Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Gregor Smith receives a knighthood in the New Year Honors List

The Scottish Chief Medical Officer has been knighted in the New Year Honors List.

Dr Gregor Smith, a trusted voice during the coronavirus pandemic, said he was “surprised and honoured” to be named a Knight Bachelor.

The GP was deputy marketing director from 2015 to April 2020, but took over from his predecessor, Dr Catherine Calderwood, after she resigned for breaking coronavirus travel rules.

He advised the Scottish Government on its public health response to the pandemic and attended press briefings alongside Nicola Sturgeon.

He spent most of his career as a GP in a practice in Larkhall before becoming Medical Director of Primary Care at NHS Lanarkshire.

Dr Smith said: ‘I am surprised and honored to receive a knighthood in the Queen’s New Year Honors List for Public Health Service.

“It means a lot to me, but it’s a reflection of the work many of us have undertaken during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I would like to thank everyone I have worked with, across the Scottish Government and associated organisations, for their contribution to this response.

“It is a privilege and a pleasure to serve as Chief Medical Officer for Scotland. As we face new challenges, I would particularly like to thank my colleagues across the country for their professionalism, support and their commitment to caring for the people of Scotland.

Further knighthoods were awarded to former Glasgow MP Tommy McAvoy for his political and public service.

Lord McAvoy, who was MP for Glasgow Rutherglen from 1987 to 2010, spent much of his time in Westminster with roles in the Labor Party whips’ office, serving in both Tony Blair’s and Gordon Brown’s governments .

He has served in the House of Lords since 2010 and is currently Chief Whip and Spokesman for Scottish and Northern Irish Affairs.

Former Ayr MSP John Scott is also made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire after 21 years at Holyrood.

Scott, 70, was first elected as the region’s Conservative MSP in a 2000 election, holding the seat in four subsequent elections.

A former farmer, he beat pancreatic cancer – the same disease that killed his wife just nine months after he was first elected to the Scottish Parliament.

Glasgow-born swimmer Duncan Scott has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire after becoming the first British athlete to win four Olympic medals with one gold and three silver at Tokyo 2020 this year .

Paralympic gold medalist Owen Miller of Fife has also been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire following his victorious debut in Tokyo in the T20 1500m, for athletes who compete with learning or intellectual disabilities.

There’s an MBE for Kathleen Dawson of Fife, who swam backstroke as part of the 4x100m mixed relay team that broke the world record to win gold for Team GB at the Olympics in July.

Former St Johnstone chairman, businessman Geoffrey Brown, who rescued the football club from financial difficulties in 1986, has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to Scottish football and to the community of Perth.

Dr Liz Cameron, Director of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, has been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services in promoting Scotland’s and the UK’s international trade.

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