David Yates has received his Honour for his services to Education.
David Yates, who is also Trustee of the Imagineering Foundation as well as Clubs Manager, first developed a group of engineering clubs in primary schools across the county over 20 years ago, designed to inspire youngsters to learn about engineering through fun activities. As the network grew he eventually transferred it to the education charity Imagineering, which shares similar aims, and became a driving force behind the development of the initiative which now runs over 140 Clubs around the country. A retired engineer, who lives in Church Lench, near Evesham in Worcestershire, he still runs an Imagineering Club at his local school, Church Lench First School.
Bob Shanks, Chairman of Imagineering, said: “David’s insight into the ways of encouraging children to have interests in engineering and technology has been coupled with his enthusiasm to take action resulting in his concept spreading through the UK through Imagineering.”
David is also a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Member of the Institution of Marine Engineering Science & Technology.
He is very active in the local community and recently received a Diamond Jubilee Community Recognition Award from Wychavon District Council, an Award issued in commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Accession of HM Queen Elizabeth II.