Honours for three Wandsworth councillors
Published: Thursday 31st December 15
Three local councillors have been recognised for their services to the people of Wandsworth today in the 2016 Queen’s New Year Honours List.
Kathy Tracey has been awarded an OBE and Martin Johnson a MBE, both for Services to Local Government.
Marie Hanson has been awarded an MBE for Services to Young People and Survivors of Abuse.
Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia has congratulated his colleagues. He said:
“I’m absolutely delighted for Marie, Kathy and Martin. All three of them have been a hugely positive force in our local community for many years and have made a profound difference to so many of our residents’ lives. Wandsworth is a better place thanks to their efforts and we owe them all a great debt of thanks. They thoroughly deserve the recognition our country has given them today.”
Cllr Kathy Tracey was first elected to the council in 1989, representing the Conservative Party. She has held several cabinet posts during her town hall career including the portfolio for Regeneration and Community Safety, Environment and Leisure and Education and Children’s Services.
Cllr Martin Johnson, also representing the Conservative Party, is one of Wandsworth’s longest serving councillors and was first elected in 1968 at the age of 21. He has held several senior posts including the Housing portfolio, Technical Services Committee Chairman and served as Deputy Leader. His CV includes the role of Licensing Committee Chairman and two spells as the Mayor of Wandsworth, first in 1980-81 and again in 1993-94.
Cllr Marie Hanson was elected to the council in 2014, representing the Conservative Party in Queenstown Ward. Her award recognises her role as the founder of Battersea based charity STORM (Support, Trust, Opportunity, Rebuilding, Motivation) which supports and empowers women who have suffered domestic violence, helping them take control of their lives.