NEWS Media Association chairman Henry Faure Walker has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Mr Faure Walker, the chief executive officer of Newsquest Media Group - the owners of the News Group, Advertiser and Shuttle titles - has been given the honour for services to regional news journalism and charity.

Mr Faure Walker said: "It’s an absolute honour to receive this award but the real recognition should go to the amazing people that work in local news publishing across the UK.

"It is their news brands that not only provide their communities with essential trusted news but also provide such valuable support in championing charities and promoting local businesses.”

Mr Faure Walker has been CEO of Newsquest since 2014 and has worked in local news publishing for almost 20 years, having previously been digital director for Johnston Press and general manager of The Scotsman Publications.

He is also chairman of the News Media Association, the industry body representing national and local news publishers.

Also among those listed locally for receiving honours is Craig Ashley Browne, from Droitwich, who receives a Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) for services to charitable fundraising and volunteering during Covid-19.

Tonia Bonita Enderbury has also received a BEM for services to the community in Droitwich Spa and district, Worcestershire.

Among the famous names on the honours list are the Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith who has been made a dam, television judge Robert Rinder, who has received a MBE, singer Engelbert Humperdinck who receives an MBE, former Crimewatch presenter Nick Ross who receives a CBE, singer Lulu who receives a CBE and singer Alison Moyet who has been made an MBE.

Actor Jonathan Pryce, nominated for an Oscar for his turn as Pope Francis and feared for his role as the High Sparrow in Game Of Thrones, receives a knighthood.

And ahead of the Euros England were given a boost as footballer Raheem Sterling was recognised for his work to promote racial equality in sport.