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National Trust territory director Inga Grimsey, from Aldeburgh, receives OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Official opening and guided tour of the renovated Felixstowe seafront gardens in 2015. Left to right: Inga Grimsey (Heritage Lottery Fund), Ray Herring (Suffolk Coastal District Council) and councillor TJ Haworth-Culf. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Official opening and guided tour of the renovated Felixstowe seafront gardens in 2015. Left to right: Inga Grimsey (Heritage Lottery Fund), Ray Herring (Suffolk Coastal District Council) and councillor TJ Haworth-Culf. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Inga Grimsey, who receives an OBE for services to heritage and the community, moved to Aldeburgh from London in 2010.

Ms Grimsey, 64, entered the not-for-profit sector in the 1990s. Since then, she has been the National Trust’s territory director for the south, the Royal Horticultural Society’s first female director general and, most recently, spent six years as chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in the East of England.

Now a trustee of the Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust, she said: “I’m absolutely thrilled. It’s a huge honour; not only for me, but for heritage and the volunteers who protect it.

“The little projects have been as valuable, in terms of community engagement, as the larger ones.

“The HLF is always careful to look at projects on their merit and what they give to communities. Its work has been phenomenal – thanks to a committee from very different backgrounds, plus a dedicated team of officers.”

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