In the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020, Simon Routh Jones Q.F.S.M, who lives in Burbage, has been awarded the C.B.E. Simon is Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and has been honoured for his services to the Fire and Rescue Service. Teacher, Joy Guy, another Burbage resident, has been awarded the B.E.M. for services to Education.
Simon Routh Jones told Marlborough.news, “I am truly honoured and humbled to receive a C.B.E in the Queen’s birthday honours. It’s a lovely accolade in recognition of the staff and personnel I work with and all those who have supported me – my friends, family and the Scottish Government.”
Simon Routh-Jones served as a Fire Officer in Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service for over 37 years. His career began in 1979 as a probationary fire officer and he was eventually appointed Chief Executive at Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service in 2011. He held this post for 5 years and retired in April 2016 after working to merge Wiltshire and Dorset Fire and Rescue services. In the 2016 New Year’s Honours he was awarded the Q.F.S.M (Queen’s Fire Service Medal).
In September 2016 Simon became HM Assistant Inspector for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. In June 2018 he was promoted to HM Chief Inspector. Simon’s home remains in Burbage and he regularly commutes to Edinburgh to see his staff.
Simon is also advisor to the Northern Ireland Department of Health Administration responsible for Public Safety (Fire) and to the Board of Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service. He is a Trustee of The Fire Fighters Charity and a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers and the Institute of Management.
Joy Guy started her teaching career in 1965 in London. After moving to Burbage in 1986 she became a support teacher at St. John’s School, Marlborough. However, for the last twenty years she has worked for Swindon Home Tuition Services giving one to one tuition to students who for various reasons are unable to attend school.
Joy told Marlborough.news, “There are all sorts of reasons why children are unable to go to school. It might be that they have a phobia of school, or have been excluded, or have suffered long-term sickness which has made them unfit for school.
Usually I have been the last port of call and it’s been rewarding to try to improve the situation. I’ve enjoyed finding inventive ways of getting through to the students especially if they’re alienated. It’s wonderful to see an improvement and to help them get back to school and go on to college.”
Joy commented, “I’m quite embarrassed to have been given the award as I’m so aware of so many people doing similar work. However, I hope the award will highlight this sort of valuable work. It can make a difference. To help a young person get back on track with their education can prevent a life in crime or a life of feeling defeated.”
This year, the Queen’s Birthday Honours’ list was not published until Saturday October 10 so that the efforts of those who worked on the frontline during the Coronavirus pandemic could be recognised. Due to Covid restrictions the recipients of the awards have not yet heard if or when the awards will be formally presented to them.