The former leader of Kent County Council is among those recognised by the Queen for their contribution to the community.
Paul Carter was Leader of Kent County Council (KCC), England’s largest local authority, for 14 years.
He was one of the longest serving leaders nationally.
Leader of Kent County Council, Roger Gough, said: “I am delighted to congratulate Paul on this most special and well-deserved recognition.
“In his 14 years as Leader of KCC Paul was a courageous, passionate and innovative champion for the county and everyone in Kent, but in particular for those most in need in the areas of education and healthcare.
“It is right that his contributions to local government and to Kent over so many years have been acknowledged with this prestigious national honour.”
Paul Carter was leader of Kent County Council from 2005 until 2019.
In the period of public spending restraint after 2010, he led the council through a period of public spending restrictions, managing £520m of funding pressures over five years.
He was instrumental in the creation of Turner Contemporary in Margate. His strong support of local business and enterprise through loan and equity investment delivered over 4,000 new jobs and he championed apprenticeships and opportunities for young people.
As elected Chairman of the cross-party County Councils Network (CCN) between 2015 and 2019 he led 26 county and 10 unitary councils representing 26 million residents, gaining the respect and confidence of Ministers.
He has championed health integration and social care funding reform; and helped lead the MHCLG Brexit Delivery Group, providing insight and expertise from Kent as the closest county to mainland Europe.
In addition to his role at KCC he has provided significant support to a range of local charities including the Heart of Kent Hospice, Maidstone Hospital Friends and Vinters Park.