The former general manager of Motherwell & Wishaw Citizen’s Advice Bureau has been awarded an MBE in The Queen’s birthday honours.
Audrey Cuthbertson, who left the bureau in 2014 but returned this year as an Armed Services Advice Project regional support worker, has been honoured in recognition to her services to the community.
Audrey said: “It was a shock, a jaw-dropping emotional moment when I opened the envelope informing me that I was to be awarded an MBE.
“It is a tremendous honour and I am delighted to get the recognition, although it is really a tribute to the work and successes of the volunteers, staff and trustees of Motherwell & Wishaw CAB.
“It was always a privilege, and it was a pleasure, to manage the bureau during my 24 years of service. a career which enabled me to work with people whose commitment and dedication makes a real difference for the better to the lives of fellow community members.
“I am confident this award will help to raise the profile of the bureau, it is important people know that CAB is a service for the community, by the community, in the community and that there are scores of unsung heroes working hard to ensure that everyone has a voice.”
Audrey’s CAB colleagues spoke of their pride that she was to receive an MBE.
Chairman Thomas Lunny said: “It is a great recognition of her outstanding work to improve the quality of life of residents of Motherwell, Wishaw and Shotts.
“Audrey went well beyond her call of duty to make a real difference in the community. It is a fantastic honour for her and her family and we are absolutely delighted for her.”
Executive manager Kinga Kosakowska added: “All the staff members are thrilled that her charismatic leadership was recognised, she demonstrated sheer passion to guide the bureau through major changes and turbulences.
“Audrey strived to provide a service of excellence to the most vulnerable and deprived in the community.
“During her 24 years of inspirational management the bureau assisted the local community with more than half a million issues and improved client financial position by £22m by ensuring the rightful benefit entitlement was in place.”
Also receiving an MBE is former Motherwell man Peter McMillan, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, and Irene Barkby, director of Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professions at NHS Lanarkshire.