A MAN from Torfaen has been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours.

Christopher Koehli from Cwmbran has been awarded an MBE.

Mr Koehli, 65, won his award for services to carers and healthcare in Wales.

Mr Koehli worked the Audit Commission and lives in Croesyceiliog. He was formally an independent member of the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and his work particularly focused on championing the design of services for patients and using his expertise to advise on improving the performance of health services to ensure they are of the highest quality.

He said: “I got a letter six week ago.

“I was very surprised when I got the letter. I wasn’t expecting it.

“I represented carers’ interests and I am passionate about that and would like to see carer roles recognised. There are 37,000 carers in Wales and many of them are not identified carers, because they are unregistered, around Wales and it is important that health bodies and others recognise them and do all they can to help carers to carry on their great work.

“That is my main motivation for my work.”

Reacting to the honours list, Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: “It is with great delight that I congratulate those who have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

“These honours acknowledge the incredible achievements of outstanding individuals who work tirelessly to improve the lives of others and inspire those around them.

“I am proud to see people from all walks of Welsh life being recognised for their achievements and I am grateful for their commitment and dedication to their communities.”

He added: “Congratulations to you all.”

The Queen’s birthday honours list recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom.