AWARD FOR DEDICATED VOLUNTEER
The Bishop of Dudley, Graham Usher has presented Paul West, the former Chief Constable of West Mercia Police, with the Cross of St. Wulfstan, an award that pays tribute to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the life of the Church and wider society in the Diocese of Worcester.
Paul has been a member of the Cathedral Council since 2009 and since retiring from policing in 2011, he has taken up a number of additional voluntary roles within the Diocese. He is Chair of the Board of Trustees at Holland House Retreat and Conference Centre in Cropthorne, near Pershore and the Bishop of Worcester’s Criminal Justice Adviser as well as a founder member of the Diocesan Criminal Justice Affairs Group. He was also nominated by the Bishop to be his representative on the Board of Governors of Bromsgrove School (where he is currently the Chair of Governors) and represents the Diocese as a Trustee on the Board of The Rivers Church of England Multi-Academy Trust. Paul is also a Trustee of the Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust, which was the former home of successive Bishops of Worcester over many centuries until 2008.
Paul said: “The letter saying I was to be this year’s recipient of the Cross of St. Wulfstan arrived out of the blue in December amongst a delivery of Christmas cards. Both my wife and I were at home when I opened it, so she was able to share in my complete surprise and delight, which was highly appropriate in view of the tremendous support that she has given to my various activities, both professional and voluntary, over so many years. I am greatly touched by the Bishop’s kind gesture. This truly is a unique honour and is one that I will treasure for all time.”