Honoured for their top achievements
The Queen's Birthday Honours List was released on Saturday and faces from Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead were recognised for their achievements and service.
A SLOUGH man who strengthened the collaboration between the United Kingdom and Chine gets the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Alan Kell, 65, grew up in Hampshire Avenue and was head boy at Slough Technical High School (now Herschel Grammar School) which he attended from 1958 to 1965.
Information technology expert Mr Kell worked to develop environmentally friendly homes and was part of the BBC's Dream House television series in 1998.
Mr Kell is co-chair of the UK/China Eco Cities & Green Buildings Group and has worked with business in the far eastern country since 1999.
He said: "It gives me a great feeling of satisfaction because I have been working hard to put something back into this country."
A FORMER headteacher who led one of the best grammar schools in the country for 19 years gets the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Marsha Carey-Elms, of Altwood Bailey, Maidenhead, retired at Easter from Kendrick School, in Reading, and is recognised for services to education.
The school regularly tops the league tables and has been ranked first nationally for GCSEs in a state school for the past two years.
Speaking from Portugal as the news broke last week, she said: "I am absolutely delighted, and so thrilled for my family and the school. "This accolade is very much shared with them. It has been one of the most difficult things keeping it a secret, and I can't wait to tell everyone at the school. It is a wonderful start to my retirement."
HOLLYWOOD superstar Kate Winslet gets a CBE for service to drama in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
The 36-year-old Oscar-winning actress was born in Reading and was a student at Redroofs Theatre School, in Bath Road, Maidenhead.
The star of The Reader said: "I am both surprised and honoured to stand alongside so many men and woman who have achieved great things for our country and I feel deeply proud to receive this, as a part of an ever-expanding community of British actors and film makers who are fortunate enough to be able to contribute to an international industry."
Samantha Keston, co-head of Redroofs, said: "It's phenomenal and a huge honour to anyone who's worked with her.
"It just goes to show the kids here that their dreams really can become a reality."