THE Queen’s New Year Honours list features several people from across the district, including a blind man from Warwick.
Robin Christopherson has been awarded an MBE for his work promoting awareness of the need to provide digital products and services for disabled people.
The 46 year-old’s career in technology started after he graduated from Cambridge University and worked as an IT instructor for the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB).
He then became a founding member of AbilityNet in 1998, a charity helping disabled people to use computers. Several years later he started a team which helped design accessible and easy to use apps and websites.
Robin said: “I’m hoping that receiving this award – apart from being the shock of the century personally – might help get the message out and inspire people to think about the needs of everyone around them and make sure they can all benefit from the power of technology and the internet to change their lives for the better.
“AbilityNet will continue to promote digital inclusion, and I hope to be a part of this astonishing journey for many years to come.”
Others in Warwickshire honoured are:
John Anderson from Southam is honoured with a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community in Burton Dassett and Northend.
Marion Austin’s work with the community in Norton Lindsey, Wolverton and Langley has been recognised with a BEM.
From Leamington Jillian Baker, Geoffrey Thorpe and Paul Winchester have been honoured with BEM’s for their voluntary service to Harbury.
And Jean Singleton from Kenilworth was honoured with a BEM for her charity fundraising efforts.