A former Mayor of Charnwood and serving councillor has been recognised in the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours list for his services to local government.
Cllr Ken Pacey, a Councillor for Charnwood Borough Council and Syston Town Council, has been awarded a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in Her Majesty The Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours List 2022.
The list marks the public service of individuals across the UK in celebration of Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.
Cllr Pacey who has lived in Syston for over 40 years and is a retired financial services manager, was elected to both Charnwood Borough Council and Syston Town Council in 1999. He represents the Syston East Ward as a borough councillor and holds positions on the licensing and licensing sub committees.
He served as the Mayor of Charnwood between 2006 and 2007, where he attended over 400 events across the borough and helped to raise over £17,000 for The Air Ambulance Service, which was his chosen charity for his Mayoral year. He also served as Deputy Mayor between 2007 and 2008.
As well as serving as a borough Councillor, Cllr Pacey represents the Merton Ward on Syston Town Council and has been the town Council’s Chairman on four occasions.
Cllr Pacey said he wasn’t sure how to feel when he received the news about being awarded an MBE as he says that being a councillor isn’t something he does to achieve awards but to help make a difference in his local community.
He said: “I wasn’t quite sure the letter was real at first, I couldn’t quite believe it. Being awarded an MBE is a very proud moment but it feels surreal. I was asked to stand for Charnwood Borough Council and Syston Town Council in 1999 and I’ve never looked back. I believe if you want to do something in life, you should commit to it one hundred percent and that is what I have tried to do as a councillor. Although it can be challenging at times, I thoroughly enjoy it. I could not have done 23 years without the support of my family, friends and fellow councillors.Being a councillor is definitely rewarding. A particular highlight was when I represented the borough as the Mayor of Charnwood. I attended lots of events and had the chance to meet many different people and local communities.”
The Queen’s Birthday honours list is published each year on the Queen’s official birthday in June.