paid and voluntary work on behalf of disadvantaged people has extended over almost 50 years.
has been committed to equality and diversity-he was responsible for the National Communications Union being one of the first to introduce a network of advisory bodies to articulate the views of women, black and minority ethnic members, disabled people and LGBT members.
His work in the Post Office Engineering Union Research Department helped to create a culture within the union for understanding and embracing change which was unusual in the 70s and early 80s.
capacity as General Treasurer of the Communication Workers Union
and its predecessors from 1978 to 2003 he
was responsible for creating full time adult scholarships and encouraged many union members to take up full time courses at Ruskin College
, acting as a mentor during their studies.
also embraced the accreditation of union education and training courses in the days when few unions did this.
has served on the Ruskin College
Governing Executive for 17 years and on the Council for 23, chairing both for 11 years.
Auditors and Inspectors praised his
chairing and management of the Executive.
The participation of all stakeholders has increased and constructive plans and policies have been developed.
He oversaw the fund raising for and building of an integrated campus at the College's Headington site without public funding and when everyone else would have given up.
The new campus will greatly enhance the educational opportunities available to disadvantaged and working people.
He retired from this role in 2013.
association with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
began in 1965 when he
was first elected, and continued in 2001 when he
He has served as Leader of the Labour Group and as Mayor for the Council Year 2011/12.
has given unstintingly of his
time to community-based groups and individuals.
He is a member of the Board of South Essex Homes, covering all social housing in the locality, and a Governor of Westcliff High School for Boys.
All at Ruskin
would like to say a huge congratulations to David
for this honour.