A CHILDREN’S charity has welcomed news that Jaguar Land Rover’s community relations chief has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List.
JLR’s head of community relations Les Ratcliffe is chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Board, which has raised more than £2.5million for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).
NSPCC community fundraising manager Jenny Sedgwick said: “Les and the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Board have been fantastic supporters of the NSPCC over the years and we are delighted that he has been honoured with an MBE.
“The board has raised more than £2.5 million for the NSPCC so far, and as chairman Les has been integral in raising this tremendous sum of money.
“We are grateful for his tireless support of the NSPCC by staging major events like the annual ball at the Ricoh Arena, and we look forward to working with him again in 2017.”
Mr Ratcliffe said: “It’s a huge honour to be awarded an MBE. My 43 years’ service has been an extraordinary journey, starting with Jaguar after serving in the Parachute Regiment.”
Mr Ratcliffe joined Jaguar in 1973 after five years’ service with the Regular Army – Parachute Regiment.
He worked in production before moving to assembly development and onto a number of training appointments. In 1998 he was made Manager Community Relations.
Working closely with other organisations, Jaguar Land Rover says its community programme contributes over £1.4million per year to the community made up of employee and corporate time, facilities, contributions and sponsorship.
In 2011, Mr Ratcliffe was awarded The Coventry Award of Merit for outstanding personal contribution to Jaguar Land Rover whilst promoting community relations for the city.
Millions of chidren in the UK and further afield have taken part in JLR’s Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers schools STEM programme (science, technology, engineering and maths) programme.
It works with young people from primary school to university age to develop employment skills including teamwork, communication and problem solving.