Councillor Linda Maloney has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for her service to local government.
Linda has conscientiously represented the residents of Blackbrook on St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council since 1994 and has been a champion for women’s equality within her ward, on the council and beyond.
She is well known and respected within her ward and has been active in many local groups, tenants and residents associations, and as a school Governor.
Linda is rooted within her community and her tireless campaigning saw Blackbrook relieved of much of the traffic congestion that had impacted it, with the development of a local by-pass, Stanley Bank Way.
She has the respect of members from all political parties across the council having held a number of positions on the council, including serving as a Deputy Mayor, Cabinet Member, Committee Chair and both Deputy and Chief Whip. Within her constituency she has also held many voluntary positions including Women’s Officer, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Election Agent.
Congratulating Cllr Maloney, St Helens Council Leader, Derek Long said: “This award recognises decades of Linda’s great service and dedication to the people of St Helens.”
Regionally, Linda gave 12 years’ service on the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority and in 2012 was appointed its first female Vice Chair having gained the respect and confidence of the authority members, the trade unions and fire officers alike. Linda helped the authority move forward in difficult and challenging times of financial restraint.
Before serving on the Fire Authority, Linda helped to oversee the transfer of St Helens Council’s housing stock to Helena Homes and served on its board as a council champion for many years, ensuring that voices of tenants were heard at the highest level.
Linda has been married to her husband Michael since 1995 and lives in Haydock.