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Cheshire’s Chief Constable and a university professor from Nantwich are among those rewarded in the New Year Honours 2016 list.

Professor Margaret McRae Whitehead, from the University of Liverpool, who lives in Nantwich, has been made a Dame Commander (DBE) for her services to public health.

She was among a number of Cheshire people to receive honours, including Chief Constable of Cheshire Police, Simon Byrne (pictured), who was recognised with the Queen’s Police Medal.

Professor Whitehead, 67, also heads the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Policy Research on the Social Determinants of Health.

She has published extensively on the effects of social equality on health and also the social consequences of chronic ill health.

She has advised on government policy and written reports for WHO on tackling inequalities in health.

Cheshire Police Chief Constable Simon Byrne is one of three chief constables to be recognised in this year’s list.

The QPM recognises officers who have demonstrated a lasting and consistent commitment to delivering effective policing services to the public.

He said: “I am absolutely thrilled with this award which is due in no small part to the support I have had from my family, friends and colleagues in the police forces and other organisations I have worked with during the course of my police career.”

Simon’s career began in 1982 and he has worked as a Metropolitan Police officer, at Merseyside Police until 2009, and at Greater Manchester Police in 2009 as Deputy Chief Constable.

On return to his home county in June 2014, he became Cheshire’s Chief Constable.

Also in Cheshire, Christine Bailey, of Crewe, was honoured with an MBE for services to the community in Cheshire.

And Stephen Hodgkinson, a founder member and leader at Congleton’s New Life Church, was also awarded an MBE for services to the community in Congleton.

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