A High Salvington grandfather was awarded an MBE for services to training and health and safety in construction by the Queen last month.
Trevor Gamble, 65, was one of the four people who founded the Construction Plant Competence Scheme, which is a registration card scheme for those involved in plant operations and recognises skills, knowledge and understanding, competence and qualifications.
Mr Gamble attended Buckingham Palace with his wife Janice, daughter Lindsey, son Andy and grandson Jordan on November 28.
He said: “I was informed by a letter from the Cabinet Office in early May that, if I was in agreement I would be in the Queen’s honours birthday list which was announced in the middle of June.
“I was very surprised because I really was not expecting it at all.
“Then I found out five weeks ago that I would be attending the palace. I was very lucky that the Queen was on duty that day as she presented my medal.
“She thanked me for my contribution and was very pleasant. It was a very proud moment as not everyone gets to do that, and a great experience.”
The pre-runner of the competence scheme was established in 1986 and the current format was set up in 2003.
Mr Gamble said: “As a family we used to own Gamble Plant in Worthing which employed 550 people across the south.
“We sold in 2005 and since then I have remained the chairman of the scheme and I also sit on the training commitee for the construction industry’s training board. ”