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13 June 2011

Professor Audrey Paterson, who has been the director of professional policy at the Society and College for the past eight years, has been awarded the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's birthday honours list.

"This is wonderful recognition of Audrey’s exceptional work for our profession and for the Society and College of Radiographers," said Richard Evans, the Society's chief executive officer.

"It is also a great honour for the profession itself. It is right to feel proud that Audrey’s achievements have been acknowledged so prominently," he continued. "Audrey has had a hugely influential involvement in the world-leading changes that have taken place in UK radiography."

Professor Paterson was a member of the UK Council of the Society of Radiographers for 12 years and was president of the organisation in 1993/4. She was the UK council member for the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists for four years and the steering group co-ordinator for the World Sonographer Association between 1988 and 1991.

Audrey was awarded the Fellowship of the College of Radiographers in 1994 and the Gold Medal of the Society and College in 1995. Fewer than 20 gold medals have been given. She is the author of more than a hundred published papers and presentations, as well as extended pieces of formal research. She has undertaken work for the Department of Health, the Quality Assurance Agency, the Health Professions Council and for the UK Radiology Congress.

The nomination application recommending her for an honour, stated:  "Audrey Paterson is without doubt the most influential and widely respected figure within the profession of radiography in the UK. It is a testimony to her true professionalism and personal commitment that the effects of this respect and influence is felt just as much (however unconsciously) amongst patients and the public, as within the profession."

She will receive her OBE at Buckingham Palace later in the year.

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