A Morpeth resident will receive a royal accolade for her range of work in the business and education sectors.
Lesley Moody, who set up AES Digital Solutions with business partner Joe Telford 23 years ago, is looking forward to being presented with her MBE at Buckingham Palace after being named in the latest Queen’s birthday honours list.
The former King Edward VI School teacher and university lecturer has also been a school governor for 24 years, including at Chantry Middle School, and when it first started, the business focused on providing big firms with education resources they could send out to schools.
It has gone on to offer bespoke solutions for various organisations, particularly those in the food industry and local government, and she has travelled to many countries.
“I was stunned and couldn’t quite believe it when I read the letter saying I will be awarded an MBE – it was totally unexpected,” she said.
“It’s nice that the work I have done has received such an acknowledgement, but this award is also for the whole company, including Joe Telford, our current staff and everyone else that has worked for AES Digital Solutions.”
Lesley lives in Lancaster Park with husband Les. They have two grown up children.
Meanwhile, former KEVI student Paul Doyle will receive an OBE for services to economic analysis and policy-making.
The 36-year-old obtained a masters degree in economics from the University of East Anglia and has worked in Whitehall since graduating, apart from a one year secondment with the New South Wales Government in Sydney. He is currently a deputy director at the Treasury and lives in London with his wife and two children.