Five named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours
A veteran sergeant-major in the Royal Bermuda Regiment Band has been honoured after more than 40 years’ service.
James Van-Lowe, who joined the regiment in 1976 and mainly served with the Band&Corps of Drums, was awarded the Queen’s Certificate and Badge of Honour.
He was joined by Delano Ingham for services to broadcasting; Patricia Petty for services to sport and triathlon; and Muriel Richardson for services to tourism.
Retired Deputy Commissioner of Police Paul Wright was awarded the Queen’s
Police Medal for Distinguished Service.
John Rankin, the Governor, said: “I am pleased to congratulate each of the recipients for their distinguished service and well-deserved awards. Each has made a very valuable contribution to the community in their respective fields and their achievements should be rightly celebrated.”
Mr Van-Lowe started as a part-time volunteer with the regiment and switched to full-time in 1995.
He assisted with the band in administrative roles, played a key role in recruiting and retaining members, and served as coach and mentor to band members.
He was named Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year in 2009 for his engagement with the community.
He was also recognised for his work in producing the Bermuda Tattoo the same year.
Mr Ingham started his career with broadcaster ZFB in 1965 as a trainee engineer and was involved in Bermuda’s first live broadcast in 1966.
He became managing director in 1981 and later served as operations manager and chief engineer at ZBM until his retirement in 2005.
He has worked as a consultant since 2007 and assisted the Bermuda Government with broadcasts on CITV.
Mr Ingham assisted victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi in September 2005 and was recognised for his volunteer work at WindReach Recreational Village and for his work in prison ministry.
Ms Petty has been a dedicated volunteer at triathlons for the past 38 years.
She was a founding member of the Bermuda Triathlon Association in 1981 and has served in numerous capacities including team manager for more than 23 international triathlon events between 1990 and 2013, including the World Championships, Commonwealth Games, Olympics and Pan Am Games.
Ms Petty served as a technical official for the International Triathlon Union, the world governing body for the sport, between 2006 and 2018.
She was the only ITU-qualified technical officer in Bermuda when she organised the first official training scheme in 2017.
That clinic qualified 16 officials in preparation for the Continental Cup held in Bermuda in 2017 and the World Triathlon Series event in 2018.
Ms Richardson retired as general manager of the award-winning Rosedon Hotel in 2016 after 37 years of service.
She was one of the few woman Bermudian hotel managers and was the first female Hotelier of the Year and the only woman president of the Bermuda Hotel Association.
Ms Richardson was also member of the Board of Governors of the Bermuda College, director of the Caribbean Hotel Association, a member of the Bermuda Tourism Board, a member of the National Tourism Action Group and chairwoman of the Bermuda Hospitality Institute.
Ms Richardson was a founding board member of the Investors in People Programme in Bermuda, a founding member of the Bermuda Employment Tribunal, served as a member of the Employee Assistance Programme and still serves as a director on the board of Bermuda Press (Holdings) Limited.
Mr Wright retired as deputy commissioner late last year.
During his 40 years of police service, 34 of which were in Bermuda, he helped to modernise the management of the Bermuda Police Service and the methods for tackling the threat of gang and drug violence in Bermuda.
He was also chairman of the Firearms Working Group of the British Overseas Territories Commissioners’ Council.
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