Bermuda’s Governor John Rankin today congratulated the five recipients named on the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
This year’s honourees include long-serving Royal Bermuda Regiment Band member James Van-Lowe, who has more than 40 years of service under his belt.
He joins former broadcasting engineer Delano Ingham, Patricia Petty for her service to sports, Muriel Richardson, for her services in tourism and Retired Deputy Commissioner of Police Paul Wright.
Mr Wright was awarded a Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service.
Mr Van-Lowe joined the regiment in 1976 and mainly served with the Band & Corps of Drums after starting as a part-time volunteer before serving full-time in 1995.
He was named Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year in 2009 for his engagement with the community and recognised for his work in the production of the Bermuda Tattoo that same year.
“The recipients for their distinguished service and well-deserved awards,” said Governor Rankin.
“Each has made a very valuable contribution to the community in their respective fields and their achievements should be rightly celebrated.”
Mr Ingham started his career in broadcasting with ZFB in 1965 as a trainee engineer. and later served as Operations Manager and Chief Engineer at Bermuda Broadcasting Company until his retirement in 2005.
He has worked as a consultant since 2007, helping the Bermuda Government with broadcasts on CITV.
Ms Petty was honoured as a dedicated volunteer for triathlon for the past 38 years.
As a founding member of the Bermuda Triathlon Association in 1981, she has also served in several capacities including the role of team manager for more than 23 international triathlon events between 1990 and 2013.
She has also served as a technical official for the International Triathlon Union, the world governing body for the sport, between 2006 and 2018.
Ms Petty was the only ITU-qualified technical officer in Bermuda when she organised the first official clinic in 2017.
That clinic qualified 16 officials in preparation for the Continental Cup held in Bermuda and the World Triathlon Series event in 2018.
After 37 years of service, Ms Richardson retired as general manager of Rosedon Hotel in 2016.
As one of the few female Bermudian hotel managers, she was named the first female Hotelier of the Year. To date, she is the only female president of the Bermuda Hotel Association.
She was also a member of the Board of Governors of the Bermuda College, Director of the Caribbean Hotel Association, a member of the Bermuda Tourism Board and a member of the National Tourism Action Group, and chairwoman of the Bermuda Hospitality Institute.
Mr Wright retired as deputy commissioner last year after 40 years of police service – 34 years in Bermuda.
Recognised for helping to modernise the management of the Bermuda Police Service and the methods for tackling the threat of gang and drug violence in Bermuda, Mr Wright was also chairman of the Firearms Working Group of the British Overseas Territories Commissioners’ Council.