North Hampshire people included in Queen's Birthday Honours List

Basingstoke Gazette: Paul Hawkins Paul Hawkins

PEOPLE in Basingstoke and north Hampshire have been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Among them is Dr Paul Hawkins, the chairman of Hawk-Eye Innovations, who has been awarded an OBE.

In the 1990s, he developed a system for tracking cricket balls and the technology is now used in football and tennis. His company, founded in 2001, was sold to Japanese electronic giant Sony in 2011 and is now based at the company’s building in Jays Close, Viables.

Neil Hopkins, from Whitchurch, has also been awarded an OBE, for services to education.

Last July, he retired as principal of Peter Symonds College in Winchester. When he started in 1993, the college had just 1,400 students, and now has around 3,500.

The father-of-three said: “I’m very flattered to receive this honour, and grateful too for the tremendous support and help I have received over my years working in education, from family and colleagues.”

Two people from Overton received MBEs in the list.

Lady Portal received hers for services to music and to Scouting in Hampshire, while Michael Dempster Brook, a senior officer at HM Revenue and customs, received his for services to tax work.

Squadron Leader John Butler, from RAF Odiham, also received the honour, to add to an Air Force Cross he received in 2008.

He was honoured then for leading a crew that helped to evacuate troops whose vehicles were swamped in a river 50 miles from Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

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