CHICHESTER College’s principal and the men behind the rejuvenation of the festival theatre are among those named in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
“I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to be receiving an OBE,” said Shelagh, who lives in Midhurst. “It is, however, testament to the great staff and students of Chichester who have made this possible.”
This award comes after the college was awarded ‘outstanding’ in every inspection area during their general inspection in March, 2014, in addition to gaining a second outstanding for their residential care in February of this year.
Meanwhile, Chichester Festival Theatre artistic director Jonathan Church and executive director Alan Finch are both to receive CBEs for services to the theatre.
The news comes as they start their tenth summer season at the venue – far more than anyone else in the theatre’s 53-year history.
A CFT spokesman said: “It’s fantastic news. We’re really proud that Jonathan and Alan have received this substantial honour for all they’ve achieved during these past ten years at Chichester Festival Theatre.”
Other awards in the area are as follows:
- David Patrick Henry Burgess, MBE, DL –for services to young people and the community in West Sussex.
- Roderick Barrymore Brooke Jones – for services to the community in Bognor Regis.
- Anthony John French, TD – for services to the community in Chichester
- Jean Stella Goad, district and parish councillor, Arun District – for services to local government
- Iain Shepherd, marine systems director MARCOM Defence – for services to the marine sector and the economy in Chichester
- Lorraine Margaret Grocott, clerk, Milland Parish Council – for services to the community in Milland.