Two people I’ve worked with during 2010 have been awarded MBE’s in the New Year’s Honours. Dorothy Fairburn, Yorkshire’s regional director of the Country Land & Business Association (CLA). has been recognised for her services to rural affairs. Dorothy joined the CLA’s Yorkshire team in 1998 after working for the National Trust. She is also a trustee and vice-chairman of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) and has been involved with £20m worth of projects to benefit the Dales since its inception in 1998.
A farmer’s daughter from the North York Moors, where her brothers still farm, Dorothy has clocked up more than thirty years’ service to the rural economy since graduating from the University of London with a degree in agriculture.
Keith Madeley, a tireless worker for Yorkshire, has also been awarded an MBE. He is currently chairman of the Prince’s Trust for Yorkshire and the Humber, the Yorkshire Society and also the Yorkshire Foundation. He is involved with many other charities and groups as well as being a judge for the Yorkshire Rural Awards organised by Dalesman. Congratulations to them and all the other deserving Yorkshire folk who have been recognised.

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