A DRAYTON man has won the MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his work in founding the Country Food Trust, where he spent seven years as chief executive.

On Tim Woodward's watch, the charity delivered 2.5million meals to 3,500 charities to deliver to people in need,

When Mr Woodward retired from his job as a commodity trader after 25 years based in the City, he was asked to set up and run the charity by one of his clients.

The charity, whose patrons include TV farmer Adam Henson and former cricketer David Gower, sourced and sent out venison and pheasants for nutritious meals for vulnerable people, including clients at the former Taunton Association for the Homeless, since renamed Arc.

"It was a real shock to hear I'd been awarded the MBE," said Mr Woodward, who is now involved in the work of the Marine Conservation Society.

"It's really for everybody who has helped me make a difference. It's a huge honour.

"I hope it will shine a light on the work of the Country Food Trust."