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Jenny Morris collects MBE from Windsor Castle

Brian Cowan23/10/2014 - 13:00

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Ms Morris collected her MBE
Ms Morris collected her MBE

The head of the CIEH’s new membership organisation, the Institute of Food Safety Integrity and Protection, Jenny Morris, received her MBE at Windsor Castle last week. She was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list in June.

The award of Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire was presented to her by the Queen in recognition of her services to environmental health.

Ms Morris, who advised on food safety during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was accompanied at the two hour ceremony by her three allotted guests, her son Paul, his wife Amanda and Ms Morris’s brother-in-law, Mike.

The awards to 70 recipients were delivered in descending order of seniority, knighthoods, OBEs and MBEs to the military, the police, and charity workers. Downton Abbey’s Dame Maggie Smith received a Companion of Honour medal and there were other awards for distinguished service for the police, the fire brigade and for air force service in Afghanistan.

CIEH chief executive, Graham Jukes, who was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s honours list, said: ‘This is a fantastic accolade for Jenny and recognition of the value placed on the work we collectively do.’

Reflecting on the day Ms Morris said: ‘As someone collecting an award you are allowed to drive up the long walk and it’s a brilliant approach to Windsor Castle. You then walk through the quadrangle, with the perfect green grass in front of the state apartments that are in a U shape. You come through the gates and to your right is the Queen’s private residence.

‘It’s a really slick ceremony, and you get called in in groups and you follow your instructions, which is be at the right place at the right time.

‘When you approach the Queen you curtsey and walk forward to the dias, and she is about six inches above you. She then pins the award on you, and you have about two minute’s conversation with her. She said to me ‘I understand that you do some work in food hygiene’ and we then moved on to talking about the Olympics, I had wondered if I would mention her parachute jump into the opening ceremony, but I didn’t. We did talk about the Olympics and the importance of the games to the country and the importance of hygiene at the event.

‘Then she shook my hand and I walked backwards and curtsied and walked off and to the back of the chamber to sit and watch everyone else receive their awards. Then the National Anthem is played and the Queen walks out with her escort, half a dozen Ghurkhas and a number of other guards. Then people go and have their photos taken.’

Also present at Windsor Castle was Major James Fawcett, awarded an MBE for his environmental health work in the Royal Army Medical Corps. While CIEH Vice President, EHO Stephen Battersby, also included in the June list, and will receive his MBE on 5 December.

Ms Morris said: ‘It’s great to have what you do publically recognised but it is also great that the work of environmental health was recognised. It’s a great honour to be awarded an MBE for services to environmental health and the fact there was a second EHO there on the day, well, it’s pretty good to have two EHOs getting awards for their service, and it is without a doubt recognition of the great work that the profession does.”

CIEH chief executive Graham Jukes said he couldn’t recall a time when environmental health had featured so prominently in the honours system.

He said: ‘Three in one honours listing is a fantastic accolade to those working in the profession and recognition of the value placed on the work we collectively do, my heartfelt congratulations go to Jenny, Stephen and Jim - well deserved.’

Ms Morris is a member of various committees and boards and provides expert advice to questions relating to microbiological issues and food. She works on a daily basis with government to advise proposed changes to food safety regulation and guidance.

Prior to working in environmental health, Ms Morris managed her own small food business and is a qualified chef and food safety trainer.

The Queen’s grandfather George V established the MBE on 4 June 1917. The Queen has personally conducted more than 600 investitures since her first, on 27 February 1952.

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