TWO leading Co-op figures have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Channel Islands Co-op Chief Executive Allan Smith has been awarded an MBE, while Christine Tacon, farmcare's General Manager, received a CBE.
Mr Smith said: "I was absolutely stunned when I found out. You never expect to be recognised in that way because you just do what you do. I've known for over a month now, but was sworn to secrecy ? it's a long time to keep something like that wrapped up."
The Channel Islands' Chief Executive was recognised for his services to the community and overseas charities. He and his wife, Lynn helped raise funds for three major projects abroad through the Jersey Rotary Club.
Mrs Tacon, who received the CBE for her services to agriculture, said: "I am very proud to have been awarded this honour. Everyone at farmcare works hard and this honour reflects that. I'm also grateful to the Co-operative Group for supporting the ideas we are pioneering at farmcare."
Mrs Tacon believes farmers must work together to improve the way the food chain works and has spoken on many public platforms promoting co-operation in farming.
? Graham Stow, non-executive director of Co-operative Financial Services, was knighted for his services to Britannia Building Society, when he was the group's Chief Executive.