THE founder of a social enterprise that has helped hundreds of disadvantaged into work says he is ‘flattered’ to have been appointed an OBE.
Jonathan Cheshire has received the honour for services to social enterprise and to the community.
The Gosport man set up the Wheatsheaf Trust, which helps disadvantaged people into work in 2000 and was the chief executive officer until he retired last month.
Jonathan was also responsible for the setting up of Portsmouth Foyer in the late 1990s.
He said: ‘It is very flattering. I am sure there are other people who deserve it more than I do.
‘As in all of these cases, I have been working with some amazing people who have done a lot of work.’
Last year, he became the chairman of the board at Southampton Solent University.
Jonathan also advises Solent Local Enterprise Partnership on skills and employment.
‘Now I have retired I have gone from paid work to taking on a lot of voluntary work,’ he added.
‘I’m not sure that was the right way round.’