KNOWLE councillor Diana Holl-Allen has been awarded an MBE for services to the police.
Coun Holl-Allen has been a member of the West Midlands Police Authority, who hold the police to account to ensure effective and efficient policing, for 14 years and is currently Vice Chair as well as deputy Chair of the Association of Police Authorities.
On receiving the prestigious title, she said: “I’m ecstatic, absolutely thrilled to bits to receive it. Particularly for services to the police.
“It’s a great honour to work with the police who are the backbone of our community.”
A Conservative borough councillor of 26 years she said she was extremely excited for her coming invitation to Buckingham Palace to collect the MBE from the Queen which would come anytime in the next six months, while her family and friends were “very proud.”
“I couldn’t have done this on my own,” said the Balsall Common resident.
“I want to thank all my colleagues on the council and authority that supported me, all the people that voted for me and everyone that I’ve worked with in the borough. It was a total surprise.”
Police Authority Chair Bishop Derek Webley said: “I would like to extend my personal congratulations and those of my Authority colleagues to Councillor Diana Holl-Allen and Phil Holmes for their award of an MBE in today’s New Year Honours.
“Recognition of their considerable contribution to the work of the Authority and the communities of the West Midlands over a number of years is well deserved”.
Coun Holl-Allen added that despite proposals to scrap Police Authorities in November, replacing them with publicly elected Police and Crime Commissioners, she would continue to work with police and the community.