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Mayor welcomes recognition for Olympians and hard workers who secured success for London 2012

Mayor of London's office press release

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has welcomed the inclusion of a great number of Londoners and others, in the Queen's New Year's Honour list, many of who helped make 2012 a monumental year for the capital.

Neale Coleman, the Mayor's Olympic and Paralympic advisor, will become a CBE. Neale has advised City Hall for the last 12 years, working on the London Games from 2003 when the city first decided to bid to stage them. His incredible expertise will be of huge benefit in his new role as Deputy Chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation.

Lord Sebastian Coe has been awarded a Companion of Honour (CH) while Knighthoods have gone to Lord Deighton, CEO of LOCOG and Sir Keith Mills, Deputy Chair of LOCOG in recognition of their key contribution to London 2012. Also honoured with a CBE is Ruth MacKenzie, Director of the Cultural Olympiad and LOCOG's Director of Communications Jacqueline Brock-Doyle with an OBE.

This year's honours list includes a large number of Olympians, Paralympians and coaches who were central to Team GB's success at this summer's Games. Paralympic cyclist Sarah Storey will become a Dame, while Olympic cyclist Bradley Wiggins and sailor Ben Ainslie are to be Knighted. Londoners David Weir and Mo Farah will receive CBEs alongside Jessica Ennis and Victoria Pendleton while Laura Trott and Andy Murray are among those to receive OBEs.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "The success of the London 2012 Games was not down to chance - it was down to a cast of thousands of athletes, volunteers and staff who worked tirelessly to ensure our city delivered on its promise to put on the greatest show on earth.

"There can be no doubt that the efforts of Team GB and Paralympics GB provided a truly amazing spectacle, inspiring people into sport, and it is only right they are properly honoured for their contribution.

"I am also delighted that Neale Coleman has been recognised for the vital role he played over the last decade to ensure a successful Olympic and Paralympic Games. And we are lucky that Neale is now driving forward the work to deliver a lasting legacy for London."

The Mayor also welcomed Knighthoods for London's Transport Commissioner, Sir Peter Hendy CBE and Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe and London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon's MBE.

The Mayor added: "Both Sir Peter Hendy and Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe richly deserve these honours. Peter has shown outstanding leadership as London's Transport Commissioner, including and overseeing the largest ever investment programme in the capital's transport network and leading the successful operation of the network for the London 2012 Games.

"Bernard has an impressive track record tackling crime and has already made his mark in London as the leader of the team that delivered one safest Games ever held. I also welcome recognition of Caroline's service to Londoners"

In addition the Mayor paid tribute to the work of all London's transport workers as he welcomed the award of an OBE to London Underground's (LU) Chief Operating Officer, Howard Collins and an MBE to Nana Nyarko, Bus Service Controller, for services to London Buses following his outstanding bravery and commitment to colleagues and customers during the public disorder of August 2011.

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