The RNCM offers congratulations to Carole Nash, who has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for charitable services in the North West of England.

In 2010, the spectacular £1m transformation of the former Lord Rhodes Room was generously supported by Carole and, in recognition, was renamed the Carole Nash Recital Room. Carole has also supported our Gala dinners for the past two years which have raised money towards supporting students with their fees and living expenses.

On hearing the news, Carole said: ‘When I received the letter marked ‘On Her Majesty’s Service’ I thought it was a jury summons or parking ticket, so I put it to one side for a couple of days. I couldn’t believe it when I opened it. I’m obviously delighted and extremely proud to have been honoured for something I’ve always loved doing – giving back to the community.’

Carole founded Carole Nash Insurance Consultants in 1985 as a vintage and classic motorcycle insurance specialist. She later moved into the modern bike sector and then onto classic car insurance.