A PRESTWICH man has been made an OBE in the New Year Honours list after more than 30 years of service to the Jewish Community.

David Spencer Delew, who was until recently, the chief executive of Community Security Trust (CST), said he was "both shocked and proud" to receive the honour.

CST is a charity that protects British Jews from antisemitism and employs over 90 full and part-time staff based in offices in London, Manchester and Leeds.

The charity provides security advice and training for Jewish communal organisations, schools and synagogues and helps to secure over 650 Jewish communal buildings and approximately 1,000 communal events every year.

Mr Delew, 53, said: "I was both shocked and proud to receive notification that I was to be awarded the honour.

"The honour not only recognises my 30 years communal service, but also the tireless and dedicated work of the incredible volunteers and professional team at CST.

"It was a true honour and privilege to lead CST for nearly seven years and to further develop CST’s capabilities, shaping the organisation to better protect the Jewish community from the current threats of terrorism and antisemitism.

"I was also delighted to have had the opportunity to create CST’s SAFE (Security Advice For Everyone) programme raising security awareness amongst other faith communities."

Mr Delew, who is originally from Essex, moved to the north west in the late 1990s.

He is married with two children and a grandchild.

Mark Gardner, chief executive, CST, added: "It is great to see David thanked in this way for his decades of selfless dedication to the safety of our Jewish community and also wider society as well."