Queen's Birthday Honours for two local residents

21 October 2020


Cllr Elizabeth Dixon and Libraries Manager Sarah Smith have both been awarded in the Queen’s birthday honours this October.


Cllr Dixon, a Councillor for Dollis Hill Ward, is also a Senior Probation Officer at London Community Rehabilitation Company and has been recognised for her services to justice. 


For over 30 years, Elizabeth has helped to transform hundreds of lives due to her work reducing reoffending and building safer communities.

Cllr Dixon said: “Working to help victims and the community has been a privilege, an honour and a challenge. I’m grateful to those who nominated me.”

Sarah Smith, Libraries Development Manager at Brent Council has received a BEM (British Empire Medal) for her services to libraries. Sarah has worked at Brent Council for 16 years in a role, which embraces literacy, learning and culture for all ages.

Sarah said “I found my calling working in libraries. You need to be creative with programming to encourage that passion for reading, learning, the arts and culture. It’s an honour to be recognised in this way.”  

Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council said:

“A huge congratulations to both Elizabeth and Sarah. We are very proud to have such aspirational people working and supporting the residents in Brent.

“Liz’s contributions to this country’s criminal justice and offender management services are nothing short of inspirational.

“Sarah’s work within the libraries service has helped hundreds of people become avid readers and made reading more diverse and inclusive for all.”

"Liz and Sarah are truly inspirational people that I admire for their passion to help some of the most vulnerable people in our society, they absolutely deserve their awards and are the true community leaders for Brent."