One of the leading voices in the reuse sector, Craig Anderson, has become an OBE in the New Year’s Honours.
Anderson is chief executive of the Furniture Re-Use Network (FRN) and the award is “for services to the voluntary sector in the UK”.
“This is wonderful news and I am extremely grateful for this recognition and being honoured with an OBE,” said Anderson. “It is a very humbling experience to be honoured in this way.
“This award also honours and recognises the work of the Furniture Re-use Network and the work of the charity reuse sector across the UK. This is where the hard work is done and the successes accomplished. This is very much a sector that is driven by creating benefit for society”.
FRN is 25 years old and is a national body which supports, assists and develops 300 charitable reuse organisations and social enterprises. It provides nearly a million low income households with furniture and electrical goods.
There was also a CBE for Robert Voss, chief executive of Voss international, for services to industry and for voluntary work.
Voss, the third generation of his family to be involved in the metals business, founded the company in 1987.
He has been involved in the various trade associations and was a founder board member of BMRA as well as holding various offices within the Bureau of International Recycing. He is currently chairman of the International Trade Council.
John Wild was awarded a BEM for services to residents and the environment in the London borough of Newham. Wild joined the council in 1982 as a labourer in the cleansing team and is now the manager.