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ISLANDERS RECOGNIZED FOR PUBLIC SERVICE IN QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOR LIST – Island Echo

The Honors List for Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday 2022 has been unveiled, with 3 Islanders recognized for their incredible public service as the country celebrates Her Majesty’s unprecedented 70 years of service.

As a tribute to the Queen, recipients were recognized for their outstanding contributions across all sectors, but in particular for sustained public service, environment and sustainability, and youth engagement.

Among the 1,134 recipients of honors this June is Jamie Brenchley, the Housing Needs Officer for the Isle of Wight Council. He received an MBE for his services to the homeless, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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64 years old Robert Jones of Rookley received a BEM for services to public libraries. Robert is the Director of the Isle of Wight Council Library Service.

Robert is an active member of the Libraries Connected regional network and has previously been involved with the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians. He has represented public libraries nationally on the Prison Library Services Partnership Council.

Early in his career, he recognized the importance of computers in a modern library. While working as a school librarian he pioneered the use of computers in school libraries, trained staff throughout the Isle of Wight, co-authored a text on school libraries and ICT , and helped her school become one of 6 in England chosen for libraries. of the Future project.

In 2017, he worked with the Society of Chief Librarians and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to pilot the provision by public libraries of assisted digital support to people taking the 2021 census online. This pilot project saw the Isle of Wight become the first public library service in England to be commissioned through the Digital Training and Support Framework. He helped the ONS plan for the wider roll-out of census results online and provided invaluable learning to Libraries Connected, helping them secure additional work and significant funding for public libraries..

Despite a large budget, he has ensured that the past decade has been one of service development, commitment and creativity for Island libraries. He led 2 major service reviews; consulting the public and working in partnership with community groups and local councils, and redeveloping the way library services were delivered on the Isle of Wight, saving the council £60m over 6 years and ensure that the 11 libraries remained open.

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58 years old Margaret Beachman de Ryde also received a BEM for her voluntary service to the young people of the island as President of Sea Cadets at Ryde.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Margaret has balanced her role as a busy legal secretary during the day with volunteering as Chair of Ryde Sea Cadet Unit, ensuring the safe delivery of activities that change the lives of many young people.

A qualified paddling instructor, Margaret has consistently demonstrated great professional, managerial and leadership skills in encouraging cadets to plan and participate in paddling activities ranging from day-long events to week-long camps, including canoeing expeditions covering significant distances. She started volunteering in 2006 and quickly rose to vice president and then president.

Margaret coordinated fundraising events to develop funds to rejuvenate the unit’s premises and also coordinated and motivated other local volunteers to complete the redecoration of the unit. Margaret also negotiated and delivered a sea cadet boating facility at Island Harbor Marina.

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Talk to Echo of the Island of her honour, Margaret said:

“The role of Unit President and Officer in Charge or Commanding Officer is challenging but extremely rewarding. Ryde Unit is a friendly environment to volunteer and I am deeply honored to receive this award in recognition of many years of personal dedication.

“Our young people inspire me to continue volunteering and to ensure that their time as a Sea Cadet is safe and enjoyable. My respect goes to the adult volunteers and instructors who give so generously of their time and to the members of our local community who support the unit and believe in our mission.”


Fire Chief of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, Neil Odinreceived the Queen’s Fire Service Medal (QFSM) for distinguished service.

Neil’s career in the fire service began in 1991 and he has since served in 3 services, becoming Deputy Chief (Community Safety) at the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service in 2012. In 2014, as Chief deputy and director of service delivery, Neil took care of community safety. , response and resilience and was responsible for frontline response, prevention, safety and wellbeing visits and community self-help plans. Neil became fire chief for the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service in January 2018.

Alongside his role as Chief Financial Officer, Neil is also Chairman of the UK National Fire Council for Prevention Committee, supporting fire services across the country to prevent fires and other emergencies. He is Chairman of the UK Lifesaving Organization (UKRO) which brings together the UK’s lifesaving services to develop their skills and improve lifesaving standards and is also a trustee of the Blue Lamp Trust which was set up to promote and improving community safety in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Most recently, Neil chaired the Strategic Coordination Group (SCG) in Hampshire and Isle of Wight, ensuring an effective multi-agency response to COVID-19.

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