Christine Bampton-Smith BEM

Councillor Christine Bampton-Smith was presented with her BEM by the Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dame Ingrid Roscoe, at a lunchtime celebration function held at Bowcliffe Hall, Wetherby.

The British Empire Medal was re-introduced as part of the Honours Awards in 2012 and Cllr Bampton-Smith was one of seven recipients in West Yorkshire.

Christine Bampton-Smith has been at the forefront of a range of activities from sitting on adoption panels to organising village ‘clean-ups’. Her dedication to improving the local area and the lives of others for over 30 years is widely respected by the local community.

She has been a parish and regional councillor for over 25 years and her role as parish councillor is entirely voluntary and unpaid. She has been Hebden Royd Town Council’s longest standing councillor and throughout her service she has provided exemplary service leadership on numerous committees.

As well as acting as a town and parish councillor, Christine Bampton-Smith has balanced a full-time career as a student councillor, a role in which she has helped hundreds of students through a range of educational, financial and emotional concerns.