Carnmoney man Sammy Bailie, retired deputy principal of the EU and Employment Relations Division at the Department for Employment and Learning, has been awarded the MBE for services to addressing unemployment in Northern Ireland.
The 64-year-old, a former electrical training instructor at Felden, took on responsibility for managing the Local Employment Intermediary Service in 2007.
He worked with marginalised people in some of the most socially and economically disadvantaged communities across Northern Ireland, pioneering policies aimed at getting the long-term unemployed back into work.
Having retired from his job in July 2013, he was named in the New Year Honours list.
Mr Bailie, an elder at Carnmoney Presbyterian Church, was presented with his MBE by HRH Prince Charles at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace.
He was accompanied on his visit to the palace by his wife Jean and children Kelly and Graeme.