A railway employee has been recognised with a royal honour for his life-saving charity work.
As a strong advocate for mental health awareness in the workplace, Mr Holliday is open about his own experiences and has introduced “Zoom elevenses” calls for his colleagues during the pandemic.
Mr Holliday said he felt “overwhelmed” and “thrilled” to have been recognised in the year’s first round of royal honours.
His passion and energy are infectious, and he uses this in the best possible way, by supporting and inspiring others
Matthew Golton, TransPennine Express
“I’m completely overwhelmed. I didn’t realise I’d been nominated but am thrilled – what an incredible honour,” he said.
“Samaritans do such important work and I am proud to do what I can for them.
“Giving back to others is so important and I’m so happy that my contribution has been recognised in this way.”
TPE managing director Matthew Golton described Mr Holliday as someone with strong “passion and energy”.
Mr Golton said: “I am so proud to see Rich recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
“His passion and energy are infectious, and he uses this in the best possible way, by supporting and inspiring others.”
Mr Holliday is also passionate about creating opportunities for young people, including leading TPE’s annual apprenticeship programme which gives individuals the opportunity to enrol in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.
Between 2013 and 2018, he volunteered with Kirklees Council to support young people aged between 10 and 17 who were being held in police custody.