Havering Council's chief executive Cheryl Coppell receives OBE
PUBLISHED: 11:28 02 December 2015 | UPDATED: 17:58 02 December 2015
Havering Council's chief executive has received a lifetime award for her services to local government.
Cheryl Coppell was presented with the Order of the British Empire by Princess Anne last Wednesday at Windsor Castle after she found out she was receiving the award earlier this year when she was included in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Mrs Coppell joined Havering Council in 2007 with overall responsibility for the strategy and management of more than 300 council services from libraries, parks and schools to maintaining and improving roads in the borough.
As chief executive, she has led partnerships with both public and private sector organisations and has helped to improve local services for older and vulnerable people.
She said: “This is a great honour. Recognition like this reflects the excellent work of everyone I have worked with over four decades in local government.
“It really is a team effort running a council and I’ve been part of some excellent teams.
“Local people are central to our work and it is vital that we continue to improve services for residents.
“This also means engaging with the people of Havering so that we are able to deliver the right services for the future.”