Knighthood for public servant

A FORMER reporter on the Morley Observer has been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Sir Rodney Brooke received his knighthood for public service as he is shortly to step down as the chair of the General Social Care Council, of which he was the first permanent chairman.

He left Wakefield Grammar School at 15 and joined the Morley Observer as a cub reporter for a short stint before going to work in Morley Town Hall as an office boy.

Twenty-five years later he became Chief Executive of the West Yorkshire County Council and held the post until shortly before its abolition in 1986. He was Chairman of the Bradford Health Authority and founder chairman of the Prince's Trust Youth Business Initiative for West Yorkshire.

Sir Rodney was later chief executive of Westminster City Council and the Association of Metropolitan Authorities.

He has chaired and served on a variety of public bodies and charities and is currently a Member of the Council of the Tavistock Institute, chairman of the Dolphin Square Trust and a trustee of the Dolphin Square Charitable Foundation.

He also chairs the Commission on Governance in the Voluntary Sector and is a member of the National Advisory Group on Healthcare Regulation.

He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London in 1989 and CBE in 1996. He holds the Orders of Merit of France and Germany. Sir Rodney now lives in Ilkley.

Lady Brooke is a doctor and recently retired as senior partner in a medical practice in Shipley and Baildon.