Rail Manager Receives MBE In New Year's Honours
A former Northern Rail manager, who dedicated
50 years to the railway industry, has received an MBE in the Queen’s
New Year’s Honours List.
Phil Thickett, 65 of Darlington, who was recognised for ‘services to
the railway industry’, recently retired from his position as Area
Operations Manager at Northern, but still works for the rail
operator as a consultant.
Phil was nominated by Northern thanks to his overwhelming commitment
to the railway industry and his willingness to help and support
others, both inside and outside the company. Phil has mentored many
school children, on a voluntary basis, to introduce them to the
world of work, has supported countless projects and charity events,
including those outside of his area.
Ian Bevan, Managing Director of Northern Rail, comments:- "We
are incredibly proud of Phil and delighted he has received this
fantastic honour. He has helped develop so many of or employees, in
both their daily duties and further education aspirations and is a
true ambassador for Northern and the rail industry. Phil’s kind and
unassuming nature has a positive effect on everyone he comes into
contact with and makes him a pleasure to work alongside."
Phil began his career as an apprentice in 1961 and worked his way up
the career ladder to Northern’s Area Operations Manager, where he
managed more than 700 staff and more than 1,200 trains every day
across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, until his retirement last May.
Phil comments:- "I couldn’t believe it when I was told the
news about the MBE. I have seen many changes to the railway industry
over the last 50 years and for me it was about embracing those
changes and providing a service for thousands of people every day."
Coastguard Rescue Officer Gets MBE
THE Station has been hit with a lot of bad
news in 2011, but for Paul Kelly, the end of 2011 was to hold a
surprise. He was one of just three from the HMRC who had been
selected to receive an award in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
All three have received their awards for their contribution to
Maritime Safety. The other two were Mark Rodaway, the Rescue
Coordinator Centre Manager at Portland Coastguard, who has been
awarded the OBE and Wendy Wood from the MCA headquarters in
Southampton who has been awarded the MBE. Local Coastguard Rescue
Officer, Paul Kelly, was awarded the MBE for his work as a
volunteer, with over 14 years with the Crosby Team.
Sir Alan Massey, Chief Executive of the Maritime and
Coastguard Agency, said that:- "I am absolutely delighted that
once again the dedication and complete professionalism of staff
within the Agency have been recognised by the awards to Mark, Wendy
and Paul. Absolutely well deserved and many congratulations."
Paul said that:- "I feel very proud and
privileged that my service to Her Majesty’s Coastguard has been
recognised in this way. None of my achievements would have been
possible without the team I serve with and of which I am proud to be
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