Royal Award for Bureau Director

Everyone here at Citizens Advice Sunderland was thrilled to learn recently that the organisation's Service Director, Irene Smith, has been awarded an MBE for her services to the bureau.

Irene started working for the CAB 22 years ago and has worked her way up from case worker to service director. Through her leadership, hard work and determination she has built up the largest independent advice centre in Sunderland.

Irene said: "I was surprised to find out I'd been put forward for an MBE. I was very pleased when I found out I was to receive one. It's just nice to be appreciated.

"I do find my job very rewarding. It's something I've really enjoyed doing for the last 22 years." Well done Irene!