Former Spitfires Chairman gets MBE



Former Eastleigh chairman Paul Murray

The former Chairman of Eastleigh Football Club,  Paul Murray has received an MBE in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours lists for “services to charity and the community in Winchester.” The local businessman who had business interests based in School Lane, Chandler’s Ford has also served as Chairman of Winchester City FC and is a trustee of the Winchester based charity Trinity –  which address issues connected with ‘homelessness and vulnerability.’

Murray has also previously been closely involved with the The Rose Road Childrens Appeal in Southampton and served as their voluntary Southampton and Winchester Fundraising Group Chairman for over twenty years.

Colleagues at Trinity said they were “delighted”. Chief Executive Sue McKenna told Eastleigh News “It’s fantastic news and a well deserved award”.

Other recipients with local connection include Alex Marshall the former Chief Constable of Hampshire who receives a CBE for services to policing.


Alex Marshall

The CBE has also been awarded to Professor Bashir Mohammed Ali Al-Hashimi Dean of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering at The University of Southampton for his services to engineering and industry. In a statement Professor Al-Hashimi said:

“I am honoured to receive this prestigious recognition

“It is a testament to the efforts of the great many colleagues I have worked with over the years here at the University and within the School of Electronics and Computer Science, who have always provided me with a stimulating and supportive working environment. The response to this honour from my family and friends has been one of sheer delight.”

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Professor Al-Hashimi.

Hampshire County Council’s Director of Children’s Services, Steve Crocker has become an OBE today.

Commenting on the announcement, Steve Crocker said:

“This was wholly unexpected and an amazing surprise and privilege. One thing I would like to make clear is that I very much see this honour as recognition of all the fantastic work that my colleagues in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight do every day.”

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Steve Crocker OBE

Sarah Charters, a consultant nurse and emergency department mental health lead at ved Southampton General Hospital has received an MBE.

Charters has played a significant role in increasing the availability of specialist mental healthcare in the emergency department, which sees around 450 patients a month who require help for mental health or substance use problems.

She has introduced a vulnerable adult support team (VAST) which works alongside clinicians and mental health professionals from 8am to 10pm seven days a week to manage issues such as domestic abuse, homelessness and substance use, all of which may trigger a mental health crisis.