Published Thursday, 31 December 2020
A Coventry councillor has been awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by the Queen in today’s New Year’s honours list.
Councillor David Skinner M.B.E is a Westwood Ward Councillor and received the honour today for his services to the community in Coventry.
David and his wife Sheila, have five married children and five grandchildren.
After time with the Royal Air Force, David was a career Foreign (now Diplomatic) Service officer but definitely not James Bond. He served altogether in RAF Tangmere; the Central Planning Branch of the RAF; the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he met Sheila; Bahrain; Democratic Republic of Congo; South Africa; Nigeria; Hannover and Bonn, both in Germany.
He is disabled and permanently restricted to crutches as a long-term result of overseas service. He has a BSc (First-Class Honours) in Economics, Politics and History from the Open University and an MA in International Studies from Warwick University .
He is very proud to hold three Queen's Commissions. He is a Neighbourhood Watch Co-Ordinator for the area of Westwood Ward where he lives. David has represented Westwood Ward as a Coventry City Councillor since 2006.
He commented; it is a great honour to be a Councillor in such a diverse and important City as Coventry. There is so much to learn and I know that much good work is done by many residents, especially at this difficult time of Covid19.Councillor David Skinner M.B.E is a Westwood Ward Councillor and received the honour today for his services to the community in Coventry.