Ex-England cricketer Maynard to get MBE for services to sport and charity

Former England cricketer Matthew Maynard will receive an MBE for services to charity and sport at Buckingham Palace.

Maynard played in four Tests before going on to take the role of assistant coach with England and then Somerset director of cricket for three seasons from 2014.

He was named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1998.

After the death of his son Tom in 2012, Maynard set up The Tom Maynard Trust which offered grants to young sports enthusiasts.

The sportsman will be joined at Buckingham Palace by choreographer Richard Alston who will be knighted for services to dance.

Alston dropped out of Eton aged 16 to study art, moving into choreography at the London School of Contemporary Dance.

He then formed the UK’s first independent dance company, Strider, in 1972.

In January 2001, he was awarded the CBE in the New Year Honours list.

The Richard Alston Dance Company is popular in the UK, touring the country every year, as well as the US, including a New York debut at the Joyce Theater in the spring of 2004.

Also on the honours list is Olympic rower Frances Houghton who will be awarded an MBE for her services to British rowing.

The longest serving member of the British rowing team has competed in five Olympic games with three silver medals to her name.

Olympics – Team GB Kitting Out – The NEC
Team GB’s Frances Houghton will receive an MBE (Barrington Coombs/PA)

She also struck gold in four consecutive tournaments at the World Rowing Championships.

Health campaigner Melissa Mead is to be given an MBE for services to raising awareness of sepsis.

She has served as national projects’ coordinator of the UK Sepsis Trust after her son William died in 2014.

The service will be conducted by the Prince of Wales.

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