A FORMER Leek resident is to be awarded with an OBE.
Christine Goldstraw, who was born and bred in the Staffordshire Moorlands town, is set to travel down to the country’s capital to accept the award which has been announced as part of the Queen’s 2014 New Year’s Honours list.
Christine is to be awarded an Order of the British Empire for her services to probation and criminal justice.
Since retiring a decade ago from her main career in management roles in the NHS, including at the former North Staffs Royal Infirmary and Cheddleton’s St Edward’s Hospital, Christine has been a magistrate in Nottingham where she now lives with her husband Roger.
Christine has been chair of Nottingham’s Probation Trust and has also sat on the board of directors of the National Probation Association.
Last year she was appointed as an independent member on the new Police and Crime Panel for Nottingham.
Christine said of the news that she is to be honoured with an OBE: “I feel overwhelmed. It is such a privilege.
“I am looking forward to meeting a member of the royal family.”