3 January 2012
A long-standing Tearfund worker has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list for services to international development and disaster response.
Sue Mills spent nearly 40 years working with Tearfund, serving most of that time as an international human resources advisor and manager.
She began her career with Tearfund in 1973 as an aid worker in Ethiopia responding to famine and helping to establish feeding centres.
Over the course of the next 38 years, Sue worked in many other locations, including Pakistan and Honduras, in a variety of roles.
In later years, Sue specialised in trauma support, counselling and pastoral care, particularly supporting staff in locations such as Afghanistan, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Haiti.
Sue, who lives in Surrey, left Tearfund last year and is now a care worker for people with conditions such as dementia and cancer.
David Bainbridge, Tearfund’s International Director, said, ‘Sue richly deserves this OBE after many years of dedicated service for Tearfund.
‘She worked in a wide range of challenging development and disaster settings, combining compassion, that is deeply rooted in her faith, with professionalism. It’s great to see wider recognition of her contribution.’