Former Saga boss Roger De Haan knighted in honours

Roger De Haan Roger de Haan runs his family's charitable trust, which was set up in 1978

The former boss of Saga, the firm which offers services to the over 50s, has been knighted in the New Year Honours.

Roger De Haan retired from the Folkestone-based company in 2004 and has given £49m in seven years to education and charity organisations.

He runs a family charitable trust and is sponsor of Marlowe Academy, in Ramsgate, and Folkestone Academy.

The trust is redeveloping the harbour in Folkestone along with the Rotunda site and former ferry port.

Planning permission was granted in August for 1,000 homes, restaurants, shops and sports facilities in a redevelopment welcomed by Folkestone Harbour Company as a landmark for the town.

The Conservative leader of Kent County Council, Paul Carter, has also been recognised in the New Year Honours, becoming a CBE.

Paul Carter Kent County Council leader Paul Carter has been appointed CBE

Haydn Evans, the head of East London school Sir John Cass Foundation and Redcoat CofE Secondary School, who lives in Tunbridge Wells, is also among those appointed CBE.

Others in Kent who become CBEs include Trevor Pearce, from Gravesend, who is the former director general of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency.

Those appointed OBE include Roland Gooding, from Ashford, who is head teacher at Valence Special School in Westerham.

Founding member of the Kent branch of the Royal Lifesaving Society, 90-year-old Eric Stokes, from Dover, becomes an MBE.

Event organiser for the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, Janet Tootal, an organiser of the annual memorial day at Capel Le Ferne, receives the British Empire Medal.

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