Tributes to the hard work of a Nottinghamshire cadet leader and volunteer with several local organisations have been paid after he was made an OBE in the New Year’s honours list.
Colonel Tim Richmond has been given the honour for services to the Reserve Forces and Cadets Associations (RFCAs) and the community in Nottinghamshire.
Tim was chairman of the East Midlands RFCA between 2003 and 2011, becoming chairman of the council of RFCAs’ National Board between 2011 and 2014.
He also held positions as a vice chairman of the council and chairman of the strategy group.
The RFCAs provide advice and support on behalf of the UK’s Volunteer Reserve Forces and Cadets and establish and maintain links with the community.
Nick Sharpe, chief executive at East Midlands RFCA, said: “Before his involvement with the RFCAs, Tim served with the Territorial Army, commanding 307 (South Nottinghamshire Hussars) Battery Royal Artillery, as well as East Midlands Officers Training Corps, and subsequently commanded Nottinghamshire’s Army Cadet Force.
“During a period of considerable change within the Reserve Forces, Tim has been an inspirational leader, drawing on his considerable military and business experience to ensure that the RFCAs continue to meet the needs of the military and cadet community.
“All of us are immensely pleased that Tim’s considerable voluntary contribution over many years has been recognised by this award.”
Tim is a chartered accountant and is the current Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire.
He is chairman of Futures Advice, Skills and Employment (Futures), which supports young people and adults into employment and is also chairman of Portland College.
He is a patron of the Nottinghamshire Hospice and is a member of the Council of Southwell Cathedral Council and the Council of Friends of Southwell Minster.
John Yarham, chief executive of Futures, said: “As chairman Tim has been a constant source of guidance during a period of significant and successful change for the organisation in recent years.
“His significant experience in executive and non-executive roles within the private and public sectors; combined with his senior level connections; have provided powerful ballast to the organisation as it has redeveloped in the face of significant public sector cuts.
“The fact that it is emerging successfully out of this period, when so many similar organisations across the country have been unable to, is a testament to his chairmanship.”
Portland College Principal Mark Dale warmly congratulated Tim on his OBE.
He said: “Tim works tirelessly in the voluntary sector, particularly supporting charities that create opportunities for developing the skills and talents of young people.
“He has been a tower of strength at Portland College helping us to navigate challenging times and come up with innovative ideas for the future.”
On being made an OBE, Tim said: “I have been lucky enough to be involved in some wonderful organisations and worked with some great people to whom I owe much as well as my wife and family who have supported me throughout.”