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Lesley from Rutland drives her way to an OBE

A former chief driving examiner from Rutland has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

Lesley Young, from Barrow, received the prestigious award for her services to driver training and testing and road safety.

Lesley Young OBE. Photo: Lee Hellwing
Lesley Young OBE. Photo: Lee Hellwing

Lesley said: “It’s a major achievement and I’m delighted.

“I mean it’s a surprise and really we did a great deal with the team over the years so it’s really for all the people who supported me.

“We were told a couple of weeks ago and the first thing they ask is whether you want to accept it.”

The 59-year-old started out as a driving instructor in the early 1980s, became an examiner in 1985 and then worked her way up to become the first woman to hold the post of chief driving examiner for the Driver Vehicle and Standards Agency from March 2012 up until her retirement in May last year.

She was responsible for influencing policy development of driving, riding and road safety standards and lead on the changes to the driving test in December 2017, which Lesley said was her proudest achievement.

These changes included driving from a sat-nav and also testing different manoeuvres.

“We were criticised for a long time that the driving test did not reflect everyday driving,” she explained.

“The changes that we made made it more like everyday driving.”

Lesley, who has a stepson, enjoys walking her two golden retrievers and playing golf at Greetham Valley.

She will now be invited to receive her OBE at Buckingham Palace in the near

Gareth Llewellyn, chief executive of the DVSA, said: “I am truly delighted for Lesley that her commitment to road safety has been recognised in this way.

“The design and launch of the new practical driving test last year was just one of a large number of achievements for which Lesley should justifiably be very

- Michael Edwards, of Oakham, received an OBE for services to philanthropy and to children in Sierra Leone. Mr Edwards is vice president of the charity Save the Children.

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