THE Queen's New Year's Honours List 2014 saw the award of a knighthood to a former Leek man.
Mark Worthington, aged 52, has been honoured for public service.
Sir Mark was born in Picton Street, Leek.
He is the son of Percy and Marjorie Worthington, who were well-known in the town, particularly at Westwood Road County Primary School where Percy was school caretaker for 40 years and Marjorie was a cleaner and dinner lady.
Sir Mark was educated at Westwood Road and then at Westwood High School where he was Head Boy, before going on to study history at King's College, London. After working in Parliament, in 1992 Sir Mark was appointed Private Secretary to former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.
He remained with her for 21 years until her death last April. Sir Mark was responsible for Lady Thatcher's public engagements, worked closely with her successors as Prime Minister, arranged her extensive charitable activities, and was director of the Margaret Thatcher Foundation.
Sir Mark is an adviser to the Margaret Thatcher Centre based at the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC and to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. He also acts as a consultant to companies and advises a number of charities.