GRAHAM Biss is among three Islanders to be named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

The 58-year-old is the managing director of Natural Enterprise ­— a charity which supports the rural economy and the Island’s natural environment.

He also plays a key role in the staging of the annual County Show, is the chief executive of Gift to Nature, and helps run the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society.

Graham has been handed a British Empire Medal for services to the Island's community.

Jeremy Dale and Steve Apter have also been honoured with awards.

"I'm a bit humbled really, when you think about all the great things being done on the Island by so many other people," said Graham.

"It's a real honour to be identified. I'm just lucky to be part of a bigger team, both at Natural Enterprise and the various groups I'm involved with.

"It's been a real team effort, and I'm very lucky to do the things I do, and to be surrounded by people who are real doers.

"Everything we do, we try to make a difference.

"I've got people like Robert Lovegrove, who gives so much of his own time, and perhaps goes under the radar.

"I've also got a fantastic chairman at Natural Enterprise ­— Brian Friend ­— who is very supportive.

"We're all coming through Covid, which has been a challenge in all sorts of ways, but I think there's a real energy to move forward, and hopefully we can crack on.

"There's so much to do ­— so much we want to do.

"I want to give a big thank you to everyone who's played a role. I'm just a really small cog in a much bigger wheel.

"It's about the collective, rather than the individual. Without them, it doesn't happen."

Graham moved to the Isle of Wight in 2006 and formerly worked in banking and consultancy.

Among his many roles, he is also involved in the Isle of Wight's Young Farmers Club and Isle of Wight Rural Fund Local Action Group.