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His Majesty The King’s New Year Honours List, 2024

Friday, 29 December 2023

Government House is pleased to announce that His Majesty The King has recognised five people in the Isle of Man in the 2024 New Year Honours List, which is published on 30 December 2023.

Dr John Keith Daniels MBE

Dr Keith Daniels

Dr John Keith Daniels worked as a full-time GP Principal at Palatine Group Practice from 1990 to the end of August 2022. He was the Isle of Man’s second GP Postgraduate Tutor and he formalised and organised teaching for Island GPs. Since 2016, he has supervised Foundation Year Junior Doctors during their GP rotation, successfully encouraging many to pursue a career in GP Practice. He has taught, mentored and supervised several allied health professionals, including Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Prescribing Hospital and Community Pharmacists, Advanced Practitioner Paramedics and Student Physician Associates and has been a GP Appraiser since 2004. All his trainees have greatly benefitted from his enthusiasm, energy and all round support. He has worked in the role of Independent Advisor to Manx Care and held other roles, such as supporting the RNLI with medical services and advice. Dr Daniels has been a popular and valued GP, who has consistently put good patient care at the heart of his work and supported his colleagues through outstanding leadership, training and management. Although now retired, his legacy in the fields he touched will live on, and will have greatly improved medical care, training and life on the Isle of Man.

His Majesty The King has made Dr Daniels an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list for outstanding services to Primary Care on the Isle of Man.

Mr Guy Julian Thompson MBE

Guy Thompson

Mr Guy Thompson has been involved in scouting for nearly 20 years and was appointed as Island Commissioner 10 years ago. During this time, he has focused on leadership, programme development and training so that a full, exciting and robust programme of activities is accessible to as many young people as possible across the Isle of Man.  Mr Thompson has worked tirelessly to secure funding and grants for equipment and training, with kayaking, archery, grass sledging and bush craft being some of the examples of his successes. Consequently, the Island now has one of the strongest Scout groups in the British Isles. In 2021, Mr Thompson began his long held ambition to offer the scouting experience to children with complex needs and vulnerabilities. With the cooperation of the Island’s Educational Special Needs Units, there are now four ‘Rainbow’ scout groups in the Island’s schools, allowing these children to participate in mainstream activities. This was the first scouting programme of its kind in the British Isles. Mr Thompson is a dedicated, talented and inspirational volunteer, who has ensured exciting programmes for the scouting community across the Island.

His Majesty The King has made Mr Guy Thompson an MBE in the New Year Honours List for 2024 for outstanding Services to Scouts Association Isle of Man.


Mr Reginald Derek (Derry) Kissack BEM

Derry Kissack

The King has awarded the British Empire Medal to Reginald Derek (Derry) Kissack in the New Year Honours List 2024 for outstanding contribution to charitable, cultural and community work on the Isle of Man.

Mr Kissack is perhaps best known for promoting the Isle of Man through the world famous Purple Helmets, a comedic motorcycle stunt group, which he formed in the 1990s. Following an initial event to raise money for a local ambulance charity, Mr Kissack organised annual shows with the Purple Helmets at Onchan Stadium, raising £124,000 for the Southern Motorcycle Club, which enabled the Club to buy 112 acres of land at Cairnagrie and build a clubhouse with rider and family facilities. The Purple Helmets, led by Mr Kissack, went on to entertain thousands of visitors for more than 27 years and raise funds for local charities. Mr Kissack is a well-known local character with a wonderful, dry sense of humour. He is an author of two books about Manx history – his autobiography and one regarding local motorcycle history. He has undertaken many local celebrity appearances, commentating at shows, as well as after dinner speaking. Over the years, he raised countless funds in support of local charities, including Breakthrough Breast Cancer, RNLI, Hospice Isle of Man and Cystic Fibrosis Isle of Man.

Mrs Diana Parkes CBE

Diana Parkes

For services to vulnerable children suffering from domestic abuse and domestic homicide, Mrs Parkes is being awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

In 2014, she co-founded the Joanna Simpson Foundation, after the brutal killing of Ms Simpson by her estranged husband in 2010.

This year, Diana and Hetti Barkworth-Nanton – who co-founded the foundation alongside Mrs Parkes – campaigned successfully for the UK Justice Secretary to block Brown's early release.

Mrs Parkes says she's 'incredibly privileged' to receive the honour and vowed to continue raising awareness about the impact of domestic violence and homicide on women and children.

Mr James Michael (Mike) Keggen MBE

Mike Keegan 2 

In addition to the three Isle of Man nominated awardees, The King has also awarded the MBE to James Michael ‘Mike’ Keggen, a long-standing member of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI).

During 50 years unbroken service, Mike Keggen has undertaken a wide range of roles at Port St Mary Lifeboat Station on the Isle of Man, including Crew, Mechanic, Helm and Coxswain, a position he has held since 2019.

In this time, Mike has been called out on more than 300 shouts on three generations of all-weather lifeboat. From 1994 to today, he has crewed 140 rescues, come to the aid of 124 people and saved 13 lives. For his dedication to saving lives at sea over half a century, Mike will be made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Mike has been recognised along with four other RNLI volunteers in His Majesty The King’s New Year Honours for their roles in helping the charity save lives at sea. RNLI Chief Executive, Mark Dowie said:

‘It is particularly poignant to see recognition for our longest standing seagoing crewmember in the Isle of Man, which is where our founder Sir William Hillary came from.’

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