A school governor has been recognised for two decades of community service and dedication to education in Epping Forest after being named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Raymond Warner, chair of governors at Hereward Primary School on Colbrook Lane, Loughton, is to receive a British Empire Medal.

Last week a £1million wing added to the school was named after him.

The Warner Wing provides two additional classrooms, three small group rooms, a library and a hall at the school, which was rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Mr Warner said he never expected to be recognised in this way.

He said: "Learning of the award came as an enormous surprise. I feel honoured and very proud.”

“The school ethos is reflected in its motto: Grow, Learn, Achieve. The demand for places at Hereward is such that the £1m extension has recently been completed and opened.

“Over the last 20 years, most of this time as Chairman of Governors, it has been an enormous privilege for me to share with staff and governor colleagues in the journey of Hereward.”

Mr Warner is also chairman of the Epping Forest District Committee of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, which raises funds for injured servicemen and their dependents.

He has held several senior officer posts in the Epping Forest Conservative Association, including chairman on two occasions.

He was Election Agent for Eleanor Laing MP at the last General Election.