OBE June 2015
A huge surprise to be on the Queen's Honours List for an OBE for services to Energy Development, and after initial feelings of self-doubt and sense of inadequacy, I decided to just brazen it out. The Monday in the office after the announcement was the worst, but after time I've sort of grown into it and actually now feel a bit of pleasure when someone mentions it. I had tea with the DECC Permanent Secretary today with other recipients, and got a nice letter from the Energy Secretary of State. The local paper ever interviewed me!
Local paper link
How very strange. I think the kids got a kick out of it and Ali seems keen to meet the Queen when I get invited to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace to receive the badge. I do wish that Mom and Dad were still alive, they would have been impressed by the Royalness.
On 8 Dec, Ali and I went to Windsor Palace when I got to speak with Prince William for a minute or so about shale gas before receiving my award. Finding a hat was the hardest part and the curtsey went OK.