Former editor recognised for services to the arts

Former Evening Standard editor Veronica Wadley has said she is not missing the world of journalism as she is enjoying life in the world of arts.

The Arts Council London Area chairman, who collected a CBE for services to the arts from the Prince of Wales at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace, said: "It is good to see the arts recognised because it is such an important part of our lives.

"It is interesting for me because I had a career as a journalist and was editor of the Evening Standard and for nearly the last 10 years I have devoted myself to what I love most of all which is the arts, music and education.

"It is a great honour."

Being in the arts world is "a different chapter"of her life, she said.

Ms Wadley was Evening Standard editor from 2002-2009 where she chaired the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and Film Awards.

She was previously deputy editor of the Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph.

Investitures at Buckingham Palace
Investitures at Buckingham Palace

She said: "I had 30 years in journalism which was the most exciting rollercoaster there could possibly have been and now it is more thinking about how to improve the lives of people and bring the arts into their lives."

She said she does not miss journalism although she still follows what is going on.

She said: "I do not miss it it.

"I am pleased I left when I did because I have had the chance to build a completely different life and do something I really enjoy."