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New Year's honour for Red Cross stalwart

31 December 2014

A British Red Cross director has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list following more than 20 years’ work for the charity.

After a successful career in education, including ten years as a London head teacher, Roger Smith joined the British Red Cross in 1993 as head of training and led a number of successful initiatives.

In his current role as director of people and learning, Roger covers the vital areas of learning and development, human resources, volunteering, organisation development, employee relations, security and the carbon reduction programme.

British Red Cross chief executive Mike Adamson said: “We couldn’t be more pleased for Roger – he really deserves this recognition and it’s great to see his years of hard work and dedication being rewarded like this.

“He has successfully filled a number of roles in our organisation and each one has benefited from his knowledge, enthusiasm and energy. We are delighted to see 2015 in with this wonderful news.”

Roger said: “I‘ve worked with some great people both in and outside the charity, and having this job is a real privilege. It lets me work with the most committed and dedicated people you could imagine.

“The most rewarding part of my role is knowing I make just a small contribution to enabling our volunteers and staff to do their wonderful work with people in crises.”

Roger’s wide remit has included supporting the unifying of the Society from 120 separate charities to one, making the volunteers and staff feel more of a team, as well as being acting CEO. He also led Red Cross First Aid Training to be the strong business it is today.

The British Red Cross supports thousands of people in crisis every year, both at home and abroad. 

From Independent Living support and wheelchair loans in the UK to humanitarian aid relief in Syria and the response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Roger added: “This OBE is really flattering and humbling. It’s a positive reflection on the Red Cross as a whole and how well we all work as a team.

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