AN Upper Beeding man who holds the most senior voluntary post in St John has been made an MBE.
Paul Dedman was named in the New Year Honours list for services to St John Ambulance and to the community in Steyning.
He was appointed county commander for Sussex St John Ambulance at the age of 62, in March 2011, having been the charity’s county director for the previous six years.
Mr Dedman, of Towers Road, faced the challenge of making strategic changes during a major reorganisation of the charity nationally.
He joined Sussex St John Ambulance in 1986 when the Steyning division appealed for help with funding for uniforms for a new cadet unit.
He became president of Steyning division in 1995 and county vice president in August 2000.
In 2005, he was appointed county director, taking responsibility for the charity’s commercial activities, including first aid training for local businesses and the Patient Transport Service, which supports the NHS.
Paul is a retired senior engineering manager, having worked for an electricity distribution company for 41 years, and is married to Daphne, with two grown-up children and two granddaughters.