The Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
The New Year’s Honours List 2021, published on Friday 31 December, recognises the outstanding achievements of people across the United Kingdom.
Councillor John Clarke was awarded the MBE for his services to local government in Nottinghamshire, in particular, the work to transform the former Gedling Colliery into Gedling Country Park.
The project to restore the former colliery site, which was derelict for over 25 years, has benefitted the community in several ways. It has improved people’s health and wellbeing, created much-needed new homes on the nearby Chase Farm and opened a gateway of new infrastructure that will benefit generations to come.
An MBE is the third highest ranking Order of the British Empire award (excluding a knighthood/damehood), behind CBE and then OBE. MBE stands for Member of the Order of the British Empire. Twice a year the Queen hands out special honours to recognise outstanding achievements and service to the country or community.
Councillor Clarke has been the Leader of Gedling Borough Council since 2011 and a Councillor for over 32 years.
Councillor Clarke is a former self-employed electrician and owned his own business for many years. He was formerly the Chairman of the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Panel, after having been the Chair of the Police Authority for ten years. He has also been a school governor at many schools across Gedling and is actively involved with many community groups across the Borough.
Deputy Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor Michael Payne said:
“Congratulations to John on his richly deserved MBE. His record of public service in Gedling and Nottinghamshire is outstanding – always putting service before self.
John has served as a Gedling Borough Councillor for 30 years and led the council for the last eleven. He’s also given nearly a quarter century of service on Nottinghamshire County Council and led Nottinghamshire Police for a decade as Chair of the Police Authority.
John has never been one to seek the limelight but this honour is due recognition of his dedication and commitment to the people of Netherfield & Colwick, Gedling Borough and Nottinghamshire.
John’s wife Tess and his two daughters Sarah and Catherine have supported him every step of the way throughout his time in public service – I know John will see this as a huge thanks to them too.
Congratulations to John from everyone at Gedling Borough Council.”