New Year Honours 2016
Two North Devon people who have made a real mark in their fields are named in the New Year’s Honours.
Surgeon Christopher Bulstrode volunteered for the Territorial Army at the tender age of 56 and was sent to Afghanistan.
He has been awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours list for services to humanitarian medicine that have seen him help out in disaster zones around the world.
The orthopaedic surgeon, now 65, is a retired Oxford professor. He works in the emergency department at an Oxford hospital and volunteers his time with Doctors of the World.
It has taken him to Sarajevo, the Sudan, Gaza and Jerusalem among many others, including as part of the relief effort following the Haiti and Nepal earthquakes.
He was born and bred in Guernsey, but since retiring from Oxford has moved to Martinhoe in North Devon.
“This is really a recognition of what we as a team have been able to achieve – you are a tiny part of a bigger machine that puts you where you are needed, ” he said.
A lifelong career in education has been rewarded with an OBE for Ann Berger, 62, of High Bickington.
She began by specialising in teaching pupils with special needs and went on to become a schools inspector, leading the approach to inclusion and special educational needs.
She said of her OBE: “Working with children and teachers has inspired me over my 40 years in the profession and I feel touched to have my career recognised in this way.”
In 2008 she joined the Department for Education as lead advisor for the London Primary Challenge programme, which is credited with raising standards in London primaries.
Since September 2014 Ann has been primary director of the London-based Harris Federation, where all 10 of its inspected primary academies have been rated good or outstanding by Ofsted.