New Year’s honours for three residents

Eddie Davies

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THREE Isle of Man residents have made the Queen’s 2012 New Year’s Honours list.

Former Strix boss Eddie Davies, from Ballasalla, is included in the New Year’s Honours list for 2012. He has received a CBE for charitable services to add to his existing OBE.

Mr Davies, who has lived in the island since becoming managing director of Strix in 1984, is a successful businessman but it is his philanthropic work which has earned him this award.

Born in Little Lever, near Salford, after studying mathematics at Durham University and becoming a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, he pursued a career in business that took him round the world, notably Brazil.

Mr Davies and co-owner John Taylor built up Strix, the manufacturer of electronic heating controls for kettles and other water-heating appliances, which has factories in the UK and China and employs more than 1,000 people and has 300 patents and a world market share of over 70 per cent. The company has won several prestigious export and innovation awards. They sold Strix in 2005 for £300m.

In 2000, Mr Davies was awarded an OBE for services to industry.

The other two honours went to Elaine Christian JP and Catherine Christian, who are MBE recipients.

Elaine Nancy Christian, from Douglas, will receive the MBE for her services to the community in the field of criminal justice.

She has been a Justice of the Peace for 27 years, serving with distinction on the Magistrates and Juvenile Benches. She is currently vice chairman of the Isle of Man Magistrates Association.

Elaine has a lifelong interest in music and she conducts the choir Enco.

Mrs Christian is a founder member of Victim Support Isle of Man and she remains on the management committee of the charity.

Catherine Christian will receive an MBE for services to youth in the Isle of Man.

Catherine Christian, from Ramsey, was involved in the Beryl’s Bus project in Ramsey from its inception in 1995. The project grew into the Ramsey Youth Project and continues to this day as ‘The Shed’.

Her friendly intervention has helped to prevent the development of social problems in the town. Mrs Christian works as a youth worker in Ramsey.

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