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Date published: 8th June 2018

North Norfolk District Councillor, Mrs Hilary Cox, has been made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to Local Government and the community in Norfolk.

Cllr. Cox. 67, who was raised in Mundesley and has lived in Cromer for 24 years, was first elected to Norfolk County Council in 2007 where she was Chairman in 2013/2014.

During her time as a County Councillor, Cllr. Cox was a member of the Communities committee where she was a keen supporter of local libraries and the fire service, she became a walking and cycling champion and still works alongside Norfolk County Council as Chairman for Norfolk Trails.

Cllr. Cox enjoyed two years as the Mayor of Cromer from 2008 – 2010 and as a Cromer Town Councillor, she introduced the dark skies policy (reducing light pollution) for Cromer, instigated the Walkers are Welcome initiative for the town (a network where towns and villages are more welcoming for walkers), and worked with Sheringham’s Mayor to create the hugely popular annual Crab and Lobster Festival.

She was elected to North Norfolk District Council in 2011 at which point she became a 'triple-hatter' as a Town, District and County Councillor; she is currently the Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment, Coast and Licensing. Cllr. Cox has recently visited Cromer Academy to encourage students to speak up about issues that concern them about their local community.

A local preacher at Cromer Methodist Church, Cllr. Cox plays an active role in the local community, chairing both the 1st Cromer Sea Scouts and the Norfolk Association of Twin Communities and is currently the President of Cromer Royal British Legion Women’s Section and Deputy Standard Bearer.  She is also a Trustee on Merchants Place (Cromer) Board and as a passionate advocate for the local fishing economy, she is an assistant project manager for Agents of Change (a project that is looking to improve local support for well managed Marine Conservation Zones).

On hearing the news, Cllr. Cox said: "I feel extremely honoured, flattered and humbled.  I am proud to receive the honour and am privileged to work with such marvellous people in a wonderfully diverse county."

Cllr. Cox lives with her husband, William and joins him in royal recognition – William was made an MBE in 2002 for services to the community following 40 years as a firefighter and 19 years as a crew member of Cromer lifeboat. Cllr. Cox has three children, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Last updated: 8th June 2018