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SSAFA volunteer recognised in Queen's birthday honours

11 June 2018

SSAFA volunteers recognised in Queen's birthday honours

Our congratulations to Frank McKnight who has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for his outstanding work.

Frank has been awarded the BEM for his outstandng contribution to SSAFA Lancashire alongside other voluntary work. Following 26 years in the Royal Navy, having been awarded the LSGCM and South Atlantic Medal, Frank retired in 1991 as a Chief Petty Officer. Since then he has undertaken important voluntary work in many organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. He joined SSAFA Lancashire Branch in 1995 as a volunteer caseworker and member of the IT user group where he was the main contributor to the successful changeover from paper based casework and financial reporting to the computer-based systems. In 1998 he became a Division Treasurer and with the sudden unexpected departure of the Branch Treasurer in 2009, Frank took on this key role for the whole of SSAFA Lancashire. However, it was in this role, drawing on his previous work experience with HM Revenue & Customs, DHSS and the War Pensions Office that his work was crucial in taking the branch through a difficult financial period arising from poor record keeping in the past, which he resolved and replaced with accurate data and sound processes.  His remarkable work in SSAFA financial management led in 2012 to his appointment on the national SSAFA Volunteer Advisory Committee. Outstanding in all his activities: kind, compassionate and understanding with clients; meticulous in financial matters; with a wealth of experience he is the guide and mentor for every new division secretary in the branch. These qualities that have been so important in SSAFA, combined with his extraordinary contributions to the wider community provide unquestionable evidence that he is a truly remarkable volunteer.    

We are also pleased that Brigadier Jameson of Perth and Kinross and General White of Isle of Wight were recognised and have both been made Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO). 

Congratulations is also due to Kate Adie, SSAFA Ambassador and World news reporter, on her CBE.