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New Year Honours for Mayor Ros Jones and Green Star Canoe Club founder Esther Mathews

The Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones has been honoured with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her service to local government by HRH The Queen in her New Year Honours List.

Mayor Jones was one of two Doncastrians to be given awards. A CBE is the second highest honour in the honours list behind a knight or damehood.

Born in Askern and living all of her life in Doncaster, Mayor Jones said she was “truly honoured and humbled” to have been chosen as a recipient.

Mayor Jones has been the borough’s elected Mayor since 2013 after previously serving seven years as a councillor for Askern Spa and was Civic Mayor in 2009/10. She had a career spanning over 30 years working for the council as an accountant at both junior and senior levels. She is, as Mayor, also a member of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority and a Sheffield City Region LEP Board member.

Although a personal honour, Mayor Jones said she was proud to accept it on behalf of Team Doncaster for all the efforts the council and its partners have put in to making Doncaster a better place to live, learn, work and invest. She also paid tribute to her late husband Alan, who was a Doncaster councillor who passed away last August, who supported Mayor Jones in her work.

“I am truly honoured and humbled to have been recognised in this way. It is a great recognition, not just of my work, but the work of everyone who has helped make our borough a better place. I would particularly like to thank all of the staff and partners who have helped us to turn Doncaster Council around and we are now a well-run authority which is supporting local people and the economy.

“I am really proud of Doncaster and absolutely resolute in my commitment to the borough and its people. Achieving the best possible outcomes for Doncaster’s residents and businesses is what has driven me throughout my time as Mayor, and way before that, and will continue to push me on. Personally I am delighted, however I am clear that this recognition is testament to Team Doncaster and all our efforts to make Doncaster a wonderful place to live in. I know that my late husband Alan, who was a Doncaster councillor, will be smiling down and I also honour his memory with this award. I would like to also send my congratulations to Esther Mathews for being recognised with a BEM for services to Canoeing. It is a great start to 2017 for the borough and I am determined it will continue.”

The other Doncastrian to be honoured is:

Mrs Esther Mathews with a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to Canoeing. Mrs Mathews is the founder and a stalwart of the Green Star Canoe Club in Bessacarr.

Both will receive their honours at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace later in 2017.

Ros Jones was born in Askern in 1949. The daughter of a miner she was educated at Percy Jackson Grammar School, Askern, Doncaster Technical College and Leeds Business School. Ros entered politics in 2005 after a career in local government working as an accountant and became a senior manager before retiring. She served as a councillor for Askern Spa ward for seven years and was Civic Mayor in 2009/10. Ros became elected Mayor in May 2013 and is serving a four year term.

Green Star canoe club was founded in 1993 by Esther Mathews. It has grown to be one of the largest and most active clubs in the area and even nationally – Green Star Canoe Club is one of the largest slalom clubs in the country, supporting polo teams in several regional and national divisions and plays a large part in training, coaching and skills development in the Yorkshire and Northern Regions.

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