Saturday 1 January 2022

A former Beverley High School student who works globally to help governments tackle challenges including pandemics, terrorism, corruption, war crimes and modern slavery has been awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to international trade.

Helen Gibson, is managing director of Hessle-based company Agencia,which has delivered more than 500 contracts in over 20 countries including Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kenya and Malaysia. She told Beverley FM: “We provide experts and we deliver world class training to justice, policing and security institutions in matters including criminal justice reform, domestic and sexual violence, serious and organised crime, specialist investigations, counter terrorism and community policing.

Ms Gibson was born in Hull and moved to Cottingham when she was 10. She gained her A levels at Beverley High School and still supports the school as an enterprise advisor working with Hull and East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

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Northern Lights Drama, an independent theatre school, will be running classes in acting and musical theatre for four to 18-year-olds at St Nicholas Community Centre on Holme Church Lane, Beverley, every Thursday evening and Saturday morning. Prospective pupils can join a free trial session in the week beginning January 10. For information call 01482 655656 or email

East Riding Council is reminding residents that real Christmas trees can be left out for collection and composting. They should be left next to brown bins on collection days in January; alternatively they can be taken to household waste recycling sites.