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Trio included in Queen's honours list
12:31pm Thursday 21st June 2012 in News
FROM the environment, to policing and humanitarian aid, dedicated residents in the borough have been honoured by the Queen in their varied lines of work.
Her majesty’s birthday honours list revealed MBEs were being given to John Galvin, Catherine Myers and Charles Storer.
Dad-of-two Mr Galvin, 57, of Willow Green, Ingatestone, will receive the honour for services to the environment. He said the news came at the same time his 21-year-old son found out he had been awarded a 2:1 for his degree.
“It made it a really fantastic weekend,” he said.
“I am proud to receive it and have been lucky. I’m conscious it’s an interesting profession and there are others who are as deserving of it, if not more so.”
Mr Galvin, 57, has been employed by Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) since 2005.
However, his 30-year career began with Greater London Council. He then joined the London Waste Regulation Authority before the Environment Agency was established in 1996, where he worked until he moved to Defra.
Majella Myers, from Shenfield, has also been made an MBE for services to policing.
She is the Metropolitan Police Service’s HR director and first joined the force in 1987.
During her career she has been instrumental in improving diversity rates in the Met from 6.9 per cent to more than 10 per cent. She also helped to develop and introduce an occupational health team which improved officer attendance rates and in 2010, she was responsible for designing a new police officer recruitment and training model.
She also proposed Special Constables being used as the main recruitment path for new police officers, which has since been adopted by other forces in England and Wales.
She said: “It is a privilege to be honoured with this MBE.
“I could never have achieved this without the support and help of the people services team, the workforce planning team and all the other people I have worked with during my career.”
Charles Storer, from Ingatestone, has also been made MBE for services to Humanitarian Aid in the Balkans.