Local Wemyss Bay man John Reid has been honoured with an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours list!
John has worked with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for the last 35 years and has been given the honour for services to vulnerable customers in Scotland and to the community in Inverclyde. He is currently the area manager for legacy benefits.
John is well known in Wemyss Bay as he was a founding member of Ardgowan Football Development. He was a volunteer coach and secretary of the group for 17 years.
He has also taken part in various charity fundraising efforts which included walking the Great Wall of China for Maggie's Centres, and running the Loch Ness Marathon in aid of Ardgowan Hospice.
Speaking to the Greenock Telegraph, John said, "I genuinely couldn't believe it when I opened the letter saying I was to receive an MBE. I have been fortunate to work with and be supported by so many good people in the DWP over the last 35 years and have had so many great career opportunities.
"My driver, in work and life in general, is helping people and I think that is why I have enjoyed working in operational and partnership roles, as I have had the opportunity to develop and deliver services that change people's lives for good. I've also been able to provide support to colleagues looking to develop their own talent and career - if I'm being honest this is now my favourite part of the job.
"I was a founder member, volunteer coach and secretary of Ardgowan Football Development Club for 17 years, which I loved. I've also done a range of activities to raise money for charity but it is the workers and volunteers of these organisations who deserve the credit, not me."
John studied at Greenock High School and James Watt College, as well as graduating from the Open University with an MBA in 2002. He is married to Ann and has 2 grown up children, Jennifer and Cameron.
Congratulations and well done John from wemyssbay.net!
Source: Greenock Telegraph