Former Derry City Football Club Chief Executive, Jim Roddy, has been awarded an MBE by the Queen of England.
Mr. Roddy is currently the Chief Executive Officer of City Centre Initiative (CCI) and has been awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire) for his services to business and to the community in Derry.
Mr. Roddy said he was aware that his decision to accept award may come as a surprise to some people.
“A lot of the work I do sees me asking people to take difficult steps when it comes to cross-community relations. It was a difficult decision to make but I have to practice what I preach so that’s why I am accepting the award. It wouldn’t be right for me to advise people to take difficult decisions and then do the complete opposite when it’s my turn. I hope people can understand that,” he told the ‘Journal’ on Wednesday.
“A group of local people nominated me for the award and I want to respect their wishes too,” he added.
There is also an MBE for Feeny man and former St. Columb’s College pupil, Eddie Lynch, for his work with vulnerable disabled people. Eddie is the son of the late Bridget Lynch from Park, and attended St Canice’s Primary School in Fincairn and then St Columb’s College.
He has worked in the private, public and voluntary sectors for 25 years, including being Director at Kingston Centre for Independent Living, a manager at the BBC for three years and spend six years on a government Ministerial Advisory Committee.
Eddie left home in 1987, aged 18, to attend Aston University in Birmingham where he studied Management and went on to complete a Masters in Disability Studies at Leeds University.
Now Chief Executive for Bromley Mencap, Eddie lives in Windsor, Berkshire, with wife Jane and 14-year-old daughter Bridget Enya.
Helen Davies, founder of the Rainbow Rehoming Centre has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for her services to animal welfare in the North and through the Rainbow Rehoming Centre in Eglinton.
Former Age Concern Pensioner of the Year and member of the Pink Ladies, Maisie Crawford, has also been awarded a BEM for services to the community in Derry.
The Reverend Robert Alan Knox will also receive a BEM for services to the Royal British Legion and to the community in Derry.
James Goodman will receive a BEM for services to music through the Britannia Band and the Londonderry Musical Society.
Mary McKinney has also been awarded a BEM for her services to the community both the city and county of Derry.