A town clerk who recently celebrated her tenth anniversary in the post has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.Helen Stewart, 60, who works for Thame Town Council, said she was very surprised when she heard the news of her honour.
She said: “I was on holiday when the letter came through and although the amount of attention I have received is slightly embarrassing I am very pleased.
“This is a very difficult job and I would not have got this accolade without the fantastic team I have around me.”
Mrs Stewart, who previously worked as a county and district councillor said the role of town clerk was a challenging one.
She said: “You have to be the jack of all trades, even if you are the master of none.
“It is a diverse job and you are always learning.
“There is always a lot of compromising involved.”
Mrs Stewart lives in Marlow with her husband Robert. She has five grown-up children and three grandchildren agd between one and five..