Sutton Councillor awarded MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours
Councillor Edward Trevor has been awarded an MBE in the latest Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his community work in Sutton.

Councillor Trevor joined Sutton Council in 1966.  Since then he has served on most of the Council’s committees; he was elected Mayor in 1979 and from May 2002 until May this year he was Leader of the Conservative Opposition.  He currently serves on both the Standards and Licensing committees.

Edward Trevor has devoted much of his spare time to raising money for charities.  After being Mayor, he founded the Trevor Fund; the income from this currently funds sport for young people and projects for disabled youngsters.  The Fund receives most of his member’s allowance.

Edward has also devoted much time to the ASHA Foundation, which works to improve the quality of life of children and adults in India suffering from cerebral palsy; he was particularly involved with its proposal to build a community centre in London for the major world religions.

Councillor Trevor said, “I am thrilled to have been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire.  This is a great honour.  I think my family have earned it too; they have supported me in my work and provided a great deal of help for many of the projects.  I should also like to pay tribute to the many others in the borough who work so tirelessly for good causes without any recognition.”

Leader of Sutton Council, Cllr Sean Brennan, said, “Edward’s award for his community work is richly deserved.  I offer him my congratulations.  He has been a very active member of Sutton Council for nearly 38 years and at the same time has worked incredibly hard raising money for charities and working on a wide range of projects in the local community.”

Cllr Andrew Theobald, Leader of the Labour Group said, “Edward is a man of strong convictions and principles, which he both expresses and lives by without compromise. 

“His dedicated and selfless service to the voluntary sector and the local community is an example to us all.  Notwithstanding our different political views, I am proud to have served with him and offer him and his family my warmest congratulations on this thoroughly deserved honour.”

Cllr Peter Geiringer, Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group said, “Edward is currently the father of the Council.  He works unbelievably hard and has raised huge amounts of money for charities. 

“Nobody could be more deserving of this honour than Edward for his unstinting public service and charity fund raising.  His family have been enormously supportive and I know that his late wife Heather would have been extremely proud of him.”

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About Cllr Edward Trevor

Cllr Edward Trevor was first elected to Sutton Council in December 1966.  He served as Mayor from 1979 to 1980, and Leader of the Opposition from May 2002 to May 2004.  Since joining the Council he has served on most of its committees and chaired several including Planning and Health & Housing. He currently serves on both the Standards and Licensing committees.  For a time he led the Conservative Housing Group on the Association of Metropolitan Authorities during which time he was chairman of the Greater London House Condition Survey Steering Group.

Edward Trevor has also served as a member of the South West Thames Regional Health Authority and as a non-Executive Director of Hammersmith & Queen Charlotte’s Special Health Authority.

As well as his charity fund raising for the Trevor Fund, he has been chairman of the organising committee for the Orthopaedic Research Walks for St Helier Hospital and is now involved with the new South West London Orthopaedic Centre.  He has also been President of the Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park Branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution for over 20 years.

Edward now lives most of the time in Jersey with his wife Pam whom he married in January.  He has announced that he will retire from the Council in May 2006.