AFTER a decade in charge the chief executive of a Greenwich based sexual health charity has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours List.

Marguerite McLaughlin has headed up Metro since 2003 and since then the organisation has established itself as a provider of sexual health, HIV, mental health and youth services not only in Greenwich, but across London and the south east and into national and international projects.

It is now the biggest provider of direct services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in London, and its services extend to many other communities including African people, young people and those living with HIV.

In ten years Metro’s annual income has increased to £2.5m and it now employs 70 staff and is supported by more than 100 volunteers.