Industry veteran Joe McNally has been awarded the Commander of the Victorian Order (CVO) in recognition of two decade's service helping youngsters develop through the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
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McNally entered the IT sector as a programmer with ICL, then moved to Honeywell as a salesman before becoming the first UK employee for Compaq in 1984. He was VP and managing director at the PC firm when he left in 2001.
"The DoFE scheme is about developing people so in that respect I'm very pleased," he told the Chroniclelive.co.uk.
Born in the northeast, McNally was a popular figure in the industry but before moving into IT he was a roadsweeper, a supply teacher and worked in a steel stockpiling business.
Now 68, McNally has retired and lives in Buckinghamshire with wife Anne, he was one of nine to receive the CVO, but was not the only IT stalwart included in the New Year's Honour's List with Genisys Group boss Ashok Rabheru.