Age UK Warwickshire chief becomes MBE

Elizabeth Phillips Elizabeth Phillips said she was "absolutely thrilled"

A woman who has overseen the expansion of charity Age UK Warwickshire for 23 years has become an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Chief executive Elizabeth Phillips was recognised for services to elderly people and the community in the county.

She said she was "really delighted" for herself and her organisation, which has grown from having 20 volunteers to 500.

GKN Aerospace Group chief executive Marcus Bryson, from Stratford-upon-Avon, becomes a CBE.

He was honoured for services to the UK aerospace sector, while professor of economic history at the University of Warwick, Prof Nicholas Crafts, of Kenilworth, was appointed CBE for services to economics.

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust chief nurse Kay Fawcett, from Nuneaton, becomes an OBE for services to nursing.

Age UK Warwickshire said Mrs Phillips had taken a "very small" charity with just two part-time staff and two shops and helped create an organisation with 200 mainly part-time staff, 500 volunteers and nine shops.

The chief executive, of Leamington Spa, said: "It has been immensely rewarding [and] very challenging at times.

"Over the years we've made a profound difference to countless older people's lives.

"It has been stimulating, rewarding, sometimes frustrating - never a dull moment."

Paul Anthony Hodges, from Exhall, critical incident debrief officer at Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, was appointed MBE for services to the organisation.

Coventry resident Amrik Bhabra, of Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, was among others to become an MBE, being recognised for services to business and the community.

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