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Bromley man honoured by Queen for work to reduce poverty

PUBLISHED: 09:23 11 January 2018

Bill Kilby was made an OBE. Picture: Bill Kilby

Bill Kilby was made an OBE. Picture: Bill Kilby

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Bill Kilby was made an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours for his work to reduce poverty and improve life chances for the most vulnerable in poor nations while protecting UK national interests.

Bill, who lives in Bromley, started modestly in 1984 as a clerical officer, but has now worked on the management of programmes in Fiji, Tajikistan, Ethiopia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, where he was deputy head of office at the Department for International Development.

The father-of-three said: “It was a total surprise and I’m absolutely delighted.

“Travelling is a big thing for me, and coupling that passion with helping the world’s poorest, led to a very interesting and fulfilling career.”

Wife Mandy added: “I am so happy and incredibly proud. I was screaming all over the house when he told me.”

In Afghanistan, he showed leadership helping colleagues after a bomb attack near the Embassy which left colleagues traumatised.

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