New Year Queen's Honours, OBE and Fellowship Award for NWAS staff

Our longest serving Paramedic, Steve Evans, received an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list for his services to First Response and voluntary service to Young People.

In 2001, Steve set up the ‘Don’t Walk Away’ campaign to raise awareness amongst young people of the dangers of under-age drinking and choking/hypothermia. He started with one poster and since then his enthusiasm and drive have ensured that the campaign has achieved extremely high profile through being featured on TV and radio.

A further honour has been awarded to Burnley Paramedic, Collette Kallee who is to be presented with an OBE for her services to the Ebola response in Sierra Leone.

Collette worked in Sierra Leone during early 2015, supported by the Trust on a three month secondment. She has since took a 12 month career break from April 2015 and returned to volunteer in Sierra Leone.

Chief Consultant Paramedic, Mike Jackson  was awarded  a Fellowship Award by the College of Paramedics Honours and Awards Committee in recognition of his achievements and outstanding contribution to improving paramedic professional practice and, in turn, patient care.

Mike has been recognised as being an exceptional paramedic leader who will continue to do great work for the profession and he has therefore been named as a Fellow of the College of Paramedics.

The committee made particular note of Mike being one of the first UK Consultant Paramedics, using the role to be instrumental in North West Ambulance Service adopting the College Curriculum Framework.

Mike will be added to the Roll of Honour on the College of Paramedics website and included in the Annual Report, now entitled to use the post nominal FCPara.