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Top professor appointed MBE in New Year Honours List

A Hook professor who works at the University of Reading and Hampshire Constabulary's detective chief inspector have been recognised in the New Year Honours List

Professor Peter Lansley was appointed MBE for services to research into ageing and well-being of older people

A professor who has dedicated more than 15 years of his life to enhancing research into the needs of older and disabled people has described it as an honour to be appointed an MBE.

Professor Peter Lansley, who lives in Hook and has worked at the University of Reading since 1984, was recognised in the New Year Honours List, announced on Tuesday (December 31).

Since 1997, he has been advising councils, charities, professional bodies and the UK government on the development of national research programmes, involving hundreds of researchers, and has seen government funding increase from £3m to £300m during the past decade.

"It's a great honour and a great surprise," he said. "A lot of other people have been involved in working with me.

"It's a very necessary programme. We open the newspaper nearly every day and see the issues of an ageing population.

"The exciting thing is this is a programme of research that has led to almost immediate use and benefits."

Professor Lansley began his current work after 14 years in building industry research.

Award-winning work

He has a particular interest in assistive technology, and has been published widely on organisational behaviour, human performance and the management of change.

He has received several awards for his work in the fields of innovation and inclusive design as well as for championing the role of the occupational therapist.

Despite 'retiring' from the university in September 2011, Professor Lansley remains a professor emeritus and is actively involved with ageing research and older people’s issues as well as with Management Reality, an international management consulting and training organisation which he established when he joined the university.

He is also a trustee of the Dunhill Medical Trust and a member of advisory committees for several research programmes and research institutes, some of which he chairs.

Detective Chief Inspector Linda Dawson, of Hampshire Constabulary,  was appointed an MBE for services to policing and victims of stalking and harassment.

DCI Dawson, who will also help police the Farnborough Air Show in 2014, lives near Portsmouth and is currently with the Hampshire Major Investigation Team covering homicides and serious and organised crime across the county.



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