Gosport citizen relishes challenge of differing roles

HONOURED From left, Lacy-Love Kent, mayor and mayoress June and Keith Farr and the recipient of the Gosport Citizen of the Year award, Richard MacKay
HONOURED From left, Lacy-Love Kent, mayor and mayoress June and Keith Farr and the recipient of the Gosport Citizen of the Year award, Richard MacKay
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Gosport’s Citizen of the Year enjoys the challenge of his diverse roles in the community.

Richard Mackay is a retired accountant from Lee-on-the-Solent, who has held a variety of key leadership roles in the area for well over a decade without fuss and without payment.

There’s a tendancy to sit in your comfort zone but I like change and a challenge

Richard Mackay

As a result, he was nominated for the coveted Gosport Borough Council award and received the accolade from the new town mayor Keith Farr last month.

Singing sensation Lacey-Love Kent, 17, won the Young Citizen of the Year Award for her fundraising efforts in the face of adversity.

Mr Mackay, 70, has been a board member at Gosport’s Citizen’s Advice Bureau since 2005 as well as treasurer and chairman – a post he still holds.

He spent the majority of his career working with international companies but Mr Mackay was keen to learn new skills in different environments.

He said: ‘I was both surprised and delighted to win the award.

‘It was quite exciting and nice to feel that so many people thought it worthwhile turning up to support me.

‘I looked for things that I didn’t know much about to broaden my horizons.

‘There’s a tendency to sit in your comfort zone but I like change and a challenge.’

He currently sits on two governors’ sub-committees at the Portsmouth Hospitals Trust and has been a member of the Lee-on-the-Solent Residents’ Association since 2005.

Mr Mackay was the association’s chairman from 2008 to 2013, during which time he was involved in several projects.

He volunteers for about 20 hours a week and gets great satisfaction out of it.

‘It’s a great benefit to volunteer,’ he said. ‘It keeps both your mind and body in reasonable shape.’