THE leader of Girlguiding in the UK is made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours announced tonight (11).

Chief Guide Amanda Medler, 55, who lives in Northwood, receives her award for services to girls and young women.

She has been a volunteer in the movement for more than 30 years and has been Chief Guide since 2018.

Amanda leads a volunteer force of 100,000 and, despite her demanding role, still leads a unit in the area.

Her supporters describe her as always putting the girl first, quietly encouraging while driving visionary direction for the movement.

Her unbroken roots in weekly guiding are said to keep her connected to young people and their interests, concerns and needs.

She has a full-time career as a consultant to the charity sector.

MATTHEW Gorman, 48, Carbon Strategy Director at Heathrow, is also made an MBE.

He aims for Heathrow to become a zero-carbon airport, and a personal initiative persuaded the airport to invest almost £94,000 into a peatland restoration project.

It is said to offer carbon savings equivalent to almost 64,000 passenger flights to New York.

Mr Gorman is currently a trustee of the Hillingdon Community Trust, which received £1m each year from Heathrow under a 15-year deed of gift created in 2003 (this ended in 2018).

Under the terms, the trust makes grants to benefit people living in the southern six wards of Hillingdon borough.