Congratulations to Herne Bay Sailing Club member David Hogben, who has been named on the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2019. He has been awarded the British Empire Medal for his contribution to the community of Herne Bay.
David has been instrumental in developing opportunities for local people of all ages to get involved with sailing through successfully winning grant funding to purchase a range of training dinghies and sailing clothing, and a large Sport England Inspired Facilities grant to build a new boat shed. He has also been involved helping to run Herne Bay Sailing Club for much of the last 20 years and is a RYA Powerboat Instructor. He held the position of Commodore from 2008-11, has been Vice-Commodore since 2011 and also shares responsibility for overseeing the good condition of the fabric of the clubhouse.
In addition, having spent most of his working career in London, David is the trustee of two charities in the City. The Sir John Cass’s Foundation is a 300 year old charity providing educational opportunities for disadvantaged young people, where David has been particularly involved in setting up an outdoor learning facility in the Brecon Beacons and working with the prison service to provide training and a career path for young offenders. His other charity, HQS Wellington, is a WW2 convoy escort moored at Temple Steps, which also works with young people, providing a hands-on opportunity to learn not only about the convoy system and the War in the Atlantic, but also world trade and an introduction to navigation and the career options available in the marine world.
David is on the right in the photograph.