The leader of Arun District Council, Councillor Mrs Gillian Brown, has attended Buckingham Palace to receive her OBE.
Cllr Mrs Brown was awarded with Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Local Government and the community in West Sussex. This is in acknowledgement of her dedication and commitment to Local Government and the community.
She received the honour on 21 November 2018 at a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace, led by Prince Charles, which was also attended by other guests and dignitaries.
Cllr Mrs Gillian Brown said: “I was both thrilled and honoured to have been awarded an OBE for my service as a Councillor for the past 27 years. It was a huge privilege to go to Buckingham Palace for my investiture with HRH Prince of Wales last Wednesday and it is a memory I shall treasure for ever.”
Cllr Mrs Brown has been leader of Arun District Council for 12 years and a district councillor since 1991. She has been a board member of the District Council Network since its inception in 2006 and speaks on planning matters on behalf of the 201 District Councils. She has also been a long serving member of the Local Government Association and has previously served on many of their committees and boards. She is presently a member of the Councillors Forum and Vice Chairman of the LGA People and Places board. She is also a member of the South East England Council.
In 1978, Cllr Mrs Brown co-founded the Aldwick Preservation Society and became the first treasurer. She continues to actively support the Society, championing the maintenance and upkeep of the environment in Aldwick village.