian honoured by the Queen in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List.

“Ms McVie and Mrs Brown have had distinguished careers in both public and voluntary services and are thoroughly deserving of their awards. Mrs Elliot is very active in local voluntary organizations and has played such an important role in supporting Armed Forces charities and support groups throughout the Lothians.

“I’d like to offer my congratulations to all three recipients on their honours, which are richly deserved for their achievements in West Lothian and across the country.

“I look forward to meeting Ms McVie, Mrs Brown and Mrs Elliot to congratulate them personally.”