Her Majesty The Queen has recognised 22 exceptional members of the Met in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list.
They have been awarded for their achievements and extraordinary service to the people of London, the United Kingdom and beyond.
The Commissioner, Cressida Dick, said: “This is a truly exceptional New Year’s Honours List for the Met. The extraordinary, courageous, compassionate and professional actions of our staff and members of the public during the appalling events of the terrorist attacks of 2017 have been recognised by Her Majesty.
“In addition the list recognises officers, staff and volunteers who are examples to us all for their innovation, dedication and professionalism. The breadth of their different roles and their contributions locally, nationally and internationally is a small snapshot of all the professional men and women of the Met.
“I am very proud of them all and that they have been recognised in this special way. Many congratulations.”
A full list of members of the Met recognised in this year’s Honours follows:
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE):
Detective Superintendent Mark Gower has been awarded an OBE for services to policing, and is regarded as a subject matter expert in the counter terrorism arena.
His contribution and impact nationally and internationally to Counter Terrorism investigations has been exceptional and he is no stranger to intense pressure and scrutiny.
Mark is a Counter Terrorism Senior Investigating Officer and in 2015, he led the UK response to the terrorist attacks in Sousse, Tunisia where 30 British Nationals were murdered.
He deployed with a UK team to this high risk, complex and politically challenging environment and worked in partnership with Tunisian authorities and other international partners to investigate the attack and repatriate the deceased.
He worked tirelessly with bereaved families and professionally presented the case at Inquest at the Royal Courts of Justice, receiving high praise from Judge Lorraine Smith.
He also led and commanded the response to the 2017 terrorist attack at Finsbury Park, where Darren Osborne deliberately drove a hire van at members of the Muslim community, killing one and seriously injuring others.
Some months later, when the terrorist attack at Parsons Green took place Mark led the investigation and co-ordinated resources from across the Met in conjunction with Security Service partners to identify the bomber.
Acting Detective Sergeant Zac Idun joined the Met in 1993, age 30, having previously worked in banking and business. He has been awarded an OBE for services to victims of London and international terrorist atrocities.
Starting as a uniformed PC at Marylebone, he moved into detective work around 1996 and is now a leading expert in Family Liaison for those affected by terrorism.
He has delivered outstanding support for the families over many years and led the Family Liaison response following the Westminster and London Bridge terrorist attacks in 2017 and in Sousse, Tunisia in 2015.
He has supported hundreds of people during his distinguished career and helped to shape Family Liaison both nationally and internationally.
Claire Summers was awarded an OBE for services to Counter Terrorism Policing. Claire is Head of the Technical Innovation and Development Environment within Counter Terrorism Policing.
As a Cambridge physicist, she has dedicated her working life to keeping communities safe from harm and assisting in the disruption of organised criminals and terrorists in the UK and abroad. She routinely gives up evenings and weekends to seek innovative solutions to the most complex technical challenges within CT and with her team has pushed the boundaries of digital forensics globally.
In the past year she has supported every major terrorist investigation in the UK including Borough Market, Finsbury Park and Westminster Bridge.
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE):
Anthony Joy is the Counter Terrorism Command’s Senior Intelligence Analyst. His career at the Met spans 17 years and he has been awarded an MBE for services to policing.
He served with distinction within Barnet Borough, the Met’s Crime Academy, the Child Abuse Investigation Command and Met Intelligence. He is responsible for more than 50 intelligence analysts and 30 researchers who support CT policing in London.
Anthony has improved closer-working with Met Neighbourhood Policing, and Serious and Organised Crime units, to combat radicalisation and extremism in London. He is the first chairman of the Arsenal FC Disabled Supporters Association. As a wheelchair user since birth, he has been instrumental in seeking to improve the access to, and experience for disabled people at, sport stadia and grounds.
British Empire Medal (BEM):
Elizabeth Johnstone, a police volunteer was awarded a BEM for voluntary services to policing and the community in London.
PC Andy Dunmore, PC John Kenealy, PC Stephen Marsh, PC Mary Mayes, PC Richard Moore and PC Jerry Pearce were awarded for services to policing during the Westminster terrorist attack.
PC Stewart Henderson and PC Liam Jones were awarded for services to policing during the London Bridge/Borough Market terrorist attack.
Queen’s Police Medal (QPM):
Teresa Nicholson, Sergeant Leslie Jackson, Detective Superintendent John Crossley and PC Phillip Stone were awarded a QPM for distinguished services to policing.
PC Nick Carlisle was awarded for distinguished services to policing during the Westminster terrorist attack.
PC Tim Andrews, PC Sam Balfour, Iian Rae and Bartosz Tchorzewski were awarded for distinguished services to policing during the London Bridge/Borough Market terrorist attack.
Quotes from award recipients:
Detective Superintendent Mark Gower, OBE for services to policing:
“Being recognised is totally unexpected but I feel truly privileged to have played a part in some exceptional events, particularly over the last four years, in the Counter Terrorism Command. There has been some amazing work by colleagues and teams within the Metropolitan Police.”
Acting Detective Sergeant Zac Idun, OBE for services to policing:
“Most police officers will tell you they are just doing their job and I am no different, but receiving the OBE for services to policing brings home to me the significance of the role.
“During my time in family liaison and involvement in terrorist investigations, I have been truly humbled by the sheer courage and strength of the families and survivors we have assisted. I remain in awe of the many people we have supported who have suffered but survived the loss of the people dearest to them with both dignity and bravery. Also those who assisted investigations having witnessed traumatic events.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the police officer I met at Peckham Police Station in 1993, who encouraged me to join ‘the job’. I was actually curious to join because I was cynical about the police, but that officer spoke so openly and enthusiastically about the role that I felt compelled to change my vocation. Twenty-five years on, I can say hand-on-heart that it has been one of the best decisions in my life.
“Policing has proven to be an incredibly rewarding, challenging and satisfying career. I would recommend it to anyone seeking to do something meaningful that can transform lives.”
Claire Summers, OBE for services to Counter Terrorism Policing:
“I am very pleased and surprised to have been included in the New Year’s Honours list.
“Rapid technological change has brought multiple challenges across society. Working alongside hugely talented and committed colleagues, I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to contribute my skills to the efforts of the police service in adjusting and responding to 21st century problems.”
Anthony Joy, Senior Intelligence Analyst, Counter Terrorism Command, MBE for services to policing:
“I am honoured to have been recognised for such a prestigious honour. Keeping it a secret for the past six weeks has been tough but telling my family on Christmas Day was a nice moment for me, and them!
“I am very grateful to those who nominated me: this is a great organisation in which to work, affording me opportunities, challenges and fun along the way.
“I have worked with some great officers and staff, from Barnet Borough intelligence unit many years ago, to the Counter Terrorism Command where I am currently privileged to lead a fantastic group of analysts and researchers, and be part of a dedicated leadership team.”
Stephen Marsh (lately, Constable), BEM for services to policing during the Westminster attack:
“I can think of nothing that has filled me with more pride than to receive a British Empire Medal. I was shocked and surprised to receive it.
“The timing of the award is wonderful because it has coincided with the end of my service with the Metropolitan Police.”