Nick Giles. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Nick Giles. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Ordnance Survey boss Nick Giles has been recognised in the New Year Honours.

Mr Giles, who is managing director of the leisure division of the national mapping agency, was appointed an OBE.

The Bournemouth-based manager received his award for services to the health of the nation.

He has been with Ordnance Survey for 11 years and was previously the government-owned company’s marketing and communications director. He has been instrumental in promoting the GetOutside campaign.

He is also a board member of the Outdoor Industries Association, the trade body for the outdoors sector in the UK.

In a post on LinkedIn, Mr Giles said: “It’s really difficult to put into words how humbling it feels to receive this OBE award.

“I have always had a love for the outdoors and since joining Ordnance Survey in 2012 I have worked with an excellent team striving to help more people to get outside more often.

“We live in a country packed full of amazing landscapes and places to visit and enjoy. The benefits of regular exercise and getting outside are enormous for both our physical and mental health and it makes me extremely proud when I look back at how we are helping more people to get outside and stay active. From supporting the traditional outdoor enthusiast to helping millions of people discover new adventures to inspiring a new wave of people of all ages to start exploring.

“I don’t see this as an award for me, but I see this as a recognition for the entire OS team. I have the privilege to work with some amazing people who share my passion to help more people to get outside more often.”

The honours, announced on New Year’s Eve, included 253 at OBE level; 508 at MBE, and 361 British Empire Medal recipients.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said of the New Year Honours: “These recipients have inspired and entertained us and given so much to their communities in the UK or in many cases around the world.

“The honours are an opportunity for us to thank them, as a country, for their dedication and outstanding contribution.”

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