CBE for professor after a lifetime of dedication

A humbled Kenilworth professor thanked those around him after being made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Professor Nicholas Crafts was this month made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition for his contribution to economics.

The title is one of the highest honours awarded in the UK for esteemed citizens who hold prominent roles, or who have made a distinguished contribution in any one field.

Currently working as professor of economic history at the University of Warwick, Mr Crafts said he was taken aback to hear of the news but delighted with the honour.

The father-of-three told the KWN: “This title was given to me in celebration of my academic research and work.

“I was quite surprised to be told I was going to be chosen and am certainly very pleased.

“I have spent quite a lot of time in several committees to advise the government on economic policy which I suppose won me some brownie pints.

“But this also is for the university as it reflects the good work done by the centre and not just by me.”

Professor Crafts is currently working for the university for the third time in his career, leading a research centre for economics in what may be the final step in his distinguished career before retirement.

Born in Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, the aspiring economist went on to complete a degree in the field at Cambridge university.

He has since been employed by the Warwick university three times, held teaching posts at the London School of Economics and worked on projects with the government and department of business.

His main interests lie in British economics over the past 200 years and European economic growth.

Alongside his work, he has produced papers for academic journals and the British government.

He has also travelled the world to take part in global projects including the International Monetary Fund - a project he will return to this summer when he travels to Washington to take up the role once again.

He moved to Kenilworth with his wife and three children in 1990 and now hopes to spend his retirement settled in the town.

He will be presented with a medal in honour of the CBE title later this year.

Also named in the honours was Elizabeth Phillips, chief executive of Age UK Warwickshire. She was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to older people across the county.

Former Leamington teacher Shelagh Moore was also made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to education.