Northamptonshire man awarded MBE for services to media and food says honour is both 'thrilling and humbling'
Graham Yandell, from West Haddon, was awarded the honour for his services to media and the food industry in the latest list, which was released on Friday (June 16).
After starting his career at The Bedfordshire Times, Graham went on to launch his own publishing firm – Yandell Media – in 1986. The company became a successful business to business publisher in the food industry, and still publishes titles in the sector, including Food Management Today and Meat Management.
In the 1990s, Graham expanded into the travel and tourism industry by buying School Travel Organiser’s Guide, which has now developed into today’s School Travel Organiser.
Graham said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours list this year. Having started my media career on The Bedfordshire Times at the age of 17, almost straight from school, I know how lucky I have been to do a job that I love and I feel extremely fortunate to have worked with so many great people over the years who taught me so much.
“My time at Westminster Press and other local newspapers outside the group, and then the decision to move on to International Thomson Business Publishing, offered me fantastic experiences, training and opportunities, and I am grateful to the people who helped me so generously and who encouraged me by their example.
“Launching the Yandell Media business way back in 1986 was the main catalyst in my life, both in business and on a personal level.
"My family, including my late parents, my children and my wife Sharon are amazing, and the team at Yandell are consistently second to none. I have gained such great friends and colleagues over the years and to now be recognised by my country with an MBE is both thrilling and humbling.
"I could not have achieved so many wonderful things without the help and encouragement of all these marvellous people, and I dedicate this honour to them.”
Rob Yandell, who is a director of Yandell Publishing and Yandell Media Group, added: “I am incredibly proud of my father for all that he has achieved and it is wonderful that he has been recognised in this very special way.”