Medway Council leader Rodney Chambers in Honours list

Councillor Rodney Chambers
Image caption Mr Chambers, who runs his own retail business, became leader in 2000

The leader of Medway Council has become an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to local government.

Councillor Rodney Chambers, who lives in Gillingham, said he was "extremely pleased and very proud".

Mr Chambers was elected to Medway Council in 1997 and became leader three years later.

He is also leading the bid for the Medway towns to be granted joint city status as part of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations next year.

'Quite strange'

Others to be honoured in Kent include Bill Ferris, the chief executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, who becomes an OBE.

Mr Ferris, 53, of Headcorn, said he was "proud and delighted".

He said: "Awards are the kind of thing that other people get and I tend to be a team player so it seems quite strange to be getting it."

Other recipients include Professor Elaine Thomas, the vice-chancellor of the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), who becomes a CBE.

The university has more than 7,000 students at campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester.

Former Tory leader and MP for Folkestone and Hythe, Michael Howard, is made a Companion of Honour for public and political services.

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