Alderley Edge resident awarded OBE in the New Year's Honours List


Alderley Edge resident Marian Sudbury has been awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours List for services to economic growth.

Marian is currently the Director for UK Regions for the Department for International Trade, Marian is responsible for managing a network of around 500 staff, plus volunteer export champions, who work directly with businesses supporting them to export all over the world. The work of her team is crucial to the Government's Export Strategy, through helping small and medium enterprises become the next generation of major exporters.

She previously led the drive to attract overseas investment into, and promote exports from, the Northern Powerhouse as part of the Government's wider drive to boost the region's economy. This work is still part of her portfolio.

She has worked in the civil service since 2013 after a career running marketing research businesses in the north of England. She is based out of DIT's Manchester office.

Marian has lived in Alderley Edge for two and a half years. She is married to Robin, the vicar at St Philip and St James church and has two grown up children. She plays fiddle in a ceilidh band that has performed two ceilidhs for charity at the Festival Hall in Alderley Edge. She has recently started volunteering at the Oxfam shop in the village.

She told "I am over the moon to have been given this honour. I am very grateful that colleagues have chosen to put me forwards. It is of course to them that the honour really belongs – the enthusiastic, engaged and expert people I work with, who go above and beyond every day to serve the people of the UK by helping its businesses to export and encouraging businesses from overseas to create jobs."



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Pete Taylor
Sunday 29th December 2019 at 12:08 am
Um; not wishing to be a wet blanket but... apart from doing her job, what has Marian done; who nominated and seconded her?

As for the "Northern Powerhouse" well; we all know what that has achieved so far.

I'm really not convinced that this whole, antiquated "honours" system is either justifiable, or affordable in the modern world; especially as Ian Duncan Smith, an utterly vile "humanoid life-form" (allegedly), seems to have been awarded a top-level gong.
Ludo McGurk
Wednesday 8th January 2020 at 6:41 pm
Indeed, Pete Taylor has hit the spot here. In 30 years of trading and manufacturing, culminating in banishing all imported products from our portfolio, i have never successfuly elicited any tangible help from these quasi government trade assistance departments, they are just absolutely clueless, and the export success my business enjoys has been 100% generated by us.

Northern Powerhouse? Disastrous. This is an area classed as being of "full employment." Existing local industries looking for employees just don't stand a chance. This could have been of real benefit to Swansea, Sunderland, or maybe Glasgow, where good jobs are really needed. Maybe those areas vote the wrong way.