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Fellow Roy Duffin awarded MBE in New Year Honours

22nd Jan 2018

Roy Duffin FSOE FIRTE IEng has been awarded a MBE in the New Year Honours list in recognition of his service in the Military Division of the Ministry of Defence.

A Warrant Officer Class One, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Army Reserve, Roy will be presented with the MBE by the Queen later this year.

“My boss kept it a secret from me,” said Roy. “The first I knew about it was at Christmas. It came as quite a surprise – I thought I was going for a telling off. When they told me I was obviously delighted.”

Beginning his career in Germany on the East and West border, Roy spent three years as part of his initiation into the army working on armoured vehicles. He then came back to England to train new soldiers into REME. All this time he was training to become an artificer.

Roy added: “I enjoyed the training side very much and the travelling, too. I’ve been to NI, Kenya, Bosnia, Singapore and Canada with REME. Once I finished my artificer course I then became an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).”

Roy has been Honorary Secretary at the IRTE North London centre for around 15 years.

“I joined IRTE and the North London Centre as a member in 1991. I’ve been the Honorary Secretary for quite some time now - it lets me see how road transport maintenance compares between the army and civilian life. I’ve made a lot of friends there, too.” said Roy.

Chair of the centre, Paul Arber, said: “Roy has been a stalwart Honorary Secretary on our committee for many years now. He thoroughly deserves this, and we are delighted he has been honoured in this way.”

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