A Chipping businesswoman’s Churchillian spirit has won Royal recognition.
Katie Burgess received an invitation from The Queen to attend a special reception at Buckingham Palace to mark the 50th anniversary of the prestigious Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
The Queen, who is the Trust’s patron, hosted the event to celebrate wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston’s living legacy alongside Churchill Fellowship awardees from throughout Britain.
Katie (69), a business manager with the Lancashire Workforce Development Partnership (LWDP) in Bamber Bridge, near Preston, became a Churchill Fellow in the 1960s. She went on her Fellowship in 1967 to America to gain an international perspective investigating contemporary methods of education and training for the hospitality industry.
Since becoming a Fellow, Katie has continued to apply her background in education and training to make a difference and is currently leading on innovative ideas to influence practice in the social care sector, at the heart of which lies the core element of hospitality.
Katie said: “It’s not every day you get invited to meet The Queen. I was delighted and honoured to attend the reception at Buckingham Palace, hosted by Her Majesty The Queen.
“It was a splendid occasion and a proud moment, one I shall always remember and treasure.”
Fellows from every decade since 1965 represented the Trust at the reception, as well as representatives from The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust in Australia and the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States.
More than 5,000 British citizens have been awarded Churchill Fellowships – selected from at least 100,000 applicants – to travel overseas to study areas of topical and personal interest. The knowledge and innovative ideas they bring back are shared, for the benefit of their profession, their community and, in many cases, the nation.