Queen honours borough people

MAIDSTONE residents have been rewarded in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

The recipients come from all

walks of life and professions, in- cluding disabled sport, the judi- ciary and debt management. Newly-appointed Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) are Andrew Martin Duffell OBE, of Aylesford, of the UK Debt Management Office, for services to public finance and Maidstone's Martin William Jones, chief exec- utive of the Parole Board. Maidstone's Adam McEvoy (pictured) is the national develop- ment manager for the Wheelchair Football Association. He


awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM). His work in the strategic plan-

ning of the sport, both nationally and internationally, was recog- nised by the Queen.

An Order of the British Empire (OBE) has gone to Michael Stephen Nankivell, of Maidstone, chairman of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board for services to that sector. Among the Queen's recipients as Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) is Richard Douglas Cheesley, of Maidstone, tipstaff of the High Court, HM Courts and Tribunals Service.

Mr Cheesley was rewarded for services to the High Court of Eng- land and Wales. The seven centuries' old role of tipstaff is as an enforcer of the or- ders made by the court. There are only two tipstaves in England. Also awarded an MBE is Lor-

raine Daniels, the health and well- being adviser to the HM Treasury, for public service. She lives in West Malling. Jo Holmes, deputy clerk to the Kent Lieutenancy, based in Ses- sions House , Maidstone, has been made a member of the Royal Vic- torian Order. The award recog- nises personal service to the sovereign.

Job schemes offer hope to young unemployed

MORE job opportunities are being provided to youngsters across Kent to curb high youth unemployment caused by the pandemic in the last year, writes Ciaran Duggan.

Jo James, chief executive of Kent Invicta Chamber of Com- merce, said improving the mar- ket for residents aged 16 to 24 had become a “top priority” for Boris Johnson’s UK government and local councils. At least 1,300 young people liv- ing in the county have secured six-month placements through Whitehall’s “kickstart” scheme, which launched last November. Under this, M&S took on 171 placements earlier this year. Youngsters from disadvan-

taged backgrounds will be able to train with employers from a range of fields as they aim to se- cure more long-term trainee- ships and apprenticeships. Jobs have included graphic de-

sign, construction, retail and re- ceptionists.

These could be

gateways into future careers, ac- cording to Mrs James. She said: “It will be life-chang-

ing to have these opportunities. It will give young people the skills and confidence to enter the workplace and will help boost the local economy.”

It comes as thousands of young people across Kent face a lack of choice in the job market as universal credit applications have remained high.


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