Banker's delight at MBE

A LEEDS banker has told of his pleasure at being awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours.

Gary Lumby got the honour in recognition of his services to the finance industry.

Born and educated in Hartlepool, Mr Lumby is head of retail and small business banking for Yorkshire Bank in Leeds.

He said: "I am delighted, very honoured as well as very surprised. It has been a pleasure working in financial services and helping business across the country in different ways over many years."

Mr Lumby has been part of a wide variety of industry forums including Leeds City Skills Board, Yorkshire, Humber and East Midlands Industrial Development Board member, and member of Leeds Chamber of Commerce where he has served as both director and Vice President. He is also a trustee of Leeds Sports Trust.

He will be presented with his MBE by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Mr Lumby started as a cashier in Billingham, Teesside, with Barclays Bank in 1976. Now 49, he has been in financial services for nearly 30 years. He joined Yorkshire Bank in 1998 as regional business manager for the North East.