MSDC Chairman honours community champions

PR2238/AH/AH - 16/08/2019

Mid Sussex District Council Chairman, Councillor Colin Trumble welcomed two exceptional local residents, Mrs Katy Bourne and Mr Keith White, to a special coffee morning on Monday 5 August.

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours, Mrs Katy Bourne (Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex) was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her public and political service. Since her inaugural election in 2012 Mrs Bourne has worked on a number of schemes in Sussex aimed at tackling crime and providing better support for victims, including the Project Veritas initiative for stalking and harassment victims, raising awareness of the financial exploitation of the county's elderly population, and supporting restorative justice.

Another local resident Keith White (National Crime Agency) was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to the law services. Mr White’s work has led to pioneering improvements that help meet the challenges of illicit finance. His commitment to the exchange of information with partners in the domestic and international market has increased the UK’s global reputation.

Councillor Colin Trumble, Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council said:

“They both deserve a great deal of credit for being such positive role models and I am proud to see them getting the recognition they deserve. I hope they thoroughly enjoy the investiture ceremony later this year. We are very fortunate to have such dedicated people living in Mid Sussex who work so hard to make our communities stronger.”

Although they were unable to attend the coffee morning, the Chairman also acknowledged the other local recipients of awards: Mrs Christine Hewitt-Dyer CB, for public service; Mr Graeme Biggar CBE, for services to national security and Ms Rachel Turner CBE, for services to international development.