‘This is an honour and a privilege’

Gelder Group training co-ordinator Mike Johnson has recieved an MBE in the New Year's Honour list G130105-1b
Gelder Group training co-ordinator Mike Johnson has recieved an MBE in the New Year's Honour list G130105-1b

A DEDICATED and long-serving training manager based in Sturton by Stow has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.

Mike Johnson, 58, who works as a training manager at the Gelder Group in Sturton by Stow, said he was ‘deeply touched’ with the honour.

“I have no idea who put me forward for this, and still don’t know,” said Mike. “I was told about six weeks before the list was published that I was nominated and that the Prime Minister had put my name in but I was sworn to secrecy.”

“Keeping things quiet wasn’t easy and I was treading on egg shells throughout Christmas!”

He continued: “There was a part of me that was happy to be nominated and another that was really anxious to find out if I’d made the final list.

Mike made it to the final Queen’s Honours List - and is among great company such as sports stars Bradley Wiggins and Jessica Ennis.

“There are a lot of Olympians and amazing people on the list so it really is a wonderful year to get an award,” said Mike.

Hes received the MBE for his ‘services to training and skills development’ - an entire lifetime of work.

Mike said: “I’m very passionate about training people and I am proud to have done something to help colleagues, the disadvantaged, youngsters and even prisoners throughout my career.”

Not only does he train a number of different areas of the community and the entire Gelder Group, but Mike is also a co-ordinator at LIVES First Responders.

“My ethos has always been just to do whatever I can to help other people,” said Mike.

“No one likes to blow their own trumpet because we’re British, but I’m very proud of what I’ve done and feel like I’ve really made a difference to a lot of people around Lincolnshire in delivering the skills they need to progress up their chosen career path. If you love your job then you just get on and do it and believe in yourself.”

“I’d just like to say a huge thank you to my family, colleagues and all of the people I work with at the Lincolnshire and Rutland Employment and Skills Board and the Apprenticeship Service - thank you all for your support.”

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