Knight­hood for bene­fac­tor and CBE for leader

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - New Year Honours -

For­mer Saga boss Roger De Haan has been awarded a knight­hood for ser­vices to ed­u­ca­tion and char­ity in Kent and over­seas.

The bene­fac­tor has poured in mil­lions of pounds to re­gen­er­ate his home town of Folke­stone, as well as for­eign aid projects.

Mr De Haan, 65, has for years been de­ter­mined to re­vive Folke­stone, where he has lived since childhood.

Through the Roger De Haan Char­i­ta­ble Trust he has in­vested sub­stan­tial sums in Folke­stone, in­clud­ing the har­bour, the Cre­ative Quar­ter, the Three Hills Sports Park and var­i­ous ed­u­ca­tion and re­gen­er­a­tion projects.

Also hon­oured is Paul Carter, leader of Kent County Coun­cil, who be­comes a CBE.

He has led the au­thor­ity since Oc­to­ber 2005, af­ter be­ing elected to KCC in 1997.

In Septem­ber 2008, Mr Carter was elected chair­man of the South East Eng­land Re­gional As­sem­bly which has since been re­placed with a new or­gan­i­sa­tion, South East Eng­land Coun­cils, set up to cham­pion qual­ity of life in the South East.

He also runs a num­ber of prop­erty, con­struc­tion and re­tail busi­nesses and reg­u­larly com­petes in mo­tor sport.

Pic­ture: Martin Apps

Alan Cas­tle is to re­ceive the Bri­tish Em­pire Medal

Roger De Haan

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