AN engineer in the nuclear industry and a cyber-security expert are two Worcestershire people who have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Dr Emma Philpott, aged 48, chief executive of Malvern-based business IASME, has been given an MBE for her contribution to cyber security.

And Stuart Crooks, who lives at Lower Broadheath, had been awarded the CBE in recognition of his work as managing director of Hinkley Point C, a £20 billion nuclear power station currently being built.

Dr Philpott’s award is a recognition of her advocacy of affordable cyber security for all.

Her leadership has helped enhance the security for thousands of organisations including small businesses which can find cyber security daunting.

She is also founder of the UK Cyber Security Forum, which began with the Malvern Cyber Security Cluster in 2011.

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She said: "I was amazed, surprised and delighted to be awarded this honour.

"It may be me who comes into the office with bright ideas for this and that, but it is my team that has to make them real, and the honour is just as much for them as for me."

Mr Crooks, 54, was born in Wigan and began his career as a 16-year-old electrical apprentice.

He joined the nuclear industry after completing his apprenticeship at the Heysham power station in Lancashire, where he progressed through various engineering roles.

He was subsequently deputy director at Dungeness B and director at Hartlepool power stations.

The Hinkley Point C project, the first new nuclear power station to be built in the UK in over 20 years, is one of the largest engineering projects to be carried out in Europe in recent years.

He said: "This award is really a recognition of the support I have had from my family, my wife, children and grandchildren, and from my parents, who always encouraged me in my career.

"Their support has made everything possible that I've achieved in my career."