Hornchurch woman ‘humbled’ after receiving British Empire Medal for improving library services for millions

PUBLISHED: 16:58 11 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:59 11 November 2016

Ann Rennie reveiving her British Empire Medal from the Lord Lieutenant.

Ann Rennie reveiving her British Empire Medal from the Lord Lieutenant.


A woman who was the driving force behind improving library services for millions of Londoners has received a British Empire Medal.

Ann Rennie, of Hornchurch, was rewarded for her efforts in the London Libraries Consortium (LLC) where users in 17 different boroughs have benefited from the improved accessibility to a vast array of books, CDs and e-books.

As Havering’s library service manager, she also pioneered successful strategies to increase membership which saw a rise from 49 per cent to 67 per cent.

Ann said: “I was especially proud and humbled to be invited to the Tower of London and to have had the opportunity to share the day with my husband, daughter and son who have always supported me in my career.

“To have this very special award given to me was the last thing I expected and I am so proud to have received it on such a special day.

“I do however consider it recognition for all of the amazing staff I have had the privilege to work with.”

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